The Only Item That Can Make You Look Taller and Thinner
If you're anything like me, you've been wearing the same bra since you were a teenager. I spent my 20s running to spend my hard-earned, paltry paycheck on the latest trends, yet I continued to wear the ratty old underthings that I had purchased many years prior. Like many women, I assumed I was a standard size 34B, headed to my local mall, and chose a handful of non-descript bras. I'd throw them in the washing machine each week with the laundry and they'd go through the dryer as well--little did I know that I was commiting bra-icide (if such a thing exists).
When I was in my late 20s, I became pregnant with my first child and I wore two sports bras to keep my burgeoning bustline as still as was humanly possible. I dutifully bought a few styles of nursing bras, all of which were so hideous that they should never have seen the light of day. I quickly eschewed them for cheap bras that I could just pull to the side when my daughter demanded to be fed.
Years later, I received the "bra-ducation" I sorely needed when I had the chance to meet Kimberly Caldwell, the director of marketing at Linda the Bra Lady, the lingerie salon made famous by this article. I scoffed at the notion that my cheap bras weren't doing their job, until Caldwell was able to put both of her arms inside the band of my worn-out old bra. She explained that the band around the ribcage is where all the support is and if it's loose, it's not doing the work of supporting your breasts. According to Caldwell, "Support is key. You'll always look taller, thinner and more attractive in a bra that fits and lifts. Remember, when breasts sag they tend to hide and clutter up your waist. A lifted bust showcases your waist and elongates your body."
Are you convinved yet that it's time to invest in a new bra? For more tips on how to choose the right bra, check out our slideshow above.
By Christina Anderson