July 16, 2012
We all have body issues. And yes, we can be our own worst critic. But, before throwing your hands up – know there are solutions, tips and tricks to help you look your best. One of the easiest ways to instantly look slimmer and more youthful is by wearing the correct bra size and style for your body type.
Women are built in all shapes and sizes, making it a challenge to fit into cookie cutter bra styles that
just don't fit correctly. Most women with an average figure and average bra size can have success in several types of bra styles.
One body type that can be more challenged in the bra-finding department is curvy petites: women under 5'4 and with cup sizes D and larger. In my years of research, reading reviews and asking around the bra industry, I've learned a few tips to help you curvy petites find comfortable and supportive solutions.
The Problem: Many bras with larger cup sizes have wider-set straps that are built to give great support but might not always be the best fit for smaller frames.
The Solution: Look for bras with center pull straps – where the strap front is sewn just above the cup center and aligns with your breast apex (nipple). This will help keep straps in place and provide a better fit.
The Problem: Bras with larger cup sizes tend to sit high under the arm. This is designed to give women more side coverage but for smaller women, this can be uncomfortable.
The solution: Find bra styles with a lower rise on the side of the cup to keep it from digging in.
The Problem: Smaller band sizes like 28 and 30 are not offered by many manufacturers
so many of you petite curvy gals often turn to your 'sister size' – this is one band size larger and one cup size smaller – to get the bra you like. But, this is never a good idea. It's always best to wear your true size.
The Solution: If you have to size up in the band, look for bras with bands that are made of lace. These will fit slightly more snug
in a supportive way and will not stretch as fast. Bras with fewer back hook-and-eye adjustments might be more conducive to women who are smaller around. Less hook and eyes can also mean a short band width.
Finally, if you have chronic problems with your underwires poking you under your arm, look for balconette, demi and plunge bras – these styles tend to have shorter underwires.
Some brands at HerRoom such as Fantasie, Freya and Panache all carry small band sizes with larger cups. Styles shown above are the Chantelle Rive Gauche Full Coverage T-Shirt Bra, Natori Calais Sweetheart Memory Contour Bra and Calvin Klein Seductive Comfort Customized Lift With Lace Bra.
Are you curvy and petite? What are your favorite bra solutions?