If your idea of a bra fitting is being wrapped in measuring tape, you might want to go see the Bra Whisperer. Susan Nethero, Oprah's go-to bra expert and founder of Intimacy, has been helping women get the proper bra fit for more than 15 years. The first thing she'll tell you? Ditch the measuring tape and seek a one-on-one expert fitting. Here are some of her top tips.
Cut your straps some slack
If you find yourself constantly tightening your straps to try and get more support, odds are you need to go down one band size. Your band should be responsible for 90 percent of your bra's support, with only 10 percent of the support coming from your straps. A snug-fitting band in your proper size will give you lift and support without taxing your neck and shoulders.
Lift vs. minimize
If you'd like to create the appearance of a smaller bust, don't reach for a minimizer-style bra. By compressing breast tissue, minimizers increase the surface area of your chest and end up making you look wider. Instead, lift and center the breast tissue to visually lengthen your torso. Nethero says that the proper fit and the right style of bra can make you look longer and up to 10 pounds thinner.
Banish back fat with a snug band
Many women think that wearing a bra that's tight around the torso will create unsightly back fat. In fact, the opposite is true. A proper-fitting bra with a snug band that fits level (front to back) and midway between your shoulders and elbows decreases the appearance of back fat. A loose-fitting band can ride up your back and actually create back fat.
While giving the appearance that you've shed a few pounds just by sporting the right bra is always a good thing but the value of a proper bra fit goes way beyond appearances. Finally feeling comfortable in the right-fitting bra will do wonders for your neck, back, shoulders and your self-esteem!