This post is part of the Gorgeous 50’s series inspired by a book given to me by one of my sisters on my 50th birthday – ‘Grown up and Gorgeous in your 50’s’ by Pamela Robson. I will be sharing some of Pamela’s words and my own thoughts along the way. To see all posts published as part of this series, go here.
In your 50s, a great bra is one of the best items you can own. It’ll support your breast tissue, help your clothes to hang correctly, and will give you a leaner, longer silhouette.
- Have your bra measurements checked every six months in the lingerie section of a department store.
- When shopping for bras, focus on the fit rather than on the bra’s cup and band size, as different brands fit differently (professional fitting is recommended).
- Avoid that ugly *back fat* look by adjusting your bra – the middle hook is often the best one.
Bras you must own
THE DAY BRA: also known as the T-shirt bra, it offers seamless support and camouflages nipples
THE SPORTS BRA: essential for protecting delicate breast tissue
THE STRAPLESS BRA: great for evening gowns; another option is a multi-tasking bra (the straps can be adjusted to suit different outfits)
I agree that what bra you wear can completely make or break an outfit (and your figure)! I’ve always been professionally fitted but have slipped in a few sly (not professionally fitted) cheapies lately and I sure can tell the difference. It’s back to Myers for a professional bra fitting for me soon, and some new bras. As Pamela says, our shapes are always changing so we need to recheck our measurements every now and then. I do think that six monthly is a bit excessive though (as Pamela suggests), so perhaps annually or every couple of years (depends on how much your shape/weight fluctuates)? As for back fat – ugh! I think much of that has to do with the width of the back strap of the bra. Sometimes if they’re not quite wide enough that’s when back fat can become an issue, as well as the ‘fitting’ needing to be not too tight!
I do agree with the three bra types she recommends, however it’s interesting that she hasn’t mentioned the general underwire ‘day bra’. I’ve never heard of the term ‘day bra’ before but I’d personally classify the underwire bra with that term more so than the T-shirt bra as women generally spend the majority of their days in the underwire variety of bra. With this in mind, I’d probably extend it to FOUR types of bra’s to own – the underwire, the t-shirt bra, the sports bra, and the strapless (or multi-tasking) bra.
After having included the ‘underwire’ above I must say that as I get older I’m finding them more and more uncomfortable to wear and my favourite part of the day is when I get to take it off! Can you relate? Maybe this is why Pamela elected to leave the underwire off her list?! What do you think?
What are your thoughts on bras in your fifties and beyond? Are you finding the underwire bras uncomfortable too? Any tips on a good strapless bra that stays put and doesn’t have to be constantly hitched up?
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