Attention ladies! Hear me when I tell you, that foundation garments are the most important garments you own. A good bra, body slimmer, or panty can make or break an outfit. They have that much effect on the fit of the rest of your clothing. Over the next few posts we will explore foundation garments and how to get what’s right for you.
First and foremost, get a good bra that fits your body. This is where your money is best spent; get at least 2 or 3 of the best you can afford. You will want some variation in style, so they don’t hit in all the same places, plus they need a day of rest between wear. Washing in lingerie bags does prolong life, so I recommend having a couple small ones available.
Shop at a store that has bra fitters, whether you end up buying there or not. Any experienced fitter will tell you that most women do not have a well-fitting bra. They will be happy to teach you what to look for in fit. Now, be prepared for them to try to up-sell you on a more expensive bra; it’s their job. Try on many brands, sizes and styles. Odds are you will be able to find a good fit in more than one brand. Be honest with your fitter. They need to know what your price range is today, but that you also want to know what would work for you in the next price range, for later.
Many of my clients have been simply amazed at what a difference a new and better fitting bra makes to the clothes they try on. Notice, I mentioned new as important also, not just better fitting. Plan to replace your bras as they get stretched and worn. They will lose elasticity and will not provide the same lift over time. If your budget is tight, watch for sales on your preferred brand, and get one or two when the price is right. If you do this before they are completely worn, it will be less painful to retire one and move a new one into your rotation.
You need to buy it anyway; why not buy something that fits and flatters.