An ill-fitting bra not only damages breast size and shape and cause pain in neck, back and shoulder, but could effect your confidence levels as well. According to experts, it's best to consider a number of factors while buying and wearing lingerie.
Your under-band needs to feel comfortable yet firm, no digging in or red marks, since it provides 80 per cent of the support.
The back of your bra should be in line with the front. Fasten on the loosest hook when your bra is new.
Cups should not come too high under the arms
Your breast should fit neatly into the bra's cups - no overspill or wrinkling at all.
Wires should lie flat against your body - no poking or rubbing here.
Your bra's centre front panel should sit flat against your body.
Your breasts should be supported in their natural position, usually halfway between shoulder and elbow. Re-adjust straps if necessary.
Jennifer Kapasi, commercial director of a leading leading lingerie brand, also suggested the following check points for buying and wearing lingerie:
Get the correct fit: It is important to buy and wear lingerie of the right fit for proper comfort and support. The best way to get your facts right is to get fitted by an expert. You should also get yourself fitted for the right bra at least once a year. Most women wear at least four different bra sizes in their lifetime.
Always try on before you buy it: It is always better to try on lingerie before buying it. Different brands have different sizes. A 36C from one brand may fit differently than the same size in another brand. Also, don't be hung up on a particular bra size or bra style. Our bodies go through various changes and a style that was perfect for you in the past may not work in the present.
Wear it correctly: While wearing a bra, many women fasten the hooks in the front and then rotate the bra. Over time, this causes the bra to lose its shape. To wear a bra correctly, position your bra in the front and bend over slightly, allowing your breasts to fall into the cups. Now fasten the hooks on the back and then stand upright, pulling up the shoulder straps.
Quality matters: Lingerie is the foundation garment for outfits. The right fitting lingerie will give you the confidence to carry off any outfit. The fabric of a bra is one of the most important factors while choosing a bra as one needs a bra that is not only comfortable but also offers support and shaping.
Develop a lingerie wardrobe: Make sure you have the right lingerie for different outfits to give you the perfect fit and look. Your wardrobe must contain bras from the basic T-shirt bras, sports bras to the elegant and chic plunge bras and backless bras. While most of us are content with owning a few pieces in basic neutral colors, it is time to get out of the comfort zone and try bold colors or delicate lace patterns. Underwear in the thong, bikini and boy short styles are must-haves in the wardrobe.