Love 'em or hate 'em, bras are a part of our lives as women. From the time we start to wear them in our early teens, bras are expected to perform many functions, from offering support, giving us a smooth, sleek line and giving us easy access when nursing. For all the bra-wearing we do, it turns out that most of us are wearing the wrong sized bra. The average American woman wore a size 34B fifteen years ago. Now, it's a 36C. Why? Americans are simply getting bigger, for one. But also, it's because more women are being fitted for a bra and finding out their true size.
It's said women's breasts change at least six times in their lives, and most change every five years. Losing or gaining ten pounds, having a baby, nursing a baby, exercising, and going on or off the pill are all factors that can contribute to change, so it's important to get fitted every few years so your bras fit properly. I just finished nursing my son and have noticed all my good bras have gotten stretched out. Time to get fitted and restock my lingerie drawer.
More and more shops are beginning to offer free bra fitting. Nordstrom, JC Penney, Soma and Lane Bryant stores all offer free fitting. Soma stores really want to see women wearing the right sized bra - so much so that they are offering 25% off one bra just for taking the time for a free fitting.
Once you know your correct bra size, shopping online can be easy. Take a look at the Top 10 Bras for your Fall wardrobe at BareNecessities.com for a few suggestions. They offer bras in all price ranges, have a wide range of styles and sizes, and offer $5 shipping everyday.