Top 10 Rules on How to Buy a Strapless Bra Correctly

Rule #1: Know your measurements.


According to both Bromley and Nethero, the first thing a woman should do before buying a bra is get fitted, which entails getting measured directly under the bust and across the fullest part of the bust. Nethero says 85 percent of women are actually wearing the wrong size.” “The biggest mistake is that most women don’t get fitted,” Bromley adds. Nethero recommends a “bra checkup” whenever a woman’s weight fluctuates by 10 percent, which often happens as a result of pregnancy, nursing, exercise, dietary changes, hormones, menopause, puberty and weight gain.


Rule #2: Your cups should be front and center.
Once you find out your real bra size (which can be shocking for some women) it’s important to find an undergarment that not only provides enough support, but also correctly positions your breasts. Nethero says, “When you are looking in the mirror, your bra should lift and center your bust midway between your shoulders and elbows, and your breasts should stay within your body’s frame. You don’t want to carry low and wide.” She says there should also be one inch of definition between your breasts.


Rule #3: The bra should fit firmly around your frame.
Women often associate looseness with comfort, but bras should always have a snug fit. A bra gets 90 percent of its stability from the band being firm and level around the body. If your bra is too loose, it will shift up the back and cause every component that’s supposed to provide support to be unstable. Nethero’s advice: “The bra should be tight enough that you can fit only two fingers under the band. The back of the bra should be level with or lower than the front. You want it to be stable as you move throughout the day.”


Rule #4: Account for stretching.
Most bras are made of flexible materials, like Lycra and spandex. Over time, with normal wear, they will eventually stretch out. Nethero recommends buying a bra that fits best when it’s latched at the widest possible position, to account for the inevitable give in the fabric. “It should be on the last hook, so as the bra stretches, you can tighten it,” she says.


Rule #5: Pay attention to the seam.
While it doesn’t provide the primary support, a structured cup with a seam gives a nice lift, as well as the best shape. “The breast tissue will rest on the seam, so a great way to figure out the shape of a bra is to look at the seam,” says Nethero. “A seam that runs across the bra will make the breast look fuller, while a seam that runs up and down will make the breast look more centered.” She also notes that many women opt for seamless, often called T-shirt, bras because they are afraid the seam will show through their shirt. But if you are planning on wearing the bra with dark-colored clothing, the seam won’t show through the fabric, so it’s better to opt for more support.


Rule #6: Wear the right shirt when shopping.
Even though you’re shopping for something that goes under your garments, make sure you have the correct top on when you hit the store. Nethero says a loose or high-collared shirt won’t accurately show you how a bra will look—especially under more body-conscious clothing. She recommends wearing “a fitted shirt when trying on bras so you can see the different shape effects bras can provide.” Also, if you have a dress or shirt with a tricky neckline, clingy material or any other exasperating feature that makes it difficult to find the right bra to wear with it, bring the item with you so the experts at the store can help you find a solution.


Rule #7: Strapless bras are a little trickier to fit.
A strapless bra also needs to fit firmly around the body, but because you don’t have the support of the straps, you may need to go up a cup size so it doesn’t pinch the breasts and create a ridge across the top, Nethero says. “A good thing to look for is a strapless bra that has latex or a grip strip across the body to hold it in place better, since you don’t have the additional support of the straps.”


Rule #8: Just because you wear a bigger cup size, doesn’t mean you can’t have fashionable bras.
The fastest-growing segment of bras is DD and over, according to Bromley. In fact, Nethero says she sold 40,000 bras in a G cup last year alone. And unlike in the past, demi- and semi-bras are being made in sizes up to D cups. The style is “not as shallow as a smaller cup size, but it is proportionally smaller and gives a much more youthful appearance,” Nethero says. “It gives a fuller-busted person the opportunity to wear something that’s youthful and sexy but still gives full support.”


Rule #9: Opt for greater quantity—and quality—of bras.
The more bras you have, and the better quality they are, the less often you’ll have to replace them. Though it will cost more money upfront, you will end up saving in the long run. According to Nethero, you shouldn’t be wearing the same few bras week after week or the same bra for two days in a row. “We know from our research that women are wearing four bras or fewer, but they really should be wearing seven to 10,” she says. With a higher number of bras, you can rotate them and wear the same three or four bras one week, then another three or four the next. “And while you might say a less expensive bra will cost less, it will wear out faster. So it’s our belief that women should get better-quality bras and have a diversity of bras.”

Rule #10: Always follow care tag instructions.
If you do buy higher-quality bras, proper maintenance will help make them last. Experts recommend you hand or machine wash your bra after two wears. “Use a soap that is gentle on Lycra-based material, and never put them in the dryer,” recommends Nethero. When laundering undergarments with a washing machine, a netted laundry bag will protect the hooks from clasping onto other articles of clothing as well as prevent the bra from twisting and turning out of shape.


Be Our Guest at AirBnb

Airbnb is not a hotel or a hostel.  It’s an entirely different experience where not only do you get a place to stay but to meet locals and taste the culture.  So when your AirBnb host, so graciously, welcomes you to their home, as a guest you need to be respectful.  Here are some tips for being the best guest you can be.


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Before you book

  • When you make your profile make sure to include details about yourself.  What do you like?  What is your job?  How often do you travel?  Then when you contact hosts, do the same, let them know a little about you, your reasons for traveling and when you will be arriving. It’s important to build a rapport so all of you can feel comfortable sharing a space.
  • Analyze you accommodation needs.  Do you want to stay with a family or be on your own?  What do you need to be closest to?  Do you need to be central?  What kind of transportation will you be using? How will you get there from the airport or train station?  Etc… make a good list of must-haves before you begin the hunt for a host.  You want a clear idea of your needs.
  • When you look for a host read the whole profile.  So many guests forget this vital part and show up at the space and feel overwhelmed.  If you read the profile and have some questions, message your host.  Make sure to clarify all house rules, whether you are renting a room or a full apartment, will there be children or pets around, will there be other guests, if you have any allergies etc… Dedicate time to choosing a host and it will make a huge difference in your experience.
  • Make sure to check out AirB&b’s updates AirBnb promo codes before booking so you can get the best deal.
  • Contact the host before booking because sometimes there’s scheduling issues that aren’t apparent through the website.
  • Be aware that AirBnb is growing and many hosts and guests are new to this process.  There may not be a lot of reviews for your host but just go with your gut.  If the place looks nice and your contact with the host is positive then take a leap of faith.
  • If you are going abroad, it’s a good idea to look up local customs.  Lonely Planet is a great resource for this.  Perhaps download a few apps to help you get around such as local phrases, maps, guidebooks etc…  Give yourself a little background on the area so you aren’t jumping in blind.

When You Get There

  • Honor your commitments such as respecting house rules, communicating your arrival and departure times, being tidy, etc… And above all be pleasant and respectful to your hosts.  They are opening up their lives to you, so please be grateful.
  • Enjoy your time with your host.  Many times you are going to be living with a family or other guests, feel free to chat (even if you have to use iTranslate), keep things tidy, and learn about the culture and people. It’s half the fun of using Airbnb over a hotel!
  • Explore your neighborhood with a nice stroll.  Try to learn main streets, public transportation stops near you, nearby businesses such as cafes, grocery stores, hospital etc… Ask your host for suggestions!  They are a local, after all!
  • Communicate with your hosts such as, if having guests is okay, if you have an issue with them etc… Communication is key and again if you have problems with language try iTranslate or contact AirBnb’s helpline.  They are open 24/7 with people ready to assist you.

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After Your Trip

  • Always leave a review.  This helps your host find more guests and also ask your host to review you so you can find more hosts.  AirBnb isn’t just about accommodations, it’s about building a global community.

Most of all, enjoy your trip!