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There’s no doubt about it, bralettes are the hottest thing in lingerie right now. Even brands that were previously all about rigid support are beginning to add these soft, wireless bras to their collections. Clearly, women love them. But is a bralette right for you?

Wait, what is a bralette?

First, it helps to understand what a bralette is – and what it is not. Bralettes are still bras, just a specific style of one. They’re lighter, less structured, and importantly wire-free. That’s what separates a bralette from an unlined bra, which has no moulding or padding but is still underwired.

Some people think bralettes are ones with deep, lacy bands, but that’s a misconception. They can have longline bands but regular bras can too. In fact, bralettes are often where we’ll see the most narrow, delicate-looking bands of all. If you’re looking for a full-bust one though, you’re more likely to see a wide band because it bolsters the support. Bralettes aren’t designed to offer lots of lift, but a wider band does at least help to secure the garment in place.

What does a bralette not offer that a bra does?

As I’ve just mentioned, bralettes aren’t designed with oodles of support in mind. They won’t do much lifting, and they won’t do much moulding; if it’s a perky, rounded shape you want and that’s not what you have naturally, a bralette isn’t going to help you get there. And they won’t stop you ‘bouncing’ if you run to catch the bus either.

Many full bust bralettes have cups that are joined at the centre, which helps to prevent you falling out of it if you twist or bend over. However, the lack of fully-separated cups means your breasts won’t be held apart, like they would be in a wired bra. Instead, if they’re large, they could feel a bit ‘smooshed together’. On the plus side, this can lead to great cleavage!


Related: Bralette vs Bra: What’s The Difference Between A Bra and A Bralette?


So, why wear a bralette then?

A bralette won’t offer the same lift, shape and support as a regular bra, but there are still plenty of reasons to wear one! After all, if there weren’t, they wouldn’t be so popular. One of the top reasons many people turn to bralettes is for comfort – the softer structure and lack of rigid wiring means it’s less likely to rub or dig in.

And if the bralette doesn’t lift your breasts up super high, well, maybe you don’t mind that. Support isn’t a priority for everyone. If you’d prefer a more natural shape, a bralette can be a great middle-ground between traditional bras and going braless. They offer a relaxed fit, but also modesty. And by creating a barrier between your breasts and ribcage, they’ll ward off sweat when it’s hot outside too.

Finally, bralettes can also be considered a fashion accessory. Often designed with decorative straps or in beautiful lace, it’s fine to have a flash of bralette showing where having a regular bra visible may feel too exposed. Low-cut neckline? Show off that lacy centre-front – it’ll probably just look like a camisole being worn underneath!

Should I wear bras or bralettes?

Trick question. Who says you have to choose? Even if a bralette isn’t right for you as an everyday option, it could still be a fantastic choice in certain situations.

If your breasts feel tender during your period for example, maybe switching to bralettes for a few days can bring some relief. Or if you do love the comfort but aren’t keen on the shape, how about saving them for lazy weekends at home, or even wearing one as a sleep bra?

Some women try bralettes and love them so much, they rush out and replace all their wired bras. But for most, having a bralette in your lingerie drawer simply gives one more option – just like having a plunge, racer-back or strapless style does. I think a bralette makes a great wardrobe staple, but when it comes down to it, you should wear what’s most comfortable for you.


Related: How To Find A Bralette That Actually Works For Full Busts


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:
Adriana Lace Bralette P5482 | Adriana Lace Bikini P5483 in Sky Blue

Planning a wedding can be a stressful affair, but it’s also very fun! Not least because you get to shop for a whole new outfit, probably the fanciest one you’ll ever wear. I don’t just mean the dress. There are also shoes to think about, and the jewellery, and the part that’s not visible – lingerie.

For many brides thinking about what to wear underneath it all, their thoughts instantly turn to something ultra-beautiful or ultra-sexy. It’s your big day after all, and you want each and every thing to be the best of the best. In some ways, getting hitched is the perfect excuse to splurge on a really luxurious, designer lingerie set that’s unlike anything you normally wear.

But, it may not be what works best with your dress. Or something that’s still comfortable after you’ve been wearing it 12 hours. In fact, the best option may even be to go braless!

So how should you shop for bridal lingerie?

I’d recommend sorting out the dress first. Who knows, maybe you’ll fall in love with a strapless, backless or body-skimming silk style that requires special considerations when it comes to lingerie.

Though, don’t leave your lingerie shopping to the last minute either. Corsets, other shapewear, and even bras can all change how a garment on top of them fits. You’ll want to leave time for potential alterations after you’ve tried the lingerie and dress on together.

And again, maybe you won’t even need to buy a bra. Many wedding dresses come with built-in cup molding. Once you’ve picked ‘the one’ and tried it on, you’ll be able to determine if it supports your bust on its own.


Related: 7 Questions To Ask Before Buying Bridal Lingerie


What style of bridal lingerie should I buy?

Option 1: Something fancy

If pretty lingerie’s what makes you happy, by all means go all out! But do be certain it’s something you can wear for some time. Just like shoes, some lingerie needs a little breaking in. You don’t want to discover two hours into a very long day that your bra wires are rubbing or your basque is digging in.

Or, horror of all horrors, your tie-side knickers are undoing themselves and slipping down! (Yes, it happened to me once. No, I wasn’t walking up the aisle). If you’re at all worried about your choice of lingerie, do a ‘test run’ wear before the wedding for peace of mind.

Option 2: Change it up

Dead set on something that just doesn’t work well with your dress? You can always change your lingerie between the reception and wedding night.

In fact, it’s not uncommon for brides to change their whole outfit too. Why not swap your gown for a glitzy cocktail dress for the final hours of the party, complete with covert change of intimates underneath?

Option 3: Keep things simple

For the day itself, the most important thing is that you’re comfortable. You’re about to make some of the best memories of your life, and you don’t need distractions! If a simple, seamless bra is what you find the most comfy, and what makes the dress on top look most fabulous, who needs to know what you’re wearing beneath?

Remember, you’ve got the whole honeymoon to dress for yet. Plenty of brides to pick out a range of beautiful lingerie sets, slips or robes to reveal one by one while away. Why not save the fancy stuff for when you can truly relax and enjoy it?

So no, you don’t need to wear fancy lingerie for your wedding day.

Maybe your wedding is the perfect place to wear a garter belt and stockings for the first time, or maybe it’s really not. Luxurious, uniquely-styled bridal lingerie is an option to consider, but don’t feel pressured into it. You should do what’s right for you.

If you’ve been married, what style of wedding lingerie did you choose? And did your chosen dress impact your choice of intimates at all?


Related: Does Bridal Lingerie Have To Be White?


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 Low Back Bustier P5017 in Pearl White (perfect for low back and strapless wedding dresses!)

Once you’ve picked a photographer for your boudoir shoot, it’s time to get onto the really fun bit – planning your looks! Be sure to check how many outfit changes are included in the price, so you know how much lingerie to bring with you. But it’s not just bras and briefs that you need to think about.

Here are 4 more things you’ll probably want to take along to your boudoir photo shoot:

A cover-up

If this is the first time you’ll be being photographed in your smalls and you’re feeling a bit nervous, pairing your lingerie with something that offers a bit more coverage can help you feel less exposed. And if there are parts of your body you’re not keen on showing, draping a robe artfully around your body is a subtle and stylish way to cover them up.

It’s not just a confidence thing – long, swishy robes can add incredible dimension to your images, so you may want to wear one purely for aesthetics. Although robes are the most popular choice of cover up, they’re not your only option. Take into account the vibe you’re going for. Perhaps a chic sweater, button-through shirt or leather jacket could work instead?

Oh, and cover-ups are great for keeping warm between sets! You’ll be standing around semi-dressed for quite some time after all.

Props

You may be the centrepiece of the images, but you won’t be the only thing in them. Consider the background carefully, because it has a big impact on the mood and ‘feel’ of the images. In fact, it’s often what takes a photo from ‘good’ to ‘amazing’.

Speak to your photographer to find out if they provide any props – if you’re shooting at their studio, chances are they’ll have something. Though you may still want to pack a few things for a personalised touch.

So what to take? Again, think of the style of image you want to create. Suitable props can include anything from flowers to books to a musical instrument! If you find posing awkward, it can be especially helpful to take something to hold or do with your hands. Food is one such idea – why not be photographed nibbling on strawberries or sipping champagne?


Related: What To Wear For A Boudoir Photo Shoot


A pair of heels

We’re so used to lingerie being ‘bedroom’ attire only, it’s easy to forget to pack some nice shoes. But they can look fantastic paired with your lingerie – even if you’re lounging on a bed where you wouldn’t normally have footwear on!

While not a boudoir shoot must-have, a pair of high heels can transform your posture, not to mention make your legs look incredible. Just be sure to give the soles a thorough clean beforehand and wear different shoes on your way to the shoot, since the undersides may be visible in the photos.

Jewellery and accessories

Finally, don’t forget the little adornments that really complete a look. If you’re going for glamour for example, a pair of sparkling drop earrings can make all the difference. Don’t neglect to think about how you’ll be wearing your hair too – do you want to take hairslides, or a pretty clip-in flower?

If it’s a sexy vibe you’re after, you can set the mood with a lace or satin blindfold. If you’re keeping things casual, how about fluffy socks and some headphones? Or if you’re boudoir shoot is bridal themed, perhaps you’ll want to be photographed in your veil or wedding garter.

If you’ve ever had a boudoir photo shoot, be sure to leave a comment and let us know what you took with you besides lingerie!


Related: The Girl’s Guide To Preparing For A Boudoir Photo Shoot


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 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:
Wendy Plunge Padded Bra P5411 | Wendy Bikini P5413 in Victorian Rose

Are you feeling left out by the bralette trend that’s taken the lingerie world by storm? Perhaps you love the delicate look of them, or maybe you crave the comfort going wire-free can bring. But chances are, if you’re a D cup or above, you’re somewhere between skeptical and positively laughing at the thought of something so flimsy being able to support your chest.

Well, I have good news and maybe-not-so-good news for you. Here it is: perhaps you haven’t found them yet, but bralettes for full busts do exist. However, for no bralette will ever offer the same lift, shape or support as a wired bra can. That’s just not what they were designed for.

So why wear a bralette?

You might prefer the look that a traditional bra gives you. But if you’re easy either way, well, why not wear a bralette? There’s no rule that says your breasts have to look a certain way! We live in body-positive times, and it can feel quite liberating to flaunt your natural shape for once.

Even if you want that lift and support out in public, bralettes offer you an easygoing, ultra-comfy alternative for when you’re relaxing at home. Maybe even sleeping. This comfort aspect also makes them great when you’re pregnant, nursing or recovering from breast surgery.

And with bralettes as much a fashion trend as a lingerie one, it’s also more acceptable to have a flash of this style on show. Tired of hunting for a plunge bra low enough to disappear under your V neck, or a convertible one to wear with thin-strapped camis? No more! With chic strap details and gorgeous lace trims, many bralettes are simply made to seen.

And hey, did I mention they’re often also cheaper than their wired counterparts too?


Related: How Should A Bralette Fit?


Signs of a supportive full-bust bralette

Especially as someone with a fuller bust, you probably still want a lingerie style that can make you feel secure. No one wants to be popping out of their bra every five minutes – or ever, for that matter!

Luckily, not all bralettes were made equal. Here are 3 design tweaks that make a bralette significantly more suitable for large cup sizes:

A wide band

The majority of support in a bra comes from the band, and that’s still the case with bralettes. But with many made from stretch lace or other soft-and-supple fabrics, an ultra-firm fit can be harder to come by. Instead, look out for a band that’s wide, which is another way to increase its supportiveness.

Wide shoulder straps

The band may do most of the heavy-lifting, but the straps take some of the weight – especially in wire-free bras where the cup is less self-supporting. When you think of bralettes, you may picture narrow spaghetti straps. Many bralettes do have them. But plenty also have wider strap designs. These mean the weight is distributed over a larger surface area, leading to less cutting-in. Racer-back strap styles increase support too.

Added seaming

The classic triangle bralette is not seamed so much as darted – a sort of ‘half seam’ that starts at the base of the cup and ends by the nipple. That is only there to give the cup depth, not to make it stronger – which is what seams usually do on a bra.

So at the very least, look for a bralette with a seam going all the way to the top of the cup. It really makes a difference to the lift! Bralettes are less-structured by nature, but you may be able to find one with additional seaming – and generally speaking, more seams leads to added support.

Have I convinced you to give bralettes a try? Keep an eye out for these three design features when shopping, because everyone deserves a chance to get in on this cute and comfy trend!

Oh and don’t forget to check out our range of bralettes. Unlike many, they’re sold by standard bra sizing, so whatever your cup size from D to G you can get a great fit.


Related: Why Are Bralettes So Popular?


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:
Adriana Lace Bralette P5482 | Adriana Bikini P5483 in Pearl White

When it comes to bra fitting advice, there’s a lot that can be said about cup size. From cups that cut in to ones that are gaping, it’s easy to find guidance for your cup-fitting woes. But those are only half of the story. The fit of your bra’s band is equally important – in fact, perhaps even more so.

Why is a firm-fitting band important?

It’s the band, not the cups or the straps, that does the majority of the supporting in a bra. And to do its job properly, it needs to be snug. The looser your band, the closer the bra is to simply hanging off your shoulders. And if the full weight of your bust is suspended from only the straps, that’s when they’ll start digging in – especially for those with large, heavy breasts. If your bras make your shoulders ache, your band size could be the problem.

It’s not just the comfort of the bra that a loose band can affect though, but the shape of it too. Since a too-loose band can’t provide enough support, the cups will inevitably droop down. But when it’s tight enough that it can’t slip around, the band anchors the whole bra in place, providing a robust and sturdy base for the cups to sit on. So if it’s lift you’re looking for, you need a firm band.


Related: Here’s How To Put On A Bra Without Stretching The Band


How to buy the right band size

A good place to start is simply with a measuring tape. Wrap it around horizontally at the breast crease or base of your breasts, pulling it comfortably firm. This number, in inches, is a band size to try on (if it’s odd, try both the size down and the one up from it).

However be aware that a number of factors affect your bra band size, and you may actually need to go one or two sizes above this starting point, or below it. For example, if you have a ‘solid’ ribcage – one that’s muscular or with bones close to the surface – you may need a larger band for comfort. And conversely, if it’s soft and squishy, you may need a smaller band size to achieve that same, nicely-snug fit. If in doubt, a bra fitter can help you decide.

And while we’re here, a quick tip: make sure you’re trying these bras on with the hooks fastened at the last (biggest) column. Over time, the elastic in the bra gives way and the band stretches out. So by starting with one that fits best at its loosest, you can gradually move the hooks inwards to compensate and maintain that same size.

But how tight is too tight?

So we’ve established that yes, your bra band does need to be firm. It’s crucial for support, to reduce strain on your shoulders. But tighter is not always better! Once you think you’ve found the right size, try this test: pop a couple of fingers inside the band at the back, and pull it away from your body. If you can pull it about an inch or so, it’s just right. If you can pull it rather a lot more, it’s too large.

But if you can’t pull it at all, or even struggle to get your fingers in there, it’s too tight. Your ribcage expands and contracts through the day as you breathe and move around, and so the band does need some ‘give’. Otherwise, it may chafe. And if your bra is hurting you, it’s definitely not the right size.

Overall, it’s a case of weighing up comfort vs support. Your bra band should be snug, but not painful. And if you feel like your bra band is already as tight as you’d want it, remember that you can also increase support from the band by choosing a wider, longline style. A very narrow band can simply cut in, without providing much support at all!


Related: 3 Important Factors That Determine Your Bra Band Size


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 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 Contour Bra P5011 | Elissa Bikini P5013 in Black

New year, new lingerie! It’s the perfect time to review and refresh your lingerie drawer. Book a professional bra fitting if you haven’t had one for a while, and take some time out this month to try on all of your existing bras to check that they still fit you well. Check too for ones that are looking a little worse for wear – bras have a finite lifespan and, especially if it’s a well-loved favourite that you reach for all the time, it could well be time to find a replacement.

Whether it turns out that you do in fact need some new bras or you simply feel like treating yourself, below I’ve rounded up 8 chic bras that will breathe fresh life into your lingerie wardrobe this spring. Because whilst we may still be in the depths of winter right now, but it won’t be much longer until the mornings start getting brighter, the evenings later, and the skies a whole lot sunnier. And a bright new season calls for stylish intimates that will match your upbeat mood!

Here are eight pretty bras to lift your mood this spring: 

Romina Unlined Wire Bra

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Romina Unlined Wire Bra P5522 in Mediterranean Blue

Wave goodbye to gloomy grey weather and welcome in the bright blue skies of spring with the Romina Unlined Wire Bra P5522, designed especially with the new Spring-Summer 2018 season in mind. With contrasting black trims, it’s a vibrant, youthful style with a refreshing splash of colour that is sure to perk you up in the mornings!

Marion Unlined Wire Bra

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Marion Unlined Wire Bra P5392 in Pink Parfait

For a softer, more romantic antidote to the darkness of winter, you’ll simply love the blush-pink Marion Unlined Wire Bra P5392. The unlined version is made from all-over lace for a look that’s beautifully delicate, but with a subtle, beige mesh backing to ensure it still offers all of the support you need.

Ava Padded Bra

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Ava Padded Bra P5371 in Black Floral

Nothing says springtime like a colourful floral print, and they don’t come much more eye-catching than on the vintage-inspired Ava Padded Bra P5371. It has all the practicality you’d expect from a standard smooth, t-shirt style bra, but the luscious, leafy print and cute button details make it far more fun to wear!

Casey Plunge Molded Bra

floral print bra

Casey Plunge Molded Bra 2801 in Black/Rose Print

If you like the Ava above, there’s a good chance you’ll love our Casey Plunge Molded Bra 2801 too. Also black with a bold floral print, this one has a plunge shape at the front that makes it a better choice if you tend to wear a lot of low V necklines once the weather warms up. Or, you know, you could always treat yourself to the two of them.


Related: Bra Shopping Guide: Tips For Buying New Bras


Charlotte Padded Bra

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Charlotte Padded Bra 6901 in Floral Shimmer

Prefer your underthings to be more neutral in colour? You can still indulge in some beautiful springtime blooms with the floral version of the Charlotte Padded Bra 6901. The #1 Parfait bestseller, it features the same highly-supportive construction and expansive size range (up to a 44G) as its block-coloured counterparts, but with the added plus of a gorgeous monochrome print.

Irene Unlined Wire Bra

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Irene Unlined Wire Bra P5332 in Ivory

For a more subtle take on florals, take a look at our ivory Irene Unlined Wire Bra P5332. The semi-sheer, flowery mesh feels wonderfully light and breathable against the skin, perfect for those warm and breezy spring mornings.

Enora Minimizer Bra

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Enora Minimizer Bra P5272 in Whisper Blue

When the skies outside are clear and bright, match your underwear to your mood with our Enora Minimizer Bra P5272. In the lightest of powder blues and with a clean-cut design, it feels fresh, chic and very modern. From a distance it may seem like a fairly simple bra design, but take a close-up look and you’ll fall in love with the gorgeous jacquard detail on the fabric and the little silver charm between the cups.

Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra

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Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra P5351 in Wild Pink

Let’s end this list the way it started – with a lingerie option that’s bold and bright enough to carry you not just through spring but through the summertime too. How could it be anything other than the fuchsia pink Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra P5351? Not just pretty but practical too, the lacy longline is boned and offers exceptional support despite the deep plunge neckline. Put this one on in the mornings and you’ll instantly be feeling zesty, energetic and ready for the day ahead!


Related: 12 Reasons Why You Should Invest In Beautiful Lingerie


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!


Do you treat yourself to new lingerie as the seasons change? What’s your favourite bra featured here today?

Found your perfect bra? It goes without saying that you want your purchase to last as long as possible, and here some tips to help make that happen. However, even with the very best care, no bra lasts forever.

Bras come under a lot of strain when worn, particularly in the larger cup sizes. Underwires get pulled out of shape around the curve of your ribcage, and spend the day pushing against their casing as they try to spring back to their resting position. The elastic of the band and straps gets stretched, and even the fabric of the cups comes under some pressure from supporting the weight of your bust.

Do you always need to throw out (or donate) your bra at the first sign of deterioration though? The answer is: it depends. Some types of damage can be repaired, giving your bra a new lease on life and letting you wear that everyday favourite a little while longer. Other types of damage are harder to fix, and may signify that the bra is no longer able to offer the support it’s supposed to.

Having trouble parting with your old bras? We’ve got you covered.

Check out our helpful guide for when to fix an old bra, and when to replace it:

Easy bra fixes

These bra hacks and repairs are so simple to do, and can add months to your bra’s lifespan in a matter of minutes!

Discolouration

Bra looking a bit old and grey? Or yellow? Often, stains on a bra can be attributed to deodorant, sweat or a general build-up of dirt. A good scrub will get most out, or at least fade them. For tougher marks, try using baking soda or a soak in a well-diluted 3% hydrogen peroxide solution.

Slipping straps

If your straps no longer used to slip off your shoulders but now they won’t stop, the solution could be as simple as adjusting them. The elastic may have lost some of its stretch, or the sliders may just have moved out of place. And if they’re already at their shortest, small clips are available to convert regular straps into a tighter racerback – you can even do it using only a paperclip!

Tougher bra fixes

These bra fixes require a little sewing know-how – or paying for the services of a local seamstress – but are a wallet-friendly alternative to buying a whole new bra.

A popped underwire

When an underwire breaks through the end of its casing, it can be quite painful. But it can be fixed! You’ll find a number of no-sew solutions online, but for the most secure and long-lasting repair you’ll want to get your sewing kit out. Push the wire back inside the casing and stitch it closed. If the wire is still threating to pop back out, or the stitched area starts to rub, sew a strip of thick, soft fabric such as moleskin on top.

A loose band

Over time, the elastic in your bra’s band will deteriorate and it will get longer. That’s why you should buy a bra that fits on the loosest hook, so that you can gradually tighten it over time. What to do, besides replacing it of course, when you just can’t get it tight enough though? Either remove the hook and eye sections, cut some band length away and sew them back on, or simply fold the band and keep it that way with a few stitches.


Related: How Long Should Bras Last?


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Signs your bra is not worth fixing

Crushed molded cups

If your molded bra cups have become lumpy or dented, sadly they’re going to stay that way. To avoid this happening in the first place, always reshape the cups whilst damp and store the bra in such a way that the cups aren’t being crushed.

Holes

If your bra is so damaged it actually has holes, it’s definitely a sign that it’s time to move on! The biggest culprit here is a harsh washing routine; minimise the risk of holes developing in your other bras by hand-washing or using mesh lingerie bags in the washing machine, and avoid the tumble dryer altogether.

Visible elastic threads

Over time, the elastic fibres in certain materials (particularly stretch lace) will become brittle and break. Speaking of tumble-dryers, this will happen rather fast if you use one for your bras, since heat is particularly good at destroying elastic! You’ll see it as tiny strands of elastic poking out of the straps or fabric. As well as being unsightly, it’s a sign the support is being compromised, and there’s unfortunately just no way to undo it.

It no longer fits

Just because a bra once fit you perfectly, doesn’t mean it always will. The band can stretch out (see above), or you can change size. Here are 10 signs your bra is no longer a good fit. At best a poorly-fitting bra won’t be supporting your bust the way it should be, at worst it will be causing substantial discomfort. So if your bra’s no longer a great fit, it’s time to replace it with one that is.

To repair or replace?

As you can see, many types of bra damage can be repaired. You’ll need to invest a little time, and perhaps a little money, but are all worth considering if you really love the bra and are keen to keep hold of it.

If your bra is suffering from multiple signs of damage listed above though, it’s time for a replacement. Patching up a small fault is one thing, but when the bra is practically falling apart, there’s no way it will be doing its job properly anymore. No one likes getting rid of a bra that was once a firm favourite, but just think of it as a chance to treat yourself to something lovely and new. A new bra perhaps?


Related: The Best Places To Donate Your Old Bras


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Parfait Elissa Strapless Contour Bra P5011 in Pearl White

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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!


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Parfait Elissa Strapless Contour Bra P5011 in Black

Do you ever repair your bras? Or do you get rid of them as soon as they start to look a bit old?

We’ve all got a bra that we love simply because of the shape it gives us. So you’ll know already that your breasts can look quite different depending on which bra you’ve got on. Some will give you lots of lift, some won’t, some create a very rounded profile, some one that’s a bit pointier or flatter… But why is this? And how can you predict what shape a bra is going to create when you’re shopping online and can’t try it on?

Below I run through some of the construction basics of a bra that affect its shape: 

What do bra seams do?

What’s the point of seams in a bra? Rather a lot as it happens – they’re fundamental to creating the bra’s unique shape.

Vertical seams

Vertical seams are there for support. The seam is thicker than the fabric surrounding it, and therefore stronger. Imagine holding something heavy inside a piece of thin fabric. The lowest point where the strain on the fabric is at its highest is going to stretch and deform.

Your breast is like that object, and adding a strip of reinforced fabric prevents the cup from warping so that the bra holds its shape better. Typically, if there’s a vertical seam it’ll be up the centre of the cup where it’s under the most strain. Some bras though have multiple vertical seams, for lots of upwards lift!

Horizontal seams

Horizontal seams on the other hand don’t affect the amount of lift the bra has. Instead, they’re there to give it more ‘forwards projection’. A totally horizontal seam that runs straight across the nipple will create a more perky, pointed shape. One that runs slightly diagonally, up towards the strap, will create more of a rounded shape.

Seam combinations

A popular bra style is the ‘3 part cup’ – the bottom part has a vertical seam, but it’s cut off by a horizontal/diagonal one instead of reaching all the way to the top of the cup.

A bra that is only vertically-seamed is very uplifting, but can make your chest look somewhat flat from the side. So this combination of vertical support and horizontal shaping creates a shape that is both lifted and rounded. Full-busted women in particular tend to love it!


Related: 3 Important Factors That Determine Your Bra Band Size


What else affects bra shape?

Seams are very important, but they’re not the only thing that influences bra shaping. With bras being such intricate garments – often containing dozens of individual pieces and components – there are all sorts of ways for designers to tweak the basic shape of a bra.

Side supports

A side support is a vertical piece of fabric reaching from the base of the bra up to the strap. It may be a part of the cup itself, or a separate sling inside the bra. The point of a side support is to stop breasts splaying out sideways. The support pushes breast tissue at the outer edges inwards, creating a narrower shape from the front and a more projected one when seen from the side.

Gore size

The gore is the little piece of fabric at the centre-front, between the two cups. Some bras have a wide gore, with maybe as much as an inch between the two underwires. On other bras, it’s much more narrow – the wires may even be touching.

A wider gore will help to separate your breasts, and a narrow one will therefore hold them closer together. If you’re aiming for cleavage, you want as narrow a gore as possible.

Underwire shape

The underwire sits right at the base of your breast, and is designed to mold the soft breast tissue above into a particular shape. The narrower the U shape of the wire, the narrower (and therefore more projected) a shape you’ll have in it. Though be sure it is still sitting entirely under your breast – if it’s on top of it, it’s too small and you need a larger cup size.

There are also plunge bra underwires, which are less U-shaped and more like a J, not coming up very high on the inner side. This allows your breast to ‘spill over’ as it were at the centre, creating cleavage.

Molding and padding

Some people love unlined bras, others swear by molded ones. In a molded bra, the cup is pre-formed using heat, and retains its shape when you take it off. It’s therefore perfect for giving you a very smooth, round shape. Many molded cups don’t even require seaming because they hold their shape so well, though you can find molded bras with seams for adding support.

Padding is an extra-thick area inside the bra cup designed to give you the appearance of a larger bust. The padding may be built-in, or in the form of removable pads. If the padding is across the bottom of the cup, your breasts rest on top of it and therefore sit higher on your chest. If the padding is towards the outer side of the cup, it forces your breast tissue inwards – another way to create cleavage.

Now go find a bra you love!

You can refer back to this guide when shopping online, to get a sense of how the bra is going to look and fit. Take a moment to analyse that favourite bra of yours, the one that you love the shape of. Which direction do the seams go in? How wide is the gore? Are there side supports? Note down the key construction features, and you’ll be better able to hunt down bras by other brands that will fit in a similar way.


Related: The Complete Guide To Breast Shapes


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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!


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Parfait Matilda Contour Plunge Padded Bra P5311 in Bisque

What’s your favourite type of bra construction?

If you’re unsure of what bra band size you need, a tape measure is a good place to start. Wrap it horizontally around your ribcage, just underneath your breasts where your bra band would sit. Pull it as firmly as is comfortable, and read the measurement in inches. Now you’ve got a figure to work from, but here’s the thing – that number might be your band size, or it might not be. Numerical measurements can only tell you so much about your body.

Of course, there is some correlation between body size and band size, but it’s not as simple as saying a clothing size 8 = a 32 bra band, a clothing size 10 = a 34 bra band and so on. Two women can both measure the same around the ribcage and yet wear (well-fitting) bras that are one or even two band sizes different.

Here are 3 other factors that come into play when determining your bra band size:

Body Composition

The majority of the support in a bra comes from the band, and to be able to offer that support it needs to fit rather snugly so it’s not slipping and sliding around. If your ribcage is soft and squishy, your band will need to hug you a little more tightly to get that same, firm fit. In other words, you’ll need a smaller band size than someone whose ribcage isn’t as easily compressible.

So what affects how ‘squishable’ your ribcage is? One thing is the amount and location of body fat – is there a layer cushioning your ribcage, or do you not carry much fat here? Another is bone structure – do you have a wide or narrow ribcage? Muscle mass is important too. It’s harder to compress than fat, so if you are regularly exercising the muscles that surround your upper chest, your band size may be larger than that of someone with a different or less-intensive workout routine.

Personal Preference

Even with identical measurements and very similar body types, two people can still wear a different band size. That’s because a part of it is simply personal preference. One person’s ‘comfortably firm’ may be another person’s ‘ouch, this is too constrictive!’.

A bra band does need to fit snugly in order to provide support. However, it’s also important that you’re comfortable. If it’s so tight that you’re finding it irritating or painful, do size up. You should always feel like you can breathe and move about easily in your bra.

You may also just not feel like heavy-duty support is a priority for you, particularly if your cup size is at the smaller end of the scale. In this case, you can ‘get away with’ a band that’s slightly looser.


Related: Why Do So Many Women Wear The Wrong Bra Size?


Brand Differences

If you’ve got a few minutes to spare and are feeling bored, try this little experiment: gather all of your bras with the same size label and lay them out flat to compare the bands. Are they the same length? If you own bras from a mixture of brands, you’ll almost certainly find that some are longer or shorter than the others.

This is because there’s no universal standard for bra sizing that all brands adhere to. Even the way they will tell you to calculate your bra size differs, with some sizing guides saying that if you measure 34” around the ribcage you should start by trying a 34 band size, and others telling you to add 4 inches and try a 38 band size. This means that some brands’ 38 bands will actually stretch to 38”, and others only to 34”. There can be quite a difference!

Remember:

Confused? It would be understandable. The best way to work out the band size you need in a particular bra is to head to a boutique and try a few on. Remember that once you’ve found your ideal fit in the cups, if you move up or down a band size you’ll need to do the opposite in the cup size. It’s called sister sizing and there’s a full explanation and handy conversion chart here.

As always with bra sizing, when in doubt consider getting a professional fitting. You may be surprised at the band size they suggest for you to try, but if you give it a go you may be even more surprised at how the bra looks and feels on!


Related: The 7 Golden Rules Of Lingerie Shopping


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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!


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Parfait Irene Unlined Wire Bra P5332 in Ivory

How do your underbust measurement and bra band size compare? And do you find that you wear a different band size depending on the brand?

Once you’ve found your perfect bra and made it yours, it goes without saying that you want to keep it looking great for as long as possible. And whilst no bra lasts forever, even your everyday favourites should survive longer than just a few months before they begin looking shabby and worn.

If your bras seem to be looking old before their time, it could just be that they’re particularly low-quality ones. More likely though, it’s a sign that there are things you could do to improve the way you’re caring for them.

Here are 5 tips on wearing, washing, drying and storing your bras that will dramatically improve their lifespan:

Put your bra onto clean, dry skin

Deodorants, body creams, lotions, oils… all of these things can get clogged up in the fabric’s fibres, gradually discolouring it over time. And if you spray perfume on over your bra, you should know that it can not only affect the material’s colour but make it pill and wear thin more easily too.

So as far as your bra is concerned, it’s best to put it onto skin that’s completely clean. In the real world of course, you may not be prepared to give up using skincare products on your chest area altogether, but you can at least let the products soak in and dry fully before you put a bra on top.

Wash your bras regularly

Following on from the above, be sure to rotate your bras often and wash your bras frequently – it’s much easier to remove dirt before it’s had a chance to build up! Even if your skin is free from toiletry products, there will still be natural body oils, sweat and dead skin cells to contend with.

Exactly how often you should wash your bras is a hotly-debated topic. However, if you’ve been sweating excessively – enjoying a high-intensity workout in your sports bra for example – then that bra definitely needs to go straight in the wash. For other bras, unless they’re obviously dirty, then I would say washing them after every 2 to 4 wears is about right.


Related: How Often Should You Change Your Bra?


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Wash your bras by hand

We all live busy lives. When you’re faced with a family-sized mountain of laundry to work through, throwing your bras in with a load can seem so much more simple and tempting than washing them separately by hand. I get it. However, if you’re really determined to keep your bras in tip-top condition, then I cannot emphasise enough how much of a different hand-washing makes.

If you absolutely must machine-wash your bras, be sure to do so on a gentle, low-heat, low-spin setting. Protect delicate bras inside a mesh washing bag too. Here’s a more in-depth guide on how to wash your bras by machine or by hand.

Allow bras to air dry

Just like hand-washing, air-drying bras makes a huge difference compared to tumble-drying. In fact, it’s even more crucial to keeping them in great condition because excessive heat can destroy a good bra in just one spin cycle.

All bras contain elastic fibres, and these don’t react well to heat. Once they’re damaged, your bra’s band and straps will lose their stretch, and that affects the fit. So dry your bras on a washing line instead – but hanging them from the band also risks stretching it out, so drape them at the centre between the cups. And no laying them out on a hot radiator either!

Store your bras carefully

You don’t want to go to all the effort of washing and drying your bras with care, only for them to get damaged sitting in your lingerie drawer. Before you put them away, fasten the hooks at the back f the band so that they can’t snag on any of the delicate lace and mesh fabrics they’ll be stored amongst.

Molded cups can also become crushed pretty easily, and like a sheet of crumpled paper, once they’re wrinkled and dented you’ll never quite get them perfectly smooth again. The easiest solution is to lay your molded bras one on top of the other, so that each pair of cups is held in shape by the ones below. Avoid just shoving your bras into a drawer and hoping for the best – you might be disappointed!


Related: How Long Should Bras Last?


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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 Sandrine Unlined Wire Bra P5352 in Cameo Rose

How do you care for your bras? And how long do they typically last before they start looking like they’re due a replacement?

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