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Finding the ideal lingerie isn’t all about those ultra fancy sets for special occasions. It’s about the everyday too. There’s just no good reason that you need scrimp on your daily bras. These are your most trusty companions; with you no matter what happens. So, you need to ensure that they are just right.

Here are some of the things you should consider:

Don’t make assumptions about your size

The first major mistake that most women make when it comes to buying a new bra is thinking that they already know what size they are. Your bra size will change as you do. Over the years, you’re not likely to stay the exact same size all the time.

That means that sticking with your old size no matter what can be a dangerous game to play. Remember that this is an everyday bra — one you’re going to want to wear whatever the occasion happens to be. The very last thing you want or need is a bra that digs into you or doesn’t offer you the support that you need.

Do yourself a favor and go get measured ahead of time. Getting a professional fitting will ensure that you’re 100% sure of the size that you choose. What’s more, it doesn’t take as long as you might imagine and you get to relax and have someone else do all of the shopping for you.

Put the fit and your comfort first

Comfort. Comfort. Comfort. Whether you’re picking up the kids from the sitter or heading to the office for a last-minute meeting, your comfort needs to come first. Let’s not beat around the bush here. We’re all busy people with a lot on our plate. What we really don’t need in the modern-age of constant emails and notifications is yet another thing to cause us hassle. Don’t let your bra be that thing.

When it comes to choosing a bra for everyday situations, yes, you do want it to look fabulously flattering, but you also want it to be comfortable. That means that you need to make sure that you’re getting the support you need and the size is right. You should make sure that the straps and band of the bra sit neatly against your skin with a little breathing room. They should never once dig in or make marks on you. You should be able to fit two fingers between your skin and the band or straps.

Choose the right color for you

Now, let’s get to the interesting stuff — the color. Here’s where you get a chance to unleash your own personal sense of style. For example, t-shirt bras tend to come in neutral colors from black and beige to white, but there are also loads that come in bright colors or with bold prints. If you prefer neutral colors, go for it – these colors work with everything you may own. Honestly, you cannot go wrong with a simple black t-shirt bra… It’s a tried and true wardrobe staple for many women.

Of course, the color you end up choosing is completely up to you. Before making your decision, you may want to think about the rest of your wardrobe. If you tend to wear pale colors and pastels a whole lot, a beige or white bra may be just the ticket. If, on the other hand, you happen to adore wearing dark colors, black, pink, or even a leopard print bra might be the answer. The choice is yours!

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Parfait Charlotte Padded Bra 6901 in Red/Black

Make sure the band fits snug

As we’ve already covered, you absolutely need to make sure that the t-shirt bra gives you the support that you need. A major player here is the underwire. If you happen to have a larger chest, you may find that you need this extra level of support.

Without it, you may find that the bra is not only uncomfortable, but also not right for your body. Spending a little extra time searching for a style that suits your bra size may be all it takes to ensure that you are comfortable on a day to day basis.

Of course, it’s not merely the underwire that makes a difference here. The majority of a bra’s support comes from the band. You should ensure that the band fits snug on the loosest hook and doesn’t move when you raise your arms or lean down. You may have to try on a few different styles, but the more you give it a go, the easier finding the right fit will be.

Consider your wardrobe

Choose your lingerie based on your outfits – after all, you want lingerie that you’ll actually wear. Do you find yourself needing seamless contour bras to wear under t-shirts? Maybe it’s time to buy a few full bras in fun colors to balance out the neutrals in your wardrobe. When it comes to shopping for new bras, this is something that you should always keep in mind, no matter what.

Every woman out there needs at least one faithful bra on which she can rely no matter what. That’s why it’s so utterly crucial that you take the time to find the one that will suit you the best. If you consider these five things, you’re certain to have the right idea when it comes to choosing your perfect bra. Easy!

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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!

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Parfait Marion Unlined Wire Bra P5392 in Tango Red
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Charlotte Grainger

Charlotte Grainger is a freelance writer and digital journalist. Her main areas of interest are health, lifestyle, and relationships. When she’s not writing, she loves reading, gymming, and socializing.

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