Bra fitting tips for asthmatics

As an asthmatic I didn’t think that wearing a bra would be any different for me than anyone else.
Then I had a bad attack and had to loosen all tight clothing!
Anyone who has had a proper bra fitting knows that a good fitting bra needs to be tight!
What if you’ve got a brand new bra that fits really snug and you have an asthma attack then?
There is a simple solution…
Make sure that you keep a bra extender in your bag or purse. It doesn’t really matter what colour (but they do come in black, skin and white), as long as you have one to hand to extend the length of your bra band during your attack. It is a cheap and effective modesty protector!

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Sport bras

These are some of the bras you can buy to provide you with differing levels of support while exercising:

You need to make sure that you match the level of support provided by the bra to the activities you will be doing when wearing it.

All are available to order, some may not be on bras4all – however they can still be ordered – contact your BraLady.

Any of these bras can be pocketed, for a prosthesis, if they do not have them already, at a small additional cost.

Anita Sports bra – 5521

Light & firm
Seamless cups, breathable, lightweight microfibre and the soft microfibre underbust band ensure maximum comfort. The adjustable comfort straps feature additional reinforcement on the shoulder.

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Sizes: 32A, 32B, 32C, 32D, 32E, 32F, 32G, 34A, 34B, 34C, 34D, 34E, 34F, 34G, 36A, 36B, 36C, 36D, 36E, 36F, 36G, 38A, 38B, 38C, 38D, 38E, 38F, 38G, 40A, 40B, 40C, 40D, 40E, 40F, 40G, 42A, 42B, 42C, 42D, 42E, 44A, 44B, 44C

Anita Sports bra – 5523

A sports and recreation bra which features seamless cups of lightweight microfibre.
The softly-lined front-fastener makes dressing and undressing simpler and quicker.
The wide straps with Velcro-type fasteners can also be easily adjusted as required during training.


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Sizes: 32A, 32B, 32C, 32D, 32E, 34A, 34B, 34C, 34D, 34E, 36A, 36B, 36C, 36D, 36E, 38A, 38B, 38C, 38D, 38E, 40A, 40B, 40C, 40D, 40E, 42A, 42B, 42C, 42D, 42E, 44A, 44B, 44C

Anita Sports bra – 5524

Unrestricted movement: This lightweight sports and leisure bra is made of breathable, antibacterial functional fabric and features net panels at the back. The diagonally sectioned cups are cut high at the neckline for firm support. The back fastener has four positions for maximum flexibility depending on the sporting intensity.

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Sizes: 32A, 32B, 32C, 32D, 32E, 34A, 34B, 34C, 34D, 34E, 36A, 36B, 36C, 36D, 36E, 38A, 38B, 38C, 38D, 38E, 40A, 40B, 40C, 40D, 40E, 42A, 42B, 42C, 42D, 42E

Anita Sports bra – 5527

Sporty style, extreme shaping function: High-support piqué fabric and net panels at the back regulate the moisture level and ensure that the skin remains dry. The side support function enhances the shape of the breast. The ergonomically tailored relief straps provide firm support. The seamless inner cup of microfibre towelling provides chafe-free support.

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Sizes: 30B, 30C, 30D, 30E, 30F, 30G, 30H, 32B, 32C, 32D, 32E, 32F, 32G, 32H, 34B, 34C, 34D, 34E, 34F, 34G, 34H, 36B, 36C, 36D, 36E, 36F, 36G, 36H, 38B, 38C, 38D, 38E, 38F, 38G, 38H, 40B, 40C, 40D, 40E, 40F, 40G, 40H, 42B, 42C, 42D, 42E, 42F, 42G, 42H, 44B, 44C, 44D, 44E, 44F, 44G, 46B, 46C, 44D,46E

Anita Sports bra – 5529

Maximum support with ultimate comfort: The breathable high-tech fabric ensures that the skin milieu is regulated, helping you improve your performance. This sports bra also minimises the movement of the breast and provides maximum support through to the large cup sizes.
The new, extremely flat seams and towelling-soft seamless cups pamper the body. Another advantage – the fully padded and adjustable support straps relieve strain on the neck.

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Sizes: 30B, 30C, 30D, 30E, 30F, 30G, 30H, 32A, 32B, 32C, 32D, 32E, 32F, 32G, 32H, 34A, 34B, 34C, 34D, 34E, 34F, 34G, 34H, 36A, 36B, 36C, 36D, 36E, 36F, 36G, 36H, 38A, 38B, 38C, 38D, 38E, 38F, 38G, 38H, 40A, 40B, 40C, 40D, 40E, 40F, 40G, 42A, 42B, 42C, 42D, 42E, 42F, 42G, 44A, 44B, 44C, 44D, 44E, 44F, 46B, 46C, 44D, 46E

Royce Impact Free S826

Maximum support sports bra
You can feel confident and comfortable with this Impact Free sports bra. Suitable for all sports and activities, this maximum support sports bra will help to reduce the bounce. Now available up to K cup.
Impact Free provides the base for your prefect workout kit. Featuring a wide underband for anchorage and a high neckline for added support. The Impact Free has a high cotton content, which helps to wick away perspiration, and has extra-strong padded straps for an ultra comfortable workout. It can even be worn as outerwear if you prefer. Fantastic support and comfort up to a K cup.
81% Polyester, 19% cotton

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Sizes: 28D, 28DD, 28E, 28F, 28FF, 28G, 28GG, 28H, 28HH, 28J, 30D, 30DD, 30E, 30F, 30FF, 30G, 30GG, 30H, 30HH, 30J, 30JJ, 30K, 32D, 32DD, 32E, 32F, 32FF, 32G, 32GG, 32H, 32HH, 32J, 32JJ, 32K, 34D, 34DD, 34E, 34F, 34FF, 34G, 34GG, 34H, 34HH, 34J, 34JJ, 34K, 36D, 36DD, 36E, 36F, 36FF, 36G, 36GG, 36H, 36HH, 36J, 36JJ, 36K, 38D, 38DD, 38E, 38F, 38FF, 38G, 38GG, 38H, 38HH, 38J, 38JJ, 40D, 40DD, 40E, 40F, 40FF, 40G, 40GG, 40H, 40HH, 40J

Royce Impact Free S925

Maximum support sports bra
You can feel confident and comfortable with this Impact Free sports bra. Suitable for all sports and activities, this maximum support sports bra will help to reduce the bounce. Now available up to K cup.
Impact Free provides the base for your perfect workout kit. Featuring a wide underband for anchorage and a high neckline for added support. The Impact Free has a high cotton content, which helps to wick away perspiration, and has extra-strong padded straps for an ultra comfortable workout. It can even be worn as outerwear if you prefer. Fantastic support and comfort up to a K cup.
81% Polyester, 19% cotton

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Sizes: 28D, 28DD, 28E, 28F, 28FF, 28G, 28GG, 28H, 28HH, 28J, 30D, 30DD, 30E, 30F, 30FF, 30G, 30GG, 30H, 30HH, 30J, 30JJ, 30K, 32D, 32DD, 32E, 32F, 32FF, 32G, 32GG, 32H, 32HH, 32J, 32JJ, 32K, 34D, 34DD, 34E, 34F, 34FF, 34G, 34GG, 34H, 34HH, 34J, 34JJ, 34K, 36D, 36DD, 36E, 36F, 36FF, 36G, 36GG, 36H, 36HH, 36J, 36JJ, 36K, 38D, 38DD, 38E, 38F, 38FF, 38G, 38GG, 38H, 38HH, 38J, 38JJ, 40D, 40DD, 40E, 40F, 40FF, 40G, 40GG, 40H, 40HH, 40J

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Fitting guidelines for individuals who wish they had breasts

Enhancement

Not everyone was born with the look that they want. And some like to enhance or change their appearance from time to time. This post aims to help those who need to know more about choosing a bra to enhance their bust.

Size

Take an underband measurement around the torso at the point where a bra-band sits (approximately mid way between the underarm and the bottom of the ribs). Keep the measure horizontal and very firm while taking this measurement. This is the “starting point” for a bra size. Round up to an even number (if odd) to find the bra size. The cup size will depend on the amount of padding used to fill the cup.

Fit

Try the bra on. Fasten the bra on the loosest eye possible. Ensure that the band is straight across the back and not riding up. To check the fit of the bra start by ensuring that the band/wire is placed directly against the chest wall. Moving to the back check the firmness of the band by putting two fingers under the band and pulling gently. There should be no more than 1cm of movement of the band away from the back. Shoulder straps should be firm, not too tight, not too loose. Side seams should be centered under the armpit, if they are forward you need a larger cup, if they are backward you need a smaller cup. Where the cup sits under the arm, if it is too high choose a smaller cup, likewise if it is too low choose a larger cup.

Comfort

How a bra fits and the style of the bra affect the comfort of the bra. The most common bra styles are:-

Balconette (balcony) –

covers 50-75% of a full cup style bra, the straps are usually wider set on the shoulders, so for those with narrow or sloping shoulders the style won’t be suitable

Full cup –

great for larger, fuller breasts. The cup encloses the entire breast giving all found support. Straps fit above the middle of the breast.

Minimiser –

redistributes the breast across the chest wall, making the breasts flatter.

Moulded –

gives a smooth look under clothing. The seamless cups are moulded into a rigid shape which produces a more symmetrical appearance. They also add a layer of padding to the overall look and size.

Padded –

have padding in the cup to give extra shape. The padding may be across the whole of the breast, or just in selected zones to give extra shaping, e.g. push up effect. Some have removeable padding, so you can choose when to use the extra padding, depending on what you’re wearing and how you want to look.

Plunge –

this is where the bra cups meet at the band of the bra, below the nipple area, rather than higher up. These bras are ideal for wearing with low cut tops, with many styles designed to give maximum cleavage. This style of bra is not designed for maximum support or security.

T-shirt –

these give a smooth shape under t-shirts. They are generally either moulded, or padded, as described above, but are always seamless.

Sport –

these are designed to stop breasts from bouncing during exercise. There are different types of sports bra, some use compression, others use firm fabric and structure to give support.

Soft cup –

these are bras without any wires. They use the structure of the bra, usually with the fabric and where the seams are created, to give the support and shape. There are many excellent soft cup bras, some that are light to medium support and others more supportive and fuller in the cup

Multiway –

these have straps that can be used under all sorts of outfits. Not common in larger cup sizes due to the lack of support for fuller breasts without the shoulder straps and a fuller cup. If you have a favourite bra, it is possible to attach an extra strap to the existing bra band to extend it into a backless bra.

Availability

Take a look at the soft cup and mastectomy bras available at bras4all. Soft cup bras are structured and crafted to support the breast without the use of wires. Mastectomy bras have a lining or pocket built into the bra, into which a breast form or prosthesis can be inserted. The pocket holds the prosthesis in place within the bra so that the wearer doesn’t have to worry about it moving out of place or coming out of the bra. Both of these styles are available from bras4all.

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Look

How you look in your bra depends on the style you choose. Different styles give different shapes and will suit some outfits better than others. You may also find some bra accessories helpful in achieving your desired look. You can see what sort of accessories are available in my other post on this blog… Useful accessories for bras

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Teen bras

Working in a school full-time I see young girls of all ages, shapes and sizes. A quick search on the Internet will also tell anyone who wants to know, that young girls are very much affected by the size, shape and development (or not) of their breasts. And as many parents of these young girls do not know how to help them with deciding when to start wearing a bra or how to select an appropriate size and style to ensure health and comfort, they may go through life wearing inappropriate or even unhealthy (for their body) styles or sizes of bra!

Any incidents at this age can affect a young woman for the rest of her life. I have spoken to ladies who have been profoundly affected by comments overheard at the age of 12, who to this day are still living with the memory of how those comment affected them! Such comments can so adversely affect a young woman that her self-esteem can be totally destroyed for life!
It is so important for young women to know that their body is normal and totally unique to them. It doesn’t matter that their friend may be “body beautiful”‘ they too have their own beauty!

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Get your bras VAT-free*

This was first posted over on my personal blog but I think it would be useful for readers of my bralady blog too!

I’ve been living with the diagnosis of breast cancer since 30 October 2000. In that time I’ve seen a lot of hospitals and experts due to moving around the UK quite a bit.
Not once has anyone told me that as a patient who has had a lumpectomy (and this applies to mastectomy patients too) if I buy a bra specifically made for someone who needs a prosthesis (ie with a pocket or pockets) that I am entitled to have my purchase charged to me at a VAT-exempt rate under Group 12 of Section 8 of the Value Added Tax Act 1994.
Bearing in mind that it is now 11 years since I had my diagnosis and I only found out this important piece of information 6 months ago – that is a lot of extra VAT that I’ve been paying unnecessarily. I understand that health workers of all types (Drs, nurses etc) are busy people, but it doesn’t hurt to produce a leaflet of facts that apply to every patient and give it to them to read in their own time! I know it’s not just me, as a Bra Lady I fit other ladies who have had breast cancer and I haven’t come across anyone so far who has been aware of this fact!
At a time when money can become a precious commodity due to being unable to work – information such as this can be vital in helping ends meet. Not only that, but mastectomy bras are slightly more expensive due to the additional work involved in adding the pockets, so the VAT exemption brings them down to a comparable price-range. It is worth investing in mastectomy bras as they are a great deal more comfortable for ladies who have more sensitive skin following surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. I much prefer them even now as I still find I have sensitive skin even all these years later.
Ladies, make sure if you have had a lumpectomy or mastectomy that when you buy pocketed bras – you ask for them to be exempted under Group 12 of Section 8 of the VAT Act 1994 and sign the appropriate document to confirm your eligibility. If the vendor selling you the bra doesn’t know what you are talking about, do what I’d do – educate and then shop elsewhere.

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Bras to accommodate your needs!

Any bra can be pocketed, for a prosthesis, if they do not have them already, at a small additional cost.

I have recently had this Sadie bra pocketed, on one side only, for a lady with a mastectomy. With the pocket in place it is simply a matter of inserting the prosthesis into the pocket before putting the bra on.

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This saves having any problems with the prosthesis moving around, riding up and out of the bra or causing comfort problems due to excessive heat and/or moisture build-up.

And remember that it’s not just ladies who have had mastectomies who use a prosthesis, ladies who have had a lumpectomy will also use them and can benefit from pocketed bras.

I for one find a pocketed bra much more comfortable and prefer them to non-pocketed versions.

Don’t forget that your bra should fasten firmly around the band on the loosest hook and eye. Make sure that the straps are not so short that your band rides up your back. If you’re fastening on the tightest hook and eye order the next size down and increase your cup size. For example:
34DD will be 32E
If your bra doesn’t come in DD then:
34D will be 32E

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BraLady goes to School

Bra Lady East and North Yorkshire will be back in School – Scalby School, Scarborough to be exact – on Saturday 3 December 2011 at the school’s Christmas Fair.

Fittings will be available, as will lots of bras to choose from.

New Chloe Black Mode Mastectomy Bra
Black Chloe Bra

Make sure that you take the opportunity to pop along and see Julie in person and either have a fitting on the day or book one before Christmas to make sure that you look extra special this year!

Looking forward to seeing you on the day, Julie

Directions on how to find Scalby School can be found on the school’s website under the Contact Us tab

Mastectomy bras and clothing

These are some of the bras and clothes that you can buy with pockets ready for a prosthesis to slip into:

Those which are front fastening are ideal if you have reduced mobility, for example due to arthritis, you will find that you are able to put on these bras without struggling.

All are available to order, some may not yet be on bras4all – however they can still be ordered – contact your BraLady.

Royce Heather Mastectomy Bra – R975P

Royce Heather Mastectomy bra
Royce Heather Mastectomy bra

Sizes: 32A, 32B, 32C, 32D, 32DD, 34A, 34B, 34C, 34D, 34DD, 36A, 36B, 36C, 36D, 36DD, 38A, 38B, 38C, 38D, 38DD, 40A, 40B, 40C, 40D, 40DD, 42A, 42B, 42C, 42D, 42DD

Colour: Heather/Ivory

Matching Royce Heather Short – R944 available

Royce Heather Short
Royce Heather Short

Sizes: Small, Medium, Large

Colour: Heather/Ivory

Royce Jasmine Bilateral Pocket Mastectomy / Post Surgery Bra – R423


This is a really pretty bra the photo does not do it justice at all!

Royce Jasmine Bilateral Pocket Mastectomy / Post Surgery Bra

Sizes: 34A, 34B, 34C, 34D, 34DD, 34E, 34F, 34FF, 36A, 36B, 36C, 36D, 36DD, 36E, 36F, 36FF, 38A, 38B, 38C, 38D, 38DD, 38E, 38F, 38FF, 40A, 40B, 40C, 40D, 40DD, 40E, 40F, 40FF, 42B, 42C, 42D, 42DD, 40E, 42F, 42FF, 44B, 44C, 44D

Colours: White, Black Skin

Royce Lingerie Chloe Bilateral Pocketed Mastectomy / Post Surgery Bra R893

Royce Chloe
Royce Chloe Mastectomy bra

During October 2011 Royce will donate £1 per bra to “Against Breast Cancer” for every Chloe Bra purchased (including the new Black version, below).

New Chloe Black Mode Mastectomy Bra
Royce Chloe Black Bra

Sizes: 32B, 32C, 32D, 32DD, 34A, 34B, 34C, 34D, 34DD, 36A, 36B, 36C, 36D, 36DD, 38A, 38B, 38C, 38D, 38DD, 40A, 40B, 40C, 40D, 40DD

Colours: Grey/Cream, Denim Blue/Cream

Royce Lucy Mastectomy / Post Surgery Bra – R855P

Royce Lucy Mastectomy bra
Royce Lucy Mastectomy bra

Sizes: 32B, 32C, 32D, 32DD, 34B, 34C, 34D, 34DD, 36B, 36C, 36D, 36DD, 38B, 38C, 38D, 38DD, 40B, 40C, 40D, 40DD, 42B, 42C, 42D, 42DD

Colours: White

Di Murini Rowena Mastectomy / Post Surgery Bra- DiBra

Di Murini Rowena Post Mastectomy bra
Di Murini Rowena Post Mastectomy bra

Sizes: 32C, 32D, 32DD, 32E, 34C, 34D, 34DD, 34E, 36C, 36D, 36DD, 36E, 38C, 38D, 38DD

Colours: Black, Ivory, Pink, Red

Royce Comfi Pocketed Bra – R595

Sizes: 34, 36,38, 40 & 42

Colour: White

Royce Georgia Pocketed T-Shirt Mastectomy / Post Surgery Bra- R886

Royce Georgia pocketed t-shirt bra
Royce Georgia Pocketed T-Shirt Mastectomy / Post Surgery Bra

Sizes: 32B, 32C, 32D, 32DD, 34A, 34B, 34C, 34D, 34DD, 36A, 36B, 36C, 36D, 36DD, 38A, 38B, 38C, 38D, 38DD, 40A, 40B, 40C, 40D, 40DD, 42A, 42B, 42C, 42D, 42DD

Colours: Black, Skin

Anita Vanella Post Surgery / Mastectomy Pocketed Bra – A5760

Anita Vanella Post Mastectomy bra
Anita Vanella Post Surgery / Mastectomy Pocketed Bra

Sizes: 32A, 32B, 32C, 32D, 32E, 34A, 34B, 34C,34D, 34E, 36A, 36B, 36C 36D, 36E, 38A, 38B, 38C,38D, 38E, 40A, 40B, 40C,40D, 40E, 42A, 42B, 42C,42D, 42E

Colours: Black, White

Anita Alicia Post Surgery / Mastectomy Bra – A5756X

Anita Alicia Post Mastectomy bra
Anita Alicia Post Mastectomy bra

Sizes: 32A, 32B, 32C, 32D, 32E, 34A, 34B, 34C, 34D, 34E, 36A, 36B, 36C, 36D, 36E, 38A, 38B, 38C, 38D, 38E, 40A, 40B, 40C, 40D, 40E, 42A, 42B, 42C, 42D, 42E, 44A, 44B, 44C

Colours: White, Black/Titan, Sand-Rose

Anita Sera Post Surgery / Mastectomy Pocketed Bra – A5349

Anita Sera Post Surgery / Mastectomy Pocketed Bra
Anita Sera Post Surgery / Mastectomy Pocketed Bra

Sizes: 34A, 34B, 34C, 34D, 34E, 36A, 36B, 36C, 36D, 36E, 38A, 38B, 38C, 38D, 38E, 40A, 40B, 40C, 40D, 40E, 42A, 42B, 42C, 42D, 42E, 44A, 44B, 44C, 44D, 44E, 46A, 46B, 46C, 46D, 48A, 48B, 48C, 48D, 50A, 50B, 50C, 50D

Colours: Black, Skin, Bordeaux, Crystal

Royce Silver Front-fastening Post Surgery / Mastectomy Pocketed Bra – R736

Sizes: 32C, 32D, 32DD, 32E, 32F, 34B, 34C, 34D, 34DD, 34E, 34F, 36B, 36C, 36D, 36DD, 36E, 36F, 38B, 38C, 38D, 38DD, 38E

Colour: White

Anita Isra Post Surgery / Mastectomy Front-fastening Pocketed Bra – A5315

Sizes: 34A, 34B, 34C, 34D, 36A, 36B, 36C, 36D, 38A, 38B, 38C, 38D, 40A, 40B, 40C, 40D, 42A, 42B, 42C, 42D, 44A, 44B, 44C, 46A, 46B, 46C

Colour: White

Anita Salvia Front-fastening Post Mastectomy Bra – A5322X

Sizes:32A, 32B, 32C, 32D, 34A, 34B, 34C, 34D, 36A, 36B, 36C, 36D, 38A, 38B 38C, 38D, 40A, 40B, 40C, 40D, 42A, 42B, 42C, 42D, 44A, 44B, 44C, 44D, 46A, 46B, 46C, 48A, 48B, 48C, 50A, 50B, 50C

Colour: Champagne

Di Murini Rowena Pocketed Camisole

Di Murini Rowena Pocketed Camisole
Di Murini Rowena Pocketed Camisole

Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large

Colours: Ivory

Di Murini Pocketed Babydoll- DiBD

Di Murini Pocketed Babydoll
Di Murini Pocketed Babydoll

Sizes:  32B, 32C, 32D, 32DD, 34B, 34C, 34D, 34DD, 36B, 36C, 36D, 36DD, 38B, 38C, 38D

Colours:  Black, Red

Nicola Jane Pocketed Swimsuit- 9168

Nicola Jane pocketed swimsuit- 9168
Nicola Jane pocketed swimsuit

Sizes: 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44

Colours: Black

Nicola Jane Pocketed Lace Vest Top – V008

Nicola Jane Pocketed Lace Vest Top
Nicola Jane Pocketed Lace Vest Top

Sizes: 34A, 34B, 34C, 36A, 36B, 36C, 38A, 38B, 38C

Colours: White

Nicola Jane Pocketed Vest Top – V007

Nicola Jane Pocketed Vest Top - V007
Nicola Jane Pocketed Vest Top

Sizes: 32A, 32B, 32C, 32D, 34A, 34B, 34C, 34D, 36A, 36B, 36C, 36D, 38A, 38B, 38C, 38D, 40B, 40C, 40D, 42B, 42C, 42D

Colours: Black, Coral, Purple, Turquoise, White

Any of our bras can be pocketed, for a prosthesis, if they do not have them already, at a small additional cost.

Don’t forget that your bra should fasten firmly around the band on the loosest hook and eye. Make sure that the straps are not so short that your band rides up your back. If you’re fastening on the tightest hook and eye order the next size down and increase your cup size. For example:

34DD will be 32E

If your bra doesn’t come in DD then:

34D will be 32E

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32E

These are some of the bras you can buy in a size 32E (though bear in mind that different makes and styles fit differently):
All are available to order, some may not yet be on bras4all – however they can still be ordered – contact your BraLady.

Royce Lingerie Soft Cup Heather Comfort Bra – R950

Heather unpadded bra
Royce Heather unpadded bra and shorts

Royce Sadie Soft Cup bra

Royce Sadie bra and shorts
Royce Sadie bra and shorts

Royce Charlotte Firm-Support Soft Cup bra

Royce Charlotte Soft Cup bra
Royce Charlotte Soft Cup bra

Royce Rhianna Soft Cup bra

Royce Rhianna Soft Cup bra
Royce Rhianna Soft Cup bra

Di Murini Rowena Pocketed Babydoll – DiBD

Rowena pocketed babydoll
Di Murini Rowena pocketed babydoll

Di Murini Rowena Mastectomy / Post Surgery Bra – DiBra

Dimurini Rowena Mastectomy Bra
Di Murini Rowena Mastectomy Bra

Royce Silver Post Surgery / Mastectomy Pocketed Bra – R736

Royce Silver Post Surgery Bra
Royce Silver Post Surgery Bra

Royce Grace Comfort Bra – R513

Royce Grace comfort bra
Royce Grace comfort bra

Anita Vanella Post Surgery / Mastectomy Pocketed Bra – A5760

Anita Vanella Post Mastectomy bra
Anita Vanella Post Mastectomy bra

Anita Alicia Post Surgery / Mastectomy Bra – A5756

Anita Alicia Post Mastectomy bra
Anita Alicia Post Mastectomy bra

Carriwell Seamless Soft Cup Bra – CWMat

Carriwell Seamless Soft Cup
Carriwell Seamless Soft Cup

Anita Firm Support Sports Bra -A5527

Anita Firm Support Sports Bra
Anita Firm Support Sports Bra

Anita Light Support Sports Bra – A5521

Anita Light Support Sports Bra
Anita Light Support Sports Bra

Anita Active Sports Bra – A5522

Anita Active Medium Support Sports Bra
Anita Active Medium Support Sports Bra

Royce Impact Free Firm Support Sports Bra – R826

Royce Impact Free Sports Bra
Royce Impact Free Sports Bra

Don’t forget that your bra should fasten firmly around the band on the loosest hook and eye. Make sure that the straps are not so short that your band rides up your back. If you’re fastening on the tightest hook and eye order the next size down and increase your cup size. For example:

34DD will be 32E

If your bra doesn’t come in DD then:

34D will be 32E

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Party! Party! Bra Party!

The bra fitting:

I’ve already given information on what happens at a bra fitting in this blog: BraFitting

Now I’m going to give you an idea of what happens when you have a bra fitting with some friends.

The organising:

It’s a good idea to agree a date with your Bra Lady having already mentioned it to your friends or colleagues to agree a few dates which may be suitable. You are more likely to find a date to suit everyone that way. Also don’t leave everything too late, as your Bra Lady will have other customers who also want to claim time in her diary.

While you are consulting about dates with your friends, find out what size bra they are wearing currently, whether they have any issues that may affect the style of bra they wear (for example, post-surgery or mastectomy ladies, ladies with arthritis, ladies who have a preference for specific types of bras such as front fastening or non-underwired) and pass this information onto your Bra Lady. This will help your Bra Lady ensure that she brings along suitable bras for fitting your friends and help to give your friends a better choice.

Consider in advance how you will arrange a private space for the bra fittings. Are you happy to have fittings carried out in your bedroom, do you have a spare bedroom that could be used, or is your dining room suitable?

Think about providing some refreshments for your friends and your Bra Lady. There will be a lot of talking taking place and soft drinks will be very welcome for those that would like to ‘wet their whistle’ every now and then. Maybe consider putting some ‘nibbles’ out if there are a number of people coming along. It helps to keep the party going!

You may have an introduction on the structure of a bra, how bras should fit and where people go wrong. You may have activities organised by your BraLady to demonstrate the benefits of a correctly fitted bra to you and your friends. BraLady may also give you advice on how to care for your bra to extend its life.

Ms K before Bra Fitting
Before a bra fitting, stickers on clothes show how the current bra fits
Ms K after Bra Fitting
After the bra fitting, new stickers show how the new bra lifts the breasts into the correct position and making the body look slimmer

As your Bra Lady will be spending a lot of time in the ‘other room’ and popping back and forth to the main room now and then, make sure that your friends have something in common and can chat together over the Bra brochures or other topics as preferred. Once they have been fitted, your friends can order bras from a selection of high quality products.

The goods:

Ensure that your friends are aware of the essentials of the bra fitting. They will need to pay for their fitting, their bras and wait for the delivery once your Bra Lady has submitted her order to BraLady. Your Bra Lady may agree to distribute the bras to your friends individually or  may simply deliver them to you for your friends. It is a good idea to agree this with your friends and your Bra Lady at the party.

The follow-up:

You and your friends are wise to ask your BraLady for an appointment in 6-8 months time, or if you prefer ask her to contact you with a reminder nearer the time.

How did it go:

Your BraLady would certainly appreciate your feedback. It is possible to do this in person, or you may like to leave yours on-line (ask your BraLady if you are interested in doing this).