“When you’re wearing the wrong bra size your clothes don’t look right. You become so hard on yourself and your body image takes a hit. But when you try on the right bra and see what you have been missing and how your clothes should fit, you realize that it’s not you. It’s the bra!” ~ Courtney Auchter
When I heard Halle Berry this week, talking about French women and the close attention they pay to their lingerie, I took a long, hard look at my own bras. I have written about the importance of a good-fitting bra and I certainly stand by my words, but somehow, I lost my own way. I have been wearing the same bra every day for far too long. It was time for me to do something about it.
Wearing a v-neck tee by Splendid I took myself to Nordstrom, the right destination for professional bra fitters. Once there, Courtney Auchter took care of me from start to finish. As she and I entered the dressing room I remarked that I was embarrassed to show her the state of my bra. Courtney was sweet and understanding; there was no judgment. She began by measuring me and we went from there. I told Courtney that my style is casual and simple; I wear a lot of tees and I like a bra that feels comfortable under a t-shirt. Courtney brought in several styles and colors and it was easy to see which bras were meant for me. I ended up with three new bras, all perfect to wear underneath tees: two from Chantelle (including an apple red!) and my long-time favorite style by Natori. When it was time to leave I could not bear to put on my old, worn out bra. I put on one of my new bras instead, standing tall and smiling, knowing that I my t-shirt looked and fit perfectly!
Before I left Courtney gave me a solid list of how-to tips for wearing bras. Here we go:
remember when putting on your bra to ‘swoop and scoop!’ Make sure that your breast is in the bra completely.
the life of a bra runs between 6 months to a year: If your breasts are spilling out on the top or the side or you are spilling out so much that it creates a ‘uniboob,’ it’s time to get measured for a new bra.
realistically, you need at least 4 bras: a t-shirt bra, a 3-part cup, a sexy bra, and a strapless bra. Of those, every woman should have a t-shirt bra. At the end of the day ask yourself, ‘what is my lifestyle?’.
never wear the same bra two days in a row. You should alternate your bras.
hand wash your bra or put it in a lingerie/laundry bag and wash in the delicate cycle. Never use Woolite, as it breaks down the elasticity of the band.
never put your bra in the dryer; always hang dry.
store your bra laid out flat, rather than folded inside itself. I have seen women put socks inside their bras to keep the shape. ~ Courtney