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I’m still here!

I know this blog has been pretty dormant for a while. There are several reasons for that, the main one being that I was without a computer for a while.

I don’t know how regularly I’m going to be able to post. I have a long list of topics I WANT to discuss, but every time I sit down to write all my words escape me. It’s extremely frustrating.

I’m also still not sure what direction I want to take for this blog in the future. I’d really welcome feedback and ideas. Here are some things I’ve considered posting:

  • bra reviews
  • grumpy rants about not being able to find anything in my size
  • analysis of some of the wider societal issues around how we view bras and breasts
  • pictures of cool-looking bras that are available in a range of sizes
  • (more) fitting advice, including advice for different body types
  • posts relating to breast health and breast cancer
  • more about body image and wanting to feel pretty
  • something about how living in New Zealand makes finding affordable cheap bras even harder
  • something about the science of how bras are actually supposed to work
  • general feminist-y stuff not directly related to bras

Thoughts?

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Bra Fitting 101: Signs of a good bra

I’ve seen several posts around the internet about how to tell if a bra doesn’t fit you. I’ve touched briefly on the topic myself a few times. But how can you tell when a bra does fit really well? I’ve previously posted about how to measure yourself, but that sort of measurement still only gives an approximate size. You will still need to make judgements about what does and does not work for you. Here are some signs of a well-fitting bra.

Before judging the fit of a bra, make sure you scoop and swoop.

First and foremost, a good bra should be comfortable. The idea that bras are uncomfortable is a widespread one (see also the prevalence of myths about bra-burning feminists). However, a properly fitting bra does not hurt. It does not need constant adjusting. You should be able to more or less forget that you’re wearing it.

Most of the support provided by a bra comes from the band, so the band needs to fit snugly around your ribcage. It should be horizontal all the way around your ribs - if it rides up at the back or down at the front, it’s too big and won’t support you properly. Additionally, a new bra should be comfortable and supportive when fastened on the loosest hooks.You may need to switch to tighter fastening with older bras in order to compensate for the band stretching out.

Your breasts should be fully contained in the bra cups. They should “fill” the cups without “overflowing” from the sides or top - if you do get an overflow or “quad-boob” effect, try a larger cup size. If the cups wrinkle and you don’t quite fill them, try a smaller size.

If you’re wearing an underwired bra, the wires should sit against your ribs and encapsulate your breast tissue in the cups. The wires should not sit on breast tissue; if they do, try a larger cup size or a bra style with wider cups.

The centre gore (the bit between the cups) should sit more-or-less flat against your sternum, keeping your breasts separated and contained in the cups. If the centre gore gapes away from your sternum, try a smaller band size and larger cup size.

Finally, keep in mind that breasts come in different shapes as well as sizes. You may find that, even in your correct size, a bra is the wrong shape for your breasts. If this is the case, don’t despair! It can take time to find bra brands and styles that suit your particular breast shape. I’ll address this topic in more depth in a later post.

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Resources page updated

I’ve updated the resources page with links to more bra retailers (in NZ and overseas/online) who stock a range of sizes.

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State of the blog

I’ve been neglecting this blog a bit lately. Uni took over my life for a while, but I’m going to have more time to myself these next few months. What I’d like to know is what I should be posting. I started this blog intending to make it resource blog focusing on bra fitting and related issues from a New Zealand perspective. I intend to keep that aspect of it, but I’m wondering if I should add/change anything.

For example, I’m considering posting occasionally about feminist issues not directly related to bra fitting, breast health, or body image. I will probably also post some bra reviews at some point, and I plan to continue my bra-fitting 101 series of posts. Is there anything else that people would like to see? Do you have any other feedback?

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Would anyone be interested in my posting bra reviews here? It wouldn’t be a common occurrence because I don’t own many bras and nor do I have the money to buy new ones very often, but it might be useful for recommendations, fitting information, etc. What do you think?