Once upon a time, Nat wore a turtleneck – and it was awful.
No, the turtleneck wasn’t awful (they are one of my favorite layering pieces, after all), but I was uncomfortable all day. As I walked around the office, I knew I didn’t look as confident as my well-styled OOTD would allow; I kept adjusting and fidgeting, realizing:
I wore the wrong bra.
In the words of Sam Smith, “I know I’m not the only one.”
Have you ever bought or worn the wrong bra? You know – the one that fits too tight and creates awful back fat; the one with the straps that slip off your shoulders every time you move your arms; or the one with the straps digging into your shoulders so tight it practically pains?
Ladies, I know you know what I mean!
Thanks to the bra-fessionals at ThirdLove (peep their great products here!), I’m sharing simple tips and fixes for your everyday bra-blems! Trust me, they’re simple solutions, but worth a refresher.
To see these tips and to see my list of must-have bra styles, read more! ❤
I need to interrupt this infographic to stress how crucial the “scoop & swoop” is for average bust-sized women like myself. It seriously makes all the difference. So necessary.
I have also been a victim of cup gaping, but I’ve found that either a) going down a cup size or b) wearing push-up style bras (all day, every day) really help prevent this!
Sure, finding the right fit can be stressful, but once you know the basics, the bra-shopping fun can begin! Just as we’d select our outfit based on where we’re going, it is just as important to make sure we have the right type of bra on! From daily officewear; to running weekend errands; to working out; and to nights out – make sure the bra style you wear is right for the occasion.
Click on the images for Nat’s essential bra styles:
THE PUSH-UP BRA // Other than the few naturally-blessed busty women, who doesn’t dream of a little something extra in the breast department? A great push-up can help solve cup gaping problems or even confidence issues. I, for one, reach for this classic from Victoria’s Secret. It’s comfortable and comes with just the right amount of padding (and fetching colours). Fetch, fetch, fetch. Victoria’s Secret, $48-$58 USD.
THE T-SHIRT BRA // Ever crave the freedom of going bra-less, but know that you really need the support? Enter: a classic t-shirt bra. These are made for comfort and you can tell that this 24/7 Classic T-shirt Bra by ThirdLove is your ticket to happiness. ThirdLove, $68 USD.
THE SPORT BRA // Do we really need to discuss how painful it would be to run and do intense workouts with your every day wired bra? Didn’t think so. Wear a sport bra (and make it pretty like this colourful number). Victoria’s Secret, $38.50 USD.
THE FRONT-CLOSURE BRA // There’s something about the ease of putting on a front-closure bra. It provides a great push-up, but what I really love (and want!!!) about this version from ThirdLove is that it has a fully adjustable back band. Farewell, back fat! Ah-mazing! ThirdLove, $59 USD.
THE BRALETTE // This may not be the best option for busty women (read: please never wear these), but the bralette is everywhere. Typically worn in the summer under sheer tops, the bralette has zero support, but 100% comfort and style. I like to wear these layered under tanks or when I’m lounging around at home. Wilfred, $35 CAD.
THE STRAPLESS BRA // Ah, my favorite. Sometimes I just don’t want to worry about straps slipping. Other times, I absolutely need to wear one. Strapless tops/dresses, off-shoulder tops etc. Grab your strapless bra! Like this bra from Calvin Klein, most strapless bras come with straps that you can either remove or criss-cross depending on your needs. What I like about this one is the lace insert. Calvin Klein, $52 CAD.
Thanks for reading! What are your thoughts on this, ladies? Any tips to find the perfect fitting bra? What are your bra essentials? I’d love to hear more in the comments below!
For more fit guides from ThirdLove, click here!
For the PDF version of the ThirdLove infographic above, click here!
Until next time, loveys! ❤
The PUSH-UP BRA // FABULOUS by VICTORIA’S SECRET Push-Up Bra, $58.00 USD
THE T-SHIRT BRA // 24/7™ Classic T-shirt Bra by Third Love, $64 USD
THE SPORT BRA // VICTORIA’S SECRET SPORT LIGHTWEIGHT SPORT BRA $38.50 USD
THE FRONT-CLOSURE BRA // Evolve Front-Closure Bra by ThirdLove $59 USD
The BRALETTE // Wilfred Lavaltrie Bralette, $35 CAD
THE STRAPLESS BRA // CALVIN KLEIN Seductive Comfort Custom Lift Strapless, $54 CAD