We’ve hacked the sizing system to bring you more options and an even more precise fit!
Just when you thought finding one amazing bra would be impossible, we’re here to tell you that she has sisters, a few of them too, both big and small – and they’re all here to make you feel your best!
Even though the concept might have you feeling bewildered by your bra at first, sister sizing is simple and actually makes perfect sense.
WHAT IS SISTER SIZING?
Simply put, sister sizing suggests that when a bras cup size changes, its band size needs to change in relation too. This is because we need to find the equivalent bra cup volume in other sizes.
For example the sister sizes of a 30E would be a 32D, 34C, 36B, 38A. Yes, you read right, we’re saying that you can be a 30E and a 36B. Sounds crazy hey? We get that, but it’s true.
For every band size you go up, you would need to go down a cup size. This is because your aim is to ensure that you’re getting a comfy, yet snug band while achieving a well-filled cup at the same time.
Sister sizing helps a fitter ensure that a customer finds the perfect band and cup size match, while still taking into account bra style, design and fabric.
So you fit in, look fine and feel fab’!
Now we just need to keep things fresh for a few years!
The longevity of anything is the way you handle things in its entirety (true on so many levels huh?!). The longevity of your lingerie is no different.
It’s in the way you wear it…
Finding your true fit means no more fiddling and fixing. Just by eliminating this on a daily basis (sadly some even hourly) will help keep your fabrics strong as yanking at them consistently over long periods can contribute to a loss in elasticity. There’s a simple art to putting on your bra.
Bend forward slightly.
- Step 2
Slide both arms through the straps and fastened the band at the back. Be sure to get all your breast tissue encased in your cup before hooking up. For new bras and bras in year one of use, the first/least tight hook should be used.
- Step 3
If you cannot fastened your hook at the back, wear a silk or satin chemise before putting on your bra. You can then hook your bra on at the front, slide it (with much ease due to the silk fabric) to the back without tugging at the fabric, and slip into your straps. By either hooking up your bra at the back or using a silk fabric to move your bra around you are caring for your bra and increasing the life of the fabric.
- Step 4
Now that you’ve got your bra on properly (less the tug of war) it’s time to tweak for true comfort. Adjust your straps, as these may have loosened from the previous wear, sweep your hand over the top of your breasts to ensure that all breast tissue fills your cup, scoop the sides as well and ensure that the band wraps horizontally around your body at the same level. (This will be demonstrated to you with greater detail when we meet at your free consultation).
Once you’re ready to remove your bra for the day, gently unclip the hooks and slide the straps off your shoulders. Keep your bras together and away from direct sunlight.
Hand washing your bras is always first prize. Simply because it is a gentle, individual wash. Sorry ladies, I would love to tell you to just throw them in the wash but that’s never going to be a good idea.
Hand washing your bras isn’t a complicated process. Simply rub each bra gently (give a little extra attention to your band and areas close to your underarms) with a mild detergent and rinse in cold water. Cold water keeps fabrics fresh and strong and colours vibrant. Once you’re done, drip and air dry them (no tumble drying!) in an area that does not have direct sunlight to prevent fading.
Do not wring or iron bras.
If you really must put them in the wash, it would be a good idea to put them in a lingerie bag before popping them in. Hook up each bra to prevent tangling and chose a gentle cycle with no spin option as under wires may bend or come apart during the wash. Machine washing is never recommended for underwired garments – and it is always a good idea to read the care labels first.
They work hard for you all day, show them some love and watch them stay supportive for a few years.
Quality far outranks quantity in this area of shopping so opting to own a few good bras is always a better idea.
Take the initiative, invest in quality items, stay informed about product care and fall in love with your intimate wear, every day!
Despite being an essential, shopping for the right bra can sometimes be seen or thought if as a luxury spend. See why this is not the case and the price you have to pay in terms of your health for bad choices.
Sagging Breasts: Breasts are made up of tissue and do not have any muscles. Breasts therefore need to be well supported with a bra that fits them properly and which encases all the breast tissue and provides adequate lift. When breasts do not get the support they need they will begin to sag.
Shoulder Grooves: This occurs when the straps are too tight and you are carrying access weight on your shoulders. The straps begin to dig into the shoulders causing much discomfort and in some cases skin bruising and abrasions. Women feel that by tightening the straps of their bra they are lifting their breasts and giving them more support. However, this is the job of the band and not the straps.
Neck Pain, Shoulder Pain, Back Pain, Pinched Nerves and Headaches: This too occurs when straps are too tight and you are carrying access weight on your shoulders. The weight of the breasts sits on the shoulders through the straps. This increases the tension in the shoulder region – because one would have tightened the straps too much with the hope of providing lift for the breasts.
Poor Posture: When your straps are too tight and you experience tension in your shoulders you tend to slouch as you are experiencing strain from your straps. You feel your shoulders being pulled forward into a permanent slump. Over time this leads to poor posture as your shoulder muscles have taken strain. This muscular tension affects your breathing and also leads to neck, shoulder and head aches.
Skin Abrasions, Rashes and Infections: This can occur for numerous fit issues. When the straps are too tight they can dig into your skin causing the skin to tear or bruise. Also, if your underwire moves around this too causes friction against your skin leading to skin abrasions. Skin irritations also occur with the band is too tight or too loose. When the band is too tight it creates irritating welts under the wire. When the band is too loose we can end up with under-spill where breast tissue rubs against the skin and can lead to rashes and even infections, especially when we sweat.
Stretch Marks: This results when the breast tissue doesn’t receive proper support and the breast tissue begins to sag. When the breast begins to sag the weight of the breast is being pulled downwards and hence the formation of stretch marks.