Your complete guide in searching for the bra that won’t ruin your style
While there are some women who can pull-off a braless day, majority are still not accustomed to the idea of leaving the house without a ‘protective gear’ for their breasts. To most women, that it is next to impossible. So there is no question why having multiple pairs of bra is necessary.
Just like your many pairs of jeans, there are different styles and functions bras have in store for you. All in all, there are 18 types of bras in the market — Push-up, Padded, T-shirt bra, Convertible, Longline, Balconette, Bandeau, Bralette, Sports bra, Plunge, Mastectomy, Maternity, and Strapless are among them.
One of the most useful, stylish and in demand style is the Strapless bra.
First, what is a Strapless bra?
Strapless type is basically a bra, minus the strap. This type can go with almost everything and every style, safe to say this is the most versatile type there is. From top to dress and even gowns that requires you to show more skin, it could go perfectly without the fear of that strap showing off and ruining your look.
Strapless bra is not like your “normal” bra. It was built strategically — its construction was purposely designed to keep you lifted and supported without the help of any straps.
How to achieve that perfect fit?
For this type, your usual size might feel a little tighter compared to your everyday bra. The reason is, strapless bra should snug a little more than the usual, this way it will do its job and more likely to stay in place. One wise but simply strategy is to start with your size and adjust from there. Some prefer it a little bigger than their size, some like the snug tighter to maximize the hold. Truth is, as long as comfort is not compromised, we leave the decision in your hands.
Things To Keep in Mind When Buying a Strapless Bra
Fit it before you get it
Not all girls find ‘fun’ in the fitting room. Unlike when you buy a casual shirt that says small, medium or large, it would really be risky to buy a strapless bra without trying it on. Like what mentioned above, this type of bra don’t go like the normal, everyday bra. So an extra effort of trying it on before giving it a “go”, would do your more good than harm.
Find that perfect hold
One important thing: don’t let it go south. Have you ever experienced wearing a bra that slip-off every now and then? You do not want that to happen again as it can take your confidence out of the scene. So look for a bra with a good silicone elastic at the edge of the cup, all the way to the back.
‘A’ for accuracy
Your outfit being on-point is useless when your bra size is inaccurate. A strapless bra does not work for fashion alone. It should also provide you enough support and comfort. Finding your exact bra size might be simple with the use of a tape measure, but it would be best to ask for assistance from experts. Keep in mind that there are women who are “half size”.
Value for money
Not all women are born with equal money in their bank. To some, having different kinds of breast support for specific occasions might be too much. If you are on a tight budget, look for a strapless bra that comes with detachable straps. This way you may also use them under your everyday shirt!
Look for extra hook
The bigger the breast, the more support it needs and going strapless can challenge its stability. Pay attention at the back closure: the perfect bra for larger bust must have a wider band and got more hooks at the back to allow you to adjust the snug until it is comfortable enough to have fun.
It is also worth to consider buying from a brand that specializes on large bust sizes.
They sure got you covered.
Stick ‘em up
If your skin does not have an allergic reaction to silicone, it should be a great added feature to your strapless bra — it sticks slightly to the skin thus it holds everything in place, saving you from constantly worrying about it falling-off or going south.
Additional tip: to get that best fit, lean forward while you are putting the bra on to make sure you are able to get your breast properly into the cup. It should feel safe and good when done right.
Caution: do not use powder, deodorant, lotion or oil where the adhesive is placed to prevent the bra from slipping. Follow the washing instructions properly to make it last a long time.
Take the longline
There are instances that a wide band does not do the job well. In this situation, you have the longline style among your options. A longline bra is both stylish and functional, it gives you extended support and coverage from below the bust to a few more inch above the belly button.
This style can also highlight your shape; making you look slimmer, giving you a sexier and sleek aura.
Small yet stylish
If you have small bust and you worry that this type won’t fit you beautifully, fret not. Truth is, it is easier for you to find a perfect fit. Consider having a lace bandeau bra for enough coverage. You may also try on a padded of molded bra to make your chest look fuller. Whatever your goal is, comfort should not be compromised.
There is no really a bad time to go strapless, you just have to find what works well for you.
Whether you are wearing a tube top, an off-shoulder dress, a spaghetti strap that has plunging neck line, or a backless jumpsuit, always remember that a ‘perfect’ bra should never hurt you and your breast.
Otherwise it would ruin the entire outfit and possibly kill your vibe.