Can a bra be both sexy and supportive? The short answer is yes—but
you'll need some expert tips to make sure you pick the right bra.
Confidence comes from within, and what gives you a bigger
confidence boost than wearing a sexy bra? It's too bad that
oftentimes sexy and comfortable are opposing forces when bra
shopping. But, finding a bra that is both supportive and sexy is
possible—you just need the right tips and to look for the right
details to find one. To help, we spoke to Marie-Jose Koury, Wacoal
consultant and marketing director at Anita Canada, Olivia Leroux,
to learn more.
1. Find the right fit
When we asked what makes a good supportive bra, the overwhelming
response was having the proper fit. No matter what kind of bra
you're looking for, fit is key. A bra that fits well shouldn't make
you want to take it off the second you get home, suggests Koury.
Instead, a supportive bra should feel like you're not even wearing
a bra at all. To achieve this, there's a short list of details that
are musts when bra shopping. Things like: the back of the bra is
parallel to the ground, the breasts are positioned properly in the
cups and the center of the bra (called the gore) is sitting flat
against your chest. Leroux adds that for ultimate comfort, you
should be able to fit one finger under the band and two fingers
under the strap. For the best possible understanding of bra fit,
it's a good idea to head to a boutique or store that offers bra
fittings. Picking a brand you already love is a good place to start
because then you'll know what size you are there.
It's important to remember that not every bra brand, or even bra
style, will fit you in the same size. It’s only a number," says
Kourey. "In one brand you might be a 40 and in another, you might
be a 42, but who cares about the number, you’ll be comfortable!"
The Josephine Underwire Bra by Anita is a great example of a sexy
bra that comes in a variety of different sizes, ranging from 32B to
42G, to ensure the perfect fit for you.
Also, remember that 80 per cent of a bra's support comes from the
band, not the straps. Because of this, Leroux suggests looking for
bras made of a low-elasticity fabric that will not stretch too much
overtime. "Yes, you do want an elastic fabric but make sure it's
not too stretchy," she says. "The bra should fit on the loosest
hook when purchasing it and you can move to the next set of hooks
as it begins to stretch."
Anita Josephine Underwire Bra in Black starting at $63.50, amazon.ca.
2. Choose a sexy style
Once you know how to find a bra that fits you well, you can look
for sexy styles. Both Koury and Leroux agree that sexy is a very
personal term. What makes one person feel sexy is not universal.
"An everyday bra can certainly be sexy if it's the right colour for
you and the correct size," says Koury.
"If you're standing in your bra and there's overflow everywhere, no
matter what the bra looks like, you're not going to feel sexy." To
find something that makes you look (and feel) your sexiest, start
experimenting with different colours, fabrics, designs, cuts,
push-ups, lace detailing, embroidery—the list goes on and on.
Maybe you like the look of a bright red bra with a deep plunge and
a double-whoah push-up, or maybe you prefer a delicate lacy half
cup bra like Simone Prle's Dlice bra. The choice is yours! Once you
know how a bra should fit, have fun trying on different styles to
see which ones give you that oh so sweet boost of confidence.
Simone Prle Dlice Half Cup Bra in White, $125, saksfifthavenue.com.
3. Know what to avoid when shopping
When shopping for sexy bras, it is just as important to know what
to avoid, as it is to know what to look for. Koury suggests nixing
things like scratchy fabric, uncomfortable hook and eye closures,
straps that dig into your shoulders, cups that aren't smooth to
your chest, ridged wires that don't stretch to fit your shape, and
anything that creates bulging, drooping, or breast overflow.
Leroux adds that customers should avoid buying bras that only come
in sizes small, medium, or large. "Sizing like this does not
account for the wide variety of shapes and sizes that women's
bodies come in," she says.
But, you can still wear a beautiful bralette and get the support
you need. The Embrace Lace Soft Cup