Archive for August, 2012
August 27, 2012
In the last few years, shapewear has grown in popularity as women have discovered this easy way to smooth and trim their figures under clothing. Well now, doctors are weighing in and there are claims that wearing shapewear can pose a danger to your health.
Stomach Issues – It's been reported that some women have experienced acid reflux while wearing shapewear that fits too tightly over their midsections. Doctors say the heavy constriction can cause heart burn and other discomfort.
The Solution: Select shaping styles that aren't too tight around your stomach area. Be sure you can sit, breathe and handle a regular meal comfortably while wearing your shaping garments.
Blood Clots – Apparently those covered elastic bands that are meant to keep shapewear from riding up your legs can lead to disruption of blood flow if they are too tight. Areas such as thighs and lower legs are most affected and when blood clots form they can move to other parts of your body.
The Solution: Again, be sure these areas are not being squeezed too tightly. If you see a heavy mark left behind around your legs when you remove your
shapewear – you may want to size up to avoid experiencing this potentially dangerous reaction. Another good way to ensure you're not in danger of this, wearing laser-cut hems that will fit more comfortably while looking smooth all at the same time.
Layering Shapewear- Even though we've heard celebrities talking about this 'secret trick' on the red carpet, doctors warn against doing this. Some very t
hin shapewear styles such as the SPANX Skinny Britches Collection are designed to be layered since the control level is very light. But in most cases, you should single layer your thigh shapers and bodysuits always to avoid nerve damage and other circulatory issues.
Common sense should prevail with shapewear. First, don't go down a size thinking you'll get more support. Always buy your correct size – the manufacturers have calibrated the spandex accordingly. Don't double up. Not only does this create too much pressure on your body, but it reduces your body's breatability – you could feel like you're in a plastic bag. Always keep in mind what happens to your wrist when you put a too tight rubber band or hair band around it. You get a big red mark, and you reduce blood flow to that extremity. Too tight shapewear on your body can do the same thing. And finally, be realistic. No piece of shapewear is going to reduce you two sizes. Honest shapewear manufacturers will always tell you they can maybe reduce your measurement by 1-2 inches – at the most. And then, the sausage analogy starts kicking in with bulges occurring along the edges where your shapewear stops.
A good rule of thumb to keep in mind when wearing shapewear: if it's too binding, it's time to size up.
Style shown above is the ResultWear Grace Strapless Slip.
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August 21, 2012
We've all been there. You're trying on bras that are supposed to be your correct size
but the fit just
isn't right. Maybe your breasts don't fill out the top cups perfectly or your straps keep falling off. These are both signs that you're not wearing the bra style that's right for you – yes, bra style, not necessarily bra size.
I have been working on this Bra Finder for years. What I learned is that a woman really needs to understand what kind of breasts she has first, then look for bras with the right design features to fit her properly and be comfortable. That's why I created the Know Your Breasts™ Bra Finder to help women understand their unique breast features and show them exactly what bra styles and features will and will not work on her breasts. And yes, she can still can be in the wrong bra size, but that's another conversation. First, every woman should really know her breasts.
Just over the weekend, more than 12,000 women learned what kind of breasts they have with my Bra Finder. Thanks to everyone who went through the Bra Finder, and I hope you learned more about the bras you should be looking for. I tried to make the questions fun and interesting, while also being informative and only taking a few minutes to complete. I think you'll find it worth your time when you get to the end and discover custom information tailored specifically to your needs. You might have a combination of breast attributes and this Bra Finder will help you identify those so that you don't have to go another day in a bra that's not your perfect style. Oh, and Check out this recent New YorkTimes article featuring the Know Your Breasts ™ Bra Finder.
Posted by TE at 6:54am
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