MOD
×

There’s a very good reason why it’s recommended that you get a bra fitting every six months — and that is that your breast size can change over time. There is a multitude of different factors that can come into play in causing your boobs to shrink or grow, some of which you may not even be aware of. One of the more obvious factors is genetics. Not only does heredity play a role in your body size and weight, but it also can affect how much fat is stored in your breasts.

Your genes aren’t the only thing that can cause your boobs to change size, however. If your bust line appears to be shifting, here are six lesser-known culprits that may be the reason. 

Your diet

As you may or may not know, your weight is connected to your breast size. This is because your breasts are primarily made up of fat, so the higher your body fat percentage, then the more likely your boobs are to be on the larger side. That said, it’s not always a direct correlation. Certainly, there are women who, despite having a lower weight, have large boobs, and vice versa. Though you’re probably aware of how gaining or losing weight can impact your breast size, what you may not know is that your diet can also play a part as well.

A 1997 study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute examined the effects of a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet on the breasts. What researchers discovered is that women who decreased their consumption of dietary fat (to just 21% of their calorie intake) and increased their consumption of complex carbs (to 61% of their calorie intake) actually experienced a 6.1% decrease in breast density after two years. It’s worth noting that according to the study, areas of dense breast tissue have been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer.

Not only that, but Harvard Health reports that phytoestrogens — plant-derived chemicals that include soy, flaxseed, fennel, and alfalfa can impact breast size as well by attaching to cells’ estrogen receptors. Furthermore, soy-derived foods are chock-full of isoflavones, a particular kind of phytoestrogen that behaves just like estrogen in your body once you ingest it — and estrogen is one of the hormones that play a role in breast size.

Your chest workout

If you start noticing that your bust has been looking a tad fuller and perkier ever since you started cranking out all those pushups and dumbbell flyes, you’re not imagining things. Dr. Albert Matheny told SELF that by strengthening your pectoral muscles, which lie beneath the breast tissue, chest exercises can make your boobs project outward more. That explains why your button-up blouse doesn’t quite fit the same way after you’ve been doing regular chest workouts at the gym.

Birth control

Unless you did some research on the side effects of birth control before filling your prescription, you may not realize that this medication can affect your breast size.

This can happen for a number of reasons. First of all, birth control pills contain synthetic forms of the hormones estrogen and progestin, both of which can cause your breasts to grow in size. This change is usually most noticeable when you first start taking the pill. Not only that, but these hormones can also cause fluid retention in your body, which in turn can make your breasts appear engorged. But don’t fret — Healthline notes that these changes are typically only temporary, and you’ll likely go back to your regular breast size after a couple of months on the pill, once your body has gotten used to it. According to Healthline, if this is the reason why your birth control pill is affecting your breast size, they may return to normal once you start taking the inactive pills (also known as the placebo pills) at the end of your pack


Related: 5 Times When You Should Get A Bra Fitting


have bra sizes changed

Charlotte Padded Bra | Charlotte Highwaist Brief in Red/Black

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

It’s not just a myth — pregnancy boobs are a very legit thing, and you can thank hormonal changes for this phenomenon. In fact, studies have proven that it’s very normal to experience breast volume increases during pregnancy. But every woman is obviously different — while some may only notice a slight change in size as levels of progesterone, prolactin, and estrogen rise, others may grow up to two or three cup or band sizes.

Also, it’s extremely common for your breasts to swell up even more while breastfeeding, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. They will often grow while the milk comes in, they will also usually return to their normal size again within a few months after you stop the weaning process.

Your period

Menstruation doesn’t just cause breast tenderness and soreness, it can also cause your breasts to look larger. Just as with pregnancy and birth control pills, this effect is due to an influx of hormones. Specifically, you’re most likely to notice this change in size during the luteal phase, which starts around day 15 of your cycle, right after ovulation. Gynecologist and hormonal expert Dr. Rebecca Booth told Health that progesterone levels are at their peak during this time, which is why your breasts may be at the largest size as well as density.

Caffeine consumption

Did you know that your daily coffee habit could actually have an effect on your bust line? According to the National Health Service (NHS), researchers at Lund University and Malmo University in Sweden found that consuming excessive amounts of joe is linked to shrinking breasts. Specifically, drinking three cups of coffee a day was enough to reduce a woman’s breast size. The NHS notes that while this study doesn’t prove that the coffee consumption caused the breasts to shrink, it does demonstrate an interesting association between the caffeinated beverage and reduced breast size.

Given that there are so many factors that can cause your breast size to change, it goes without saying that it’s crucial to get regular bra fittings. By getting measured every six months (or sooner if you’ve experienced pregnancy, breastfeeding, or significant weight gain/loss), you can make sure you’re buying bras that offer adequate support, coverage, and lift. Fittings are available at most department stores and independent lingerie boutiques and are almost always free of charge. Every woman deserves a bra that fits well — regardless of her fluctuating breast size.


Related: How Often Should You Change Your Bra?


bra changing cup size

Charlotte Padded Bra | Charlotte Highwaist Brief in Red/Black

We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!

By now, you may be well aware that there are many different breast types. Some fuller on top or the bottom, and others full around. Some are set close together, and others are farther apart. Some are even different sizes or point outward or downward.

Did you know, though, that there are different butt shapes as well? And just as it’s important to know your breast shape to find the right bras for you, it’s equally valuable to know your butt shape for the same reason. Your butt shape depends on a multitude of factors, including where your butt is widest, which parts of your cheeks have the most fullness and even the structure of your hips. And once you’ve determined your bum shape, you’ll have a better sense of the ideal rise, leg opening, and coverage level for your needs.

Ready to find out which panty styles will flatter your figure? Read on to learn about the most common booty shapes — as well as which panties are perfectly suited to each.

A-shape

Do you have fuller thighs and wider hips? Then you very well may have an A-shaped bum. New York City board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Matthew Schulman told Cosmopolitan that women who have pear-shaped bodies typically have A-shaped butts that get wider below the hip bones. Considering the fact that you have more shapely thighs, you may want to look for panty styles that have larger leg holes that are cut higher on the leg — for example, bikinis and other high-cut styles are ideal. Whichever style you choose it’s a good idea to opt for panties that have plenty of stretch, as these are less likely to cut into your full thighs.

V-shape

If your bum is fullest and roundest at the top near the widest point of your hips, then you probably have a V-shaped booty. The base of your bum likely has less volume, thus resulting in an angular shape. If you’re looking to create the illusion of more fullness on the bottom, then styles like boyshortshipsters, and bikinis can help to even things out — as long as they don’t feature high cut leg holes (as these will only highlight the lack of volume near the base of your bum since they provide less coverage). which won’t provide quite enough coverage for your butt cheeks. Ideally, the leg opening will hit right underneath the crease of your cheeks. Note that some ruching on the backside of the panties can also add some volume to your bum, making it look more rounded.

Square

Are your hips pretty much the same width as your waist? If you have an overall straight, athletic body type which little to no curves, then you may very well have a square-shaped bum. This booty shape is typically equally wide from top to bottom. So, if you’re seeking to make your butt look fuller all around, you might try a boyshort, or another high-rise cheeky bottom that doesn’t have a high cut leg, to create the appearance some curves. Note that high-cut panties are more likely to ride up on a square-shaped bum, so you may want to avoid them for comfort’s sake. Also, keep in mind that a printed or lace panty is more likely to make your bum look voluminous than a solid pair. 


Related: How To Build A Lingerie Wardrobe You Love


lace thong panties

Parfait Panty So Glam Thong in Raspberry

Round

If you have a round bum, you’re a lucky lady — not only is this one of the most sought-after shapes but basically, any panty style is flattering on you. The round booty is evenly full throughout, projecting outward from top to bottom (chalk it up to all those squats you’ve been doing, or perhaps it’s just genetics). Women with this type of butt tend to be much wider at the hips than at the waist, thus achieving an hourglass figure.

If you’re looking for ample coverage, keep in mind that a typical bikini likely won’t cut it. Thongs and tangas are perfect for showcasing that enviable bum, while boyshorts and briefs can help prevent a wedgie (either in the back or front) since your panties may have a tendency to shift backwards to accommodate all the volume you have in your derriere. Keep in mind that a typical bikini or full-coverage brief may cut into your full bum, and therefore may be a bit less flattering. If you do want to wear these styles (which you totally can!), then make sure you invest in a pair that fits flawlessly to avoid any bulges.

Heart-shape

A bum that’s wider on the bottom, with full cheeks, and more narrow on the top, forms what looks like an upside-down heart shape. The name of the game with this bum shape is to look for panty cuts that visibly lift the booty since the fullness is all in the lower part of your backside. Bikinis and thongs may be your best bet for achieving a balanced appearance. Just make sure that the leg openings are not elasticized and are also large enough so they don’t bunch up around your hips or thighs. Ideally, they should hug the bottom of your butt cheeks for the most flattering look. Ruching on the back can help to draw the eye upward, thus making your derriere look more proportional.

Pro tips

If there’s one thing we want to emphasize, it’s this: All booty shapes are beautiful. And at the end of the day, the best panty style for you depends on your own personal preferences. While these suggestions may help guide you in finding panties that are flattering for your figure, only you can decide which ones make you feel comfy and confident. And ultimately, the fit matters far more than the style. A panty that fits your body flawlessly will never gape, sag, or create unsightly bulges or indentation marks. Remember: It’s not about covering up any so-called “flaws” — rather, it’s all about enhancing those enviable assets.


Related: A Breakdown Of The Benefits Of Every Panty Style


hipster panties

Parfait Panty So Essential Hipster in Surf

We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


Featured image lingerie:
Parfait Panty So Essential Hipster in Surf

Not all panty styles are created equal. You likely already know this — which is why you have more than one type in your lingerie drawer. There are panties that are better suited to certain body types, occasions, and outfits. For example, the pair you wear when you’re simply lounging around the house on a lazy Sunday, the pair you put on when you’re seeking to make your SO’s jaw drop on date night, and the pair you rock when you’re sweating it out at a spin class.

Indeed, every panty style has different pros and cons. Knowing the benefits of each can help you to make smarter shopping choices, as well as help out to figure out which pair to wear with different ensembles.

Luckily, in this guide, we’ll break down the perks of each panty style.

Bikini

bikini style panty

Parfait Panty So Essential Bikini in Surf

Without a doubt, one of the most popular panty styles is the bikini, and with good reason — it’s ultra comfy as well as versatile. The bikini features slender sides, with just the right amount of coverage — not as little as a thong or cheeky cut, yet not as much as a brief or boyshort. In other words, they provide the perfect compromise between these styles. The waistband is usually one to three inches below the navel, so not too low yet not too high, either. True to its name, the string bikini has an even skinnier waistband.

The bikini is a phenomenal everyday style and can work under just about any outfit, with the exception of a skin-tight skirt or bodycon dress (as it may cause a visible panty line). They’re an ideal pick for hitting the gym, as they’re less likely to lead to chafing or other discomforts during your sweat session.

Boyshort

boyshort style panties

Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra | Sandrine Boyshort in Wild Pink

Equal parts comfy and flirty, this style is often confused with the hipster. However, the boyshort has even lower leg holes, with some hitting a few inches down the thigh (hence the ”short” in the name). Basically, when you want a lot of coverage around your backside and thighs, this style is one of your best bets. They can also double as loungewear during the warmer months. The boyshort can also be a good choice when you’re seeking to avoid a visible panty line under jeans or a looser fitting dress.

Hipster

hipster style panty

Parfait Panty So Glam Hipster in Raspberry

As the name suggests, the hipster panty sits low on the hips — typically a couple of inches below the natural waist. This style has wider sides and the leg holes are cut lower. You might think of the hipster as a fusion between the bikini and the boyshort. So, if you like the look of a bikini but want just a tad more coverage, then the hipster could be the perfect solution.

We love to wear these with low-rise jeans because you won’t have to worry about the waistband showing when you sit down. Keep in mind, too, that the amount of coverage on a hipster can vary somewhat, with some styles showing a little more skin than others.


Related: 6 Ways To Avoid Visible Panty Lines


Brief

brief style panties

Charlotte Padded Bra | Charlotte High Waist Brief in Blossom Print

Is comfort your top priority? Then don’t overlook the brief, which offers full coverage and a higher waistband that sits on your natural waist. This may not be the best style for body-hugging clothes or low-rise jeans, but it’s definitely a phenomenal fit for those high-rise pants and skirts. And who says a brief can’t be attractive? In luxe fabrics like lace, this style can be downright sexy — not to mention super flattering.

If you’re looking the right pair to rock under high-waisted denim or trousers, consider a high-waist brief, which extends up to the navel or sometimes even higher. Or, if you find that the bands around the leg holes dig into your thighs or are otherwise uncomfortable, look for high-cut briefs, which are cut higher on the leg.

Thong

thong panty styles

Parfait Panty So Glam Thong in Raspberry

Every woman can benefit from having a thong (or three) in her collection. And gone are the days when thongs were synonymous with discomfort, too — in stretchy, seamless fabrics, they can feel like a second skin. Not to mention, since they have the least amount of coverage on your backside, they’re the best choice when you’re sporting a skin-tight bodycon dress or are otherwise concerned about having a VPL.

Similar to the bikini, the thong has a medium rise, typically two to three inches below the waist. The leg holes are cut relatively high, and the sides usually hit right around the hip bone.

Looking for even less coverage around the sides? Then opt for a G-string, which is cut just like a thong in the back, but with super skinny sides and merely a triangle-shaped piece of fabric in the front.

Obviously, every panty style has its own set of advantages. Now that you know the perks of each, picking out which pair you want to wear just got easier. In addition to considering comfort, you’ll also want to consider the level of coverage and type of rise you’ll need for the particular outfit you’re wearing. Fortunately, there’s a panty style for every mood, body type, and occasion.


Related: How To Build A Lingerie Wardrobe You Love


bikini style panties

Cora Unlined Longline Bra | Cora Bikini in Pale Blush

We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


Featured image lingerie:
Parfait Panty So Glam Thong in Raspberry

It goes without saying that social media now plays a major role in our day-to-day lives. It’s tough to tell when this happened, but tweeting, checking Facebook, and scrolling through your Instagram feed, are one of the first things you may do when you wake up in the morning, when you’re in a waiting room, or when you’re bored late at night. In fact, around 40 percent of the world population — 3 billion people — use social media, spending an average of two hours daily liking, posting, updating, and viewing others’ content on these channels. And while social networks are obviously a stellar way to stay up-to-date on your loved ones’ lives, they can also be pretty detrimental to your health and well-being. That’s why a social media cleanse for self-care might be the best move you can make.

What is a social media cleanse? Also known as a social media detox, this effort entails limiting your use of those platforms. Typically, it involves completely eliminating them from your life for a specified amount of time, whether it’s a week or a month. And it’s becoming an increasingly popular concept, too. In fact, a whopping 64 percent of Gen Z’ers say they’re taking a break from social media, and 34 percent say they’re permanently quitting these networks, according to research by Hill Holiday’s research arm Origin.

There is a bevy of benefits that come with going on a social media cleanse, ranging from improved mental health to an enhanced social life. Maybe you just feel like these networks are distracting you from more important tasks or preventing you from investing in more meaningful, fulfilling activities.

Thinking about trying a digital detox for self-care? Here are some of the most compelling reasons why you should.

1.  Your relationships may get stronger.

The very name social media implies that these platforms are meant to make you feel more connected to people in your inner circle. But in fact, research has shown that these channels can do just the opposite.

One 2012 study published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships revealed that even the presence of a phone can take away from face-to-face social interactions. Researchers found that people who had their phones on the table within eyeshot had less meaningful conversations than those who had a notebook on the table instead of a phone. Not only that, but they also reported feeling less connected to their conversation partners.

If you feel like your relationships have been suffering, why not see what ditching social media can do in that regard? You may be surprised by how you’re able to feel closer to friends, family members, and your significant other when your attention isn’t compromised by constant social media notifications.

2.  You might be more satisfied with your life.

Without a doubt, one of the most detrimental aspects of social media is that it tends to cause you to constantly compare your life to the lives of those you follow. But here’s the thing: People typically only share the positive elements of their lives, which means that you’re only seeing a very small portion of the picture. As a result, you may end up falsely believing that your life doesn’t measure up to others.

A 2016 study conducted by the University of Copenhagen determined that this phenomenon —  which they dubbed “Facebook envy” — is actually super common. And unsurprisingly, participants rated both their well-being and their satisfaction with their lives as higher after taking a week-long break from Facebook.

This idea is supported by another 2017 study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, which found that Facebook use was linked to lower life satisfaction, whereas interacting with real-life friends was associated with higher life satisfaction.

3.  You can boost your mood.

Have you ever noticed that reading a pessimistic tweet or Facebook post actually impacts your mindset? It’s true that negative energy can be super contagious, according to a study by researchers at the University of California. After analyzing the emotional content of over a billion status updates by more than 100 million Facebook users between 2009 and 2012, they found that one negative post actually triggered another 1.3 negative posts by their friends.

Essentially, by going on a social media cleanse, you eliminate your exposure to posts in which people rant, complain, or otherwise display the kinds of sentiments that can bring your mood down.

4.  You’ll avoid the dreaded FOMO.

It goes a little something like this. Your friends decide to go on a road trip, but you have to bail because of work obligations— then, while scrolling through their Instagrams during the getaway, you start feeling jealous, regretful and even a little depressed. Fear of missing out, or “FOMO,” is a super common side effect of social media use. And the more active you are on your social networks, the more likely you are to see what amazing experiences your friends and family are having that you aren’t.

Going on a social media cleanse eliminates this problem, however. You won’t be scrolling through pics of that family vacation you had to skip, the work retreat you couldn’t attend, or the girls’ night you just weren’t able to make. And as a result, you can avoid all those negative emotions that come along with FOMO.


Related: 6 Surprising Ways To Practice Self Care


how to social media cleanse

5.  You could reduce your anxiety.

Struggling with anxiety on a regular basis? Social media could be fueling the issue. A 2017 study published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior revealed that people who use seven or more social media platforms more three times more likely to have high levels of general anxiety symptoms than those who only use two or fewer platforms. So, if you’re dealing with persistent worry, restlessness, ad trouble sleeping, a social media cleanse may be just the thing to help you achieve a calmer, more balanced mindset.

6.  You might enhance your quality of sleep.

As you may know, sleep has a major impact on your overall physical, mental, and emotional health. One more legit reason to do a social media detox is to catch more Zs because as it turns out, research has found that social media use before bedtime can have a negative effect on your quality of sleep. Harvard Health Publishing reports that blue light, which is the kind of light that your smartphone gives off, reduces your body’s production of melatonin, the sleep-regulating hormone.

Meanwhile, another study by the University of Pittsburgh found a link between obsessive checking of social media sites and sleep disturbances.

If you’re not ready to commit to a full-on social media cleanse, you may at least want to abstain from checking these networks an hour or two before you hit the hay so you can wake up feeling more rested and refreshed.

7.  You could reduce feelings of depression and loneliness.

One particularly alarming statistic is that heavy social media users have up to a 66% higher chance of being depressed. This could be for a variety of reasons — for example, perhaps their social media use has negatively impacted their real-life relationships, or they’re constantly comparing themselves to others.

Fortunately, getting rid of social media can have an inverse effect. A 2018 study carried out by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology found that people who limited their social media use to 30 minutes a day reported reduced depression and loneliness after just three weeks.

8.  Your body image may improve.

It’s no secret that scrolling through Photoshopped, perfectly filtered photos of Instagram models and celebrities can take a brutal toll on your self-esteem.

According to a survey of 1,500 young people by the charity Scope, social media sites make more than half of users feel unattractive. Moreover, 62% admitted that using social media made them feel inadequate. Another 2016 study by Penn State University researchers found that when participants looked at other people’s selfies, it lowered their self-esteem. Lastly, a study that involved female undergraduate students, which was published in the journal Body Image, found that when women engaged on social media with attractive peers, they felt more dissatisfied with their bodies.

If you’re not ready to eliminate social networks from your life entirely, it might be beneficial to do an overhaul on which accounts you follow. Choosing to only expose yourself to body-positive content can have a significant impact on how you perceive yourself.

So, is a social media cleanse right for you? Only you can decide if you’re ready to take the plunge. But if you’re seeking a powerful strategy for self-care, you may be surprised by how ditching these networks – at least for a week or two — can have a positive effect on your relationships, mood, mental health, body image, and overall well-being. And after the cleanse is over, even if you decide to re-download your social apps, you may very well decide to adjust your habits in order to keep reaping those rewards.


Related: How To Create A Feel Good Self Care Routine At Home


social media cleanse after breakup

We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!

One of the most common lingerie shopping questions that women have is “What happens at a bra fitting?” Indeed, a bra fitting can bring up all kinds of emotions: Relief, excitement, anxiety, embarrassment — you name it. On one hand, you may be finding out some very helpful information about your bust line, which can then help you to find bras that fit you flawlessly, making you feel and look your absolute best. On the other hand, though, you’ll be tasked with potentially taking your shirt off and letting a total stranger size you up. But don’t fret — while it’s totally normal to have some nerves ahead of your first bra fitting, you’ll undoubtedly be so grateful you went through with it. In fact, you may be surprised at how many benefits you reap from this one experience. Not only will you gain insight into your true size, but you may also glean some guidance on which bra styles are best suited to your breast shape.

Still feeling a tad apprehensive? To put your mind at ease, here’s what 8 women had to say about what it’s like getting a fitting for the first time.

1

“Confession time. I’ve worked at a lingerie boutique for almost a year, and I’m constantly encouraging ladies to get their regular fittings. But me? Well, the truth is I’d never actually had one until I started working in this industry. For years, I was convinced I knew my size, and I bought bras in that size all through college and a few years after that.

When I finally got fitted (at the store I work at now), I was shocked that I was one band size smaller than I thought, and my cup size was two cups larger than I thought. This explained a lot — namely, why I always had to tighten the straps all the way, why my bra never felt snug even on the tightest hook and eye setting, and why my (wide set) boobs were often spilling out a tiny bit on the sides of the cups.

I’m really grateful I finally got fitted, or I would have kept blindly investing in bras that don’t actually fit me! What a waste, right? That’s why I’m never shy about encouraging that customers get a fitting, even if it’s only been six months since they had one last. You’d be surprised at how quickly your breasts can fluctuate in size.”

— Cassie, 31

2

“I had heard great things about Nordstrom’s fittings, so I popped by my local store on a random week day without an appointment to see what all the fuss was about. To my amazement, the fitter figured out my size just by looking at me! It turned out that both my cup and band were too small.

Ended up going home with two new bras that were way more comfortable  — and flattering. A year later, after I had lost some weight, I went back and specifically requested the same fitter. She’s the best!”

— Kelly, 28

3

“I remember I was super nervous. I had so many questions. Was she going to make me take my shirt off? What about my bra? Was she going to size me up simply by looking at me, or would she use a measuring tape?

Luckily, the lady who did my fitting was super friendly and I felt comfortable pretty much right away. She actually asked permission to come in the fitting room with me, and after measuring me, brought me all kinds of bra options to try out.

She informed me that my boobs were actually really close set, which explained why the center panel on bras often digs into my breasts (because it’s too wide). Then, to my relief, she suggested some bras that had a narrower center gore, which fit perfectly.”

— Dee, 30


Related: How To Find The Right Bra For Your Breast Shape


4

“For 10 years I wore bras where I had to push my breasts back down into the cups because they would always half pop out of them if I bent down, jumped, or walked too fast or something. My bras were the right size, so I just thought having breasts sucked.

Then I was fitted and found out my breasts don’t have much of a gap between them, and normal bras have gaps between the cups. Enter balconette bras. Life changed in an instant.

I can bend down. I can dance!”

—Anonymous

5

“If you’re going to get a fitting I’d highly recommend going to Nordstrom. It’s the only place I’ve had a fitting where they got the measurements close to what I get on my own. Nordstrom also carries a wide variety of sizes which, in my opinion, makes them less likely to “force” you into a size.

I measure myself at a 34G UK. I was measured as a 34FF UK at Nordstrom and found the bras they selected for me to try a good fit. The sales associate was very knowledgeable about bra fit and offered good advice. She did not push me to buy anything (and even told me not to buy a bra because it wasn’t a perfect fit!).

Now, onto the procedure: I was measured braless. The sales associated measured my band size and my breast size (standing). The whole measurement probably took like a minute tops.”

— Anonymous

6

“I got a bra fitting and… I am so happy I did!

The girl that did mine was awesome, friendly, and I felt completely comfortable letting her do it.

In the end, I found out not only have I been wearing the wrong size bra my entire adult life but also that my cup size is actually bigger than I thought! Which was a huge confidence boost for me.”

— Anonymous

7

“I can honestly say getting a properly fitting bra changed my quality of life. Went from an 80-85 C-D to 70F, sometimes 70G… I got rid of a constant backache I didn’t even attribute to my breasts, my posture is better, and I actually look much slimmer.”

— Anonymous 

8

“I had pretty much given up on the possibility of finding a strapless bra that works for me. But apparently, the reason why I couldn’t find a strapless bra that stays up is that I was wearing the wrong size. I stopped into a local boutique because I was shopping for a bra to go with my bridesmaid’s dress for my best friend’s wedding.

While helping me to find the right bra style for my dress, the stylist asked what size I wear. When I told her, she immediately suggested I get a fitting, since she suspected I was actually a different size. Turns out, she was right. I had been wearing a band size that was two sizes too big!

I’ve raved about that store (and fitter) to all of my girlfriends, and now we all get fittings there. Sometimes, we’ll make an afternoon out of it and shop for some new lingerie together after we get our regular fittings. It makes it feel less like an obligation and more like a fun girl’s day out!”

— Emma, 30


Related: How Often Should You Get A Bra Fitting?


Pro tips

Still feeling a tad anxious about your first fitting? Here’s the thing: After the first one, the experience will never feel nearly as intimidating after that — which is a very good thing given that you should really be getting re-measured every six months or so). But in case you needed some added reassurance, hopefully, these ladies’ stories serve as proof that a bra fitting can be a stress-free (dare we say downright delightful?) experience.

We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!

Here’s a little-known style secret: The best way to feel self-assured in a swimsuit is to find one that fits you flawlessly. Indeed, we’re firm believers that every body is a bikini body — but the key is to find a bathing suit that accents your assets and hugs your curves in all the right places.

However, finding a swimsuit that fits you perfectly requires some research, careful consideration, and yes, sometime in the fitting room (sorry, but you’ll thank us later!).

Trust us, the hunt for the perfect bathing suit has a payoff that makes all the effort well worth it: Not only will you feel more confident at the beach, but you’re also bound to turn a few heads, too.

Need a little guidance? Here are some top tips to help you figure out whether a swimsuit fits well.

1.  You forget the straps are there.

When a swimsuit fits properly, you won’t have to worry about the straps whatsoever. You’ll never have to pull them back onto your shoulders because they keep falling down. You also won’t have to deal with them digging into your shoulders and causing discomfort or pain. If you have a full bust line, you may want to seek out bathing suits that have wider straps, as they can help to distribute the weight of your boobs better, causing less strain on your shoulders and neck. Also, it can be extremely helpful to look for bathing suits with adjustable straps so you can achieve a flawless fit for your particular body. To check if the top fits properly before buying a swimsuit, try slipping a finger or two under the straps — if you can’t fit them, that likely means it’s too small, but if you can fit more than that, it’s probably too big.

2.  The bottoms will feel like a second skin.

Ever had a bathing suit bottom that cuts into your derriere? It’s not only unpleasant but unsightly to boot. Or, what about a bottom that’s saggy, because your butt simply doesn’t fill it out? You deserve a bathing suit that fits your bottom well, and you can definitely find one, though it may take a little trial and error to figure out which style suits your shape. Experiment with some different bottom styles to find one that works for your body — like boyshorts, high-waisted briefs, high-cut bikinis, and cheeky Brazilian cuts. Pro tip: If you’ve got shapely hips, look for a bottom with adjustable sides so you can make sure the bathing suit conforms nicely to your figure.

3.  The band stays in place.

If you’re shopping for two-piece bathing suits, you should always check the band to determine if the top fits well. This is because just like with bras, the band on your bathing suit top provides the majority of the support. The band should lay totally flat all the way around your torso, to take a spin around and scope out the back in the mirror. If the band is riding up in the back, your top is probably too big. Ideally, the band will feel snug (you shouldn’t be able to squeeze more than a finger or two underneath it), but not so tight that it restricts your movement or breathing.


Related: 6 Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Swimsuit


how should swimsuits fit

Oceane Padded Bikini Top | Oceane Bikini Bottom in Splash Print

4.  The band feels snug and supportive.

Speaking of the band, if you’re buying bathing suits with adjustable bands (and we highly recommend doing so!) you definitely want to ensure that the band feels snug on the loosest setting. Why? Well, your bathing suit is bound to stretch out the more you wear and wash it. So, it’s important that you’re able to tighten the band as needed over time. That’s the only way to ensure that you’re getting adequate support.

5.  The cups provide the perfect amount of coverage.

It’s tough to feel totally confident in a swimsuit if you’re constantly checking to see if you’re spilling out of the top or sides. So, make sure to prioritize coverage while you’re shopping, whether you go for a one-piece bathing suit, tankini, or bikini. Your top should reveal only the amount of cleavage you’re comfortable with, and the cups definitely shouldn’t cut into your breast tissue (thus causing the dreaded “quad-boob” look). The top of the cups should lay flat against your breasts, with no gaping or puckering.

While trying bathing suits on, try bending forward to make sure the top still sufficiently contains your breasts. And if you’re opting for an underwire bikini top, check to confirm that the wire rests firmly against your torso, without digging into the breast tissue or floating away from your chest. If you plan to be active in your bathing suit (impromptu beach volleyball is tough to say no to), you’ll want to be extra sure that you feel secure. Try jumping up and down a bit in the fitting room to determine whether the top can stay in place.

Pro tips

Your bathing suit should make you feel nothing short of fabulous, and the only way it can do that is if it fits you flawlessly. Look for these signs that your swimsuit is well suited to your particular figure, and remember: It may take a few shopping trips to find some styles that work for you, but your patience will certainly pay off when you’re strutting down to the resort pool, brimming with self-confidence.


Related: 7 Things To Look For In The Perfect Swimsuit


how should swimsuit bottoms fit

Oceane Padded Bikini Top | Oceane Bikini Bottom in Splash Print

We Highly Recommend

If you’re shopping for a swimsuit that fits your bust perfectly, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find swimsuit tops that stay in place, especially when you’re shopping on your own. If you’re full-busted and you’ve struggled with finding a flattering swimsuit top or if you’ve never tried a bra-sized swim top before, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings and carry a selection of swimsuits and swimsuit tops. Their expert bra fitters can help take the pain and frustration out of swimsuit shopping and do all the work for you. They can help you find a bra-sized swimsuit top with the support and lift that you’re looking for and they can also help you find new everyday bras that fit well and feel good. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best swimsuits are hiding.

If you’re not happy with the swimsuits in your closet, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy swimsuit shopping!


Featured image swimwear:
Oceane Padded Bikini Top | Oceane Bikini Bottom in Splash Print

We’re firm believers that self-care is something you should be practicing every single day, throughout the seasons. That said, there are many things that can serve as distractions from your efforts, between your personal relationships, your career, and other obligations. But guess what? Summer is actually the perfect time to ramp up the self-care. The warmer weather, extra vacation days, and overall laid-back vibe of this season can all encourage you to focus on making sure you’re getting some much-needed R&R. Not to mention, if you’re a mom, summer can actually be a somewhat stressful time, thanks to endless play dates and pool parties, summer camp drop-offs and pickups, and family trips.

Of course, self-care will mean different things to different people, and what makes one person feel relaxed and rejuvenated might not cut it for another. That said, there are certain tactics that can help almost anyone channel the carefree nature of summer.

If you’re looking to slow down and start showing yourself some more compassionate care, try any of these summer-inspired self-care strategies.

1.  Plan a staycation

Without a doubt, getting away can be a phenomenal form of self-care. Sometimes, all you need is a change of scenery to refresh your mindset and restore your energy. Besides, exploring a new location can be incredibly inspiring, and you’re sure to make a few memories that will last well past the summer. That said, sometimes a vacation simply isn’t feasible, whether due to your work obligations or budget limitations. To boot, planning a trip can be a bit stressful, between booking flights, finding a place to stay, and figuring out the logistics of your itinerary.

So, why not plan a staycation instead? You’ll save time and money on travel, and you can still reap the self-care rewards of taking a getaway. Find a local hotel that has a spa, or perhaps a swimming pool, and some solid dining options on-site. Then, pack up some luxe loungewear, some glamorous lingerie, and a bottle of bubbly, and hole up — either solo or with your SO — for a luxurious weekend of pampering.

2.  Try a digital detox

Summer is a stellar time to step away from social media and other technology. Your feeds be chock full of enviable vacations and “fitspo” photos promoting the idea of a bikini body (PSA: Every body is a beach body), and seeing those kinds of posts can inspire comparisons to your own life, and subconsciously get you down. Not to mention, the longer days and warmer weather provide the perfect opportunities to get out in nature more, and your devices can often serve as a distraction, keeping you inside the house. So, try to find a digital detox plan that works for you.

Depending on the technology demands of your job, you might be able to designate a certain time frame every day, such as around dinner or before bed, during which your devices are off limits. Or, you may find there’s a certain day, like Sunday, on which you can stash your phone away. Let your friends, family, and coworkers know that you won’t be available, and use that time to be fully present and reconnect with your loved ones (as well as yourself).

3.  Enjoy seasonal foods

One of the most delightful aspects of summer is all of the incredibly tasty, healthy foods that are in season. So why not take advantage? Swing by your local farmer’s market to pick up some strawberries, corn, cucumbers, green beans, peaches, plums, watermelon, zucchini, eggplant, and other seasonal produce. Then, look for recipes that incorporate them, like an arugula salad with tomatoes and basil vinaigrette, or a blackberry crisp.

Treating your body to farm-fresh produce when it’s at its peak is a phenomenal (and delicious) way to practice self-care. Not only will these fruits and veggies taste better when they’re in season, but they’ll also be cheaper, and pack even more nutrients, too.


Related: 6 Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Swimsuit


how to self care

Keira One Piece Swimsuit in Twilight

4.  Take your workout outside

Stuck in an exercise rut? A great way to bust out of the boredom that comes with running on a treadmill is to take your workout to the great outdoors. Choosing an activity you genuinely enjoy is key — whether you like hiking, biking, jogging, or swimming. After all, self-care is all about doing things that make your body feel good, not things that you dread and have to drag your feet out of bed to do.

If you tend to be more motivated in a group setting, note that many gyms and studios offer outdoor yoga, Zumba, and boot camp classes. And if running isn’t your thing but you’re seeking a workout that will allow you to take in the summer scenery, opt for a power walk (with light dumbbells if you want to make it more challenging). Just don’t forget to pull together a fun summer-ready playlist to fuel you through.

5.  Catch up on your summer reading

When was the last time you read a book just because? Summer is a phenomenal time to catch up on your reading, so go ahead and pick up a copy of that autobiography or best-selling novel you’ve been hearing great things about. If you’re on a tight budget, stop by your local library, where you can find a wide range of reading material from educational nonfiction on a range of subjects to chick lit page-turners.

Not sure where to start? Check out Goodreads’ summer reading list. Next, find a quiet place — like a bench at your local park, a nearby coffee shop, or your very own bathtub, and bury yourself in your new material. And if you want to get your girlfriends in on your efforts, why not start a little summer book club?

6.  Get some vitamin D

If you’ve ever noticed how you feel like you’re in a better mood after lounging around on the beach or right in your own backyard, you’re not imagining things — research has shown that soaking up the sun actually has a number of health benefits. In fact, one 2016 study found that adults have less mental distress when they have more sunny days, and another 2008 study found that soaking up some morning sunlight can help to regulate your internal clock so you experience an enhanced feeling of alertness during the day and improved sleep at night.

That said, it’s super important to protect your skin from the UV rays, so always be sure to wear sunscreen with adequate SPF. If sunbathing isn’t your thing, you could listen to an audiobook, work on a craft, or read a magazine while you’re enjoying the warmth and natural light. Or, you could use that time in the sun to catch up with girlfriends over a pitcher of homemade sangria. Just don’t forget to drink plenty of water — it’s crucial to stay hydrated when you’re out in the heat.

Ready for a relaxing, rejuvenating summer? All of these self-care ideas will help you to seek out the TLC you deserve — while also enjoying all of the incredible perks this season has to offer.


Related: Bra-Sized Swimwear: How To Get The Perfect Fit


what is self care

Keira One Piece Swimsuit in Twilight

We Highly Recommend

If you’re shopping for a swimsuit that fits your bust perfectly, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find swimsuit tops that stay in place, especially when you’re shopping on your own. If you’re full-busted and you’ve struggled with finding a flattering swimsuit top or if you’ve never tried a bra-sized swim top before, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings and carry a selection of swimsuits and swimsuit tops. Their expert bra fitters can help take the pain and frustration out of swimsuit shopping and do all the work for you. They can help you find a bra-sized swimsuit top with the support and lift that you’re looking for and they can also help you find new everyday bras that fit well and feel good. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best swimsuits are hiding.

If you’re not happy with the swimsuits in your closet, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy swimsuit shopping!


Featured image lingerie:
Keira One Piece Swimsuit in Twilight

Let’s talk about pregnancy boobs. It’s no secret that they’re going through a lot of significant changes. Hormonal shifts can cause them to get bigger, fuller, sore, and/or sensitive, among other things. As such, many women find themselves being forced to embrace this new bust line. That typically means coming to terms with the fact that their previous bras simply aren’t going to cut it — and ultimately, shopping for some new ones.

Of course, pregnancy doesn’t affect all women’s breasts the same way. Some say their breasts feel heavy. Others say they feel more firm. Some also find that they feel itchy, or that the veins are more visible. As the body adjusts the hormonal shifts in the first trimester, many women experience aching in their breast area as well as their armpits. Nipples might become darker, more sensitive or more pronounced — and even may change shape, according to Healthline.

The bottom line? Changes of some kind are basically inevitable but can vary from person to person.

Here’s what nine women had to say about their experience dealing with the notorious “pregnancy boobs.”

boobs after pregnancy

“I was hoping my asymmetrical boobs would even out a little bit (one is like a half cup size or so larger), but unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. They did grow, however, close to a cup size larger, and for some reason, I feel like it was less noticeable that they were lopsided once they were bigger.” 
— Madison, 31

boobs before and after pregnancy pictures

“I’ve had a small chest my entire life and was really looking forward to that extra ‘oomph’ during pregnancy. So, I was pretty disappointed when they barely grew half a cup size! Oh well, I guess it’s just a sign that I’ve gotta embrace what I’ve got.”
— Lily, 28

big boobs after pregnancy

“Pre-pregnancy, I already had big boobs, and they went up a whole two cup sizes at just 13 weeks. It was definitely a bit of a struggle to find the right bras (not to mention clothes) that would accommodate for my even fuller bust.”
— Laura, 30

sore boobs after pregnancy

“The thing that I remember most is how tender they were. My husband learned he even had to be careful about hugging me because if he squeezed too hard I’d yelp in pain (it’s hilarious now, it wasn’t so funny at the time). Soft-cup bras were my friend during that time. And luckily, that tenderness started to subside after I started the weaning process.”
— Amy, 34


Related: Where To Buy Maternity Bras


breast changes during pregnancy

“For my first and second pregnancy, my breasts legitimately doubled in size leading up to when I gave birth. Once the milk dried up, though, they went back to their original size. During my third pregnancy, my boobs oddly didn’t grow very much, but then went up a cup size after my baby was born and I started breastfeeding. Moral of the story is: Pregnancy boobs are super unpredictable.”
— Kate, 36

breasts before and after pregnancy

“My band size went up but my cup size stayed the same, so that was peculiar. But apparently your rib cage expands, so I guess it makes sense. I will say my boobs looked a bit “fuller.” But they didn’t technically get larger.”
— Emma, 29

breast pain during pregnancy

“Goodness, they were really sore so much of the time. In the first trimester, it was usually both boobs. After that, it was usually just one boob or the other (typically my left for some reason). Hence, I learned to love stretchy, soft, wireless bras. I found they were the most comfortable while my breasts were sore and sensitive — I could even sleep in them!”
— Dee, 32

breast during pregnancy

“During the last month of pregnancy, I would occasionally leak a little bit. So, I started wearing nursing bras a bit early. I found they were perfect because they’re already designed to accommodate engorgement. And by that point, my breasts had pretty much reached the size they would be during breastfeeding. My nursing bras also had absorbent pads in them. I was relieved to not have to worry about any embarrassing incidents during those final weeks of pregnancy.”
— Hannah, 30

breasts during pregnancy

“I found that my boobs grew the most at the very beginning of pregnancy and then again right before I gave birth. That made buying bras pretty simple. I bought a few maternity bras just a couple months in and was able to wear them up until the end of the final trimester.”
— Stephanie, 28

The good news about pregnancy boobs is that there are ways to accommodate all of the crazy shifts to ensure you’re as comfortable as possible. Investing in well-fitting bras, whether nursing bras, maternity bras, or wireless bras, can ensure that your breasts have sufficient support. That means you can look — and feel — as fabulous as possible, regardless of whatever unexpected changes come your way.


Related: Bra Shopping Guide: Tips For Buying New Bras


We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!

We need to talk. You know that feeling of immense relief you get when you finally take your bra off after a long day of work? Well, that’s a problem. Because no bra should be so uncomfortable that you’re counting down the hours until you can remove it.

There are many things that can cause a bra to be uncomfortable, including the fit, style, quality, and features, and we’ll address all of them in this guide. The bottom line is that ultimately, you should be able to wear your bras all day or night without suffering for it.

Comfort is not the only issue, either — an uncomfortable bra can also cause more serious problems. In fact, wearing the wrong bra can cause back pain, neck pain, headaches, and also poor posture.

But what can you do to make your bras more comfortable? Try any of these simple tips, which make a serious difference.

Get a bra fitting

It may sound obvious, but wearing the right bra size is about the best thing you can do to make sure your bras are as comfy as possible. Pesky problems like straps that dig into your shoulders, a band that rides up, and underwire or cups that cut into your breast tissue are all typically caused by an ill-fitting bra. So, have you been measured by a professional in the last six months? If not, it’s time to head to your nearest department store or lingerie boutique to get fitted. Your bra size may have changed without you even realizing it, causing all kinds of fit issues that cause discomfort. As an added bonus, a bra that fits well is also far more flattering.

Try your bra sister size

Did you know that every woman has multiple bra sizes? They’re called your “sister sizes” and they can be a serious lifesaver. The reality is that you’re not likely the same size across every brand and style. Different companies use their own fit standards and measurement methods, so you may need to experiment until you find the perfect size for you in a particular line. That’s where your sister size comes in. You can find your sister size by going up one cup size and down one band size, or conversely, down one cup size and up one band size, from what you normally wear. For example, if you typically wear a 34DD, your sister sizes would be 36D and 32DDD/32E.

Don’t be afraid to play around with your sister sizes — you may just find that they’re more comfortable than the size you’ve been wearing. It’s also worth mentioning that you may need to utilize your sister size depending on what style of bra you’re buying. For instance, you may find that you need a smaller cup and larger band on a longline bra, but a larger cup and a smaller band on a push-up bra.


Related: If You Don’t Like Your Bra, Ask Yourself These 5 Questions


how to make your bra more comfortable

Elissa Strapless Bra in Pearl White

Wash before wearing

When you buy a new bra, you may be so eager to put it on that you neglect to wash it first (we don’t blame you — snagging a pretty new bra is undoubtedly exciting). But did you know that washing your bra before wearing it can make it feel comfier? It softens up the fabric so that it feels a bit less stiff. So consider hand-washing your bras in lukewarm or cool water before putting them on, and they’re bound to feel softer against your skin.

Opt for wide straps

There are so many benefits to wide bra straps. For one, if you have a full bust, they can more support, and are overall sturdier, meaning they’re better at holding the weight of your breasts. But not only that — wide straps also tend to be more comfortable on your shoulders than narrow ones. This is especially true in regards to sports bras. Simply put, wide straps are a must if you’re shopping for medium or high-impact sports bras, particularly if you have larger breasts.

Speaking of straps, if yours keep digging into your shoulders (and you’ve already determined it’s not a fit issue), you can also invest in silicone covers, which add a little extra cushioning.

Try a racerback

Some women find that racerback bras are more comfortable than their other bras. Why? Because the straps are angled inward and meet at the center of the upper back, putting a bit less weight on the shoulders. If you have narrow shoulders, you can avoid the irritating issue of your straps constantly falling off with a racerback bra. But if you’re not sure about investing in a racerback, you can also opt for a convertible bra. This style allows you to convert the straps into a racerback, along with a number of other styles as well, making it super versatile. And another option is to buy a bra clip, which you can use to hook around each strap, instantly converting any bra into a racerback.

Repeat after us: You deserve to feel good in your bras, no matter what style they are or how long you’re wearing them for. So hopefully, these tactics can help you to make any of your favorites a little more comfortable.


Related: How To Build A Lingerie Wardrobe You Love


how to make a strapless bra comfortable

Elissa Low-Back Bustier Bra in Nude

We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


Featured image lingerie:
Elissa Strapless Bra in Black

Here’s the thing about boobs: The grass is always, always greener. Some small-busted women wish they had a fuller bust to fill out their dresses and tops, while those who have larger breasts wish they could magically shrink them. Having a full bust definitely comes with its perks. But at the same time, it poses some challenges when it comes to shopping for the right bra or bikini style, and it can be a nuisance while you’re running. Not to mention, some women with very large breasts experience back, neck, and shoulder pain.

Your breast size depends on a multitude of factors — not just genetics. Pregnancy and breastfeeding can both affect your breast size, as can certain prescription medications. In fact, it’s pretty much a guarantee that your size will fluctuate at least a little throughout your lifetime. So, if your full bust is bothering you, what can you do about it? Of course, surgery is one option — but a costly one with some risks involved.

Luckily, there are ways to shrink the appearance of your bust line without going under the knife.

Here are some tried-and-true tips to take into account:

Get fitted

Many women mistakenly think that wearing a smaller bra will make their breasts look smaller. In fact, a bra that’s too tight can end up making your breasts look larger, by causing unnecessary unsightly bulges. A bra that fits perfectly will be far more flattering, which is why it’s so important to regularly get fitted. If you haven’t gotten a professional bra fitting in the last six months to a year, there’s a chance that your bra size has changed. And if you’re wearing a bra that’s too small, finding out your true size may prove more helpful than you think.

You can get a fitting done at many department stores as well as independent lingerie boutiques. Once you know your size, you can invest in bras that actually fit properly and provide adequate coverage and support — and those bras can actually make your breasts look smaller.

Try a minimizer bra

Once you get fitted and you know your true bra size, it’s time to invest in some new bras. One style that should be at the top of your list is a minimizer bra — true to its name, this type of bra is specifically designed to make your boobs look smaller. Here’s how it works: A minimizer bra distributes your breast tissue across more of your chest. By spreading the tissue out more, it can make your boobs project outward far less. In fact, some minimize bras can take 1 to 2 inches off your bust line! Try to look for one that has three-part cups, which will help with shaping and lift for the most flattering look. You’ll definitely be grateful to have a minimizer bra in your arsenal when you’re wearing a button-down shirt and looking to avoid any pesky gaping between buttons.


Related: How Do Minimizer Bras Work?


what does a minimizing bra do

Enora Minimizer Bra | Enora Bikini in Raspberry

Work out

There are multiple ways in which exercise can make a difference if you’re seeking smaller looking breasts.

First of all, fat makes up a large portion of the breasts. Therefore, when you reduce your body fat overall, your breasts inherently become smaller. Cardio exercise, like running, spinning, dancing, and aerobics, is known to burn fat, and strength training builds muscle, which in turn contributes to the fat-burning process. So, it’s safe to say that working out regularly can potentially help you to shrink your bust line. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that adults get at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise three days a week.

Not only that, but strength training that specifically targets your chest muscles — like pushups, dumbbell flyes, and chest presses — can prove helpful as well. While these moves won’t necessarily make your boobs smaller, they can strengthen and tone the pectoral muscles, thus making your boobs look perkier.

Clean up your diet

You may know that what you eat can play a role in your body fat. In turn, that can affect your breast size. That’s why it’s just as important to maintain a healthy diet as it is to exercise. This means avoiding processed foods high in saturated and trans fats and focusing on consuming high-quality protein, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, as well as heart-healthy fats (like those found in olive oil, avocados, and nuts) in moderation. According to Healthline, foods like eggs, chili peppers, fatty fish, and full-fat Greek yogurt can have fat-burning potential, as can beverages like green tea and coffee.

Veggies, legumes, and whole grains are all examples of foods that are high in fiber. Fiber is key to a healthy diet because it makes you feel full. In fact, one study found that increasing fiber intake was associated with a 10 percent decrease in calorie intake. Not only that, but participants lost nearly 4.4 pounds over a four-month period.

You may also want to consider a probiotic supplement. One 2018 review of 15 studies revealed that people who took probiotics saw significantly more weight and body fat loss compared to those who took a placebo.

It’s important to note that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with having large breasts. In fact, many women consider them an asset. We’re all about embracing what you’ve got, and if you’ve got a full bust, then there are lots of perks about your feminine figure that you shouldn’t overlook. That said, if your bust is so large that it’s causing you frustration, discomfort, or insecurities, then you should know that there are things you can do (other than surgery) to reduce the size of your breasts — or at least the appearance of them. Here’s to feeling comfortable and confident, and remember: The grass is always greener when it comes to breast size.


Related: Is A Minimizer Bra Right For You? 6 Questions To Ask First


what is the best minimizer bra on the market

Enora Minimizer Bra | Enora Bikini in Raspberry

We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


Featured image lingerie:
Enora Minimizer Bra | Enora Bikini in Raspberry
Go Top