Bras are part of every woman’s wardrobe. It is possible to get away with never wearing a bra, but as a rule going braless is socially unacceptable unless you are incredibly flat-chested. Women tend to wear bras from the moment their feminine attributes begin to blossom until they are too bedridden to care, but since there are so many different types of bra to choose from, they are spoilt for choice. So what are the bras that all women will wear at one time or another?
A first bra marks the transition from childhood to womanhood. It is an important moment in a girl’s life. Her body is developing and suddenly the boys are beginning to sit up and take notice. First bras are typically plain and lacking in the adornment you see on adult bras. They are not underwired and are more likely to be made from plain cotton as opposed to satin and lace.
All women tend to have a selection of sexy bras stashed in their drawers. These are the bras they wear when they have a hot date and are designed to be seen rather than hidden beneath dull outfits. This type of bra is the cleavage enhancing, push up type of bra made from pretty lace, satin, silk and all kinds of expensive fabrics. Sexy bras are often in boudoir colours such as red, black, purples and pinks. For best effect, wear a sexy bra with matching knickers, stockings and suspenders.
When a baby comes along, a maternity bra is essential wear. Breasts often change beyond recognition during pregnancy. They expand almost overnight into pendulous balloons that rapidly fill up with milk to feed the new arrival, so your sexy pre-pregnancy bras soon become obsolete. If a woman decides to breastfeed her baby, a maternity bra provides easy access. The bra cups are designed to unzip or pull down to make breastfeeding easy and discrete. Cups are also made from soft, absorbent cotton to soak up milk leaks.
Sports bras help to keep everything in place when a woman performs any kind of vigorous exercise. Sports bras for smaller cup sizes are fairly simple in design, but sports bras for the larger lady need to provide an extra level of support, so they are more complicated. Since scientific research has shown that breasts move up and down in a circular fashion when a woman runs, a sports bra needs to be able to strap everything down and hold it firmly in place. Sports bras also need to be made from absorbent fabrics that wick moisture away from the skin.
As a woman ages, her breasts begin to lose their elasticity. Droopy breasts are a sad reality for most women of a certain vintage—particularly if their chests are larger than average. Unfortunately, short of having expensive cosmetic surgery, there is very little that can be done to halt the effects of nature. However, a good support bra can go a long way towards disguising the effects and minimising the sag factor
Lucy Leigh is a renowned author and expert in all things pregnancy related. When getting the latest information for her clients on a great range of maternity bras, Lucy visits www.totallyblooming.co.uk.