Q: Where do I go to make sure that I get the proper fit?
A: You will get the best fit by going to a specialty store where the staff is experienced in bra-fitting. Avoid salespeople who use a tape measure to determine your size. One formula cannot possibly work for all sizes and also, different manufacturers fit differently so you may be one size in one manufacturer and an entirely different size in another.
Q: Why does a bra ride up my back?
A: The number one reason is that the bra is too big around. A bra needs to sit snugly around your ribcage so that it stays even with your breastline. The band on a bra provides 80 to 90% of the support, so it needs to stay put. Another reason may be that the bra is just plain worn out. Throw it away, ladies. Even with good care, bras don’t last forever.
Q: Why do my straps constantly fall off my shoulders?
A: Most often it’s because you are in the wrong size. If you are a 36 around and you are wearing a 38, then the straps are sitting 2 inches wider on your shoulders than if you are wearing a 36 inch band. Wearing a bra past its life causes the back to ride up and the straps to slip off. Wearing the wrong style. A demi cup bra, for example, has straps which are set further out than a full cup bra style. Lastly, you may just have sloped shoulders so you have to find a bra that has set-in straps on the back or wear a silicon strap holder which will keep them in place.
Q: Why do wires kill me?
A: Generally because you are wearing poorly constructed bras or you are in the wrong size (too small) so the wires are pressing into your breast tissue. On rare occasion if you have what we call an inverted rib cage, where your ribs are pronounced and the wire rests on those bones, then you really can’t wear a wired bra.
Q: Why do I have to wear a wired bra?
A: The wire gives you lift and support!
Q: Why don’t you carry racer-back bras in your stock?
A: Racer-back styles are generally front closure. They tend to stretch out too quickly and you can’t tighten them up like a back closure to keep them snug. Racer-backs will never give the lift and support of a back closure.
Q: What do they mean by T-shirt bras?
A: Any bra that is seamless is a t-shirt bra. The phrase was coined to indicate a smooth bra that could be worn under tight Lycra tee shirts. This style is great under very lightweight fabrics. However, you should remember that you will always get more lift and shape out of a seamed bra. Use a light-weight cami to smooth things out. You can also use nipple covers. We like the self adhesive silicone type that you can reuse.
Q: What about back fat “pooching” out?
A: You need to get over this. Your bra band has to fit snugly to work properly, so if you are carrying a little excess weight you may have a “back fat” issue. Here, you can also wear a lightweight camisole to smooth things out.
Q: What are these awful pouches under my arms?
A: We call these “muffins” and they are fatty deposits. Every woman has them and they seem to become more pronounced with age. This is another issue that you need to get over, although some styles may make them less pronounced.
Q: I love pretty lace bras but they show underneath my clothes.
A: There is nothing as feminine as a beautiful lace bra. They can be worn under textured or printed fabrics and under cotton blouses. Winter layers also minimize lace showing under clothing. This is another reason to have more than one style bra in your wardrobe.
Q: How do I take care of my bras?
A: We recommend that you always hand launder your bras to keep the wires in place and to keep them from bending and poking. You should not wear a bra more than twice without washing. Ideally it should be washed after every wearing. The more you wash them the longer they last! Use a mild soap, we recommend a product called Forever New.
Q: I don’t like my nipples showing. What can I do?
A: Generally switching to a seamed bra will do the trick. Also, some seamless bras now have a contour cup which is a thicker construction.
Q: How often should I get fit?
A: Our bodies change for different reasons, weight loss or gain, new medications, hormone therapy, pregnancy, breast feeding and aging. So the answer to your question; get refit with every body change.