Bra Shopping Tips

Let’s face it…sometimes you could use a little “oomph” up top. I’m not saying going from a B-cup to a C-cup, I’m talking about finding the best bra for your breasts so your clothes fit you better whether’s it’s support, smoothing or just avoiding the dreaded “back fat.” As a stylist, I share bra shopping tips and tricks on a regular basis and on many occasions I’ve helped women choose the perfect bra to wear with a party dress, red carpet attire or even wedding gown – yes, that happens!

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Without a smoothing bra, this dress would not look this good.

First things first. Before I have a client try on new clothes, I start by ensuring that she has the right foundation, i.e. bra, in place that will make her look and feel better in her clothes. The perfect foundation begins with finding a bra that fits. So, I always check out her intimates first. I’m not being naughty; I just know that the right-fitting bra can help a women appear taller and slimmer and her clothes will look better on her. I’ve seen first-hand the remarkable effect the right bra can have on a woman when I was the host and style expert for three web series about bras and makeovers and they received over 75 million views.  You can see some of the bra makeovers on my YouTube channel and more bra fashion tips in these videos I hosted as well. Every gal needs a bra wardrobe that includes the t-shirt bra, the bra that works under sheer clothing, the bra that can help lift, support and smooth your body and, most importantly, they should all be comfortable & stylish.

Bra Shopping Tips

Never underestimate the powerful confidence of a super set of skivvies.

Your underthings shouldn’t be a distraction. You want a bra that stays in place, gives you support, doesn’t ride up or poke you.

t-shirt bra

Bra shopping is like shopping for swimwear or jeans—you have to try them on to the find the right flattering fit. You know this, but I’m telling you again, your breast size changes due to weight fluctuation, babies, workout routine and more. Go get ’em sized!

Bulges on your sides and back never look good. You may be wearing the right size bra, but the wrong style. This can happen even when you’re not overweight. So look for bras with a wider flat band, which will offer a smoothing effect.

If the store doesn’t have the exact size you need and you’re in a hurry, it’s usually ok to adjust by going up a band size and down a cup size.

Remember, it’s just a number and letter. Don’t get get hung up on the size. Find the right fit.

            Cold weather, air-conditioned theaters, restaurants and offices can lead to an uncomfortable situation I call “your headlights are on.” No woman likes the unwanted attention of eyes on those. So instead of lots of padding or donning an extra sweater  avoid a thin or sheer bra. It may pretty, but you’ll be distracted when you notice you’re poking through and I’ve found those bras have a short “life,” meaning they develop small tears or pulls in the fabric quicker.

Bra Accessories

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Commando ‘Top Hat’ Nipple Covers, Nordstrom $34

There are times that accessories can help like double sided tape and nipple covers ( I prefer the thin silicone versions than the stickers).

Sheer Circumstance

More Bra Shopping Tips

Here’s some extra help.

While I like the Carrie Bradshaw character from Sex and the City just as much as my girlfriends. I easily fall prey to watching the reruns for the fashion. Who doesn’t!? But I’m not a fan of showing off the bra just as much as the clothes. When it comes to sheer types of clothing, you want to match your bra closest to your skin color so the bra seems to disappear on your body. And what doesn’t work is a white bra under a white t-shirt. Flesh toned and black bras will be your go-to bras. So bring along a thin t-shirt so you can see what it looks like under sheer circumstances.

Spring Cleaning

And lastly, just like you go through your closet and clean out the clutter, do the same for your intimate drawers. Once or twice a year, empty your underwear and bra drawers and get rid of the ratty, pilled and grungy intimates. Trash the ones that have lost their stretch which can happen in the band or the straps. And toss the ones you haven’t worn in ages. Go buy a new bra that fits your body.

Care For Your Bras

A quick video with my bra care guide.

This shouldn’t be news to you, it’s likely you’ve heard this or read this plenty of times, but you shouldn’t toss your bras and underwear into the washer and dryer with the rest of your clothes. I don’t have time to hand wash your bras so I’m not expecting you to do that, but it’s easy to put them in a lingerie bag and wash on the hand wash or delicate cycle in your washer and then hang them over your bath tub or shower rod to air dry.

When it’s time put them back in the drawer stack them on top or next to each other like they’re spooning so the the cups fit into one another to keep their shape. Try to avoid folding them. If you have larger cup size bras and not a lot of drawer space consider hang them on hangers.

Style Expert Alison Deyette is a renowned TV host, Los Angeles stylist, and magazine contributor, known best for her dynamic personality and her sharp sense of style. She’s dressed hundreds of clients – from the red carpet to regular folks – bringing a perspective that focuses on each individual and their unique goals, helping find the optimum look for any occasion, body type or budget.

1 Comment

  1. August 26, 2017    

    Thanks for sharing amazing bra shopping tips.

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