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Five tips from a bra expert.
Toronto-based Christina Remenyi, founder of Fortnight Lingerie, designer of the most beautiful undergarments, is a bra expert. Seriously––she can spot someone wearing poorly fitting size from across the street. We asked Christina to share a few pointers, so we can feel comfortable, supported and sexy in something we wear (almost) every day.
Tip 1: Pay special attention to the fit of the band.
You might think your bra fits fine and that tugging at dangling straps is a fact of life. But often, this ill fit is caused by a band that doesn’t properly fit around the rib cage. "The majority of the bra’s support comes from the band," says Christina. "When the band is too snug, it can cause the straps to fall down or dig deeply into your shoulders. You shouldn't have to cinch down the shoulder straps to try to get more lift." Otherwise, if the shoulder straps are digging in, the band is likely too big.
Tip 2: Do the shrug test.
When the band is the right size, it should be firm around your rib cage, but you should still be able to comfortably slip a finger under it. A good test is to shrug your shoulders up and down. If the band starts creeping up your back, it’s too big.
Tip 3: Go for a snug fit.
To get the ultimate support, buy a bra that fits snugly when clasped on the loosest hooks. (You'll use the tighter hooks as the bra stretches out over time.)
Tip 4: Don't underestimate the benefits of getting sized by a professional.
If you haven't had a professional fitting in some time—and especially if you've recently lost or gained weight, given birth or breastfed a baby—visit a lingerie boutique where a specialist can size you up.
Tip 5: Wash it often.
A well-made bra should last for years, especially if it’s properly taken care of. Contrary to popular belief, the stretchy fibres are more likely to break and dissolve when exposed to body oils and heat, so wash your bra often. Bring your bras into the shower with you. Christina suggests using a gentle soap to wash; rinse, and then hang it over the shower rod to dry.