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There’s no denying that red is a bold, eye-catching color. When someone walks down the street in red, you take notice. And when you walk into a room in a red dress, heads turn. Consider this: So many symbols and objects that represent romance, passion, and sex, are red: red lipstick, red hearts, and red roses, for example. In other words, red is a color that we subconsciously associate with seduction.

So, it’s about time you incorporate some red into your lingerie collection. Why? Read on to find out. 

It complements any and every skin tone

Did you know that red is a universally flattering color? It’s true — it can work for any complexion. The key, of course, is finding the right shade to complement the undertones in your skin.

If you have fair skin, a blue-based shade, like a true ruby red, isn’t too harsh and will look stunning against your alabaster complexion. On the other hand, if you have olive skin, go for a vivid scarlet red or rich wine red. If you have warm, golden undertones in your skin, don’t shy away from orangey shades, like a brick red. On the other hand, those with medium skin and cool undertones may want to go with a scarlet or garnet red. Is your skin on the darker side? Lucky you — you can wear pretty much any shade of red and get away with it — though bright cherry and berry shades look especially striking.

It’s an exciting alternative to black

Take a look in your lingerie drawer, and notice the spectrum of colors. If you see a whole lot of black, white, and nude, it may be time to infuse a little excitement into your collection — and there’s hardly a better way to do that than with red.

Sure, black is a timeless option that works just as easily for date night or the office, depending on what you’re wearing over it. But if you feel like your collection is starting to look a little humdrum lately, you can bust the boredom by adding a piece of red, whether that means a red contour padded bra and matching low-rise red hipster panty or a flowy red babydoll with lace accents. Besides, you may be surprised by how versatile red can be. You don’t have to reserve those crimson pieces for special occasions — you can easily rock a red bra with a simple black T-shirt and jeans or a patterned casual dress. Just knowing it’s there underneath your laid-back outfit may put a self-assured smirk on your face.


Related: The 7 Golden Rules of Lingerie Shopping


red lingerie

Marion Contour Padded Bra P5391 | Marion Hipster P5395 in Tango Red

It can give you a boost of confidence

Speaking of self-assurance, wearing red has been shown to have a positive impact on a person’s confidence. And it makes sense, given that in addition to being associated with love and lust, red is also linked to status and power. So it’s no surprise that a 2017 study conducted by German researchers found that wearing red can make you feel better about yourself. For the study, 180 college students wore either a red or blue shirt and then sat in front of a mirror to observe their reflections before completing a survey. As it turned out, the participants who wore red rated themselves higher in both attractiveness and sexual appeal than those who wore blue. Feel like you need a little boost? Then try rocking a red lace bra — and you just may walk a little taller.

It’s the perfect choice under white

When you’re wearing a white T-shirt, blouse, or tank, you may think a white or nude bra is the best option. After all, those neutral shades won’t show under a white top, right? While nude is a viable option, white is actually not the best choice, as it will contrast with your skin and stand out. And you might be surprised to know that a red bra actually works rather well under a white shirt. Why? Well, the way in which the color red absorbs light makes it blend in with your complexion, thus causing it to virtually disappear under white garments.

Pro tip: if you really want a red bra to look invisible under a white shirt, make sure to go with a true red, or one that’s deeper and errs on the side of burgundy. Avoid reds with a lot of pink or purple undertones, like fuchsia.


Related: Bra Shopping Guide: Tips For Buying New Bras


red lace bra

Marion Unlined Wire Bra P5392 in Tango Red

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:
Charlotte Padded Bra 6901 | Charlotte Bikini 6905 in Red/Black

You’re well aware of the benefits of a push-up bra (hello cleavage!), and the advantages of a T-shirt bra, which looks smooth and seamless under all your form-fitting knit tops. And you may have a few supportive sports bras in your arsenal, because you know how important they are to protecting your breasts during exercise. But aside from those obvious choices, did you know that there are a multitude of other styles that can come in handy?

Here are three of the most underrated bra styles you might want to consider adding to your arsenal:

Plunge bras

what is a plunge bra

Casey Plunge Molded Bra 2801 | Casey Boyshort 2805 in Rose Print/Black

Don’t overlook plunge bras — there are so many perks to wearing this highly underrated style, and they also happen to be flattering on basically any breast size or shape.

For one, they can resolve a number of fit issues. Ever noticed that you don’t quite fill out your bra cups completely? If you tend to have additional room at the sides or tops of the cups due to having breasts that are shallow at the top or all over, plunge bras might provide the perfect solution. Since the cups are more narrow and angled, you’re more likely to fill them out. Not to mention, plunge bras are ideal for wearing underneath low-cut tops and dresses — since they have a low center gore and angled cups, they won’t show under those deep necklines. By the way — plunge bras are a nice alternative to push-up bras, and can amp up your cleavage but in a subtler, more natural way by gathering the breast tissue upward and inward. Plus, plunge bras are super comfy. If you’ve ever struggled with underwires poking or prodding at your sides or underarms, note that plunge bras have shorter wires, and are therefore less likely to cause that problem.


Related: 5 Hidden Perks Of Plunge Bras Revealed


Demi cup bras

what is a demi cup bra

Charlotte Padded Bra 6901 | Charlotte Highwaist Brief 6917 in Red/Black

If you’re looking for a bra that’s practical and sexy at the same time, look no further than a demi-cup bra. Sure, we love our full-cup bras for providing ample coverage, but demi-cup bras are far better suited to tops and dresses that have lower scoop or square necklines.

Demi-cup bras come with other benefits as well. This style is ideal for women with drooping or shallow breasts — while it provides plenty of lift, you won’t have to worry about whether you’ll fill out the cups, since they only cover a little more than half of the breasts.

And since they offer less coverage up top, demi-cups are a phenomenal choice for showing off some cleavage. If you’re looking to really amp up the sex appeal, try a balconette bra. This style, which is often confused with a demi-cup bra, provides even less coverage, only coming up to just above the nipples.

Unlined bras

what is an unlined bra

Tess Unlined Wire Bra P5022 | Tess Bikini P5023 in Charcoal

There’s no denying that padded bras can be super helpful — such as when you want a little extra nipple coverage, or shaping benefits. That said, don’t overlook unpadded and unlined bras. They come with their own unique advantages as well.

If you’re full busted and concerned about adding any extra bulk to your chest, an unlined bra is a perfect choice. While it can still lend a lot of support and shaping (particularly if it contains underwire and three-part or seamed cups), it won’t add to the volume of you chest since it doesn’t have any padding or thick lining.

Also, unlined bras are incredibly comfortable – you may find yourself reaching for them in the warmer months, since they’re super lightweight. Wearing an unlined bra may very well feel like going bra-less, except you’ll still have the reassurance that you’re getting the support you need.

Unlined bras can be found in a wide range of styles, from longline to demi-cup, and are available in both underwire and wireless options.

Perhaps the best aspect of unlined bras, however, is that they allow you to embrace your natural shape — since they don’t sculpt or shape your breasts to look any particular way, they encourage you to come to terms with your boobs exactly the way they are. How’s that for self-love?

There’s nothing wrong with having those go-to bra styles that you resort to again and again. But don’t overlook these highly underrated styles — plunge bras, demi-cup bras, and unlined bras are not only incredibly versatile, but also universally flattering as well.


Related: Bra Shopping Guide: Tips For Buying New Bras


plunge molded bra

Jeanie Plunge Molded Bra 4801 in Java

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, 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:
Tess Unlined Wire Bra P5022 in Charcoal

Perhaps you’ve been considering a boudoir photo shoot for an anniversary or Valentine’s Day gift. Or, maybe you’re thinking it’ll be the perfect wedding present for your soon-to-be spouse. Alternatively, you might simply have realized it’s a spectacular way to practice self-love and celebrate your body. Whatever your reasoning for finally planning a boudoir shoot, there’s no doubt that it’s an exciting decision. And there’s also no doubt that you’ll have a lot of questions if this is your first boudoir experience. Will you feel awkward? Should you bring two outfits or five? What about hair and makeup?

The more you know ahead of time, the more prepared you’ll feel — and that preparedness will provide you with confidence, which is so key to achieving natural, stunning photos.

In this guide, we’ll answer all your burning questions about boudoir, and hopefully, give you a better idea of what to expect.

Do I have to get naked?

One of the biggest misconceptions about boudoir photo shoots is that you’re required to strip down to your skivvies. Ultimately, you can wear whatever you feel best in — whether that’s a bra and panty set, a nightgown, a robe, or nothing at all. Should you choose to wear nothing, photographers can get crafty with posing you so that nothing really shows — with your arms crossed over your chest, or by photographing you from the back, for example. After all, boudoir photography is meant to have an element of tease, so the idea is to leave something to the imagination. But rest assured that if you don’t feel comfortable going naked, you definitely don’t have to.

Where should I shop?

There are so many incredible options when it comes to shopping for your boudoir shoot, it can almost be overwhelming.

Start by taking a peek in your own closet! Look for those special pieces that make you feel sexiest — not your everyday lingerie. For example, a black demi-cup bra with allover lace is far more fitting for a boudoir photo shoot than a basic nude T-shirt bra.

Next, it’s time to go shopping for pieces to complement what you already have. Bra and panty sets are a safe bet, but consider other types of lingerie as well — a teddy, bodysuit, or babydoll, for example, are universally flattering and can offer a super sultry look.

As for where to shop, department stores will obviously offer the most variety in terms of brands and products since they have a larger inventory, but there are many benefits to shopping at independent local lingerie boutiques. These stores may be more likely to stock hard-to-find designers and sizes, as well as unique items you won’t find anywhere else. And those are precisely the kinds of eye-catching pieces that can make your boudoir shoot. Plus, the staff at a small boutique may be able to provide more personalized attention during your shopping experience, which could prove helpful when you’re making decisions in the fitting room about what to purchase.

Speaking of your outfits, another common question revolves around how many to bring. It’s a good idea to ask your photographer for advice on this, as it will likely depend on which package you choose, and how many “looks” are included. As a general rule, it’s a good idea to bring more than you need to be on the safe side. For example, my shoot included three “looks,” and I brought five outfit options to the shoot to choose from.


Related: 5 Lingerie Outfit Ideas For Your Boudoir Photo Shoot


I have no idea how to pose… will that be obvious?

If you’re not used to being in front of the camera, don’t fret! You definitely won’t be expected to arrive with specific poses planned out. A good boudoir photographer will help to guide you throughout the entire process. When I did my boudoir shoot, I was surprised at the level of direction the photographer gave me — not only did she explain in detail how to pose, but she also suggested subtle adjustments, like a slight change of my hand placement or the angle of my torso. If it helps to ease your nerves, you can practice a little posing in the mirror beforehand to get a sense of what you like, and what looks good to you.

Should I get my hair and makeup done professionally, or can I do it myself?

When I was planning my boudoir shoot, I was conflicted over whether to do my own hair and makeup or hire professionals to help. Due to budget constrictions, I ultimately decided to strike a compromise: I did my own hair, and had my makeup done. Personally, I felt it was worth it to have a pro do my makeup — the fact is, that doing your makeup for a photo shoot is very different than doing it for everyday life. You’ll likely need more skin coverage, and a more dramatic eye look in order to make your features pop, and a skilled makeup artist will be able to accentuate everything in such a way that it shows up on camera. I felt confident in doing my hair since I only wanted to style it the way I typically do (loose curls with a curling iron). But if you don’t feel confident in your ability to achieve the hairstyle you want, I’d definitely suggest getting your hair done by a pro as well.

You’re likely investing a lot in these photos, and you obviously want to look your absolute best. So trust me: it’s worth investing a little bit more into getting the best glam squad to make you look — and feel — like a goddess. Not only will you probably feel more confident at the shoot, but that will come across on camera.

Hopefully, you feel a bit more at ease about your upcoming boudoir shoot now that your burning questions have been answered. Remember: The right photographer will do anything in their power to help you feel confident throughout the process — so all you have to do is show up and have fun!


Related: 12 Questions To Help You Pick The Right Boudoir Photographer


We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for your boudoir photo shoot, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit, 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:
Charlotte Padded Bra 6901 | Charlotte Bikini 6905 in Bronze

A bra is a pretty complicated little garment. Between the band, which offers support; the cups, which contain your breasts; the center gore, which separates the breasts; and the straps, which hold the bra in place, there are many different components that come into play. Each obviously has a different purpose, so it’s crucial to understand how they function while shopping for a bra. Depending on your bra size and breast shape, you may have unique needs that require different features. One of the oft-forgotten aspects of a bra are the closures — you know, those little rows of hooks in the back of the bra that fasten it. They may seem like an insignificant feature, but they actually serve a very important purpose.

Some bras have one or two rows of hook and eye closures, while others have four or more. How many rows do you need? Follow this guide to find out.

What do the hooks do?

Of course, we all know that the hooks keep the bra closed. But what do additional rows do?

In case you didn’t know, the band provides the majority of the support on a bra. So, the wider the band, the more support it can typically offer. More hooks translate to a wider band, and thus, a more secure and usually more supportive one.


Related: A Guide To The Different Parts Of A Bra and What They Do


how to tell if a bra fits

Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra P5351 | Sandrine Hipster P5355 in Wild Pink

How many do I need?

In order to determine how many rows of hooks you need, you’ll want to consider how much support you need.

Women with larger/heavier breasts will benefit from bras that have at least three rows of hook and eye closures, which offer additional stability and support. This is why you’ll find that bras made by brands that specialize in full bust bras will typically always have a minimum of three rows. It’s also why you’ll observe that most bras that are D-cup size and above have three or four rows (or more). Additionally, you may notice that many sports bras (especially high-impact ones) usually have more rows of closures, because this aspect helps to minimize movement and keep the breasts supported during exercise (thereby protecting them from damage and possible discomfort).

On the other hand, women who have smaller breasts may find that one or two rows of hook and eye closures is perfectly adequate.

Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference and comfort. But as a general rule, the more rows of hooks, the greater the level of support. And as an added bonus, the wider the band, the less likely it is to cut into your back in an unflattering way. In other words, a wider band with more rows of hooks can have a smoothing effect for your silhouette.

Final considerations

When you buy a bra, it’s imperative that you pay attention to which row of hooks it fits on. Ideally, the bra should fit comfortably on the loosest hook. This is because bras gradually stretch out over time due to wearing and washing them as the elasticity wears down. By buying a bra that fits on the loosest setting, you’ll want to be able to tighten the bra as needed.

Deciding how many rows of hook and eye closures your bra should have is a matter of assessing how much support you require. And when it comes down to it, the most important thing to keep in mind is that the bra should at least have one row of closures (unless it’s a front-close bra). Since the band serves a key function, you want to make sure it’s adjustable. Because whether you wear a B cup or F cup, it’s critical that your bra can conform to your body because that’s the only way to achieve a flawless fit, as well as the right amount of support for your bust.


Related: How To Tell If A Bra Fits In 4 Easy Steps


how should a bra fit

Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra P5351 | Sandrine Hipster P5355 in Wild Pink

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:
Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra P5351 | Sandrine Hipster P5355 in Wild Pink

It goes a little something like this. You’re off on your morning jog, which, it’s worth mentioning, you’ve been looking forward to ever since you woke up. You’re feeling well hydrated, you’ve got a super comfortable pair of running shoes on, and your energy-boosting playlist is all fired up. Then, about five minutes into your run, you feel distracted: Your boobs are bouncing all over the place, and it’s all you can think about. By the end of your jog, your chest feels downright sore.

We can’t stress the importance of a well-fitting, high-quality sports bra enough — especially when you’re engaging in high-impact cardio workouts like running (or dancing, aerobics, and plyometrics, to name a few). These kinds of exercises expose your breasts to more movement in every direction, and as such, it’s extra crucial to keep them in place. A well-structured bra will limit their movement, thus helping to prevent the delicate ligaments from strain or other damage.

So, which sports bras are best for running? Read on to find out.

Encapsulation vs. compression

In the world of sports bras, there are two kinds to know about: compression bras and encapsulation bras.

Here’s how they work:

True to their name, compression bras are designed to compress the breasts, holding the tissue more closely to the chest. These bras are popular because they’ve been around for a long time and they’re typically wire-free. They can be great for light to medium impact workouts, like yoga, spinning, and strength training.

Encapsulation bras, on the other hand, feature structured cups and sturdy underwire. Given that they have defined cups, they can provide more support for each breast individually. They’re also better able to reduce bounce when you’re running or working out. Obviously, the addition of underwire plays a role in the overall fit as well. Typically, encapsulation bras are more advisable for women with larger busts than compression bras for all of the aforementioned reasons.

Your best bet? Seek out a sports bra that combines both encapsulation and compression technology. That’s right — you don’t have to choose between the two! An ideal bra for running (and other high-impact workouts) is one that combines both, and therefore offers maximum support.


Related: A 3-Step Guide To Buying The Perfect Sports Bra


sports bra for running

Parfait Active Sports Bra P5542 in Tea Berry

Other helpful features

Beyond choosing the right style, there are certain other features to consider when choosing the right sports bra for running.

For one, it’s immensely important that the bra has an adjustable band and straps. It’s exceedingly difficult to get a flawless fit without these adjustable features, and if the bra band doesn’t fit snugly with the straps firmly on your shoulders, it won’t likely provide adequate support.

You also may want to look for a sports bra that has a wide, sturdy band. Did you know that the bra band actually provides a vast majority of the bra’s support? Thus, a thicker band can be helpful, particularly in regards to supporting heavier breasts.

Also, it’s highly advisable to select a sports bra that comes in traditional bra sizing, rather than one that only comes in XS-XL sizes. You’re far more likely to get a phenomenal fit with your cup and band size, and as previously mentioned, the right fit is key in regards to support. If you haven’t been measured recently (in the last six months), it’s worth paying a visit to your local lingerie boutique or department store to make sure you know your size before investing in a new sports bra.

Final considerations

It’s worth noting that there are several reasons why a supportive sports bra is critical while running. When you run, your breasts are subjected to far more movement than they are in everyday life. That movement can put some serious strain on the breasts — namely, the Cooper’s ligaments, which are responsible for helping them to maintain their shape. Over time, the strain on these ligaments can cause them to stretch out, which can lead to sagging. Not only that, but you may experience discomfort or pain after running when your breasts are not properly supported.

A high-quality sports bra that combines both compression and encapsulation technology, includes adjustable features and has a sturdy band is most likely to protect your breasts while running. The result? You can comfortably enjoy those morning or evening jogs without having to worry about doing a disservice to your bust.


Related: How Should A Sports Bra Fit?


best sports bra for running

Parfait Active Sports Bra P5542 in Tea Berry

We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new sports 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 Active Sports Bra P5542 in Tea Berry

It’s one of the great undergarment debates: padded bras or non-padded bras? Sure, non-padded bras have certain advantages — namely, if you prefer a natural look, and want to embrace your own unique shape. However, their padded counterparts have a plethora of perks as well. So, do you need a padded bra? Well, that depends on what you need your bra to accomplish, as well as your personal preferences.

That said, a padded bra can definitely come in handy for any woman, regardless of her shape or size.

Here are just a few reasons why you might need a padded bra, after all:

Nipple coverage

There’s no denying that it’s a tad embarrassing when you look down and notice your nipples are showing — particularly if you’re in a meeting, at the office, or on a first date. Luckily, a padded bra can help to prevent those blunders by providing additional coverage. Since they offer some extra material between your breasts and your shirt, your nipples are far less likely to make an appearance.

Shaping

When it comes to achieving a nicely rounded shape, a padded bra with underwire is basically your best bet. Specifically, a contour bra is designed to sculpt your breasts into a flattering shape — and provide a seamless look under a form-fitting dress or top.

A more symmetrical look

Ever noticed that your breasts aren’t quite the same size? In truth, most women have one breast that is bigger than the other. However, if there’s a noticeable difference in size, you may have asymmetrical breasts. If that’s the case, don’t fret — it’s actually quite common. And fortunately, a padded bra can make the breasts look more even, as the padding helps to mask the difference in size.

Pro tip: You may want to look for a bra with removable padding — that way you can use the padding only on the cup for the breast that’s smaller, thus helping to even them out.


Related: Unlined Bra vs Padded Bra: What’s The Difference Between An Unlined Bra and A Padded Bra?


what's a padded bra

Charlotte Padded Bra 6901 | Charlotte Highwaist Brief 6917 in Red/Black

Sensitivity

There are a wide variety of reasons why your boobs may be feeling a bit sensitive. For example, your period, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and some hormone medications may be to blame. An infection, muscle strain or another injury can also lead to some tenderness. When your breasts are feeling a bit sensitive, try wearing a wireless padded bra, which can provide a little more protective cushioning for them.

Lactation

According to Baby Center, one of the most common side effects of breastfeeding is occasional leakage, particularly in the early stages. Some women may even leak from their breasts during pregnancy. Typically, this may occur when the breasts are too full of milk, often in the morning and during feedings. A padded bra, whether a nursing bra or otherwise, can prevent embarrassing situations by hiding any potential wet patches.

Final considerations

As you can tell, there is a slew of different rewards to wearing padded bras — beyond just enhancing the bust line. And they come in a wide variety of styles, so you’re sure to find one that lines up with your preferences. One of the most common misconceptions about padded bras is that they are all meant to boost your cleavage — and that certainly isn’t the case. While push-up bras can indeed accomplish just that, there are a variety of other padded bras that achieve an entirely different look. For example, there are padded t-shirt bras, demi cup brasplunge bras, and full-cup bras. In other words, no matter your needs, there’s a padded bra for you.


Related: Will Padded Bras Make My Bust Look Bigger?


what does padded bra mean

Charlotte Padded Bra 6901 | Charlotte Bikini 6905 in Red/Black

 

We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for your wedding day, 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:
Charlotte Padded Bra 6901 | Charlotte Bikini 6905 in Red/Black

Ever put on a button-down shirt and noticed that the space between the buttons was gaping around your bust? Or bought a form-fitting shift dress that was pulling or puckering around your chest? We’re all for embracing the full bust you were born with, but sometimes, it may pose certain style challenges. Perhaps you’ve always had large breasts, or perhaps they’ve become enlarged over time. The fact is, your boobs can grow for a number of different reasons, including genetics, pregnancy or breastfeeding, menopause, and even certain prescription medications (like birth control). Fortunately, however, there are ways to make your bust appear smaller — without having to go to such extreme measures as having reduction surgery.

But which bras are best for reducing the appearance of your breast size?

In this guide, we’ll explore all you need to know about the right bras to wear when you don’t want your boobs to be the center of attention.

How a supportive bra can help

A properly fitting bra is a must if you’re looking to make your bust appear smaller. Many women mistakenly assume that they should buy a smaller bra to shrink their bust lines. Not only will a bra that’s too tight fail to make your bust look smaller, but it can also cause a bevy of unflattering fit issues. For example, a bra that’s too tight may cut into your boobs, causing an unsightly “uniboob” look or spillover underneath or out the sides of the cups. The band may ride up in the back, and the straps may cut into the shoulders, causing indentations in the skin. Not to mention, a bra that’s too small will typically cause a lot of discomfort and potentially even pain. Basically, it’s not worth the risks — and it won’t work, anyway.

When a bra fits well, it provides ample coverage, support, and lift, which is crucial. So, when was the last time you got a fitting? If it’s been six months or more, it’s time to head to your nearest lingerie boutique or department store to get measured.


Related: Bra Shopping Guide: Tips For Buying New Bras


what does a minimizer bra do

Enora Minimizer Bra P5272 | Enora Bikini P5273 in Raspberry

Which bra is best?

Did you know there’s a bra style that’s actually designed to reduce your bust line? Meet minimizer bras, which can take anywhere from a quarter of an inch to an inch and a half or more off your bust line.

Once you’ve been fitted and know your correct size, it’s definitely worth investing in a minimizer bra or two. Minimizer bras re-distribute the breast tissue in such a way that makes the bust appear smaller. It does this by spreading the breast tissue across your chest more evenly.

What a relief, right? As it turns out, you don’t need to undergo surgery to make your bustline look a little smaller. A minimizer bra — that fits well, of course — should do the trick. Not only can a minimizer bra shrink your bust by up to 1.5 inches, but it can also give you the style freedom to wear turtlenecks, button-down blouses, body-hugging dresses, and more, without feeling self-conscious about your boobs drawing too much attention.


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


what is the best minimizer bra

Enora Minimizer Bra P5272 | Enora Bikini P5273 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 P5272 | Enora Bikini P5273 in Raspberry

Take a peek inside your lingerie collection. How do you feel? Are you invigorated, excited, and enthused — as in, you can’t wait to slip into some of those underthings? Or do you feel a little blah — in a word, bored? It happens to all of us from time to time with every aspect of our wardrobes. If you feel stuck in a rut, there are ways to shake things up. After all, lingerie is designed to make you feel like the most fabulous version of yourself, serving as the foundation for every outfit, making your ensembles look more flattering, and giving you a thrilling little surprise for that special someone on certain occasions.

A new year presents the perfect opportunity to shake things up a bit. If you feel like your lingerie collection needs a change, here are some tips for infusing some excitement back into your arsenal of unmentionables.

Try a fun color

Sure, we all have those basic colors we gravitate toward — and for good reason. A nude bra is perfect for wearing under white tops and dresses, and black is timeless, sexy, and practical all at the same time. That said, we’re all for punching things up with a fun color. All you need is one bra in a vibrant hue like cherry red, royal blue, or fuchsia, to add life to your collection. And you might be surprised by how often you reach for that bra — on date night and other special occasions, or even just lounging around the house.

Consider your skin tone when choosing a hue to ensure it flatters your complexion. Fair skin looks phenomenal in rich pastel tones, like lavender or mint green. Jewel tones like eggplant, teal, and burgundy look stunning on medium or olive skin tones. Those with darker skin can have fun with neons — but honestly, are lucky enough to be able to rock nearly any hue.

Add a new style

It’s perfectly fine to have some go-to bra styles that work for you. Maybe it’s those super comfy T-shirt bras that visually disappear under all your tanks and other clingy knit tops. Or maybe it’s those unlined bras that allow your to embrace your natural shape without adding any bulk.

It’s time to get out of your comfort zone a bit. If you love unlined bras, try a bralette instead — they’ll still give you a natural look and they’re undeniably comfortable, but they can have a slightly more elegant look in all-over lace and with other romantic accents. If you like push-up bras, try a plunge bra or a longline bra for a different look that’s equally sexy.


Related: Here’s What Your Favorite Bra Style Says About You


Think outside bras and panties

One of the best ways to spice up your lingerie collection is to think outside the box in terms of the type of pieces you’re incorporating. While bras and panties are obviously staples, there are so many other garments to consider.

Looking for a figure-flattering piece that never goes out of style? A bodysuit or a teddy is the perfect pick — and in so many colors, fabrics, and cuts, there’s a wide variety of looks to choose from, whether you’re going for sultry or sweet. If you’re going for more of a demure or elegant vibe, a babydoll or chemise is a lovely choice, as it’s both flirty and feminine but offers a bit more coverage. Or, if you’re looking to amp things up in the seduction department, you might try a bustier, which as an added bonus, can also double as shapewear. Remember: whatever you choose, the most important thing is that you feel totally comfortable and confident in it. So while we’re big proponents of taking a style risk, be realistic in terms of what you feel good in.

Dare to go wireless

There’s no denying that an underwire bra comes with plenty of perks — particularly in the lift department. But why not try a wire-free style for a change? Once you feel how lightweight and comfy it is, you’ll be glad to have just one wireless bra in your collection, if only for lounging around the house and sleeping in. Plus, you may be surprised at just how sexy a wireless bra can be. Lacy bralettes and soft-cup bras with plunging necklines or pretty details, for example, are surprisingly alluring. And if you thought wire-free bras are only for small busts, think again: with a sturdy, structured band, separated cups, artful seaming, and adjustable features, they can still provide a notable amount of support.

Ready to shake things up? Any of these strategies should help to add a little intrigue back into your lingerie collection. Remember: New year, new bras!


Related: Bra Shopping Guide: Tips For Buying New Bras


We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for your wedding day, 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:
Lulu Underwire Bra P5612 | Lulu Hipster P5615 in Grape

Once the pump has been stashed away and your little one has finally transitioned from breast milk, there’s one final step to signal that your breastfeeding phase has come to an end: trading those nursing bras for some other styles. It’s a bittersweet process for sure. Not only do you have to come to terms with the fact that those snuggly bonding seshes with your baby have come to an end, but you also have to come to terms with the fact that your boobs simply aren’t the same. Now, let’s be clear: Change isn’t always permanent, and it isn’t always necessarily a bad thing. That said, your bust will likely be looking — and feeling — slightly differently after pregnancy and breastfeeding. And that means that there’s a good chance you won’t be able to simply go back to wearing the same bras you wore pre-pregnancy.

In this guide, we’ll cover all the changes you can expect — plus how to find the right bras.

Your breasts after nursing

Among the most common changes you’ll experience are a decrease in size and a loss of fullness — particularly above the nipple. According to WebMD, the breasts increase in size right before and during breastfeeding due to the development of denser tissue that produces the milk. Once breastfeeding is over, however, those milk-making cells are no longer needed, which is why your boobs may appear deflated.

Given these changes, it’s absolutely crucial to get fitted by a professional once you have stopped nursing. A pro will be able to determine your new size so that you can invest in new bras that flatter your bust and more importantly, provide ample support. Ideally, you should wait three to six weeks after you’ve fully weaned before getting fitted — that way you’ll get a more accurate measurement, as your boobs can continue to change a bit right after breastfeeding ends. Then, you should be prepared to get fitted again six months after weaning. This is because your body will have normalized a bit again and your breasts may gain some of their fullness back, so you’ll be settling into your new size.


Related: When Should I Stop Wearing Nursing Bras?


The best post-nursing bras

As previously mentioned, your breasts may appear a bit deflated and shrunken post-breastfeeding. Fortunately, there are certain bra styles that can help in both departments.

For example, a padded demi-cup bra is a phenomenal choice. The padding can help make the breasts appear fuller while also offering some subtle shaping. And the demi-cup shape is perfect when your breasts are less full up top — since they offer less coverage, you’re more likely to fill them out, so you won’t have to deal with any unsightly gaping or puckering.

Another perfect pick is a contour plunge bra, which provides an incredible amount of support and shaping. The contoured cups can sculpt your breasts into a fuller, more rounded looking shape, and the plunge style is also ideal as the narrow center gore is less likely to dig into your breasts. A plunge molded bra is another wonderful option for the same reasons.

When you’re seeking to amp up the cleavage (perhaps for a head-turning look on date night), go for a push-up bra. This style will gather the breast tissue inward and upward, disguising that shallowness you may be experiencing at the top of your boobs and giving them some serious volume.

Final tips

There are a few more things to keep in mind while shopping for bras after breastfeeding:

A three-part cup bra can offer an incredible amount of lift and shaping and bralettes can provide lightweight support and lift without underwire.

You’ll definitely want to seek out bras with adjustable bands and straps after weaning, as your breasts may continue to shift and change over the coming months. Make sure the bra fits comfortably on the loosest hook so you can tighten as needed.

Side boning will help to contain the breast tissue and keep it gathered at the front of the chest to ensure it doesn’t splay outward toward the sides of your torso of your underarms.

Remember that knowing your sister size can be immensely helpful. If you’re struggling to achieve a perfect fit despite getting measured by a pro, you may find that your sister size resolves certain issues.

Lastly, try different styles in the fitting room to get the best fit. You might be pleasantly surprised by a style you wouldn’t normally try.


Related: Bra Shopping Guide: Tips For Buying New Bras


We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for your wedding day, 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:
Adriana Lace Bralette P5482 | Adriana Bikini P5483 in Sky Blue

There’s no doubt about it: Nursing bras can be a godsend after childbirth. Not only do they make breastfeeding more convenient, but they are also usually rather comfortable — meaning you can easily wear them during the day as well as to bed at night. But buying and wearing nursing bras often comes with a whole slew of questions for new moms. For example, many mothers wonder how many nursing bras they’ll need, which styles to buy, how often to wash them, and whether they can wear them to sleep. Another common question: When should you stop wearing nursing bras? Is there an ideal time frame to trade them in for your normal bras?

It’s a complex issue, but don’t fret — we’re diving into everything you need to know on the subject in this handy guide.

When to start wearing nursing bras

There are many benefits to wearing nursing bras — but in order to reap them, you’ll need to start wearing them at the right time. For one, nursing bras typically offer an immense amount of support, which is crucial throughout every stage of breastfeeding. Not only that but since they allow easy access to the nipple, they make breastfeeding so much simpler and hassle-free.

So, when should you start wearing those nursing bras? You may choose to start wearing them as soon as your baby is born. Some women start wearing them at some point during the second trimester of pregnancy, as they find them comfier during all the changes their breasts are going through. However, you’ll get the most perks out of them when you’re actually nursing.


Related: How Many Nursing Bras Do I Need?


When to stop wearing nursing bras

At what point you stop wearing nursing bras will depend on several factors. That said, there are a couple matters to take into account when hanging up your nursing bras.

For one, it obviously depends on when you stop breastfeeding. Should you choose to breastfeed, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends nursing for six months and then switching to a combo of breast milk and solid foods for about a year at least. Some mothers decide to stop breastfeeding entirely after six months, while others opt to breastfeed for as long as two years. There’s no hard or fast rule when it comes to how long you choose to breastfeed for, but that time frame will obviously come into account when deciding how long you’ll wear your nursing bras for.

There’s another factor to consider as well: leakage. It’s very common for the nipples to occasionally leak some breast milk — for example, in between breastfeeds, or even while nursing from the opposite nipple. As some women continue to experience this leakage for a little while during and right after weaning their baby off breast milk, they may choose to wear nursing bras for a little longer. Many nursing bras contain pads inside the cups that can help to absorb any milk that leaks out. However, if you don’t wish to wear your nursing bras any longer, you can also purchase breast pads to insert into any bra.

Wearing a nursing bra is a matter of personal preference. In other words, there’s no rule that you have to wear them at any point while breastfeeding. That said, there are many advantages to them. If you do decide to try swapping your regular bras for nursing bras while breastfeeding, be sure to get fitted by a professional before investing in any. Your bra size can change slightly or dramatically during pregnancy as well as nursing, and you’ll want to make sure that you’re wearing the correct size while your breasts are undergoing so many changes in order to ensure you get adequate support and avoid any unnecessary discomfort. After all, a nursing bra isn’t meant to add any extra stress to your life — in fact, it’s designed to make your life easier!


Related: How Often Should You Wash Nursing Bras?


We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for your wedding day, 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:
Leila Nursing Bra NB502 in Bare
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