This week is the week many people will be starting their new fitness regime to get a new shape / lose weight / feel better at the start of 2012. If you need help on this have a look at this weight management article.

Don’t forget that a new bra can get you a new shape without the need to lose weight! You can surprise your partner and friends by getting the right size, bra shape and correctly fitted bra. Sometimes you need to reduce your t-shirt size as a good bra can make all the difference to how you look.

We have surprised women all the time in the shop, exclaiming, “I can’t believe the difference the bra has made”. It’s a great feeling to help women look and feel better. It’s the part of the job I love most.

So, how do we do this for ourselves? The most important thing is how you fit the bra. Think “down” or “low” for the bra band. This should be firm and sit in the smallest part of your back. This is often a lot lower than where you usually wear your bra, but you will benefit from the support and shape it gives you – it shapes your natural contours, and lifts your breasts naturally from a firm base. It will bring your shoulders back and help improve your posture.

How not to wear a bra

If you’re worried about the overhang of flesh, then get a bra that is deeper than usual (higher under the arm). A lot of fashion bras have very narrow bands. Older ladies that wear longline bras don’t have this problem, as everything is held in by the length of the bra.

The shape of the bra cup is also important, and what suits you may not suit your sister or best friend. Try a few styles out and see what you like and what looks good. Always, always, always, try your top on over the bra that you try as this is the only way of testing what it looks like. There are very few people that see you without your top on, so the with top on look is the one that concerns you most.

Make it a new year’s resolution to go for a proper bra fitting, or try some new bra styles and check they are fitting correctly.

If you don’t want to go for a bra fitting, or it’s difficult to find somewhere with your size bra, or you have children, then there are a lot of specialist shops, like bras4mums, bras4all, and bralady that can help. Our bra fitters can help advise by phone or email before and after you purchase, or come to your home to do a home bra fitting. You can also exchange as many times are you need to so we can get it right with you. Sometimes it’s the shape of the bra we need to change, not just the size.

Don’t forget sports bras either! If you are doing more exercise, make sure your breasts are properly supported.

Happy New Year, and we look forward to helping more women wear bras that are comfortable and supportive. If you have any queries, please ask. That’s what we’re here for! T-J BraLady