disclosure: this post is sponsored in part by Kohl's and Maidenform, however all opinions, ideas and bra sizes are my own.
friends are like bras, close to the heart and there for support. picking friends takes time, getting to know a person's personality and the opportunity to connect in a way that is effortless. to find the right bra takes a similar effort. you don't walk into a store and pick the first thing you see, you try on different styles, find the fit that is the most comfortable, cute and affordable. then you take it home and the real test comes when you wear it all day. do you still love it? does the underwire pinch like a bad habit? does it make you look better?
these are dilemmas we as women face so how do we solve them? a little bit of know how. first, armed with the gift card that Kohl's sent me i worked on figuring out what fit was the best for me. you can do this to by visiting Kohl's Bra Measuring Resources here. did you know that 80% of women wear the wrong size? that means you have pretty good odds of wearing an ill fitting bra right now as you read this. trust me, take a few moments to check out Kohl's Bra Fit Guide.
once i am armed with that sizing knowledge i can attempt to find the bra that works best for me. for dresses, particularly ones that have full skirts, you want your proportions to match. this means curves up top to match the fullness of the skirt. to achieve that i recommend opting for the Maidenform Push Up Bra. now it has been said 'A push up bra is like a bag of chips. You open it and it is half empty.' but as long as you don't mind, why should anyone else?
flowing tops are popular this season. typically made with a gentle, sheer fabric you will want a bra that is smooth and won't show every bump and lacey edge. this is where my favorite bra comes in handy. the Maidenform T-Shirt Bra is amazing. not only is it ridiculously comfortable, it gives you the best shape and smoothest form. well played Maidenform.
seriously my favorite bra of the bunch. if you were going to pick one, this would be the one.
i'm going to get real for one second. i didn't choose the boob life, the boob life chose me. which means when i throw on my sports bra and tank i am showing the world - in detail - what has been created. who says sports bras have to flatten. find yourself a good support tank and add Maidenform's Pure Genius Lace T-Back Bra. no one has to know.
for those days when you need a little extra oomph, throw on a top that has the flexibility to be worn over ANY bra style and select a bra that is going to make you look and feel your best. try a bra with a little bit of lace, perhaps some color and while your outfit may say hey, your bra will be saying heeeeyyyyy. Maidenform's One Fabulous Fit Demi is the perfect bra for that.
last but not least is the dreaded strapless bra. the bra that can be worn comfortably under dresses without continual tugging and readjusting. i know you know what i am talking about. any woman who has ever risked a strapless bra can attest to the constant readjustments that come with it unless you pick the perfect strapless and in that case, you're good. for a strapless bra that stays put try Maidenform's One Fabulous Fit Strapless.
bras are a forever fickle friend until you find that bestie, the one you can't live without. here's to you in your quest in finding the perfect bra.