Bra Fit Experts, Personal Style

Spring Cleaning: When to Replace Bras
(A Bra Intervention)

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Welcome to spring-cleaning season! As devotees of the Kondo method will agree, it’s liberating—life-changing, even—to shed stuff that doesn’t bring you happiness. But there is a flip side of that cathartic coin: What to do when you realize you’re going to need to replace those old standbys?

Take, for example, The Bra. You know the one we mean. It’s stretched out so far you’re supporting it rather than the other way around. It’s been through the wringer literally and figuratively. Yet, beyond all reason, you love it. You cling to it. It is so. Very. Comfortable. But make no mistake, it’s shot. Yep, it’s time for an intervention.

We challenged Bra FIt Expert Brandi Macholl to help some BN staffers part ways with a few beloved bras that are admittedly well past their expiration dates (not even women who work for a bra company are exempt from holding onto a favorite long after its time has passed). In each instance, she came up with a new, equally awesome replacement. “Dare to do better,” Brandi says. “That’s what we’re here for.” (Put her to the test yourself: 877-728-9272)

Marianne F., email marketing manager:
Fine Lines Memory Full Coverage T-Shirt Bra is my old favorite. I have it in a few colors; the nude definitely gets the most use. It fits me great overall, has just the right amount of padding, and the band is tight and supportive without digging in and giving me back fat. One tiny gripe: My clothes sometimes cling to the material.

Brandi’s recommendation: I’m suggesting my very favorite bra for Marianne, the Calvin Klein Perfectly Fit Modern T-Shirt Bra. It’s very similar in style to her Fine Lines favorite—but with ultra-luxe, stretch microfiber, it’s amazingly smooth. Her clothes will glide right over it. This will be as comfortable as her old go-to from day one.

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Donna L., executive assistant:
I got this bra not long after I started working here, a little more than halfway through my weight loss. It’s a Warner’s, I think, in leopard print of all things. You could probably fit two of the new me in the band and three in the cups. It was probably a little too big when I took it home, and it is now bordering on ridiculous. I continue to wear it under certain shirts because—oversharing moment—it’s super-padded, and there are times that I miss my pre-weight loss boobs. Don’t judge; help!

Brandi’s recommendation:
The Chantelle Irresistible Convertible Push-Up Bra would be great for Donna! It has support, padding, and it’s really comfortable. It adds one cup size when the straps are worn in the original position, and two cup sizes when you convert the straps to cross in back, so this will definitely give her that fuller look without compromising a proper fit. (And if she really misses the leopard print, we’ve got that, too.)

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Chantelle Irresistible Convertible Push-Up Bra

Nelly R., warehouse supervisor:
My most beloved bra is the Olga To a Tee Lace T-Shirt Bra. I need a full cup and something lightly lined for no show-through. I like the back-smoothing feature and its fully adjustable straps. I have it in white and purple; I’d prefer a light color. I’ve had them for about a year or so. I’m more active now than I was when I bought them, and I really need something with more support.

Brandi’s recommendation:
I would love for Nelly to try the Wacoal
Ultimate Side Smoother Bra
. Just like her Olga, it has extra side coverage to eliminate underarm bulge. The foam-lined underwire cups will prevent show-through, which is my favorite feature of a T-shirt bra, and the higher composition of Spandex should move and stretch with her as she goes about her very active day.

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Erin C., e-commerce marketing manager:
My go-to is the nude Maidenform Custom Lift Demi T-Shirt Bra. It’s been a longtime fave because it’s broken in—very comfortable and practical. And its smooth cups make it a staple for all shirts. I wear it nonstop. I’ve had it for maybe six years—bad, I know, but I do wash it every week! And because of that, it just doesn’t fit me right anymore.

Brandi’s recommendation:
Let me suggest the OnGossamer Gossamer Mesh Bump It Up Bra. The superfine stretch microfiber mesh will make this bra comfortable and invisible under tops. I love that this will take her from running errands by day to a night out; all you have to do is give it a simple twist in the center to add a full cup size. Cool, right?

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Brooke G., copywriter:
My Spanx Brallelujah has been the comfiest MVP in my drawer. It gave my small chest a natural shape without push-up padding and disappeared under clothes. While exceedingly comfy, if I’m being honest, it has stretched out too much to wear anymore. And though I like the ease of the front clasp, you can’t adjust the band or straps.

Brandi’s recommendation:
I would try the b.tempt’d by Wacoal b. classic Convertible T-shirt Bra. It’s a great brand for smaller frames. This one is just as minimalist as the Spanx, but with stretch microfiber and foam-lined cups. The J-hook helps the straps vanish under summer tops.

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Brooke Glassberg
Brooke is the editor of this here blog. In a previous life, she was an editor at Good Housekeeping and O, The Oprah Magazine. Brooke has written for Glamour, Travel+Leisure, New York Magazine and more. She’s into concerts, travel and her exceptionally adorable daughter and husband.
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4 Comments

  • Reply Elizabeth A Hanlon July 26, 2020 at 11:26 am

    I have been wearing a 38 D. I have gained a lot of weight and my boobs come out of my bras now (spill over) and I need a large extender on the back but the bras are still very tight.

    • Bare it All
      Reply Bare it All August 3, 2020 at 3:59 pm

      Hi, Elizabeth! Thank you for reaching out. You’ve come to the right place. It definitely sounds like you will need to go up in both your band and cup. Please give one of our Bra Fit Experts a call at 877-728-9272 x4 and they can assist you with an over-the-phone bra fitting to help get you into the right size.

  • Reply Elaina August 12, 2020 at 7:55 am

    Good Morning,
    I have an issue with my current bra size 46DDD. My issue is that when I adjust the bra the way I should the band rides up my back and the cups are too small there is no pinching just my cups overflow the gore doesn’t sit flat against my chest. What size would you suggest that I try to get ? I did my measurements again (Band 47 bust 52.5)

    • Bare it All
      Reply Bare it All August 13, 2020 at 8:33 am

      Thanks for your comment, Elaina! W’re so sorry to hear that you’re having some trouble finding the right fit. It sounds like both your band and cup are a bit too small. According to your measurements, your best starting point should be a 48DDD, which would be one band and one cup size larger, as the cup volume increases when the band increases. However, the measurements are not always an exact science, and there are other factors that would help determine the right fit. If you have time, please give one of our Bra Fit Experts a call at 1.877.728.9272 – option 4. We’d be happy to discuss your fit issues and find a style that works best for you.

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