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Undergarments are wardrobe staples and everyday essentials, and yet, are the clothing pieces most women pay very little attention to. We often find ourselves guilty of wearing underwear and bras that have been stretched past their natural life, and not the right fit for our bodies. Why? We may feel that investing money in good foundation pieces is a waste, as you can’t see them, or we may feel it is too hard to get the right fit anyway.
In this 2-part blog series, we want to talk about the importance of proper fitting undergarments for the expectant mother. A good fitting bra (which post 1 will find for you), and the right underwear for your wardrobe (post 2’s topic), will transform your confidence, comfortably hug your body and compliment your silhouette for the best looks in maternity fashion. Let’s begin.
An Expectant Mother’s Guide to the Perfect Bra:
Subtle, or sometimes dramatic, changes happen to the body during the first trimester. The breasts begin to swell and a pre-pregnancy bra can become uncomfortable, too small and unflattering. When women first come in to shop for their expectant frame, one of the first things we want to check is if their bra is properly fitting. An ill-fitting bra can make you look heavier, and make you feel heavier, because your bust is sitting too low. It can also exacerbate already sore breasts.
How to shop for the perfect pregnancy bra
Unless you are experienced with bra-fitting, it can be very easy to get it wrong. Here are some things to consider when evaluating whether a bra (new or the one you currently have) is right for you,
- Is the band of your bra level or horizontal to the ground?
The band should not ride up the back. It should also not be too large for your ribcage.
A band that is too big, and that rides up the back will cause the breasts to sag.
- Are the shoulder straps too loose and can easily fall or be pushed off your shoulders?
Adjust the straps until your bust point sits midway between your shoulder and elbow.
- Has your current bra reached the end of its life span? Is the elastic frayed, broken or poor in elasticity?
The average lifespan of a bra is one year.
- Is the cup the right shape and size for your body?
Your bust should not bulge over the top of the cup.
There should be enough side coverage so your breast does not spill out.
With a moulded cup, there should be no empty space, especially at the breast point.
- Does the bra leave marks on the body?
A well-fitted bra will not leave indentation marks on the skin. This is a sign that the bra (back or shoulder strap) is ill-fitting.
You will find that different brands and styles will offer a different fit. Which bra is right for you will only be determined by trying on a variety of styles, and it can be very helpful to work with a style expert who knows how to properly fit a bra (a service we can certainly provide). A last check of whether the bra is right for you always involves throwing a fitted tee over top to see how the bra looks.
Whether your clothing fits well, and compliments your frame, will depend on your undergarments. Take care and spend a little extra time on finding a bra that makes you look and feel great. Dressing well really does start from the inside out.
You might find this video from Cake helpful.
Stay tuned for our next post when we discuss the right underwear for pregnancy.