You reach for the camel colored cashmere sweater. It’s a few years old but, when you wear it you feel like a million dollars. As you take a glance at yourself in the mirror, that million dollars is beginning to feel more like a dollar fifty. The sweater that used to hug your bust and torso like a glove now is baggy in some areas, and is tight in others. But don’t give the sweater to Goodwill yet. It may just be your bra. As we get older. our breasts may change in size and shape. The 34B sports bra that you wore 2 years ago just doesn’t work any more. The right bra is key to making your tops fit correctly. Here are a few tips for finding the right bra to flatter your over 50 body.
Take a good look at your naked breasts in a mirror. Are they full but long, tubular, pancake like or splayed apart? Knowing the shape of your breasts will help you choose the style of bra most suitable for you. A woman with full but somewhat long breasts would do best in a more structured bra with thick straps. Bandeau style bras would seem to suit those with long but thin breasts. Push ups would probably work best with pancake or splayed breasts.
Take your measurements. Using a tape measure, wrap it around your torso, just underneath your breasts from back to front. Round this measurement up to the nearest whole number. If this is an odd number, round up to the nearest even number. This is your band measurement. Next, in a bra that fits fairly well, measure around the fullest part of your bust. Now subtract your band from your bust measurement. This will give you your cup size. If the difference is less than 1, your cup size is AA. If it is 1, then it is an A, 2 it is a B, and so forth. The full bust measurement is the size of the bra. For example if your band measurement was 32 and your bust measurement was 36, you would likely wear a 36 D.
Match the Undergarment to the Garment
Flip through a Victoria Secret catalogue and you will find lacy, bejeweled, and sexy bras. While a jewel encrusted bra may be beautiful, how will it look under your form- fitting tee- shirt? Wear a bra that corresponds to the garment you will be wearing. Bras with smooth molded cups look great under tees. Sports bras give support and look great with exercise tank tops. Strapless bras are ideal for strapless dresses and halter tops.
Seek the Help of A Professional
While measuring yourself is a quick way to get a good idea of what size bra you should wear, in order to get the most accurate fit, you should probably go to a professional. Today many lingerie shops and department stores have specialists on hand who will help measure you for the correct bra and help you find the styles that are most flattering for you.