Posted by BrasNYC on 10/9/2014
Bras are supposed to be simple contraptions that should be simpler to wear. Lean slightly forward so the cups scoop the breasts, hook the bra, and adjust the straps. As it turns out, putting the 'girls' in their cups this way is a few steps short of how it should be properly done. And there are a handful more myths that need to be debunked when it comes to using these 'bosom buddies' the right way.
Myth 1: Put your breasts in the cup, fasten the hooks, and adjust the straps
There's something missing in these steps. There is what is called a proper 'swoop and scoop' method in putting on a bra. First, bend the body forward, then sweep the fatty tissue onto the front and then back into the bra cup; do this by slipping a hand into the back of the bra. Stand straight, lift one breast and put in snugly into the cup while the other hand holds the underwire, making sure that it's in the right place. Do the same with the other breast. Finally, the bra band should fit snugly around your body.
Myth 2: Sleep with your bra to keep your 'twins' perky
Not necessarily. The suspensory ligaments that hold up the breasts are not stretched significantly when you are asleep, so there is no need to put on your bra to help maintain their ideal shape. There is also no major harm done to your breasts when you forgot to unhook the bra before you hit the bed, except that too tight straps and bands can restrict blood flow and cause discomfort.
Myth 3: Only bustier women need stronger support
While the pull of gravity is felt more among well-endowed women, those of smaller cup size need support in equal measure. The reason is that whether big or small, breasts are connected to the pectoral muscles by Cooper ligaments, and without proper support, these connective tissues will stretch and sag.
Myth 4: I don't have to change bras when I change from office uniforms to workout clothes
Yes, you should. Different bras are used for different occasions, which is why it is important to build a bra wardrobe. Your bra collection should at least have a pair of sturdy sports bras that you can wear in the gym or anywhere you engage in sports or strenuous physical activity where your breasts are likely to shift. Sports bras are designed to be breathable and wick moisture away from the body; everyday bras tend to be uncomfortable when you start huffing and sweating after a workout.
Myth 5: Underwire bras are best for support
No, they are not. It's not even the cups nor the straps that do most of the support. The bra's band is actually the workhorse when it comes to lifting the breasts. Thus, it is crucial to find a band that fits snugly around your body and stays firmly in place when you make major movements. The straps are there to help keep the cups close to the body, and the heavy padding at the bottom of push-ups are there to make breasts look fuller. Frequent use of the latter, however, can result to fatty tissues squeezing constantly, eventually loosening them. Only use underwire when the occasion calls for it, such as wearing an evening gown that requires filling out the bust line.