If your cups runneth over or your band slideth up your back, then you need two things in your life: a professional bra fitting and to change bra sizes - stat - just like the other 80% of your sisters also in the wrong size bra. Symptoms of wrongbra'itis include:
- inexplicable aching in your neck, shoulders or back, those angry red grooves that occur when straps dig where they should support;
aggressive underwire that seems to have a mind of its own;
poking & prodding when it should be helping uplift matters - both of 'em.
So keep trying different shapes and styles until you find the right one that flatters & feels great. Not sure where to begin? Start by trying a bra that is one size smaller in the band measurement but one cup size larger. So, for example, if you think your bra size is a 36B, you would try a 34C. And don't get hung up on a particular brand or style; two women can both wear the same size and what's perfect for one might be totally wrong for the other, so be sure to try a variety of different styles. "Everyone’s bust is different, and therefore a style that works for one woman may be completely wrong for another," note the fit-obsessed experts at My Curves & Me, which carries a wide range of styles and styles for every shape, curve...& occasion.
How to know you've found the one perfect for you? You'll be supported, feel comfy, find your clothes fit better & more smoothly (no more unsightly side-boobage bumps or backfat-lumps), your waist looks slimmer (don't be surprised if people keep asking if you've lost weight) and you generally want to stand tall and be more fabulous.
- Lesley Scott[Note: This was originally published in 12/18/12 in partnership with Panache Lingerie. The link to My Curves & Me was added on 6/7/13. The words are mine.]