Tanya Sachs, director at Pandora Bra Studio, and professional bra fitter Mokgaetse Thoka help Pippa Hudson unravel the secrets to finding and fitting the perfect bra.
Sachs says times have changed since the uncomfortable contraptions in days gone by.
In the last couple of years we've seen a huge revolution in the shaping garment industry.— Tanya Sachs, director at Pandora Bra Studio
New shaping garments give you an overall smooth shape but remain comfortable to wear. They make you look slimmer and make outer clothing look more beautiful, says Sachs.
And bras are the cornerstone. A well fitted bra boosts confidence and self esteem.
Sachs says lacy. flimsy bras may be great eye candy for your partner, but they are not the greatest foundation garments.
Properly engineered bras lift your bust, and are comfortable to wear.
You don't feel you can't wait to get home at 5 o' clock to get this thing off.— Tanya Sachs, director at Pandora Bra Studio
Here are some tips from professional bra fitter Mokgaetse Thoka
Most people grab any bra in the shop and hope for the best...
What you should do when buying a bra
- Find a professional bra fitter and get correctly measured.
- When choosing different styles, fit the bra as style sizes differ, very much like jeans styles.
- Get measured every two years.
What are the signs your bra is wrong for you?
- When your bra starts riding up your back.
- When breasts spill out of the cups.
- When your bra straps keep falling down
Tips for the perfect fit?
- Get the right back size
- Get the right cup size
- Make sure bra is not too loose and not too tight.
Two tests to make sure your bra fits correctly;
Raise your hands in the air. if the bra comes away and rides up, it means your bra is too big and you may need a smaller back size.
- Bend forward and lift your breasts into the cups when putting on a bra. Then, if they bulge out the cups, your bra is the wrong size.