Sales assistants whipping open curtains, frayed straps and tangled underwear drawers. Oh yes, there’s an ugly side to buying, wearing and caring for bras. Most of which we find out the hard way.
For some essential wisdom to pass on to our teenage daughters, we turned to a woman who seriously loves bras. So much so, she designed the bra storage system Bra-Voe that recently won a 2013 Sydney Design Award.
Helena Crumpton believes that although this time may be a little awkward or embarrassing for some girls and their parents, helping our daughters find the perfect fitting bra is important to their health and wellbeing. Parents can also use the opportunity to pass on positive messages about their daughter’s body image and teach them good habits for the rest of their life.
Buying a bra
- Ask a bra fitting professional to help you find the right size, to ensure your daughter gains the best fit and support.
- The perfect fitting bra ensures breasts sit in the ideal position to help prevent back and shoulder ache.
- After many wears of a bra, it can become stretched or loose. Always buy a bra which fastens on one of the two loosest hooks. If the bra stretches due to wear, you can then tighten it using the closer hooks.
- It’s always best to try on a bra before buying it, or if buying it online, make sure there’s a good returns policy. The size and fit of a bra can vary between brands.
- If the back of your bra is riding up and the front is sagging, the band size may be too small. The back of a bra should run in a straight line all the way around the body.
Caring for a bra
- Teach your daughter how to wash bras correctly to prevent them from being damaged. When using a washing machine it’s important to place the bra in a wash bag and use a delicate wash cycle with a mild detergent.
- Show your daughter how to store her bras to keep them in good condition. Storing bras on a Bra-Voe is a great way to prevent bras from being tangled or damaged and helps bras to maintain their shape. They can be mounted on a wall, in a drawer or on a shelf, and are available in three sizes.
We are giving away an award-winning Bra-Voe storage solution. Founder Helena Crumpton spent six years perfecting the innovative concept, which uses specially designed moulded cups to maintain the shape and contour of bras. The Bra-Voe can be mounted on a wall, in a drawer or on a shelf, and is available in three sizes. Read more at www.bra-voe.com.
To win, make sure you are on our newsletter list and leave a comment below about a good or bad bra buying experience, or a handy tip you’ve learned along the way about finding the perfect bra or caring for your bras.
We’ll choose a winner on Tuesday 29 October. Winner will be notified by email and published in our newsletter. The Kids Are All Right will not replace any lost or stolen prize items. Prize will only be awarded to residents of Australian and delivered to addresses within Australia no later than eight weeks. Prize only includes the Bra-Voe, not the bras in this picture.
Have you had a horror bra fitting experience?
What tips can you share for finding the perfect bra?
What nugget of wisdom have you learned along the way about buying, wearing and caring bras that you will pass on to your daughter?