I attended the Skinny Cow From A cup to Ice Cream Cup event I wrote about here. (Again guys, we’re talking bras today if you want to skip it.) It was a lot of fun! There were women of every age eating ice cream, drinking wine, and getting bra fittings.
I am happy to report, I was wearing the right size. Yay! I am also happy to report I tried the Warner’s “This is Not a Bra” bra and I’m a new devotee. Instead of underwire, they use some kind of soft material that doesn’t dig in yet accomplishes the same effect. Brilliant.
I also learned a few things about bras, getting them to fit, and keeping them fitting as well as some trivia. So here you go:
1. If the cups are loose, saggy, go down a cup size.
2. If the bra rides up, go down a band size.
3. A new bra should fit on the loosest clasp setting so you can tighten it at it ages.
4. Rotate your bras. Use 2-3 a week to allow them to “rest”. (Apparently, being a bra is hard work.)
5. The first athletic bra was made by sewing two jock straps together. It was named the jog bra.
6. Do not put them in the dryer. Ever. It ruins the elastic. Line dry them. And use a lingerie bag.
7. The word brassiere was added to the English dictionary in 1911.
8. Bra fitting is part science, part art form. Try on a variety, they don’t all fit the same even if they’re the same size.
9. I’m glad bras are no longer intended to be stiff.