As women, we do a lot and we are powerful. We can be ever more powerful when we unite in support of each other and give praise for being strong and beautiful and inspiring. I recently joined some other bloggers in support of Vanity Fair's Women Who Do Campaign in an effort to promote celebrating other women rather than competing against them. I hope you will take a look at their campaign and watch some of the videos of women they have featured.
I'm excited to share with you some of the things I learn over the next 6 months as I work with Vanity Fair. I have worn Vanity Fair bras for a while; they seem to always be on-trend and comfortable, but I've never been someone to even try on my bra before buying it! How crazy is that?! I just kind of figure they are all the same in my size. SO WRONG! One thing I learned is that 8 in 10 women are wearing a bra that doesn't fit correctly.
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To help prevent each of you from being like I was, I am listing some things I have learned about properly fitting yourself for the right size bra. Because it actually matters a lot. The bras in the pictures are two new bras that I am currently trying out from Vanity Fair (the Vanity Fair Body Caress and the Vanity Fair Beauty Back).
- 2-Finger Test. You don't want your bra straps to be too tight, but you don't want them to be too loose either. You want to make sure that your bra is fit and supportive, but loose enough to snugly fit two fingers underneath the strap.
- Fill Check. You want to make sure that you fill your cups without any gaps.
- Max Lift. If you stand sideways with your arms down in front of a mirror, the ideal lift is for your breasts to rest halfway between your shoulders and elbows. Unfortunately this isn't a problem for me since there isn't much to lift 🙂
- Center Challenge: You want to make sure the center piece of your bra (between the two cups) lays flat against your chest and is not poking out or folding in any way.
- Spill Check: I think we have all seen women with the “spill” going on. You want to avoid this. If you have breast overflowing over the top of your bra, you are not wearing the right size/style.
- Hook Check: When shopping for a bra, you want the most comfortable fit to be on the center hook.
- Stretch test: Stretch, move and dance around. Does your bra stay in place or does it rise up in the front or back? You want a bra that will stay in place. Go ahead and do a little dance in the dressing room just to make sure. It will be worth it to have a bra that stays where it belongs.
- Shirt Test: Put a shirt on over your bra and see how it looks. Make sure that it is seamless through your shirt.