Lingerie, Bras and Panties, Oh My!
Yes, it’s the time of year when you need to master the secret code found in women’s underwear sizing. While you may want to conceal your bulging tummy, muffin top or boost your bust, you’ll need sizing secrets to enhance your God-given assets.
Do these women’s underwear questions sound familiar?
Are you a small, medium or large? Or do you wear a 34 A, B or C cup? With these tips you are now able to breathe a sigh of relief when you start shopping for women’s underwear.
Here are a few rules to help you buy women’s underwear for work, play and every occasion in between.
- Make sure you are wearing the right bra size. According to bra retailer My Intimacy, 85 percent of women are wearing the wrong size bra. Here are my two main bra shopping rules: If the band rides up your back the bra is too small. If the cups don’t fit and your breasts are falling out of the bra, you need to up the cup size and wear the right size bra. Newsflash: A bra that reveals too much back fat indicates you are wearing the wrong size bra.
- Get your correct bra measurements. Wrap a long measuring tape around your body and under your breasts, where the band of the bra rests. To determine your correct bra band size, round the number you’ve calculated up to the nearest inch. Measure the circumference of the chest in the center of your breasts. Subtract this bra band number from the first measurement. For a difference in each inch in the measurement, the cup size of your bra increases. For example: a difference of two inches between the band size and the cup measurement reveals that you require a B cup; while a difference in one inch says that your wear an A.
- Eliminate any visible panty lines in your clothing. Seeing a woman with a VPL, is similar to wearing sandals with pantyhose. Just. Don’t. Do. It. Ever. If you are not a thong wearer, choose boy shorts in a microfiber or thin mesh fabric to conceal your panty lines.
- Select a bodyshaper that smooths and shapes in the right size. If you wear a medium pair of panties, then purchase a medium pair of Spanx. But don’t ever try to whittle your middle with a small girdle when you are really are an XXL. The perfect bodyshaper will minimize bulges and create smooth lines, but cannot perform instant plastic surgery or help you with immediate weight loss.
- Find the right size panties. Granny panties, while comfortable, may cause puckers in your clothing. On the other hand, too tight panties will make indentations in your skin. When you buy a bra and panty set, buy two or three pairs of underwear that match the bra. When one pair of cotton panties gets mangled in the washer or stretches to an unrecognizable size, you’ll have a back-up pair that won’t interrupt the sexy. Same sizing rule for panties and bodyshapers apply, choose a pair of panties based solely upon your hip measurements.