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how to wear push up bra

Push-up bras have long been known for their sexy fit. While the bust-enhancing fit may seem magical, the secret lies in their ingenious construction. The low center front and angled cups are designed to push breast tissue to the center of the bra. Strategically placed padding in the cups lifts breast tissue up for a fuller, rounder look. A snug, supportive band is the backbone of the bra – providing the perfect base for a stellar fit. Adjustable straps help to keep the cups in place while a multiple hook and eye closure allows the wearer to customize the fit. Their gravity-defying fit is a favorite among those with saggy, wide set, or pendulous breasts, as a good push-up bra can create a more lifted and symmetrical breast shape.

Some women choose to wear push-up bras every day while others reserve them for a date or special outfit. We love that push-up bras work well with a number of outfits and are actually easier to shop for then they might seem.

Searching for a supportive push-up bra? Read on for everything you need to know in our guide below.

Focus on the fit first

The secret to the perfect push-up bra? An impeccable fit. If you’re unsure of your bra size or if you haven’t had a bra fitting in six months or more, it’s best to start your shopping trip with a bra fitting at your local lingerie boutique. After all, an ill-fitting push-up bra won’t do you any favors. Getting the right size and style for your breast shape is key to finding a new favorite push-up bra.

Choose the right style

From microfiber push-up bras to push-up bras with intricate embroidery and lace – there’s a push-up bra out there for every style. Looking for a push-up bra that you can wear every day? Opt for a t-shirt style with seamless molded cups that’s virtually undetectable under clothing. Searching for a sexier option that you can pair with a matching panty? Push-up bras with luxurious satin fabrics, lace details, and embroidered cups definitely fit the bill.

Don’t be afraid to try a bold color (red is beautiful for the holidays and can also be worn for Valentine’s Day and year-round) or a stunning lingerie set that makes you feel like a queen (complete with bra, panty, garter belt, stockings, and a robe to drink champagne in, of course!) With so many beautiful styles on the market, you’re sure to find one you’ll love.


Related: How Do Push-Up Bras Work?


Customize the padding

Though most push-up bras have pre-formed foam padding, there are other push-up bras with pockets for removable push-up pad inserts, or “cookies”. With these bras, you can swap out the pads for thicker or fuller ones for even more cleavage. If you’re looking for an easier option, opt for a bra with extra padding, like the Lynn Super Push-Up Bra, which is designed to increase the bust size by one to two cup sizes.

Do the scoop and swoop

Now that you’ve determined your bra size and found a few great styles, you’re ready for the most important step. To get the most out of your push-up bras, be sure to scoop all of your breast tissue into the cups. If you choose a push-up bra with underwire, the wire should be encapsulating your breast tissue completely and not resting on your breasts. You’ll get a much better fit if all of your tissue is within the bra cups. Also, check to make sure band is snug, but not uncomfortable. You’ll want to start the new bra on the loosest hook and move it toward the middle as you wear it.


Related: Everything You Need To Know About The Scoop and Swoop


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!


Feature image lingerie:
Matilda Push Up Bra P53116Matilda Hipster P5315 in Nude

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Katie Donnelly

Katie Donnelly is a full-time freelance writer, content manager, and founder of Katie Rose Creative. An experienced bra fitter, Katie has helped hundreds of people shop for lingerie. Her favorite bra is the Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra.

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