7 Steps To A Perfect Fitting Bra

I know most of you are familiar with the tape measure method for bra sizing. We believe in the visual fit technique. What does this mean? Simply stated, it means that the bra will “show you” if you are properly fitted. We have developed seven simple steps to check your fit.

Red BraTake the bra size you already have in your drawers, or whatever you currently have on as the guide for the following seven steps. Please use seamless, non-padded bras that have full coverage and try not to use enhancement bras such as push ups or padded bras for this fitting exercise:

  • Check to make sure that all the breast tissue is in the cup from where your arms hang down on the sides of your body to the center of your chest wall.
  • Check to see if you can fasten your bra comfortably in the middle or the second hook of the bra, or if you need to go the first hook only, or if the bra is too big and you’re on the third hook. There is nothing wrong with fastening on the first hook, but you should be able to fasten the bra in the middle. The last hook is normally used only when the bra has matured and you need a tighter fit because it is giving you less support.
  • The band of the bra should be resting around your body comfortably. It should not be too tight, too loose, or need any adjustments throughout the day.
  • If the cup puckers but the back is fine, then you need to go down in the cup size that you are currently using and just keep the back size. For example, if 34C is puckering, you would go down to a 34B. if you are a smaller cup, then you wil need to make sure that you are not wearing the wrong cup size entirely. If you are an “A” and it’s still puckering, then you might be an “AA”. There are plenty of bras in this category as well. Do not wear the wrong size in order to compensate as it can throw off your whole body proportion and shape.
  • If you have breast tissue spilling out of the bra, and the bra is too tight in the back, then you should move up in the cup. For example, you might think you are a”C” when you are really a “DD”. All of the breast tissue should be in the cup. If you are still coming out of a double “D”, then you should proceed to check yourself with a triple”D”. Again, make sure the back size is correct once you make the adjustments in the cups. You should be able to fit the bra properly as suggested in step two. Many times people go up in the back to make the adjustments for the cups. If you do this, the bra will then not give you the support you need, and your breasts will be sagging have no lift.
  • You should always make sure you have separation in the center. This will also add lift to your overall appearance when fully dressed.
  • If your bra is hiking up in the back and providing no support, but the cup size looks and feels correct, then you should adjust the back. For example, if you are wearing a 38B and it fits in the cups, then you should go down to a 36B.
    If you could relate to more than two of these steps that were incorrect by checking your own fit, then you need a new size bra. Feel free to also get fitted by a specialist in your area. Valmont Bras offer great support and style at an affordable price.


5 Steps To Increase Your Bra’s Lifespan

Pile of BrasA bra could last anywhere from 6 to 9 months. But here are some tips on how to make them last a bit longer.

    The more bras you have, the less frequently they will get rotated. Keep aside a few for special occasions and the rest for daily use.
    Even your bra needs a break. So don’t wear the same bra two days in a row. Give the hardworking elastic at least a day to recover, and your bra will last you longer.
    Always hand wash your innerwear in cold water.
    Look for a bra with good elasticity, stitching and quality material. It is important to invest in good quality bras that take longer to stretch out, and last longer.
    Put your bra on properly to avoid losing shape and fit. The ideal way is to get into the straps, place your breasts in the cups and then hook the back. Ensure that your bra is not subjected to flipping, crushing or stretching if you want your bras to last longer!

Love Your Bra And It Will Love You Back

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    Never fold your bra in half. Bras should be stored right-side-up to retain their shape.
    Handwashing is preferred as machine washing shrinks fabrics, ruins the shape and causes underwires to push through. Tumble drying should be avoided as heat damages the underwire.
    It is always recommended that lingerie is hand washed in cool water. Hot water can damage delicate fabrics like lace, elastic and embroidery. Cool water also prevents fabrics from fading.
    Ideally, these bras should be line dried. They should be hung in their actual shape in the shade and never in the sun.

The Right Bra For Every Outfit

Your bra should enhance appearance and help garments fall better. Finding the right bra is only half the battle, knowing what bra goes under what outfit is just as important.

LIFT AND CLEAVAGE: You need a Push Up or Plunge Bra. Try Perfect Lift.

SPORTS AND EXERCISING:Get yourself a low impact Sports Bra for light workouts or a medium impact Sports Bra for jogging and gym.

T-SHIRTS/GANJIS/EVERYDAY: You need a bra that is seamless, soft and designed to stay invisible under tight or thin garments. Try Embrace, Color Vehicle, Smooth Moves, Satin Edge or Lace Miracle.

LOW NECKLINE: For slightly low necklines, wear bras with demi cups as they have less coverage. Try Bonded Luxury, Vintage Splendour or Blush.

TRAVEL: – While traveling you need a bra that is wrinkle-free with good moisture absorbency and detachable straps (you never know if you might need to go strapless while out of town!). Try the Spacer Bra.

The History Of The Bra

    1907 – French couturier Pail Poiret modifies the corset to create the first bra. Vogue magazine coins the term ‘brassiere’.
    1917 – During World War I, women are asked to stop wearing corsets to conserve steel.
    1920 – Flat chests are in and big busts are out! ‘Flapper Bras’ that would bind down the breasts are all the rage.
    1935Cleavage makes a comeback. Bra companies begin to introduce cups ranging from A to D.
    1939 – The word ‘bra’ is officially added to the English Dictionary.
    1947 – The world,s first padded bra is unveiled, and the push-up bra followed the next year.
    1950 – Pointy, cone-shaped bras, called ‘Bullet Bras’ rose to popularity. These bras complemented the ‘Sweater Girl’ look by adding shape to the breasts.
    1958 – Lycra is launched, allowing bras to be lightweight, comfortable and breathable!
    1964 – The Wonderbra is invented, designed to ‘lift and separate’ the bust.
    1983 – Madonna shocks fans by wearing her bra as a top while promoting her debut album.
    1985 – Owing to the growing popularity of breast augmentation, companies begin to offer sizes above a DD.
    1998 – Women are finally presented with the backless, strapless bra.
    2004 – Singer Janet Jackson, sister of Micheal Jackson, reveals a nipple during Super Bowl performance, and makes headlines for her ‘wardrobe malfunction’.
    2006 – Oprah Winfrey holds a ‘bra intervention’ announcing that 85% of women wear the wrong size bra.
    2007 – The bra turns 100.

How To Put On A Bra

STEP 1: Lean forward so your breasts fall into the cups.
STEP 2: Secure the bra on the middle hook. This way you can either tighten or loosen the band if needed.
STEP 3: Adjust the band at the back to ensure that it is level all around your body.
STEP 4: Adjust the straps to ensure that they are firmly in place and supporting your breasts. The straps should not cut into your shoulders.
Tip: Adjust your straps every time you wear a bra for the best lift and support.