Jul 02

22 Really Really Good Tips For Anyone Who Wears A Bra

Boobs and bras go together, but anyone who wears a bra knows there are a few tricks to wearing  and caring for them. So we bring you these really, really good tips and hope that you find them useful whether your boobs are real or synthetic.

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Boobs are beautiful. They’re also practical (at least for natal women). That doesn’t change the fact they’re also a huge pain in ass.

It doesn’t matter if they’re monstrous or tiny, boobs have to be dealt with. Society tells us to strap ’em up, smoosh ’em down, and for goodness’ sake cover up those nips. Dealing with boobs almost always means wearing a bra, a complicated piece of underwear that comes with its own long list of do’s and don’ts.

Chances are you’ve heard hundreds of myths, facts, and old wives’ tales about how to wear and care for these delicate garments. Many of them were probably time consuming and half were probably wrong.

So we’re here to set the record straight with some bra tips, tricks, and hacks you can actually use. You’re welcome

If your bra rides up in the back, it means the band size is too small. Go get fitted for a new one and follow these steps to adjust the straps and back band clasp.

Bra rides upUse a paperclip to turn a conventional bra into a racerback in a pinch. Underwire poking through? Buy yourself some time by repairing with moleskin tape.

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Underwire poking through? Buy yourself some time by repairing with moleskin tape.

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Wash bras in a pillowcase or lingerie bag to protect them from being crushed and caught on things in the washer.

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If your bra sits too low in the back, it means the band size is too big. Go get fitted for a new one.

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Sew the front half of a cheap bra into backless or low-back dresses for extra support

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When it comes to sports bras, two chambers (i.e. cups) are better than one. Separation ensures better support, reduces bounce, and minimizes that sexy “unaboob” look

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Kill two birds with one stone by handwashing sports bras in the shower while you’re soaping your sweaty bod.

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Use a mini safety pin to keep bra straps tucked away when wearing a wide-neck shirt.

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Put your bras on a “one day on, two days off” rotation. This way they can rest for two days after being worn. They’ll last longer.

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If the center gore of the bra isn’t firm against your sternum (or isn’t touching at all), it means the cup size is too small. Go get fitted for a new one.

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Bras should be sized to the largest hook, not the smallest. The others are there to pick up the slack as the bra stretches out over time.

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Use a dollar store bra clip in the front to hide unsightly straps under your halter top.

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Bras should never be folded in half with the cups tucked into each other. Store them flat in a drawer or hang them.

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You can even DIY this rad hanging system for multiple bras!

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If the underwire is resting on breast tissue (instead of your rib cage), it means the cup size is too small. Go get fitted for a new one.

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Never, ever put your bra in the dryer. It will only harden the plastic and ruin the cup form. Try a salad spinner instead!

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If there’s a huge gap between your boob and the cup, your bra is too big. Go get fitted for a new one.

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Use this trick to keep your strapless bras from sliding down to your stomach.

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Wearing something lacy or sheer? Choose a front-closure bra to prevent it from snagging on the hook of a back-closure.

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If the straps are digging into your shoulders, leaving grooves and marks, it means the bra band has lost its grip and the straps are doing all the work. Go get fitted for a new one.

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Is it time to wash your bra? Here’s a helpful chart for figuring that out.

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This article reprinted from Distractify.com

 

 

Mar 10

History of Bras

An Uplifting Story

From the History of the Bra by Gareth Marples

The history of the bra is indeed an uplifting story. And the facts here are backed with lots of support. These facts will keep you abreast of the lives and times of bras. There’s nothing to hide, so we’re revealing all the facts. There’s nothing unmentionable in this history. We’ll be up front with you when we present this interesting story. So let’s snap to reality and fill our cups with knowledge.

Ancient Greek bras – now you see them, now you don’t

ancient greek braAround 2500 B.C., breasts were being admired. And that’s no surprise when you look at the men’s view of the women of those days. They adored them. In fact, they all but worshipped them. And the women, in tribute to all this attention, wore bras that lifted their breasts so much that they exposed them in all their splendor (at least, that’s how the men saw them).

Later, as Greek and Roman society grew more male-oriented, breasts were wrapped and flattened to minimize their size. And not only the women, but the men, too. But a pattern had started to develop – the use of bras changed with men’s attitudes towards the female bosom.

This pattern continued throughout the ages, with breasts being bared, or not, in exact ratio to men’s attitudes of the times. Women were at the mercy of the fashion of the day – usually decided by men.

19th Century Paris brought upstart women

During the 19th century, women were starting to “stand up” for themselves. They were tired of being told what they should or shouldn’t wear. They wanted freedom, and that included their fashion styles. So women began a movement for more comfortable underwear than the trussed and bound look of the corsets of the day. And as these new creations came on the market, patents ran wild. Since granting the first patent for a ‘corset substitute’ in 1863, the U.S. government has registered over 1,200 patents of breast supporters. That’s a lot of support for bras.

Support of the bosom by a bodice French brassière 1900One example of those patents came in 1893 when Marie Tucek patented the “breast supporter”, which had separate pockets for the breasts, with straps over the shoulders, and fastened by hook-and-eye closures at the back. Sound pretty much like the bras of today, doesn’t it?

Another 19th-century development was “falsies”. The first ones were pads made of wool, which were put inside the boned bodice. Later in that century, French women were able to buy rubber breast pads, called “lemon bosoms” – their name describes them well. Padded bras were now accepted.

The modern bra emerges

1913 saw the debut of the first modern brassiere. It was created by Mary Phelps Jacobs, who got so annoyed at the bones of her corset sticking out around her neckline that she covered them with a couple of silk handkerchiefs and some ribbon and attached it all together with some cords. Her friends loved the idea and those who expressed their admiration of this lightweight fashion were given one to try out.

Many people asked her to share her idea, but when she got a letter from a stranger, with a dollar and a request for her “contraption”, she drew the line. She immediately sent sketches of her design to the patent office. The patent was granted in November, 1914 for the “Backless Brassiere”. Mary named her new creation the Caresse Crosby. The bra was here to stay (even though it didn’t have stays, like the corset).

But Mary’s talents were in fashion design, not business, and she had a hard time managing her venture. So she decided to sell her patent to Warner Brothers Corset Company for $1,500. That turned out to be a pretty good investment for Warner because, over the next 30 years, it earned the company over $15 million.

The bra joins a line of intimate apparel

Up until the creation of the bra, “intimate apparel” had consisted of heavily-boned, tight-laced corsets. They may have been recognized as intimate to the men, but the women found them extremely uncomfortable. The bra brought with it a whole new attitude to women’s underwear. It was indeed now an item of intimate apparel.

Mary Jacobs had started the ball rolling. Innovations began to develop as women found their new freedom of movement very liberating. A bra, girdle and stockings were a very sexy look, and gave women a new self-confidence. Then, with the introduction of elastic fabric in the 1920s, the bra industry took off. In the 1930’s, the strapless or backless bra came out. And then it was the standardization of cup sizes – now women could get a bra that truly fit comfortably.

Warners Aphlabet brasBy 1928, entrepreneurs William and Ida Rosenthal took the bra to its next stage by introducing cup sizes and bras for all stages of a women’s life. Her creation eventually turned into the start of one of the most well-known intimate apparel companies today – Maidenform. Several year’s later, Warner added the A to D sizing system which became the standard in 1935.

 

During the roaring Twenties, with it’s flat-chested boyish look, Ida Rosenthal’s invention wasn’t too popular. However, Ida had spunk, and she continued to promote her bust-flattering bras. With her idea of sizing, she could now market bras to girls and women of every age, from puberty to maturity. A huge advantage to this plan was brand loyalty – if she could get teens to wear training bras, then they’d stay with Maidenform as they developed and grew. She’d have a customer for life! This idea became the foundation of a $40 million Maidenform industry.

Bra-burning slowed the industry down

In the 1960’s, with female emancipation rampant, and women burning their bras in revolt, the bra industry took a heavy hit. But Ida Rosenthal, with the same enthusiasm and stick-to-it-tiveness that she’d displayed before, wasn’t deterred. She was asked how this burning of bras would affect her business. Her reply was, “We’re a democracy. A person has the right to be dressed or undressed. But after age 35, a woman hasn’t got the figure to wear no support. Time’s on my side.” And indeed it was – look at the industry today.

Women dreamed of all kinds of things – in their Maidenform Bra

maidenform_bra_ad_town_240Maidenform led the way in the bra industry. Their ad campaign, “I dreamed I…” did very well. The seed was planted – women could be anything they wanted if they wore a Maidenform Bra. The image was secured. The bra had become not only a method of supporting the breasts, but of displaying them in a variety of stages of dress and undress, all with the goal of making a woman look sexier.

But practicality was important, too. Different types of bras were designed for different types of women’s activities. If you were pregnant, you could buy maturnity bras. After you had your baby, you could buy a nursing bra. After you finished nursing, and before you lost your “baby weight”, you could buy a full figured bra.

And for those women who were a little bigger than most, there were plus size bras. And not only plus size bras, but plus size lingerie and girdles – whole outfits for those voluptuous women who some men found so attractive.

For the active women, there were athletic sports bra, giving extra support. For those evening gowns, there were strapless bras and backless bras to complement the beautifully-adorned woman at the formal gathering. And the teenage girl could proudly say, “Hey, I got my first bra.” And training bras would help her adjust as she grew and matured and got ready for regular bras.

Women with darker skin were targeted in advertising, by being offered dark colored bras – tan, black, brown – to help them feel comfortable and natural. And for those women who like to step a little on the daring side, there are see through shear bras, and all kinds of sexy, intimate bras and apparel that could be used to complement sexy lingerie.

DifferentBraTypesThe list goes on. Women have indeed some a long way in their freedom for fashion. They had to live through the days of tightly-cinching themselves to look good. Now they can look good in any surrounding, in any environment. Wherever a woman goes these days, whatever she does, there’s a bra to suit her activity.

Finally, let’s take a visual look at bras from every fashion era

 

 

man undressing womanAnd as for the attitudes of men – well, they’re not really concerned about who created the bra – they just admire the way it looks and try to learn how to take it off!

For more History on Bras, check out the following resources:

History of Brassieres from Wikipedia

Bras and Girdles from Fashion-Era.com

Bra History from EBraetc.com

History of Bras from Mrbra.com

 

 

Feb 25

Bra Secrets

Next to the wig there is likely not a single garment more important to a cross dresser than her bra. It’s the ultimate defining garment of womenhood. And it’s not that infrequent that we will wear a bra under our male clothes as it gives us that special sense of being a woman. This story by Teri Lynn Richards, BRAS – My Conduit to Femininity will resonate with all of you. It’s a bit long so you may want to come back and read it at your leisure.For a woman however, finding the correct bra is a task often beset with many fittings. A department store friend told me that it’s not uncommon for a woman to take 40 bras into a fitting room and come out with none or just a few to purchase. And then statistics tell us that at least 80% of women wear an incorrectly sized bra! Most women wear a bra too large in the back and too small in the cups. And although the average bra size is often quoted as being 36C, this is just the most popular size that women buy.

And if you wonder why bra-fitting is such an art, just check out this chart on the kind of boobs that women have.

Types of boobs

We cross dressers have it easy because we control our boob size with inserts. Still I have a drawer full of bras that don’t quite fit, mostly too loose. If you haven’t been told, then know that band size is the most important element in a good-fitting bra.

Most people know that bra sizes are made up of two parts – a number and a letter. The number is known as the “band size” or “back size,” and the letter is the “cup size.” However, what many people do not realize is that cup sizes are in proportion to the band size, so a D cup, for example, is not the same size in every bra. A 28F is actually five cup sizes smaller than a 38F, so it’s not as big as it sounds! I purchased size 12 breast forms (a D cup) but my best fitting bra is a 44C. With our often larger ribcages, we really need to be accurate in our measurements.

Here’s one cup measurement system that I found interesting

A= Almost Boobs

B= Barely Noticeable

C= Can Do

D= Damm Good

DD= Double Damm

E= Enormous

F= Fake

One NYC bra store now has a computer algorithm that helps to determine your true bra size and the customers more often choose the computer-generated recommendations then the size they were wearing. For sure, bras are more than a utility for us; they add grace to our figure and in many instances become a true fashion statement.

Different BrasOf course if you are on hormones or have your own breasts, then you face many of the issues that genetic women have from saggy breasts to pain in the neck and shoulders. But a well-fitting bra will ensure that you don’t face problems walking, running or jumping

There are many different types of bras. Even my wife was unfamiliar with some of them. Given that bras and all forms of  pretty, if not sexy, lingerie are staples for the transgender woman, then the below information will help you decide what fits you best and which are the most alluring to fulfill your fantasies.

But a bra is an investment piece and should be chosen wisely. A quality bra will give you the best fit and performance. Do not fear going to a bra-fitter for help, but if that is not for you, then follow the guidelines offered in our How To section and browse the selection of bras in our Boutique which have been selected by our personal shopper with the cross dresser in mind. Care of your bra is also important and again instructions are in the How To section of the Library.

There’s also more to know then just your measurements when buying a bra. Our breasts are more complicated than just numbers and letters — any bra-shopping experience will likely remind you of that. Choosing a undergarment that really does your body justice starts with understanding exactly what’s going on beneath your clothes. Thankfully, we found a little infographic that can help take some of the guesswork out of the process.

HerRoom‘s nifty chart points you in the right direction: towards your ideal bra, based on your breast type which you saw above. For instance, wireless bras may work well if you have conical-shaped breasts, while a push-up could be complimentary if your chest is a bit more uneven — which, as we know, is very common.

This chart is certainly not the end-all-be-all of bra shopping, but since we don’t exactly look forward to chatting with a sales associate about whether our chests are splayed or settled, it’s a helpful tool in determining what we should look for first. Check it out below, stock up on our other sworn-by expert tips, and consider yourself a better-prepared customer the next time you’re faced with overwhelming racks of lacy underthings.

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So here are the many different types of bras. You never knew there were so many!

Nu BraAdhesive bra (Nu-Bra).  A bra which adheres to the breasts. It has no straps or bands of any sort and provide little support to the breasts. This type of bra is intended for backless and strapless fashions. The type most often worn by cross dressers to create cleavage use a strong adhesive and silicone that can be washed and reused. These instructions will help you.

 

Bandeau BraBandeau Bra.  A simple band of cloth worn across the breasts, providing little support or shaping

 

 

Bridal BrasBridal Bra/CorsetA bridal bra/corset mold and shape the upper body into a desired shape to fit the wedding dress. In addition to that, it promotes good posture and can be more comfortable as the weight of the breasts is carried by the whole corset rather than the brassiere’s shoulder straps.

 

 

Built In BraBuilt-in bra. A built-in bra is one that comes with the clothing, eliminating the need for a separate bra. This style can be found attached to the insides of swimsuits and tube tops. Some built-in bras are just horizontal, elastic fabric, but others have padding and underwired cups as well.

 

Bullet-braBullet Bra.  A full-support bra with cups in the shape of a parabolid with its axis perpendicular to the breast. The bullet bra usually features concentric circles of decorative stitching centered on the nipples. Invented in the late-1940s, they were still being sold well into the 1980s. If you love the vintage look, this bra is for you and your chest will most definitely be noticeable

 

Convertible Bra

Convertible bra. This bra comes with detachable straps that can be arranged according to one’s needs as shown in this video. It is usually worn with clothes that reveal the back and shoulders, such as backless dresses with halter top necklines

 

 

Cupless BraCupless BraConsists of a brassiere frame with no support cups. They expose the nipples with notched or contoured support cups. Usually worn as erotic lingerie, a cupless bra can cause the shape of the nipples to be prominently visible on an outer garment.

 

 

Demi BraDemi cup bra. A demi cup bra covers only half the breasts, with its cups coming up above the nipples. This bra is suitable to wear with clothes that have plunging necklines. It is supportive, yet provides maximum exposure of the breasts.

 

 

Full Cup BraFull cup bra. This bra provides full support, as it comes with underwired cups and covers most of the breasts. It is recommended for all women, and especially for those with heavier breasts

 

 

FRont Closure BraFront Closure Bra.  Bras that have closures, usually hooks and eyes, on the front rather than at the back. These bras lie completely flat at the back under clothing. Some feature a racerback style back which is great for wear with tank tops and for lending a no-slip effect to the straps.

 

Underwear for June A bra from 19 BrassiereInflatible Bra.  An inflatable under garment originally conceived as a light weight inflatable prosthetic for women who have under gone a breast mastectomy. The bra has pump-up air pads that can boost the cup size by two sizes or more depending on brands. There are many opinions on what size is best as we see here.

 

 

Softcup BraLeisure Bra.  Sometimes referred to as a sleep bra. These are very soft, stretchy, comfortable easy-to-wear bras that do not provide much support, suitable as everyday wear for small busts. They are an alternative to going braless and intended for wear at home when relaxing or asleep. With a large bust, bra support may increase comfort during sleep

 

Long Line BraLong-line Bra.  Extends from the bosom to the waist, offering additional abdominal control and smoothing of the woman’s torso. Distributes support over the entire lower torso instead of just the shoulders

 

 

male braMale BraBras worn by men with Gynecomastia, usually to flatten and conceal rather than lift and support

 

 

Masectomy BraMastectomy bra. A mastectomy bra is intended for women who have undergone the removal of one or both breasts due to cancer treatments. Here, the cups are made with pockets to keep breast prostheses in place and simulate the existence of breasts

 


Maternity BraMaternity bra. Women’s breasts become more sensitive, heavier and larger throughout pregnancy. Maternity bras are adjustable and can expand to take these changes into account.

 

 

minimizer braMinimizer bra. This bra is commonly sought after by large-breasted women who wish to reduce the appearance of their breasts by a cup size or two.

 

 

 

Novelty BraNovelty bra. A fashion bra designed for appearance and sensuality. May include unusual materials, like leather or feathers. Includes unusual designs like the open-tip, peekaboo, or peephole bra that feature holes or slits in the fabric that reveal the areolas and nipples. Usually made of sensuous material like lycra, nylon (nylon tricot), polyester, satin, lace or silk. Suitable for erotic situations. And if you are a golfer, well …….

 

Padded-BraPadded bra. This bra comes with padding inside the cup linings, adding volume to smaller breasts. Padded bras are popular with teenage girls, who may otherwise stuff their training bras with tissues to make their breasts look fuller

 

 

Peephole BraPeephole bra. A peephole bra features holes around the nipples. Its loose coverage of the entire breasts is insufficient to provide significant support. This type of bra is also worn in sexual situations

 

 

Racerback_braRacerback BraHas shoulder straps that come over the shouder in a V pattern very close to the neck. This design is sometimes worn under strapless dresses or tops where traditional straps would be very obviously exposed. Many Sport bras use the racerback

 

 

 

Sheer BraSheer Bra.  A fashion bra made of translucent material that displays the nipples

 

 

 

 

Shelf Bra2Shelf or Balconette Bra. This bra covers only the lower part of the breasts, leaving the nipples and upper part of the breasts exposed. It is not supportive and is worn in sexual situations.

 

 

Softcup BraSoftcup BraHas no underwire support in the cups. Rather they rely on the strength of the underband to provide support to the bust

 

 

 

Sports BraSports bra. Sports bras are made for active women who engage in rigorous physical exercise. They are designed to be comfortable and supportive by holding the breasts in place during motion, therefore reducing damage to soft tissues of the chest. These bras are usually made of stretchable material to provide a snug fit.

 

Strapless BraStrapless bra. Strapless bras come with no straps or straps that can be removed. This style is very useful for clothes that bare shoulders, such as tube dresses and halter tops

 

 

training braTraining bra. This type of bra is designed for preteen or teenage girls who are in the early stages of breast development. It is smaller than standard bra sizes, and its cups come without underwire support. Aside from providing some measure of breast support, it helps young girls to become accustomed to wearing a bra.

 

T-Shirt BraT-shirt bra. T-shirt bras are made without a raised seam in order to appear invisible when worn under a body-fitting t-shirt

 

 

Underwired BraUnderwired bra. Bras can come with or without underwire in their cups. An underwired bra provides strong support to the breasts and also maintains the shape of the bra. Some women claim that underwired bras lift their breasts, while others find these bras uncomfortable or painful.

 

 

U-Plunge BraU-plunge BraAllows you to wear clothes that have a deep plunging neckline

 

 

 

waterbraWater Bra.  Sometimes known as a liquid or gel bra. Contains water- or silicone gel-filled cups that enhance the size of the breasts. Air bras were a similar concept. Did you know that Julia Roberts wore a water-padded bra to enhance her clevage in her movie, Erin Brockovich.

 

 

 

Which bra do you like best?

An inflatible bra perhaps.Reminds me of the story of a national sales manager for an inflatable bra – created for the girls that nature had short-changed – apparently flying from Los Angeles to San Francisco with his most popular model. She was, of course, loyally wearing one of the boss’s products. It turned out that the plane had a nonpressurized cabin, and the higher they flew the more inflated the brassiere became. It was so nerve-racking for the other passengers that she finally had to retreat to the pilot’s compartment. She finished the flight there, gradually deflating.

Secrets to Wearing a Bra

Well, if you are still a little confused on which bra to wear (other than sexy), well so am I. So here is an interesting video on which bra to wear with each type of top. There are 12 of them from the everyday top to the exotic top with your erotic evening wear. Check out our convertible bras…they definitely are versatile.

Lastly, Nordstrom Lingerie has provided us with a delightful review of the 7 sexy bras that every women needs

Resources for this section came from ODYB.net, Wikipedia, Glamcheck, Love-of-Lingerie, and Biggerbras.com.

 

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