Choosing the Right Bra For Your Age

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We are all aware that as we get older, some clothes just don’t work. Many of us would never wear our favourite outfit from our twenties in our forties; so why do we insist on wearing the same lingerie throughout our entire lives? Our breasts change in shape and composition as we age, and as a result, you should be changing the style of your bra to suit the changes happening to your body.

Whether you think you need it or not, it’s always a good idea to have a professional bra fitting, not only to ensure you’re wearing the right size, but to ensure that you’re also enjoying the best support, cut and style to flatter your assets. Read on to learn more about choosing the right bra for your age.

Bras For Young Women

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Many younger women will find that they have quite firm and bouncy breasts during their teens and twenties. During this time, you should choose a bra that supports the breast during its development.

A wire-free crossover style bra would be a good choice for a first bra, whilst balconette styles are pretty and supportive. If you wear a large cup size, choose a built-up lace bra that will offer plenty of support at the bottom, but not compress your chest at the top. Wearing a good bra during your teenage years will keep your breasts in good shape later in life.

Thirty to Forty

As you start getting older, you may find that your breasts lose a little volume, and that they aren’t a perky as they were in your twenties. This is a result of your body producing less collagen.

It’s a good idea to get regular bra fittings during this period of your life, so that your breasts are always getting the amount of support that they need. As your breasts start to become shallower, you may need to reduce the cup size that you wear. Choose a three-part bra that matches the shape of your body and supports the underside of your breast. Three part bras have seams which help to create shape, without adding size. This will keep your cleavage looking full and perky well into your forties. Padded bras can help you to fill out your clothes, and give you a boost in confidence.

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Pregnancy and child-birth can also affect the size and shape of your breasts following breast-feeding or weight gain.

When you first become pregnant, you should make the change from wired to non-wired bras to protect the delicate breast tissue. Wires will dig into your tender breasts, and they could also trap milk ducts which can lead to mastitis or inflation of the mammary gland. Your first step should be to find a well-fitting maternity bra that is specifically designed to support you throughout your pregnancy.

Your first maternity bra won’t be suitable for later on in your pregnancy and you should get fitted again in your second trimester, around the 17 week mark. This will ensure that your bra can accommodate your ribcage, which will expand as your bump grows!

At around 30 weeks, you should have a final maternity bra fitting. You may want to pick up a soft sleeping bra to keep yourself comfortable and supported at night too. About two weeks before your due date, get fitted, and start wearing your nursing bra, so you can not only get used to the feeling of it, but it’s likely that you are also producing milk, and nursing bras will accommodate breast pads easily.

Choosing a Bra at Fifty Plus

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In your fifties and sixties, as you go through the menopause and your oestrogen levels change, you may notice that your skin becomes less plump and your breasts may have started to sag. You can make up for this by choosing a bra with a smaller cup size and strong side panels that push the tissue of the breast forward and up, keeping your bust looking full and perky.

Later in life, as you become less flexible, you may want a front-fastening, supportive bra with wide straps. These bras are easier to put on, and more comfortable to wear. Wire-free bras produce a different shape to wire-supported bras, but they still support your cleavage and help prevent back pain.

Caring for Your Chest

As soon as your breasts start to develop, you should learn how to perform breast examinations, and get any lumps or bumps looked at. When your doctor invites you for a mammogram, be sure to keep that appointment. Every year, 50,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK alone, but 85 percent of those women survive. Early diagnosis is an important part of that survival rate.

This article was written by Gozde, who works with Jolie lingerie where she has noticed an alarming number of women wearing the wrong type and size bras for their shape and needs. It is very important to wear the right bra to avoid any health problems in the future. Don’t forget to get measured by a professional and don’t forget to ask the sales assistants for help!  

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Each year since I have started blogging my mind starts to think about October, I know it’s only the end of February but in all honesty my favorite month is October. The weather is not too hot nor cold. October is also breast cancer awareness month where a lot of bloggers and brands work together to spread awareness and find some way to give back to the cause. One year I had thought that I would do what some bloggers do, share their revenues with the cause by donating all ad profits or something similar. The thing is, I need the money I earn to support the kids, so each year I try to wrote posts and spread awareness in any way I can as my way to support breast cancer education.

This year, I am hoping that I can do more than just blog about breast cancer awareness, I am hoping that maybe I can do more to give back or partake in 5K’s to help raise funds for the cause. A 5K walk would be a fantastic way to raise funds while getting exercise and it’s something that my daughter and I could do together.  Our last ColorSplash 5K walk was amazing because we completed the whole thing and raised funds to help the local Library Arts Center arts programs for the community.

Breast cancer does not just happen to females either, it’s a male issue too. What ways do you think I could take part in spreading more awareness and possibly raising funds to donate for breast cancer cures and awareness this coming October 2013? Would love to hear some suggestions.

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Breast Cancer Awareness, Funds Raised For Cure and Treatment

Most people bring full on awareness of breast cancer closer to October, that is the month of breast cancer awareness, but honestly we should be aware all year long. cureLauncher.com is a community that raises money for cancer treatments and medical research. There are various clinical trials that you can partake in with cureLauncher.com as well as ways to donate on their site.  When 90% of all funds donated go directly towards the cause, research and funding to help find a cure, you can rest assured that if you are not taking part in their trials that your money is being placed close to 100% towards what you are donating it for.

There are many trials going on now with cureLauncher.com such as one trial to help find treatment for pre-clinical heart failure and another for Pacemaker/Defibrillator after Heart Attack. I personally have only known one person with cancer, that was my uncle. They found the cancer so late that there was no cure, no trials, no nothing but letting him rest until he passed away. That was sad. I think that everyone should be more aware of their bodies, get annual physicals and take part in helping to fund research for breast cancer cures and other cancers. This is such an important medical necessity, do not let cancer take over, fight back. At least if you know you fought back all you could, brought more awareness to everyone about various forms of cancer and verbalized your story with the world, then you did all you could do to help save another life from cancer.

Right now, my daughter is dealing with a very close relative of hers being diagnosed with cancer, so this topic is very close to my heart.

October Photo a Day Fun with YesVideo @yesvideo #YesMemory

October is like my favorite month of the year, it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Fire Safety/Prevention month and it’s my own birthday as well as my daughters. If you want me to be the most happy, check on me in October when Fall is here and leaves are changing colors in NH & falling all over the place! I just love October and so when YesVideo said they were doing a fun #PhotoaDay Challenge in October, I hopped right on that bandwagon and have been sharing photos on Instagram based on their photo a day word.

I thought since I was having so much fun participating that I would share this with you all because it seems everyone loves a good photo, or two! All you do is look at the image above, check which day it is and make sure when you upload to Instagram that you tag the following @yesvideo #YesMemory and #PhotoaDay from there you will see interaction and shares from YesVideo as they check out everyone’s photo a day share!

Bra Fit Tips from the Company Leading Lady

Today I am sharing a guest post from Leading Lady’s Director of Design, Haidee Johnstone, who has been expertly tailoring bras for over 20 years and has some great insights on how to find the ideal fit.

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The three most important factors in selecting a bra are:  Fit, Comfort and Support.

Proper fit is essential to the health of your breasts. The right fit will help prevent sagging, chafing and keep breasts dry, supported and comfortable in even the most strenuous conditions.

So, how do you achieve the perfect fit? Leading Lady’s fit-conscious designer shares her tips for achieving the ideal fit, maximizing comfort and ensuring proper support.

Here are some common signs you may not be wearing the correct size:

  • If you can see part of your breasts sticking out of the neckline or the underarm, your bra cup is too small for your breast.
  • If the bra cup looks wrinkled on your breasts, it is probably too large.
  • You should not be using any of the under-bust elastic as part of the cup.  If you are, it means the cup is not big enough for your breast.
  • Your bra should sit down on both your front and your back.  If it is pulling up, the band is most likely too large for your frame and you will not get the correct amount of support.

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How can you achieve your ideal fit, support & comfort?

FIT:

  • Look at yourself in a mirror.  Your breasts should appear supported and sit up on your chest.
  • Remember that many women are between sizes, so you may need to try a size up or down to get the best fit.
  • Read the fit guide. Every company has their own idea of what represents the best fit so this is a great way to make sure the cup and band sizes are correct for you.

Comfort & Support:

  • Make sure the shoulder straps of your bra stay in place when you are in motion.  If they slip off the shoulder or cut into the shoulder, adjust the straps or try a different size bra.
  • Wider and padded shoulder straps will help to keep weight stress dispersed over a larger area for greater comfort.
  • Adjustable shoulder straps will accommodate your individual needs, depending on your height and the weight of your breasts.

Wear bras that are best suited to your individual needs.

Full Figure Bras:

  • The fuller the breast the more support is needed, so look for a bra that has both encapsulation and light compression so that you still have full range of motion but have less strain and sagging.
  • Great support means a bra that encapsulates the breasts.
  • Compression is helpful to prevent your breasts from bouncing. Remember — breasts move in more than one direction, up and down as well as side to side.

Maternity or Nursing Bras:

  • It is even more important to have support at this time because the breast changes size with the advance of pregnancy and when it is either full of milk or not – when nursing, your breast can change size many times a day!
  • Look for just the right amount of compression so that your breasts do not bounce. Too much compression will not be comfortable because breasts are more sensitive during pregnancy and nursing.
  • Stay away from cups that have added material or features that can cause irritation on sensitive breasts or nipples.

And always remember to replace your bras when they are worn out and no longer provide the support you need.

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