Got boobs? Here's 5 things you need to know about your bra
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As a member of the 'larger than average titty committee', going bra shopping isn't something I love.
I prefer to wear minimisers & let me tell you, most of them? NOT CUTE.
So, when I was invited by Bendon to have a fitting in their Myer Melbourne Styling Suite, I was a tad nervous. If I'm being honest, I was also a little skeptical that I was going to walk away with a bra I felt good in.
Ohhh how wrong I was!!
After one of the best fittings I've ever experienced, I walked away with 2 bras that fit my girls like a DREAM. I didn't know Bendon are actually a house of brands, with one of them being especially for us bigger boobie'd ladies.
I also opted for the COMfit t-shirt bra for a bra that will work under most of my day-to-day outfits.
After the fitting I sat down with Bendon CEO, Anna Johnson, who gave me a crash course in bras: how many you need, how to wash them and when to get fitted. I'm embarrassed to admit that I've been committing some serious bra crimes.
So here's 5 things you need to know about your bra
1. You should have a PROFESSIONAL fitting once every 6 months to a year
While there's no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, experts generally recommend getting fitted for a bra at least once a year.
If you experience any weight changes, pregnancy, postpartum, aging—consider getting fitted more frequently.
Signs You Need a Fitting
If you're pregnant, have recently stopped breastfeeding or have recently lost/gained weight, head in for a fitting!
Here a some other signs that your current bras no longer fit properly:
Straps digging into shoulders: This could indicate that your bra band is too big, causing the straps to bear more weight than they should.
Band riding up: If the band on your bra rides up your back, it's likely too loose and no longer providing proper support.
Breast spillage: If your breasts are spilling over the cups or the underwire is digging into breast tissue, your cups are too small.
Gaps in cups: If you notice gaps between your breasts and the cups, your cups may be too big.
2. No two boobs are the same, literally.
Different brands and styles can have varying sizing standards. If you're trying a new brand or style, a fitting can help you determine the right size for that specific design.
According to Bendon CEO Anna Johnson, she has NEVER seen a woman with two breasts that are identical in shape and size!
3. You should be washing your bra every 3 DAYS.
Depending on your level of physical activity, Anna recommends washing your bras every 3 to 4 wears.
Also, if you don't clasp your bra up and wash her in a wash bag, you're pretty much committing a federal crime against lingerie.
4. NEVER put your bra in the dryer.
Putting your bra in the dryer can change the elasticity, shape and damage the underwire.
Instead, lay your bras flat on a towel to air dry. Avoid hanging them by the straps, as this can stretch out the elastic.
5. Have your bras on ROTATION.
To extend the lifespan of your bras, consider rotating between a few bras in your collection. This gives each bra time to rest and regain its shape between wears.