How do you take care of your bosom
buddies to fit into your favourite lingerie?
Find out the elements of bra fitting to
ensure that you are giving your girls the
right support at every stage of your life!
WORDS | Valerie Tan
ave you ever wondered how and which part of your body matures faster? Well, a study discovered a new biological clock embedded in the human genome that can gauge the age of diverse human organs, tissues and cell types.
It revealed that certain body parts like the breasts age faster than the rest of the body.
“Healthy breast tissue is about two to three years older than the rest of a woman’s body,” Steve Horvath, a professor of human genetics and of biostatistics at the University of California, Los Angeles, said in a university news release. “If a woman has breast cancer, the healthy tissue next to the tumor is an average of 12 years older than the rest of her body.”
Although additional research has to be done to find out how to reverse the ageing process, it is certainly possible to give your assets a boost by choosing the right support for every stage of your life.
The tricky part is to find your true bra size. You will need to get yourself properly measured so you can choose a bra that’s both comfortable and versatile enough to work with different types of tops.
GETTING THE RIGHT FIT
There are a few factors determining the accuracy of the measurements, such as the firmness of your breasts, the width of your shoulders and back, plus the bra that you are wearing.
1. Get Yourself Measured
There are 2 measurements to be taken. One: your band size, and two: your cup size. The key is to take the measurements when you have your bra on.
THE BAND SIZE: Using a measuring tape, measure directly under your bust, making sure that the measuring tape is parallel to the ground and you are breathing out.
THE CUP SIZE: Stand straight with your arms by your side and measure the fullest part of your bra (make sure you are not wearing a fully padded bra for this). Deduct the breast size from the band size and you’ll derive your cup size.
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2. Scooping and Swooping
Gravity is your powerful ally when you are going for that full cleavage. When you scoop and swoop in the right manner, your breasts sit well in the cup without the breast tissue being compressed into the cup or squished to the armpit (thus flabby arms).
The bra is not able to provide ample support when your breasts are being compressed and pushed against the torso. The right way is to lean forward and bend at your waist, letting your breasts fall into the cup, and fastening the band behind your back. Still leaning forward, use one hand to hold your bra strap or the underwire cup, and the other hand to scoop from the armpit to the cup. Repeat for the other side. You may have to do this a few times in order to get fully adjusted.
CHECKLIST FOR A PERFECT SUPPORT