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So — you like to keep up with the latest trends. When block heel shoes became big, and everyone started jumping on the ombre hair bandwagon, you were well ahead of the curve. But what about when it comes to your underthings? Do you stay up to date on the latest lingerie trends?

This year, lingerie is a whole lot more than simply a base for your outfit — it’s a way of embracing your body as well as expressing your own sense of style. In fact, many ladies are opting to show off their lingerie, while also using it as a tool for enhancing their self-love. In other words, it’s high time to spruce up your bra drawer.

Here are some 2019 lingerie trends you should definitely try if you’re looking to refresh your collection:

Comfy bralettes

Comfort is everything right now in terms of lingerie — and luckily, gone are the days when you had to sacrifice style for comfort, thanks to the bralette trend. It’s all about embracing your natural breast shape while also flaunting your own personal style. Look for luxe bralettes in pretty fabrics, like lace, and with intricate details on the straps and back, if you want to let it show. Don’t be afraid to try a bralette in a fun color, either — it can create some visual intrigue peeking out from underneath a sundress, racerback tank, or off-the-shoulder top. In other words, a bralette can totally become part of your outfit, and make quite a statement. Did we mention that wire-free bralettes are also perfect for lounging around the house or sleeping in?

If you’re not ready to forfeit the wire, you can opt for an unlined bra. These non-molded bras still feel super lightweight and airy like a bralette, but provide a tad more lift and shaping.

Neon colors

In case you haven’t noticed, the ‘90s are back. So it’s no surprise that neon colors are popping up everywhere, including in the lingerie realm. There are so many ways to embrace this trend, whether with a bright pink longline bra, or a yellow Brazilian thong. Ease in by pairing a neon top or bottom with one in a neutral hue, like nude or black, and then when you’re ready to go bold, try a matching neon set. There’s something super youthful and cheerful about neon colors, and they’re especially appropriate for the summer months. Just be sure to find the right hue to complement your skin tone.


Related: How Do You Know If A Bra Fits?


Stylish sports bras

We couldn’t be more thankful that the athleisure trend is still staying strong. Because who says you can’t be comfortable and chic at the same time? This year, look for stylish sports bras with fun accents that can be worn outside the gym. With wide elastic bands, colorful details, exposed zippers, and mesh paneling, you may just be tempted to wear your sports bra even when you aren’t working out. You can easily create an off-duty model look by pairing a sleek, on-trend sports bra with a tank, rolled up jeans and sneakers — and then easily transition to that spin class as well by simply swapping out your denim for a pair of workout pants. Who knew sports bras were so versatile?

High-cut panties

One ‘80s-inspired trend that’s making waves in the lingerie world is the high-leg panty. You may have taken note that the high-cut look has become super popular in swimwear as well. It’s no surprise why this trend took off, either: It’s super comfy and universally flattering to boot. True to its name, the high-cut panty sits higher on the hips, and the leg holes come up higher on the thigh. As a result, this panty style naturally accents your curves while also elongating your legs.

The best part? There are so many styles to choose from, whether you prefer high-cut briefs, bikinis, or thongs. Seek out super comfy seamless styles if you’re looking to avoid VPL under a form-fitting dress or skirt, or try a more ornate lace pair for a sassier vibe.

Finding the right lingerie for you means taking not only current trends but also your unique body type and personal preferences, into account. Fortunately, you can make any of these lingerie trends your own by opting for bras and panties that flatter your figure and fit your lifestyle.


Related: How To Build A Lingerie Wardrobe You Love


We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


Featured image lingerie:
Ciara Bralette | Ciara Bikini in Surf

Did you know that about 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime? The reality is, there are certain risk factors that we have no control over, like a family history of the disease, age, and exposure to radiation. However, there are many other lifestyle factors that we can control.

Of course, there is no surefire way to prevent breast cancer, but there are many things you can do to reduce your risk, including eating healthier foods and wearing the right undergarments.

Here are some of the simplest ways to protect your breasts from any kind of harm.

Get walking

There are obviously lots of reasons to get regular exercise, and one of them is reducing your breast cancer risk. This is likely because fat cells produce estrogen, and high levels of that particular hormone have been linked to the development of breast cancer (among other cancers). When you work out, your fat cells become smaller, thus producing less estrogen.

Guess what? You don’t have to incorporate intense HIIT sessions or spin classes to reap the benefits, either — simply getting some daily steps in could make a difference. An American Cancer Society study found that women who spent six hours or more sitting every day (when not working) had a 10 percent greater risk for invasive breast cancer compared with women who sat less than three hours a day. Not only that, but another 2013 study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention revealed that merely walking one hour a day can lower your chances of getting breast cancer. And the more physically active a woman was, the lower her risk was: moderate physical activity (brisk walking) reduced breast cancer risk by 14 percent, while “vigorous” physical activity (jogging, cycling, aerobics) reduced breast cancer risk by a notable 25 percent.

Wear a sports bra

Here’s the thing: Wearing a bra is a very personal choice. Some women like to wear them to bed, some don’t. Some feel comfortable going bra-less during the daytime, others wouldn’t ever dream of it. Typically, breast size has a lot to do with these decisions. But no matter your breast size, you should definitely wear a supportive sports bra while exercising.

Physical activity — particularly the medium to high impact kind (running, aerobics, plyometrics) — expose your breasts to a lot of movement, and thus, potential strain. If you aren’t wearing a supportive sports bra to minimize that movement, you could cause damage to the Cooper’s ligaments, which maintain your breasts’ shape and structure, and keep them looking perky. So, in order to prevent not only sagging but also discomfort or pain during and after exercise, be sure to wear a well-fitting sports bra with plenty of support.


Related: 7 Things To Do To Maintain Your Breast Health


Slather on the sunscreen

Whether you’re lounging out by the pool, stretched out on a towel at the beach, or simply running errands in a V-neck T-shirt, don’t forget to lather up your chest with sunscreen. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, a whopping 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are linked to exposure to UV radiation from the sun. And regular daily use of SPF 15 or higher can reduce your risk of developing melanoma by 50 percent, and squamous cell carcinoma (the second most common form of skin cancer) by 40 percent.

Add antioxidants to your diet

By now, you may have heard some of the hype around antioxidants, and their cancer-fighting powers. These substances — which include vitamins C, E, and A, as well as lycopene and beta-carotene — may protect your cells from free radical damage (which can lead to cancer). Many fruits and veggies contain these vitamins, but some are especially antioxidant-rich.

For example, tomatoes and guava are both chock full of lycopene, and broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables also have a high concentration of antioxidants. Not only that, but according to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, these veggies can reduce breast cancer risk by lowering the production of “bad” estrogen while simultaneously boosting levels of “good” estrogen. Beta-carotene, which is found in carrots, sweet potatoes, and squash, is considered a carotenoid — and The Institute of Medicine reports that studies have shown women who consume carotenoid-rich foods have a 19 percent lower risk of breast cancer.

Know your breasts

There’s a very good reason why The National Breast Cancer Foundation recommends that women of all ages perform breast self-exams once a month: Getting to know what they feel like can help you to be more alert to any changes. While self-exams can’t exactly prevent breast cancer, they can help you to detect any abnormalities ASAP, which means you can get treated as quickly as possible. Remember: Not all lumps, bumps, and other changes mean you have breast cancer. However, if you notice anything different about the way they look or feel, it’s definitely worth bringing it up to your doctor. Also, note that the best time to do your monthly exams is a week or so after your period ends, as this is when they’re least likely to be tender or swollen.

In addition to knowing what they look and feel like, it’s also important to know their density. Breast tissue that is denser has less fat and more glandular tissue. Why is this important? Because if you have dense breast tissue, you may need to be a little extra careful about monitoring your breast health. In fact, a study by radiologist Dr. Thomas Kolb revealed that mammograms missed 60 percent of breast tumors that were found via ultrasound in women who had dense breast tissue. If you don’t know how your breast density, ask your doctor for their help in figuring it out. And if you determine that you do have dense breasts, your doctor can advise you on what type of monitoring is most appropriate for you to minimize your health risks.

Just because you can’t exactly prevent cancer and other health problems altogether doesn’t mean you’re totally powerless. A little effort in terms of the bras you wear, the foods you eat, and the physical activity you engage in can make all the difference in reducing your risks of developing a variety of issues. Try adopting these five habits and you can definitely help protect your breasts from harm.


Related: Everything You Need To Know About Breast Self Exams


We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!

Struggling to find your next bra? With so many great options out there, you may feel like choosing the right lingerie for you is something of a challenge. Luckily, we’re here to help. If you’re not sure whether to get an underwire or wireless bra, we’ve got the answers for you.

Here’s everything you need to know about these types of lingerie:

Underwire Bras

As the name suggests, underwire bras are garments that include wiring – usually metal – directly beneath the cup. Contrary to popular belief, these bras can be highly comfortable and supportive. However, you absolutely need to make sure that you’re wearing the right size for your shape and body.

Let’s take a look at some pros and cons:

Pro – Find your perfect shape

Thanks to the underwire fitting, you should find that this style of bra gives you a flattering bust shape. The wiring can make the breasts appear rounder and fuller, which is an effect you may be looking to achieve from time to time. Should you want to enhance this look, it could be worth opting for a contour bra too. The piece should give some extra oomph.

Con – Getting the size right is hard

As we have already mentioned, the main drawback of this style of bra is that it can be tricky to get the size 100% right. If you’re wearing an underwire bra that is slightly too small, you will likely feel it. The wiring could dig into your ribs. For that reason, you need to make sure that you get measured regularly!

Pro – Extra lift for your bust

If you’re worried about your breasts looking low or saggy, considering an underwire bra could be the answer. These types of bras tend to offer a little extra lift to the breasts. That may mean that your bust looks perkier when you wear this style of bra. Of course, you should try on a whole range of styles before you find the right one for you.


Related: Does Your Bra Need To Have Underwire?


padded underwire bra

Charlotte Padded Bra | Charlotte High Waist Brief in Blossom Print

Wireless Bras

On the other hand, wireless bras are those that don’t have any underwire at all. The support you get from these bras often comes from the thickness of the band, the strength of the straps, and the overall quality of the garment. When buying a wireless bra, you should ensure that it’s the right look for you.

Here are some pros and cons:

Pro – Flexible and versatile

If you’re always on-the-go, you might find that a wireless bra is an answer for you. The fact that this piece doesn’t have underwire means that it is more flexible and versatile. That means that you should hardly notice it when you’re moving around from place to place. It’s worth trying out the style for a few days to see if it works for you first.

Con – Lower level of structure

The absence of the underwire means that the piece is a little less structured than other bras. While some women won’t mind this small difference, it could mean that your breasts look smaller or less full. Choosing your ideal bra truly depends on the outcome that you are aiming for. If you would like to opt for this style, a minimizer bra look could work.

Pro – Ultimate day-to-day comfort

Then again, when you choose a wireless bra, you should know that it could be the most comfortable choice out there. This style of lingerie is supportive and at once comfortable as it has many different panels and features. As always, you need to ensure that you have the perfect fit for you so that you get the support that your breasts need each day.

Now that you’ve got the inside scoop, it’s time to make your decision. Which bra is right for you? If you’re still finding it hard to make your choice, it could be worth heading to a local boutique store and booking yourself a fitting session. The expert will be able to give you some help and advice on what will work for your specific shape. Happy shopping!


Related: How To Shop For Wireless Bras


lace bralette

Adriana Lace Bralette & Adriana Bikini in Raspberry

We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


Featured image lingerie:
Adriana Lace Bralette & Bikini in Raspberry | Charlotte Padded BraHigh Waist Brief in Blossom Print

As the days get longer and the weather gets gradually warmer, it’s obviously time to make some serious wardrobe shifts. Namely, you’ll be trading all of those booties, jackets, sweaters, and scarves for sundresses, tanks, sandals, and shorts.

A key component of your summer wardrobe, of course, is your swimsuits. Each year, you eagerly shop for some new swimwear to show off at the local pool, or at the beach on your next vacation. The only challenge? Finding bathing suits that are both curve-friendly and on-trend.

The good news is, there are so many swimsuit trends that are perfectly tailored to curvy gals. And that’s a wonderful thing because we’re all about playing up your curves, not hiding them.

Here are just a handful of our favorites to seek out this season:

Ruffled bikini tops

We can’t get enough of the retro trend, particularly when it comes to swimwear. Why? Because it’s an ideal look for curvy figures. Look for ruffled bikini tops — with wide straps, underwire, and bra sizing – to enhance and highlight your bustline.

Pair that top with a high-waisted brief bikini bottom, which hits at the smallest part of your waist and shows off those voluptuous hips. This look is a surefire stunner on an hourglass figure. Or, if you’re not into showing your midsection, try a retro-inspired one-piece with underwire cups, extra coverage on the bottom, and shirring around the hips to highlight your curvaceous silhouette.

ruffle top swimsuit

Farah Bikini Top | Farah Bikini Bottom in Black/Emerald

Bold belts

When you want to draw attention to your waist, you can’t go wrong with a belt. Luckily, one major swimwear trend that seems to be spreading are belted one-pieces and bottoms — and it’s no surprise, given that there’s been a recent resurgence of ‘70s-inspired looks.

A belted bottom of one-piece draws the eye to the smallest part of your silhouette, thus accentuating your hourglass figure. Plus, a belt creates some serious visual intrigue on a simple, sleek one-piece or two-piece in a solid color.

black ruffle swimsuit

Farah Bikini Top | Farah Bikini Bottom in Black/Emerald

Related: A Simple Guide To Finding A Swimsuit You’ll Love


Knotty but nice details

With equal parts nautical charm and flirty femininity, swimsuits with knot details are another trend to be aware of this season. And it’s not just the look that we love. Sure, a knot provides an unexpected twist on a basic swimsuit, but knots are and ties also super functional.

Shoulder straps that tie, or bikini bottoms that tie on the sides, are customizable — they can be adjusted to fit your figure flawlessly, as you can loosen or tighten them as needed.

swim trends

Oceane One Piece Swimsuit in Black

Coy cutouts

Who says a one-piece has to be boring? The one-piece swimsuits we’re eyeing this summer have artfully placed cutouts, which coyly show just a tiny bit of skin. For example, a one-piece with sassy keyholes at the top, or a monokini with triangle cut-outs at the upper waist.

For bonus points, seek out swimsuits that combine the cutouts with another trend, like a one-shoulder top, or a knot at the center of the top. Shirring around the hips is another ideal feature to flatter your curves.

There’s no reason why you shouldn’t feel fabulous every time you slip on a bathing suit this summer, whether you’re sipping on a tiki drink with your gal pals by the ocean, or going for a dip with your significant other at the resort pool.

Fortunately, there are so many current swimwear trends that allow you to look chic while also celebrating your enviable curves!

cut out swimsuit

Keira Bikini Top | Keira Bikini Bottom in Peach

Related: Bra-Sized Swimwear: How To Get The Perfect Fit


underwire tankini swimsuits

Christy Tankini Top | Christy Bikini Bottom in Wild Leaves

We Highly Recommend

If you’re shopping for a swimsuit that fits your bust perfectly, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find swimsuit tops that stay in place, especially when you’re shopping on your own. If you’re full-busted and you’ve struggled with finding a flattering swimsuit top or if you’ve never tried a bra-sized swim top before, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings and carry a selection of swimsuits and swimsuit tops. Their expert bra fitters can help take the pain and frustration out of swimsuit shopping and do all the work for you. They can help you find a bra-sized swimsuit top with the support and lift that you’re looking for and they can also help you find new everyday bras that fit well and feel good. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best swimsuits are hiding.

If you’re not happy with the swimsuits in your closet, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy swimsuit shopping!


Featured image swimwear:
Oceane Bikini Top | Oceane Bikini Bottom in Splash Print
Farah One Piece Swimsuit in Black/Emerald
Christy Tankini Top | Christy Bikini Bottom in Wild Leaves

There’s no doubt that ever since nursing bras were invented, mothers everywhere have been eternally grateful for their existence. These bras, which are specially designed to make breastfeeding more convenient, have a multitude of benefits.

But what if you don’t want to buy them? What if your budget doesn’t allow for this investment, or what if you simply would rather wear your regular bras? In other words, do you have to wear nursing bras while breastfeeding?

There’s also a lot to understand about these specialized undergarments. In this guide, we’ll explore what you need to know about nursing bras, as well as tackle this common question about whether you can forgo them or not.

Nursing bras have a lot of benefits

Nursing bras do have a number of advantages that are worth noting:

1.  For one, they definitely come in handy when you need to breastfeed in public.

Most nursing bras feature cups that open so you can breastfeed without having to take your bra off — and some also have inner slings to keep the breast in place even while the cup is open. Then, you can easily clasp the cup closed when you’re finished nursing.

Some nursing bras even have one-handed hooks that make opening and closing the cups while you’re holding your infant super simple. And some come with markers that help you to remember which breast you performed your last feeding with.

2.  They help conceal leakage.

Leakage is a common problem while you’re breastfeeding — and nursing bras can help to conceal leaks to prevent any embarrassing scenarios.

The pads inside nursing bras offer extra coverage so that you don’t have to deal with pesky wet marks showing through on your top. Plus, you won’t have to worry about scrubbing away stains from those leaks later on.

3.  They’re comfortable.

Nursing bras are typically constructed with super soft fabrics, padded straps, and other features for maximum comfort. And comfort is obviously key while you’re nursing, because your breasts may be a tad swollen or tender, and your nipples may be extra sensitive.

4.  They provide support and comfort as your breasts change.

Also, nursing bras are designed to adjust to all of the inevitable changes your breasts will go through during the breastfeeding process. Your breasts will swell when the milk comes in, and eventually, shrink back down as the milk supply dries up. That means your size will change — anywhere from a half cup to two cups.

Regular bras aren’t really designed to accommodate for these changes, but most nursing bras can stretch and conform to your breasts throughout these shifts.

It’s also worth noting that there are so many different kinds of nursing bras to choose from, so regardless of your breast shape and style preferences, you’re bound to find one that works for you.


Related: How To Buy The Right Nursing Bra Size


how to buy a nursing bra

Leila Nursing Bra NB502 in Black

But you may choose not to wear one.

Obviously, nursing bras come with a plethora of perks. That said, they are not necessarily required. Some women prefer to wear regular bras, and that’s totally OK.

Here are a few factors to consider when choosing which bras to wear while you’re breastfeeding:

1.  Look for bras with adjustable straps.

First of all, you’ll definitely want to look for bras that have adjustable straps as well as an adjustable band. Again, your breast size may change in the coming weeks, and you need to be able to loosen and tighten the bra as needed.

Also, you should make sure that your nursing bras fit comfortably on the loosest band setting so you can tighten the band accordingly as your breasts gradually shrink down during the weaning process.

2.  Close a bra with a nursing hook that opens easily.

A traditional bra doesn’t have cups that open, but you can still find styles that make nursing in public a tad easier.

For example, a bra with nursing hooks may make breastfeeding more convenient, as you can open it up with one hand to release your breast and then instantly close it back up again once the feeding is done.

Also, bras made with super stretchy materials tend to be easier to pull down or to the side to reveal the nipple.

3.  Consider buying nursing pads.

In regards to leakage, you can buy nursing pads to slip inside your breast cups. Nursing pads are worn against the nipple and can absorb excess milk so that it doesn’t show through or stain your shirt.

You can find disposable or washable nursing pads, depending on your preferences. Just be sure that they fit comfortably within your bra — they need to be large enough to cover the majority of your breast.

Contoured nursing pads are ideal, as they will conform to your breast without bunching up, looking bulk, or shifting around the way a flat pad might.

For comfort purposes, it’s also important to look for nursing pads made with an outer layer of moisture-wicking material, as they’ll feel dry against your skin even when they become saturated due to a leak. The more absorbent they are, the better.

4.  Decide if you want a wireless nursing bra or one with underwire.

But what about underwire? Many women wonder whether it’s OK to wear underwire bras while they’re breastfeeding, and the consensus is that there’s no evidence it can be harmful whatsoever. That said, lactation consultant Attie Sandink told Today’s Parent that it’s best to wait about six weeks after giving birth to wear an underwire bra — this allows your body to have “find its rhythm” where milk production is concerned. Be sure to check with your doctor first before switching to an underwire bra.

Also, Breastfeeding USA recommends making sure that the underwire isn’t digging into or pressing your breasts in any way, as this can impede circulation and lead to plugged ducts. Remember: An underwire bra should be just as comfortable as a wire-free bra.

Final considerations

Clearly, nursing bras have a multitude of advantages — but that doesn’t mean you have to wear them while you’re breastfeeding. Choosing bras to wear while nursing is a very personal choice. You may prefer to seek out bras with stretchy cups and a front closure, and incorporate nursing pads for extra coverage.

Regardless of whether you opt for nursing bras or not, make sure to get professionally fitted — either eight months into your pregnancy or several weeks after you give birth, as this is when your breast size will stabilize somewhat.

Your breast size will likely change as a result of pregnancy and milk production, and it’s crucial to get an accurate read on your new size to ensure that whatever bras you wear while nursing provide sufficient support.


Related: How Should A Nursing Bra Fit?


how do i know what size nursing bra i need

Leila Nursing Bra NB502 in Black

We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


Disclaimer: This article is provided for informational purposes only. It is not meant to be medical advice and it is not meant to be a substitute for a professional’s opinion. Be sure to consult your doctor before making any changes.

Featured image lingerie:
Leila Nursing Bra NB502 in Black

Once you’ve found your dream outfit, it’s time to tackle another very important task: choosing what you’ll wear underneath it. Indeed, having the right bridal lingerie can complete your look on the big day, so it definitely demands some special consideration.

It’s not just about finding underpinnings that won’t show underneath your outfit — but also about finding ones that will flatter your figure, and make your dress hang on your body as flawlessly as possible. Not to mention, after the guests have gone home and the reception has come to a close, you may be looking for jaw-dropping pieces that will give our new spouse a thrill and kick off your wedding night on a sultry note.

Of course, choosing the right lingerie depends on your unique needs — both in terms of your outfit and your breast size/shape.

In this guide, we’ll go over everything you need to know about picking out the perfect bridal lingerie for you.

Think seamless

Assuming you don’t want your lingerie to show on your wedding day, you’ll want to look for seamless lingerie in a hue that will disappear under your outfit. This is especially important if the material of your dress or pantsuit is sheer or semi-sheer.

While white lingerie may evoke the most obvious and desirable bridal look, nude and beige are often the most practical hues for bridal lingerie because they’re least likely to show through under a white or ivory outfit.

Obviously, if you’re a non-traditional bride who opted for a dress, pantsuit, or jumpsuit in a different color, you may have more freedom in terms of the color of your lingerie. You might even wear a cobalt, navy, or cerulean set to incorporate “something blue” or a favorite color that complements your features best!

It’s also important to consider the fabric. Clingy materials like silk will show every single bow, seam, embroidery, and buckle, so be sure to look for super simple lingerie with minimal detailing. The texture of lace, for example, will likely show through certain sheer or thin materials.

wedding bridal lingerie

Ciara Bralette | Ciara Bikini in Ivory

Consider the straps.

Without a doubt, one of the most important factors to take into account are the straps (or lack thereof). If your gown has sleeves and a simple neckline, you’ll have a lot more options to choose from. On the other hand, if your dress has no straps, you’ll obviously need a strapless bra that has the right neckline for the dress and can still provide adequate support.

The last thing you want to be worried about is pulling up your bra on your big day — so be sure to find one that’s snug enough in the band. Adhesive tape is one feature to look for, as it can help the strapless bra to stay put.

Backless and low-back dresses and jumpsuits also pose some style challenges. You can either seek out a backless or low-back bra or bustier, or if you’re comfortable going bra-less, consider some nipple covers, pasties, or adhesive cups.

Another option with tricky necklines and strap situations is to have a seamstress sew some cups directly into the bust of your top. This will eliminate the risk of your bra showing while still giving you a bit of coverage and support.

white wedding lingerie

Ciara Bralette | Ciara Bikini in Ivory

Let your outfit guide your panty choice.

Your bra isn’t the only thing to think about, of course. You’ll also need to figure out which panties will work best with your outfit. Note that dresses with fuller skirts allow you to be more flexible and adventurous with your panty choice.

On the other hand, if your dress or pants are fitted through the hips and thighs, you’ll need to be a bit more careful with your selection to avoid the dreaded visible panty line. A seamless thong is always the safest bet because it hugs your body and is made to be virtually undetectable under clothing.


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Don’t shy away from shapewear.

If it’s really important to you to have a smooth, sculpted silhouette on your wedding day, you may want to look into shapewear. From high-waisted panties to bodysuits and slips, there are so many different kinds of pieces to choose from.

Looking for a sleek look, but don’t want to wear full-on shapewear? A longline bra can smooth out your torso (while also providing extra support for larger busts).

Selecting the perfect shapewear will obviously depend on the cut and fit of your outfit. Most importantly, you’ll want to ensure that it’s comfortable. After all, you’ll be wearing it for hours at a time, and you should be able to breathe and move comfortably throughout the ceremony and reception so that you can fully enjoy the experience.

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Amp up the excitement with a transitional set.

The reality is that the lingerie that works under your wedding outfit may not be the sexiest or most exciting styles you can find. But that doesn’t mean you can’t wear something seductive on your wedding night. In fact, many brides opt to have a separate set of lingerie to wear at the reception or to change into after the festivities are over.

So, your best bet may be to opt for practical pieces for your bridal outfit — whether that means shapewear and a seamless nude set or a sticky bra and basic nude brief — and then slip into something more enticing for your wedding night.

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Bring your lingerie to all of your wedding dress fittings.

You may want to wait until after all tailoring has been completed on your wedding dress to invest in your bridal lingerie. That way, you can ensure that the lingerie you buy fits perfectly and doesn’t show. However, if you decide to buy your lingerie earlier in the process, be sure to bring it to all of your dress fittings. At each fitting, take notice of whether the lingerie you selected will still work with your dress as alterations are made. This is also why it’s super important to check on the return/exchange policies for all the lingerie you buy, keep the tags on, and save all receipts. That way, you can easily swap out your lingerie if need be after your dress is tailored.

There’s a lot to factor in while picking out your bridal lingerie, but once you find the perfect solution, you’ll be grateful to have put in the effort. The right lingerie can make or break your look on your big day, after all. Besides, after you’ve picked out your bridal lingerie comes the fun part: shopping for your honeymoon lingerie.


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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for your wedding day, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


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Whether you’ve had a mastectomy, lumpectomy, or breast augmentation, one of your first questions post-procedure will likely be, “What are the best bras to wear after breast surgery?”

Breast surgery can not only change your size, but also the kinds of styles that work for you. Not to mention, in the immediate weeks following your surgery, you may be dealing with tenderness, discomfort, or other sensations that demand special considerations in choosing the right bra. In other words, the bras you were wearing before your procedure probably aren’t going to cut it.

So, which ones will be most helpful during — and after — your healing process?

Fret not — in this guide, we’ll offer advice on all aspects of choosing the right post-surgery bras for you.

Step 1: Follow the doctor’s orders.

After you get surgery, your doctor should make recommendations where bras are concerned. Be sure to heed their advice, as it will pertain to the specific procedure you had. Dr. William Adams Jr., a Texas-based plastic surgeon and Associate Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center, claims that some doctors may even instruct patients to forgo wearing a bra for several days after undergoing surgery, while others may suggest special post-surgical bras while the tissue heals. According to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, most surgeons recommend wearing surgical bras and support bras in the first three to six weeks after a procedure.

After six weeks have passed, much of the swelling will likely have gone down, but it’s possible you may have some discomfort or tenderness. At this point, you may want to wear a supportive sports bra before going back to your traditional underwire bras. Supportive, wire-free bras can be ideal in the healing process because they are slightly less rigid/structured but still help to protect the ligaments in your breasts. Many women prefer to wear front-close bras after getting surgery, as these are far easier to take off and put on given that the clasp is right in front of the bra.

Dr. Emily Kirby, a board certified plastic surgeon, recommends trying a compression sports bra, which can ensure that any incisions heal adequately and implants settle into their proper position. She notes that if you’ve undergone augmentation, underwire bras may potentially cause some irritation at an incision site if it’s under the breast (in the inframammary fold).

Remember: It’s crucial to follow your doctor’s recommendations. And while you may be itching to go back to underwire bras, wait until your surgeon gives you the go-ahead to ensure that you don’t interfere with the healing process. And the most important thing in terms of comfort and support, of course, is that your bras fit flawlessly. Breast Cancer Care suggests finding bras that fit on the loosest hook so that you can tighten as needed as the swelling goes down post-surgery.


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Step 2: Find out your new bra size.

You may be eager to figure out your new bra size, but it’s best to wait at least four weeks before getting fitted. After all, you probably won’t be able to accurately assess your size until the swelling has completely gone down. So, if you buy bras before the breasts have totally healed, they may end up fitting poorly (and worse, hinder the healing process).

Dr. Kirby advises asking your surgeon for their guidance on when it’s appropriate to invest in some new bras. Typically, she says it’s advisable to buy new bras at intervals. For example, you might buy a couple of new bras five weeks after your surgery and then invest in a couple more several months later. Without a doubt, this is the exciting part. Now that you’ve fully healed, you can pick out some fun new bras that are well-suited to your needs and preferences — and who doesn’t love an excuse to go shopping? Be sure to have a professional bra fitting before buying any new bras.

Fittings are available at many department stores and lingerie boutiques, either by appointment or walk-in. If you do call ahead to book an appointment, don’t be afraid to ask to be seen by a fitter who has specialized experience in women who have had breast surgery. A pro can not only measure you to find out your new size but also make suggestions as to which styles will work well for your breast shape.

And as for those bras that don’t fit you anymore? There are so many women in need of undergarments — and there are a number of nonprofit organizations that will take your lightly-used bra donations.


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Step 3: Test out some new styles.

Without a doubt, one of the most exciting elements of shopping for new bras is that you’ll get to try out some new styles you may never have considered before. Depending on the surgery you got, you may decide to look for bras with more or less padding, seaming, different kinds of cuts, and other features as well.

If you’ve had a lumpectomy, Everyday Health advises opting for bras made with fabrics that have good “recovery” — meaning they bounce back to their shape quickly after stretching out. That typically means synthetic blends or polyester — cotton, while comfy and breathable — is not ideal in the recovery department.

If you’ve had a unilateral or partial mastectomy, you may want to try a pocketed bra that you can add a cutlet to, which can help to achieve a more even look between both breasts. Some women may use a symmetry shaper as well. Or, if you’d like to go the prosthetic route, look into Nordstrom’s Breast Prosthesis Program. Through this program, a certified fitter can help you find the right bra that will help you to look and feel comfortable and supported after your reconstructive surgery.

If you’ve had reconstructive surgery, note that you may want to stay away from bras that are super high on the sides, which may cause gaping given that women with implants typically have less tissue there. A plunge bra can be universally flattering and may be less likely to cause that issue as it features narrower angled cups and lower cut sides.

Of course, finding the right bra depends on the surgery you had. In the first year following surgery, Breast Cancer Care recommends wearing bras with a wide underband, separated cups, fully adjustable straps, and minimal detailing. All of these aspects will contribute to the comfort of your bra, as well as the support it can offer (both of which are super important after surgery!).

Above all, stay open-minded. You may be surprised to find that a style you’d never have previously considered is actually super flattering to your new bustline. Consider shopping in person until you’re sure you’ve fully recovered. After all, you can’t try on bras that you buy online, and you may need to get a sense of what works as you get used to the changes your breasts have gone through. So head to your local department store or lingerie boutique — and why not bring along some girlfriends on your shopping trip to get their take in the fitting room?

Remember: It is possible to find bras that are comfortable, supportive, and help to facilitate your healing process. As long as you heed the advice of your surgeon, get fitted by a professional, and take some time trying out a variety of styles, you’re sure to find some post-surgery bras that can meet your needs.


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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


Disclaimer: This article is provided for informational purposes only. It is not meant to be medical advice and it is not meant to be a substitute for a professional’s opinion. Be sure to consult your doctor if you notice any changes in your breasts. Breast self exams are not a replacement for regular exams by your doctor.

Whether you know it or not, breast self exams should be a regular part of any woman’s life. So, are you doing them? Sure, wearing a well-fitting, supportive bra is a great way to take care of your breasts. But when it comes to identifying potential health issues, these exams are crucial. Performing a self exam helps you to get to know your breasts better, thereby allowing you to detect some abnormalities. Once you notice that something is a little “off,” you can report it to your doctor, who can determine whether there’s any cause for concern.

The reality is, though, that many of us were never taught how to do a breast self exam or that we should do them regularly.

In this guide, we’ll go over everything you need to know about these exams: how to perform them, what to look for, and when to worry.

Why do I need to do a breast self exam?

According to Breastcancer.org, a breast self examination is a convenient, useful cancer screening tool for all women when used in combination with regular exams by a doctor.

Your breasts are continually changing and evolving. And there are many reasons why they may look or feel different over time, from pregnancy and breastfeeding to weight loss or menopause. However, some changes in your breasts can point to the possibility of breast cancer.

Johns Hopkins Medical center states: “Forty percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump, so establishing a regular breast self exam is very important.”

That’s why you should be examining your boobs on a regular basis — the more frequently you’re checking them out, the more aware you’ll be of any changes that may be worth bringing up to your doctor.

When/how often should I do my breast self-exam?

Stanford Medicine recommends that women starting to perform breast self-exams around age 20, and continuing the practice about once a month throughout their lives.

There are certain factors to take into account when timing your exam. Stanford Medicine reports that it’s best to wait until a few days after your period ends, as your breasts are far less likely to be swollen or tender during this time (and you’ll need to do some feeling around). If you’re pregnant or no longer get a period, it’s a good idea to designate a specific day that you’ll perform your exam every month to help you remember and ensure you’re doing your exams consistently.


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How do I do a breast self-exam?

According to the Maurer Foundation, it’s not advisable to do your self-exam in the shower or with any lotion on your hands, so wait until your skin is dry before you begin.

There are several ways to perform an exam. Ideally, you should examine your breasts both standing up and lying down — the former allows you to use visual observation to take note of any changes, while the latter allows you to feel changes with physical touch.

What can I do to make my breast self exams a regular habit?

The most important thing you can do is to make your breast self exams a regular habit. If it helps, schedule your exams in your calendar, or set monthly reminders on your phone. It’s also a good idea to start keeping a journal, where you can keep track of your observations. Note any abnormalities, so you can remember to bring them up to your doctor if need be. You can refer back to these journal entries to remind yourself of what’s normal, and also keep track of which changes only appear at certain times (such as around your period) and which ones don’t seem to be going away.

The Brunswick Centre recommends familiarizing yourself with your breasts’ different “neighborhoods.” The area underneath the nipple, for example, may feel like a sack of large grains, or a pebbly beach, whereas the outer area of the upper breast by the armpit typically has the most lumps and bumps.

If you noticed any changes in your breasts or found a lump, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with your doctor, especially if those changes appear to be worsening in any way. That said, don’t panic. There are plenty of other possible reasons why you might have a lump that doesn’t involve breast cancer. In fact, The Maurer Foundation reports that a whopping 80 percent of breast lumps are not cancerous. Still, it’s best to be on the safe side, so give your primary care doctor or gynecologist a call to further evaluate your observations.

Breast self-exams may not be the most enjoyable or exciting activity, but they’re so important — they allow you to get to know your body better, and furthermore, take charge of your health. Make them a regular part of your life and you’ll have peace of mind that potential problems don’t go unnoticed for too long.


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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


Disclaimer: This article is provided for informational purposes only. It is not meant to be medical advice and it is not meant to be a substitute for a professional’s opinion. Be sure to consult your doctor if you notice any changes in your breasts. Breast self exams are not a replacement for regular exams by your doctor.

In figuring out which sports bras to buy, there are lots of things to take into account, including the style, fit, color, fabric, and features. But one of the most important considerations is the level of impact involved in the type of exercise you’re doing. As you may or may not know, it’s most important that you wear a sports bra during high-impact exercise. While engaging in medium-impact exercise, it’s advisable to wear a sports bra as well — however, you can probably opt for one that’s a little less heavy duty, depending on your breast size. But what about low-impact exercise? Do you need a sports bra for those types of activities?

In this guide, we’ll reveal everything you need to know about the answer to this common question.

What is low-impact exercise?

According to Greatist, low-impact exercise typically involves less direct force and strain on the joints, thus reducing the risk of injury. It’s typically defined as any kind of exercise during which at least one foot stays on the ground at all times. So, a few examples would include yoga, spinning, using the elliptical machine, swimming, and Pilates. Depending on the nature of the workout, strength training might constitute as low-impact exercise.

This type of exercise is ideal for those who are recovering from an injury or have experienced any kind of joint damage (particularly around the knees). It’s a phenomenal choice for increasing flexibility and strength without putting a ton of stress on the body.


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Do I need a sports bra for this kind of workout?

For many reasons, it’s extremely important to wear a sports bra during high-impact exercises, like running, plyometrics, dancing, and aerobics. Not only that, but you’ll need one with extra supportive features, such as a combination compression and encapsulation sports bra. This is because your breasts are more prone to stress during high impact workouts due to the vigorous force exerted. In order to protect the ligaments that keep your breasts looking perky and maintain their shape (called the Coopers’ ligaments), it’s crucial to wear a supportive sports bra that minimizes breast movement.

However, a low impact workout obviously exposes your breasts to less potential strain. Think of it this way: Your boobs are less likely to be bouncing around during a yoga class than they would during a jog. That said, it’s still a good idea to wear a sports bra during low-impact exercise, particularly if you have larger breasts. The fact of the matter is, even cycling and using the elliptical machine can still cause some breast movement, and according to Shape magazine, wearing a sports bra will help to protect your boobs while also warding off any potential discomfort or pain.

“Even the smallest sizes can experience permanent damage to connective tissue over time if you neglect to give them the right support,” Shape Magazine reports.

So if you’ve been thinking about going braless to that Pilates class just because you wear a B cup, you may want to reconsider.

Which sports bra is best for low impact exercise?

Choosing the right bra for your low-impact workouts demands taking your breast size into account. If you wear an A or B cup, a standard compression bra might work for you. A compression bra essentially presses the breast tissue against the chest.

On the other hand, if you wear a C cup and above, you may need the extra support provided by an encapsulation bra. An encapsulation bra encircles and supports each breast individually, thus providing a higher level of support. They tend to be more effective at minimizing breast movement, and thus also at protecting the breasts from potential pain or damage.

Regardless of which type of sports bra you choose, the bottom line is that it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to low-impact exercise. At the very least, a sports bra will provide an extra layer of fabric between your boobs and your workout top, thus preventing your nipples from showing. The most important features to look for are adjustable straps and an adjustable band — the only way to get a flawless fit from your sports bra is to ensure that you can loosen and tighten these as needed. And of course, a perfect fit is crucial to ensuring you get adequate support from your sports bra. Also, it’s a good idea to look for low-impact sports bras that are made with moisture-wicking material. That way, you can stay cool and dry while also preventing any chafing around your boobs during that hot yoga or spinning class.


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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


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Bras do a lot of heavy lifting. Not only do they hold our breasts in place, but they also support them, and even provide some level of shaping. So it makes sense that they are also one of the most complex garments to make. A lot of time, effort, and thought go into the design and manufacturing of a bra — especially those produced by high-quality brands. And they’ve come a long way over the years, too. As designers and brands learn more about women’s needs and how bras can function most effectively, bras have become more and more intricate.

Read on for a deeper dive into how bras are made. The more you understand about what it takes to bring each and every design to life, the more you’re bound to appreciate these life-changing little unmentionables.

1.  The first bra was made out of handkerchiefs.

The original bra, which was invented in 1914, looked quite different from the ones we wear today. According to The Atlantic, Mary Phelps Jacobs first created the brassiere when she realized she needed an undergarment that would be less bulky under her dress for a debutante ball. The socialite was only 19 years old.

While getting ready for the ball, she was presented with a problem: The embroidery on her corset kept peeking out from under her gown near her bust. She instructed her maid to bring her a couple of handkerchiefs and some pink ribbon, and the two women quickly sewed the materials together. The result? Jacobs was not only more comfortable and able to dance more freely (thanks to the absence of boning) but achieved a sleeker silhouette with her gown. Her invention made such a splash at the ball, and later, more society affairs, that she constructed a few more for friends. Finally, she received a patent on Nov. 3, 1914. According to The Atlantic, she described it as “a garment which is characterized by extreme simplicity by freedom from bones so that it may be finished with laces or embroideries for wear beneath a sheer waist or diaphanous gown, and which when worn is both comfortable and cool and so efficient that it may be worn even by persons engaged in violent exercise such as tennis.”

2.  There are many steps before manufacturing.

Before any cutting or sewing happens, a bra goes through a multitude of steps during the design process. Made How reports that first, prototypes are drawn up, and then after that, the pattern pieces are designed (often with the help of computerized programs). The cups and panels, core components of the bra, are typically cut out of cardboard with a computerized cutter. Once the prototype is put together, any necessary tweaks and modifications can be made. After the prototype has been finalized, it typically goes through lab testing to ensure the accuracy of sizing and quality. It is then typically manufactured in a smaller quantity for testing by designers, marketers, etc. before it’s mass produced and available for purchase.


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3.  A bra contains upwards of 20 parts.

When you think of a bra, you probably think of the main components: The cups, band, center gore, straps, etc. And indeed, each and every one of those components has a special and important purpose. Typical bras feature around 20 components, but a bra can feature as many as 50 components depending on the style. For example, a cut-and-sew bra may have more components than a basic seamless t-shirt bra with molded cups because the cups of the cut-and-sew bra contain multiple panels. Additionally, some bras (particularly those in larger sizes or specifically geared toward full-busted women) have more hook-and-eye closures on the back of the band for added support. Then there are other components, like the buckles on the straps that allow for adjustability.

4.  Molded bras require multiple machines and intricate technology.

There’s no denying that molded bras have many benefits. Not only do they offer a smooth, seamless look under your form-fitting knits, but they can also offer superior shaping for your breasts. As it turns out, making a molded bra is a pretty complex process. Stitch Diary reports that first, the cup material is held inside a mold at a very high temperature to achieve a particular shape. Two machines are used for molding: the bullet head molding machine is used on (synthetic) fabrics, while the contour molding machine is used on the foam that’s often used in molded cup bras. With a bullet head molding machine, a heated bullet head is pushed downwards on the fabric, which rests on an open plate. A combination of pressure and heat are maintained for roughly a minute to produce the desired shape. A contour molding machine, meanwhile, features a pair of heated metal molds. The flat foam sheets are stretched out and compressed between them at a high temperature for about a minute.

Now that you know how much work goes into your beloved bras, hopefully, you’ll have a deeper appreciation for them. While every brand’s process is unique, one thing is true across the board: A well-constructed, high-quality bra requires many thoughtful design and manufacturing decisions — which is why the price tag is typically well worth it.


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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


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