Learn the Subtle Art of Step-by-Step Deconstructing a Bra

What is a bra and why it is important in a girl’s life? This was probably a question that we asked ourselves as a teenager. But, as we grew up, we compromised with society’s definition of it. Just as every bra is meant to fit a different woman, its meaning should also be distinct & true to you as an individual. Here’s Clovia’s interpretation of what a bra means and how you can choose the perfect one for yourself! 

Have you ever heard of deconstructing a bra? No? Let’s do it now.

Why is finding the right bra important?

Finding the right bra is like finding your soulmate! Many women struggle with their bras just because they wear the wrong size and fit. In fact, most women aren’t even aware of the correct bra size and type for their breast shape or don’t know how to choose the right bra!

It is high time that we decode this mysterious garment so that you know your bra better and can find the fit and style that suits you best. Just in case you are thinking that we’ll give you a boring, bulky manual, you are mistaken. We have a fun way of introducing you to bra-o-logy by simply deconstructing a bra and telling you the elements that go into it.

What is Brassiere?

Unaware of the meaning of a brassiere? A brassiere, commonly known as a bra is a woman’s undergarment created to support her breasts. Bras are classically form-fitting and do a lot more than just supporting. With time, bras have evolved from being just functional garments to statement fashion pieces. We at Clovia wholeheartedly believe in the stylish aspect of these delicate things. We offer you bras that are not just well-fitted to provide the right kind of support but also look beautiful and leave you feeling happy, sexy and comfortable all day long.

Do You Know The Key Fit Areas Of A Bra?

Here are 4 key fit areas that are discovered post deconstructing a bra –

UNDERBAND

The underband of the bra is the area that hugs your bust line. The underband should be horizontal across your back and never arch upwards. It should be snug enough to slide two fingers underneath it easily. The band is responsible for providing the maximum amount of support to the breasts. 

A bra is wrong for you if:

  1. The band rides upwards on the back.
  2. Your shoulders ache which means that underband is loose and not providing enough support.

UNDERWIRES

Underwire is a thin wire strip that is sewn into the bra at the base of the cups. It provides additional support and rigidity to the bra. For those who prefer underwired bras, it is essential to find the right fit. The wire at the front should sit flat at your breastbone.
A bra is wrong for you if:

  1. The underwires are lifting away from the breastbone.
  2. The underwires are digging into your body.

Underwires

CUPS

Right cup fit underlines the fact as to why a bra is important for you. Cups are referred to the moulded front parts of a bra that provide support to the breasts, these can either be padded or non-padded. Your breasts should fit snugly into the cups and there should be no gap between your body and the centre gore of the bra. For a perfectly fitting bra, finding the perfect cup size is very important. 

A bra is wrong for you if:

  1. Breasts are spilling over from the top or from sides
  2. The fabric or padded cup is loose over the breast

STRAPS

While looking for an answer to how to find the right bra, neglecting straps is not an option. Straps refer to the elastic bands that run over the shoulders from front to back providing support and hold, without restricting any of your movements. The bra straps are adjustable. But remember, they should neither be too tight nor fall off the shoulders. When the straps are dropped, the bra must stay in its place. 

A bra is wrong for you if:

  1. Straps are digging into your shoulders or falling off them
  2. If adjusting the straps doesn’t help, you may need to go one size down on the underband size.

FAQs

  • Do bras prevent sagging breasts?

There is no evidence supporting the fact that bras prevent or minimize sagging breasts.

  • Do underwired bras provide more support?

Underwired bras help maintain the shape of the breasts but they play little part in providing support. It is the bra’s underband & straps that are responsible for providing support to the breasts. 

  • Is it okay to feel uncomfortable while wearing a bra? 

No, women should never feel uncomfortable while wearing a bra. If you feel uneasy & uncomfortable wearing a bra, maybe you are not wearing the right one. The key to feeling comfortable & confident is finding a bra that fits perfectly on your body.