Choosing The Right Bra

No matter how amazing your clothing choices are, to look good you need the right foundations, and this means your underwear. Most women are aware that choosing pants with a non visible panty line can make all the difference to the look of an outfit, particularly if it is form fitting look. But the wrong bra can be equally perilous when it comes to looking your best, with women choosing the wrong style, the wrong shape, and even the wrong size.

Here are a few tips that you should consider when choosing your bra.

Is it the right size?

So many women wear the wrong sized bra due to not having a regular bra fitting. Yet many bra companies will do bra fitting for free, with most fittings no longer requiring the old fashioned tape measure method when it comes to sizing. A bra fitting is essential if you have had a child, have lost or gained weight, or if your bra is just feeling loose or tight.

To wire or not to wire?

The type of support you need from your bra depends on the size of your bust. Smaller busts may be able to get away with wearing a softer bra without underwiring. Larger busts may need the support and scaffolding that underwired bras offer.  These days underwired bras are as pretty and elegant as their non wired sisters, companies like David Nieper have glamorous underwired bras that come in a range of colours and fabrics.

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What style of bra do you need?

Is there anything worse than unsightly bra straps ruining an outfit? Two bra straps either side of a halter neckline? A bra fastening looking totally out of place with a backless dress? A multi ways bra should address all these issues, and allow you to get the support you need for your look to be flawless. Even if your look is one that doesn’t allow for a traditional style bra, there are now stick on styles that give you coverage and support from the front so that you avoid having nipples showing through your dress, especially important for formal occasions, or if you are a wedding guest.

Colour?

A no brainer really. Make sure you are wearing the right colour bra for your outfit. Unless you are aiming to be edgy and make a statement, a white dress needs a white bra. If you are wearing black, you need a black bra, particularly if you are having photographs taken – flash photography can often reveal what you are wearing underneath your outfit.

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Creating a perfect cleavage…with a little bit of help

Women are always being bombarded with ideas of how to enhance our cleavage, particularly if we were at the back of the queue when boobies were being handed out. Push up bras, dresses designed to create the illusion of curves, even the famous chicken fillets are all ways to help enhance what nature gave us.

But what about the well endowed amongst us. What can we do to showcase our best assets in the best possible light? I was recently contacted by Brit Bloggers who were interested to see if I wanted to take part in a simple little experiment on behalf of Panache lingerie. Panache, a brand I love and have featured on Fashion-Mommy in the past, create sexy, attractive and supportive superbras for those of us with ‘big boobs’. They were interested in testing out a key beauty tip.  The trick of applying bronzer to the decolletage is a trick adopted by ladies to help enhance the chest area. Panache was keen to know if it actually makes a difference…

And so, armed with the Queen of Fake Tan, St Tropez, exfoliation mitts to buff and prepare the school before I added the glow, and an utterly glamourous Superbra Melody Ruby by Panache, I was ready to see if a little bit of a glow could improve the look of my cleavage.

I must be honest and say I did hit a few problems. My skin is fairly pale, bordering on a pinkish shade, whilst my tanning kit was medium to dark skin, so I felt that I had to apply it sparingly, or else end up looking like a worse for wear Jordan. I don’t usually wear fake tan, preferring a natural look, so there was a lot of trial and error about how much to apply, and how much was frankly too much. But eventually I achieved a colour that was more like glowing, healthy skin than anything radioactive, and so it was onto the next stage.

Panache bras are frankly a dream to wear and a total godsend for women with a larger bust who still want to wear really beautiful bras.  The design I chose. the Melody balconnet style, offered support and uplift, without the feeling of constriction and scaffolding that is often uncomfortable. I also loved the fact that this bra came in colour, rather than black, white and nude. I had chosen the ruby shade which was a real, rich and vibrant red, and the embroidery which makes up part of the design was simply exquisite. Everything about this bra was perfect. It was comfortable, it was vibrant and it was super sexy. I loved it.

So now everything was ready, the Panache bra was on, and the bronzing had been achieved – in a fashion. Would this really make any difference? In a word, yes. There is no doubt that you feel healthier with a bit of a tan, and your cleavage seems to look plumper too. The general appearance of your skin is better, clearer with a pretty glow, But I think the great bra is really doing all the work, and that you could easily achieve the same sort of effect with bronzing powder and a soft blusher brush.

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With thanks to Brit Bloggers for inviting me to be a part of this project.