Friday, 11 March 2016

Bra-Blems | Lingerie Fit Issues


Hi everyone! For today's Friday Fashion post I thought I'd bring you something a bit different. As many of you know, I am a fashion student, so I have learnt a lot about the importance of well fitting clothes, and that goes right down to a correctly fitted bra! So, when I heard about ThirdLovea lingerie company that specializes in bras and a great fitand saw their graphic on bra-blems, I was definitely up for sharing my thoughts on well fitting lingerie, as well as their professional 'Bra Fitting 101' image. As you'll know from a few of my past fashion posts, I'm a big fan of lingerie, I think a pretty lingerie set can really improve your mood and confidence, so it's really important that it fits well! Firstly, here is ThirdLove's handy Problems & Solutions infographic. Their philosophy is that fit should always come first, and I completely agree! A badly fitting bra doesn't just look bad - it can be really uncomfortable and potentially damaging to your breasts in the long term! To make sure your bra fits you perfectly, check out ThirdLove's 'Fit Issues and Solutions':

Secondly, I thought I'd share my own personal tips for getting a good fit for your lingerie. It's really important to remember that a good fitting bra will make your clothes look 10x better, as they will skim over your bust without any problems with spilling out or gaping! So, my first tip would be to get yourself measured! Have a think about the last time you had a bra fitting, and if it was more than 6 months ago, it's a great idea to get it done again. You can get a fitting at most lingerie stores: Boux Avenue, Victoria's Secret, M&S, Debenhams, Next... wherever you feel most comfortable! I'd recommend going to a store that you already buy your bras from anyway, as sizing does vary very slightly from store to store. If you really feel super uncomfortable about getting measured by someone else, Third Love's 'My Fit' helps to eliminate that, and ensure you still get a great fitting bra! I took the quiz and my recommended bra was the 24/7 Classic T-shirt Bra. Whichever way you like to get measured, once you've got your size correct, you have a good excuse to get shopping! If you're a DD+ and struggle to find good bras for your size, I'd highly recommend Boux Avenue - they pride themselves on offering sizes for all. Their pieces are so gorgeous and fashionable too. Third Love have a great selection for AA-F cups, and they also came up with the genius idea of 'half cups'. They found that 50% of women sizes A-E fall halfway between a cup size, so they made their ranges with half sizes - perfect! The other tip I would give is to try out different bra styles. There are so many out there these days: balcony, plunge, push up, triangle, t-shirt - it can get a bit overwhelming! Firstly, I'd take advice from Third Love and try a plunge/push up style if you find you often get gaping cups at the top of your bra. For bigger bust, a more supportive style like a balcony may be better, whilst a t-shirt bra is essential in everyone's wardrobe as they're perfect for wearing under tighter fitting clothing. It also depends on the size and shape of your breasts, as they can really affect how different bra styles look and fit on you. Try Third Love's 'My Fit' to get a personalised breakdown of which style would work best for you. Or, just check out their 'Bra 101' for all information about breast shapes and style guides. Also, consider the coverage that you want from your bra. If you want a very supportive style, go for full coverage - it will ensure minimal movement and maximum comfort. 
So, there you have it! A full run down of how your bra should be fitting. I thought this would be an interesting Fashion Friday post as lingerie is such a passion of mine, and it's really important to share these kind of posts for anyone that is unsure of how their bra should be fitting. I've also completely fallen in love with Third Love's range - it looks so well made and they've really catered for everyone with every style, colour and shape under the sun! They also have an iPhone app to make lingerie shopping easy and stress-free, as well as offering a bra size calculator in the app! As it is a US company, international shipping will cost you roughly £17 - but it's risk free shopping as you get free trial of the 24/7 Classic T-shirt bra to see if it's the right fit for you! Here's hoping for cheaper US shipping very soon as they're only a small company right now. However, I do have a promo code that Third Love very kindly provided me with to get 15% off your order: just enter PERSONALITY at checkout.
Where do you like to buy your lingerie? Let me know in the comments!

*I was inspired by Third Love to create this post but it is not a paid advertisement*

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