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what is push up bra

Are you ready to try something new? If you’ve never worn a push-up bra before, you may want to give it a whirl. Of course, one of the major things that tends to hold women back is that they are unsure of how to wear a push-up bra so they avoid them altogether. You don’t need to do that! We have the answers you’ve been looking for.

Here’s everything you need to know in the form of some helpful hints and tips:

Padded vs. non-padded

Before you decide on the right push-up bra, there’s one simple question that you need to ask yourself. To pad or not to pad? The answer to this query all comes down to the type of effect you’re going for and how large your breasts are. If you have larger breasts and don’t want them to look any bigger, of course, you shouldn’t opt for a padded bra. On the other hand, many women find that this padding helps them achieve the right shape and look.

Pick the right shape

While we’re on the topic of shape, you need to understand that there’s a whole range of push-up bras out there. Some of these bras have underwire, while others do not. However, you might want to consider opting for a super push-up bra that will give you that extra lift you need the most. Spend a little time considering what shape works for you. If you have a certain outfit in mind for your bra, you might want to try them on together. Doing so will give you an idea of how the bra will look and what breast shape it can give you.

Ensure the size is right

Some women are under the impression that wearing a cup size too small will help lift their breasts. Nothing could be further from the truth. If the bra size is not right, you will have problems when it comes to the fit. That’s something that you want to avoid at all costs. Before you go ahead and invest in a push-up bra, you should take the time to head to a fitter and ensure that you know what bra size you are. It could make all the difference to your overall look.


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Scoop your breasts up

Now, let’s talk about the minor details. Many women wonder how to wear a push-up bra and there is one certain technique that works. Be sure to fasten the bra from the back when you first put it on. You will want to start with the loosest hook. As the bra naturally gets looser over time, you will need to tighten it up more and more. When you have it hooked, lean forward and move your breasts up into the cups by scooping them toward the center with your hand. This is also known as the “scoop and swoop“.  Doing so should mean that they sit in the right position when you stand up straight.

Adjust the bra to fit you

When you’ve got the bra on, it’s time to make some final changes to it. If you don’t currently adjust your bra, you need to start doing so. Most bras have adjustable straps, which you have total control over. Be sure to get them in the right position when you first slip this piece of lingerie on. When it comes to tightening up the straps, there are some ground rules that you need to keep in mind. The straps should not make a mark on your skin or dig into your shoulders. If they do, they are far too tight and you must loosen them!

Choose a complementary top

When you have put your brand new push-up bra on, there’s only one thing left to do. It’s time to choose the rest of your outfit. Luckily, there are loads of trends out there that perfectly complement this style of bra. Opting for a v-neck top or even a low scoop neck could be the way to go. Try on a few different outfits and dresses until you find one that works well with your lingerie set. The more you experiment with your style, the more likely you are to find something that blows you away. Good luck and happy shopping!


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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:
Matilda Push-Up Bra P53116 | Matilda Hipster P5315 in Black

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Charlotte Grainger

Charlotte Grainger is a freelance writer and digital journalist. Her main areas of interest are health, lifestyle, and relationships. When she’s not writing, she loves reading, gymming, and socializing.

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