“When thinking about a bra, you might wonder… Why do women actually wear them?”
They aren’t just for looks. Not having the proper support can leas to serious neck, shoulder and back pain. Even in small women, if the breast tissue is not properly supported it puts a lot of tension and strain on the body. When exercising, particularly with high-impact workouts or running, it is especially important to wear a bra that contains the breasts and reduces movement in a manner that they aren’t bouncing up and down while running or jumping. The bouncing can be very painful and cause the Cooper’s ligaments, which is the connective tissue between the breast and the pectoral muscle – to stretch out and lose strength. Once the Cooper’s ligaments are stretched out it causes the breasts to sag or droop. Those connective tissues do not repair themselves.
Other factors, such as pregnancy, weight gain, smoking, age and genetics all play a role in the irreversible stretching of Cooper’s ligaments. During pregnancy and while breastfeeding, when the breasts increase in size and weight, wearing a supportive bra can help to prevent the stretching of ligaments and preserve the shape of the breasts.
Finding a proper fitting bra is essential. The majority of the support should come from the band of the bra, not from the tightening of the straps. Since there is no standardization in bra sizing, it is more important than ever to have a professional bra fitting. Most women don’t realize that a lot of aches, discomfort and nuisance associated with wearing a bra are due to the fact that they are wearing the wrong size or the wrong type of bra for their body. Every woman’s body is unique and what works well for one woman does not necessarily work for another woman of the same size.
Every day at The Bra Patch, women ask for advice on how to care for their new bra. Proper care will ensure that the great fit you walk out of the store with will last more than just a couple months. The first, and most important, steps are hand washing and air drying.
Hand washing in cool water with a mild detergent saves the underwire from being twisted and bent by the agitator or other clothes in the washing machine. If you wear a no wire bra, washing in the machine is fine, just be sure to use a lingerie bag which keep your bra from getting snagged on other items. And of course, when washing is done, AIR DRY! Nothing is harder on a wire and the elastic band than the tumbling and heat of a dryer.
The next step is storage. Moulded (lined bras) should typically not be folded inside themselves. This will cause your cup to wear out faster and potentially crease. Laying the bras one on top of the other in a drawer or hanging them is best. When traveling you can fold them, just be sure to put something (such as a small article of folded clothing) in the cup so that your bra doesn’t flatten out.
The last thing to keep in mind is how often you wear your bra. Finding the perfect fit is not always easy, so when we come across a comfortable, supportive bra it is hard not to wear it every day. The elastic band of your bra needs time to rest in order to not wear out quickly. Try not to wear the same bra more than 2 days in a row and don’t go more than 4-5 wears between washings. You don’t need a ton of bras to do this; even having 2 to choose from will increase the wear. And remember, the life of a bra is 6-9 months, with fittings needed after significant weight gain/loss or once a year.
Products we recommend and sell:
Silky Sac by Braza $9
Forever New Fabric Care Wash:
Powder- 16oz $10, 32oz $16
Liquid 16oz $10
The Bra Patch is excited to be carrying a new line of nursing bras from Cake Lingerie. Many ladies have asked about this brand and we have been very pleased with the fit and quality of the bras since getting them in the store.
We have three styles to choose from:
The Croissant Bra offers a flexible wire, soft microfiber fabric, and a wide band with extra hook and eyes to see your through pre/post pregnancy changes.
The flexible wire is a great option if you want more support and shape; it is not as stiff and unyielding as a traditional wire. The seam free design also makes this a perfect t-shirt bra and the spacer fabric helps with “show through” issues.
For those who want to stick with no wire we have the Mousse Contour Bra. This style has thin foam cups, reinforced straps, and a wide back with extra hook and eyes. It also features a plunge center, perfect for low cut tops and dresses. The style is great for smaller busted ladies, with the cup stopping at a DD.
The last style is the Rock Candy Seamless Nursing Bra. This features a soft fabric, removable foam cups, wide band, and extra hook and eyes. There is also a convertible clip to take you from maternity to nursing bra, and the straps convert to crisscross in the back as well.