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Breast Cancer and Your Bra

By Linda the Bra Lady on October 17th, 2011 in Bra Challenge, Bra Fitting

In this internet age, there is a lot of information out there. But, it’s hard to keep the latest studies and information straight. When it comes to your bras, I’ve got you covered! More than 20 years ago, I had a true ah-ha moment when the American Cancer Society invited me to a class on bra and prosthesis fitting. I realized that not only were my friend and I in the wrong size bra, but that almost every woman was wearing the wrong size bra! It was then that I started focusing on fitting women for their undergarments, and not just selling pretty lingerie. And while my expertise and range of sizes has grown and grown, I have never forgotten where it all began. And since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I thought I would debunk some myths and answer some of your most pressing questions regarding your body, your bra, and breast cancer.

Do Underwire bras cause breast cancer? In one word: NO! This is one myth that I have been trying to debunk for years, now. Unfortunately, an unreliable study spread a rumor about underwires causing cancer, and the myth has stuck around. According to an article in the NY Times, “There is no scientifically credible evidence of this…and the proposed mechanism — that bras prevent elimination of toxins by blocking lymph flow — is not in line with scientific concepts of how breast cancer develops.” I do believe, however, that stuffing your breasts into a bra that doesn’t fit, or letting them slip and slide all over the place in a dead bra, isn’t so great for your breast tissue. So cancer prevention aside, keep your breasts happy and wear the right size!

Where can I get information on breast cancer prevention? With all of the information floating around out there, I would stick to trusted sources like the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation and other online sites from trusted hospitals like Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the Dubin Breast Center at Mount Sinai Medical, and the NYU Medical Center. You can trust centers like these to provide a lot of prevention, treatment, and care information. Also, ask your doctor for great insights into preventing breast cancer!

Are all mastectomy bras matronly and boring? No way! I carry some gorgeous options! Have you seen some of the styles from the Anita Care line? They are very attractive! There’s no reason to sacrifice style after your surgery. Additionally, if you decide to opt for reconstruction, you have even more options. And, as always, the most important part about your bra- mastectomy or not- is wearing the right size. 

What are my options directly after surgery? Your doctor should recommend what type of bra to wear immediately post-surgery. One commonly prescribed bra is a Surgical Compression bra. This type of bra is designed to apply even pressure on the breasts to promote the healing process. This type of bra may be prescribed to you if are susceptible to lymphoedema. If you do not need a medical-grade compression bra, your doctor may recommend wearing a soft-cup bra, such as a low or medium-impact sports bra. A front closure bra may be easier to put on and off than a bra with a traditional back hook and clasp.

How can I measure myself for a mastectomy/lumpectomy bra and prosthesis? I’ve offered post surgery and mastectomy bras, and prostheses and inserts in my online store for quite some time. Now, my Murray Hill store is stocked full of these products in all sizes and styles! If you’re able to come in for a personal fitting, I always suggest it. If you can’t, here are directions for finding your bra size when one breast is larger than the other, or you’ve had one breast removed all together. This process is easier if you have a friend help ensure that the measuring tape is straight and taut.  Remember: You should always size your bra to the larger breast.

1) Measure your chest directly under your breasts, making a straight line across your back. The measuring tape should be tight, but not cutting into you. This is your Band Size Measurement.
2) Measure the larger of your breasts. To do this, start with the tape measure on your chest wall between the breasts. Go over the fullest part of your breast and halfway around your back, stopping at the spine.
3) Multiply this measurement by two. This is your Cup Size Measurement.
4) Enter these measurements in our Bra Calculator Tool to see your bra size. You can email these measurements to one of my Bra Divas and they can suggest both a bra and prosthesis size, just for you! Please note that bra sizing is not a perfect science, so it may take a little trial and error to find the perfect size.

Find more mastectomy and lumpectomy bra and prosthesis information on my website. And, don’t forget to attend my first ever Care for the Cause Event on Thursday October 27th from 1-9pm! Bring your friends, get a fitting, win prizes, and support a great cause.

Happy BCA Month!



Get Your Sexy Back: Your Bra Size Post-Baby

By Linda the Bra Lady on October 4th, 2011 in Bra Fitting, Linda's Quick Tips

Take a good look at the woman to the left. Does she look familiar? A hardworking Mom with two kids, struggling to keep them happy, her husband happy, and (dare I say it?) herself happy? That sexy, empowered woman that she used to be is a mirage in the distance. Don’t deny it: this woman could be you! Things change after having kids. It’s just the honest truth! Where, in all of this chaos, are you supposed to get your sexy back?

There’s an old saying that I love: “A happy mom is a happy home”. You have to take care of yourself so that you can take care of your family. And it has to start right away. Many women wait until their kids are grown and out of the house to finally take care of themselves- and that includes finally getting a bra fitting! I see it all the time in my shops. But, let’s be honest, by the time the kid’s are out of the house… women are desperate for a bra fitting! I mean, beyond desperate! One of the most critical times to get re-fit is right after your baby is born. Not 20 years later. A well fitting bra, even a basic style, can bring back a youthful appearance, better posture, and a whole load of confidence. Not to mention, when your bra fits properly, you are a million times more comfortable. And that, my friends, can make the biggest difference.

Hopefully you followed my fabulous advice and changed your bra size as your breasts grew during pregnancy. And maybe you even came in during your 8th month, or so, to get your nursing bras. Bravo! Now that baby has arrived, and if you have nursed, it’s a whole new “bra game”. During pregnancy, breasts swell and can be quite heavy. The good news, though, is that they are full and robust – even perky! After giving birth, and especially after nursing…things will change. This time, breasts will get smaller, less perky, and possibly quite soft. The initial milk and inflation that ballooned your breasts during pregnancy and nursing have gone away. Your whole body, not just your breasts, is brand new and unfamiliar terrain. I know, I know! I’ve been there!

Don’t add more stress to your life by guessing your new size. And don’t bring baby to a department store full of ill-fitting bras, in a small size range, that you will have to sift through for hours until you finally give up and bring one home out of desperation. Come to Linda’s! Trained fitters, like myself, take the guesswork out of bra shopping. After measuring you, and taking a look at your new shape, I will be able to suggest several different styles and a brand new size. Don’t be surprised if you end up in a brand new kind of bra! Women who never wore a molded bra before may suddenly be thankful for it’s shape-defining material! Ladies who only wore low cut bras may like a little more coverage to avoid any overflow. It’s a whole new world! Don’t be afraid to explore it.

On days when you feel totally overwhelmed and completely drained, the last thing you want to think about is your bra. Having a wardrobe of good bras on hand will alleviate the “OMG I hate this bra and want to rip it off!” stress that many women feel. And, while you are at it, why not try something sassy? On those terrible baby-barfed-in-the-car-and-spilled-macaroni-and-cheese-all-over-my-pants days, when you may or may not have had a few free minutes to wash your hair or put on makeup, do yourself a favor and slip on a well-fitting, sexy lace bra. Believe me, just knowing that you have on a super sexy bra will help get you through some of those “OMG. I don’t even recognize myself anymore” days.  And you will get through them. I promise. And, if someone happens to see it, it’s their lucky day 😉

Remember, a good bra in the right size, and right style, will always look and feel better. And in this exciting and trying time in your life, it’s even more important. Do yourself a favor: make an appointment today. Don’t spend one more day denying yourself the basic pleasure of a well-fitting bra.






Buying Your First Bra: Part 2 For Girls

By Linda the Bra Lady on September 16th, 2011 in Bra Fitting, Petite Fashion

Bras, bras, bras. Do you wear one? If you don’t now, chances are, you will eventually. But first, you have to decide if you need one. As your body changes (I know- a lot of things are changing) you, and the adults that care about you, can decide if it’s the right time. Don’t worry too much about other girls. Just like with many other things in life, each girl will develop or need different things at different times. And if it is time, there’s a lot to learn. So if it’s time to get a bra…Hurray! Now what? Don’t stress- I’m here to help guide you through bras, boobs, cup sizes and more. Life can be tricky right about now, and your bra shouldn’t be.

First of all- congratulations! It’s pretty exciting to get your first bra. Sure, there may be a lot of other things going on, and some are more important than others. But, in my opinion, your bra is pretty important. I am The Bra Lady, after all. And most importantly, whether you’re a AA, or even a K (yes- K cups exist), you should always wear the right size. Bras are just like shoes- if you wear the wrong size, they feel awful. But the right bra can help you feel and look your best. I promise! Wearing bras, if they fit properly, can be comfortable, exciting and even fun! A well-fitting bra can do a lot of things:

  • Help your clothes look their best

  • Give your breasts a little bit of shape

  • Stop your nipples from showing through your shirt

  • Give you confidence!

  • Provide lift and support

If you’ve tried a bad bra from the local store, and it’s shifting all day, riding up your back, rubbing under your arm… ick! You’ll never want to wear a bra again. The problem is, you’re probably not in the right size. Linda to the rescue! Ask your Mom, Dad or someone you trust to bring you to a bra shop. Mother may know best when it comes to most things, but a true bra expert will really be able to give you the low down on all things bras. And, who knows, maybe Mom needs a brush up! Things have changed since she was young, and she may be missing out on some key information. Of course, I recommend my own Linda’s shops in New York. But, if you can’t get into the store, you can still read up on really useful bra fitting tips and learn about all the different styles out there on my Linda the Bra Lady website and here on the Linda Unhooked blog.

What to know before you go: After you set up a fitting appointment at the store, you should know a few things before you go. First of all- you will have to take your shirt off in the fitting room for the bra fitter. I know, I know, I know! But, believe me, she has seen a million women without their tops on. This is totally normal for us fitters. And even if you haven’t been seen by a million women, you can trust that she is an expert. Think of her as a doctor- a bra doctor! She will measure under your bust, and maybe over it, so she can calculate your size. Then, she will pick some styles for you to try. This is the fun part! Trying on bras can actually be fun- it doesn’t have to be awkward, or silly, or even boring. There are a lot of different choices out there- so explore them! Be sure to listen about adjusting your bra, both when it’s new and as it stretches. A bra may feel a little different at first, but it should never feel painful or totally uncomfortable. Be sure to find a few styles to compare, and choose a few to try at home. I suggest starting with three styles so you can rotate them, and compare them.

What does a C cup look like? This part is super important. Here’s a golden rule: the smaller the back size, the smaller the cup. The back size is determined by the measurement around your torso, just under you bust. This is the most important part of your bra. If the back doesn’t fit snugly around your body, the rest of the bra won’t fit at all. Back sizes in department stores usually run from 32-42 or so. In my shops, I carry 28-52. The smaller the number, the smaller the back size. Easy enough. Cup sizes in department stores usually run from A-DDD. In my stores, I carry AA-N. AA is the smallest, and as the letters go up, so does the cup size. I won’t get into all the details, here. But this is the most important part, ok? A C cup in a 32 is one cup size smaller than a C cup in a 34, two cup sizes smaller than in a 36, three smaller than a 38, etc. Get it? SO if you are petite, you may wear a 30C cup. But in a 32, that could be a B cup, or an A in a 34, or a AA in a 36! I know it can be confusing. But just know this: your Mom’s C cup and your cup, depending on your back sizes, are probably not the same. A C cup in a 30 is actually quite petite! So don’t freak out if your assigned cup size is “bigger” than you thought it would be. It’s all relative to your back size. Read more about bra fitting basics.

Whose bra is this, anyway? Bras are pretty personal. It’s important that you take good care of them, and take note as they wear-out and as your body changes. In the end, your fitter or your parents can help suggest bras for you – but you have to wear it. So, here are a few simple rules:

  1. Wash them before you wear them. Especially if you have sensitive skin. Then, about every 4-5 times you wear your bra, give it a wash.

  2. Washing your bras properly is really important. Take care of them! You can find the directions for washing your bras on my website.

  3. Rotate! Don’t wear the same bra two days in a row. You’ll stretch out the elastic too fast, and then the back won’t fit. No good.

  4. If the bra is totally stretched out, stained, or falling apart, it’s time to replace them.

  5. If your breasts, back, or body shape change enough that your current bras are uncomfortable or you’re busting out (hehe!), it’s time to replace them. AND it’s time to get re-fit. Don’t try to “guess” your new size. Ask a fitter to help determine the new size, and maybe, a new style for you.

If you are unable to come by my stores, you can find directions for my Bra Calculator, on my website. It will tell you how to have someone at home measure you with a soft measuring tape, then enter those measurements into my calculator for an estimated size. “Estimated” is the key word. It’s just a starting point. Finding the right bra, especially when your body seems to be growing overnight, can be a trial and error process. But don’t worry, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again! Or, you and your parents can just call or email my Bra Diva experts. C’mon, I wouldn’t leave you hanging, like that!

Congrats and have fun!

Updated 10/14/11: Browse through some of our brand new selection of petite bras– perfect for first time bra wearers!




Buying A First Bra: Part 1 for Parents

By Linda the Bra Lady on September 15th, 2011 in Bra Fitting, Petite Fashion

There are many milestones in a woman’s life. One of the first is buying a bra. It’s funny to me, now, the attitude that young girls take with bras. During their developing years, girls tend to think breasts and bras are silly and sexy and foreign. Then, as if overnight, some can’t wait to get a bra- even if they don’t have the breasts to fill them- just to be like their friends. The most important thing to remember: just like a pair of breasts, every girl is different. One may relish the opportunity to announce that she is a woman! Another may be completely embarrassed by the idea. So, here’s a little bit of help for Moms, Dads, (or anyone) who may need help when it comes to buying a girl her first bra.

  • What’s the right age? In a recent, and unofficial poll on our Facebook Page, I asked my fans how old they were when they started wearing their first bra. Out of the 95 responders, an overwhelming amount were age 10-13: 68%. The closest age group after that was 7-10 with 18%. Followed closely by 13-16 with 11% and a very small percentage of 17 and up with 3%. Some girls blossom early, and may need to start wearing a bra for modesty, comfort, or shape. And even those who don’t need one, often want one. It’s up to you and her. You two can decide how old she should be to wear a bra. But, remember, despite her age- if she is developing, don’t deny it. Get her a bra!

  • Does Mother really know best? Ok, Mom…deep breaths. I know that your daughter’s first bra can be exiting and overwhelming for you, too. But, think about your little girl. Do you remember your years from 10-13? There was a lot going on: school, boys, friends, parents, fitting in, growing up, hair, and more hair… the list goes on. It can really be a confusing time! Don’t add to the confusion, stress or anxiety by making bra shopping complicated. My best advice: Take her to a professional! Mother may know best in most cases… but bra fit specialists (like myself) really know boobs and bras best. Besides, the industry changes so fast, there may be new information and products out there since you’ve been fit.  Start now so that she can have the education and information about bras, breasts and proper wear from the start. And be a good example- get a fitting yourself! If you’ve never been fit, this is the perfect time to educate yourself so you can practice what you preach.

  • Extra Excited! Now, you have to decide what kind of girl you’re working with here. If she has been begging you to buy her a bra, or jumps up and down with excitement on her way to the bra shop, you’ve got an excited girl on your hands. Be sure to encourage her, still. Even excited young girls are not always completely confident. The most common problem with an overzealous pre-teen is their lack of reality. She may be excited to wear a sexy red, push up bra. Let the bra fitter explain, and help her understand that proper fitting, and age appropriate bras are always more important than style.  She will have many years of bra shopping to wear whatever style and shape she likes. And have fun!  You can make a special day out of it. Even if you’re not as excited as she is, stay positive!

  • Terribly Awkward! On the other hand, many young girls are reluctant to tread such a taboo topic. They may hate the way they feel, or be embarrassed to show a stranger her body. Never fear! Let the bra fitters guide her. It may be hard for you to let loose, but typically, letting the fitter take over while you wait, is best in this situation. Awkward teens only feel more awkward when more people are watching, discussing and prodding her. After she tries on a fabulous bra, and the fitter has explained how to put it on and adjust it, she can come out in her top and do a little show and tell. If you must see how it fits, go ahead and ask to take a peek in the fitting room. Staying put until she and her fitter find a good option will alleviate the extra pressure while they go through the trial and error process of finding a great style.

  • Positive Reinforcement: However she feels about the process, some young women feel awkward about their body. Her body is changing all the time, and she may need some help to feel “normal”. What happens if your daughter is some brand new size that you’ve never heard of? Instead of yelling out “Wowza! What a weird size!”, calmly take in the information and appreciate the advice and help you’re receiving. You can admit if you’re learning something new- it’s ok to be a newbie, too! And remember, she may not develop the same way you did. Whatever her new size, it’s important to create a positive and healthy environment for her to learn about her new body and explore her bra options.

  • Size and fit: Many young girls are too small for a basic adult bra, but that doesn’t mean she can’t wear a bra! At my shops, I carry bras in all sizes- even down to a 30 or 28 back! Even then, to properly fit small bodies, you may need to take in the straps or the back for a proper fit. (Psssst- this is something any tailor can do. And I offer the service, too!). Just because she may not have much to support doesn’t mean she shouldn’t have a proper fit. Bras that don’t fit well are uncomfortable. Make sure that her first experience with a bra is a comfortable one! Also, remember that the smaller the back, the smaller the cup. So if your little one ends up in a 30B, that is not the same cup size as your 36B! A 30B fits (in the cup only) like a 32A or a 34AA. This is an important concept for young girls (and parents!) to grasp. Trust me, it alleviates the “there’s no way you are the same cup size as me!” freak-out factor.

  • Shape and Coverage: Next, consider the shape of the bra. Some young girls are perfectly happy to wear a stretchy, thin bralette. These provide just a little bit of coverage, which may be just fine. Other times, young girls are nervous about the shape of their nipples showing, or want the bra to provide a little shape (young buds take some time to come into their curvacious, womanly shape). I would suggest something with a little bit of molding, or lining. And if she has already developed a full shape, she may already be ready for an underwire. Again- as long as it’s the right size for her, it will be quite comfortable. So does she want coverage, shape, or to simply fit in? It’s important to find out why she wants to wear a bra in the first place. Ask!

  • What if she keeps growing? IF? HA! Not if, but when! Young girls do not need 10 bras to start with. Their petite, perky breasts aren’t as much stress on bras, so they generally last longer. Also, she may outgrow her bras (either in the back or in the cup) and not get much wear out of her multiple styles. However, no one can survive on one or two bras alone!  I suggest three. It’s important that you start her off with a few to rotate. This way, she can wash some while she is wearing one, and she can try a few different styles to see what she likes best. Take note as she grows and her body changes. If she no longer fits in her bras, or she has overused them, it’s time to get re-fit!

  • Daddy Duties: Are you a doting Dad who needs help buying a bra for your little girl? Than you certainly need a professional’s help! However, you can educate yourself as well! Only, I wouldn’t recommend the joint fitting appointment. Talk to your daughter and ask if she would like to visit the bra shop, then make an appointment. At my Murray Hill store, you can wait patiently in the front room while she and a fitter talk and try on bras in the back. If you’re curious about bras and how they should fit, don’t be shy about asking a fitter to explain the basics so that you’re not totally in the dark. You may never be an expert, but if you’re the one who will be helping her purchase bras, it’s important to have some good information. If you’re completely afraid of a bra shop, or your daughter is totally embarrassed, ask a female friend or relative to help out. Either way, having a pro in the fitting room will really help. Do not attempt to pick a random bra from the store and bring it home. You’ll run into the same problems as Tony on Who’s the Boss?:

  • Shopping From Home: I know some of you are thinking, “I’d LOVE to bring my daughter to your store, Linda. But we live so far away!” Don’t stress! You can still learn so much about proper fitting and different styles, right here on my Linda the Bra Lady website and Linda Unhooked blog. And, you and your daughter can use the Bra Calculator to help determine her current size. I suggest that Mom’s and daughters use a soft measuring tape and measure each other. It’s fun! The two of you can enter your measurements, discuss your sizes, then shop for bras in your size. Remember- the bra calculator is just a starting point and every bra fits differently, and it may take a little trial and error before you find the best fit. But, you can always email my Bra Divas for help.

Phew! That was a lot of information. And, believe it or not, I could go on! However, these key tips will keep you and your little girl calm and confident when searching for the perfect first bra. Remember, knowledge is power! And being educated on proper fitting and bra styles will help you two ease through the process. And, don’t worry, you don’t have to know everything- that’s what my Bra Divas and I are here for!

Stay tuned for Part 2, a special note to young women!

Updated 10/14/11: Browse through some of our brand new selection of petite bras– perfect for first time bra wearers!

Good luck!





What To Do When You Look Like You Have Four Boobs

By Linda the Bra Lady on August 11th, 2011 in Bra Fitting, Linda's Quick Tips

People say two heads are better than one…but believe me, four boobs aren’t better than two! “Quad boob” is our term for a bump that spills out from the top or side of your bra. This embarrassing effect can even show under your shirts.

If you’re experiencing quad boob, your bra is either not adjusted properly, or the cups are too small! Ask yourself: are you trying to park your SUV into a parking spot intended for a VW Bug? Something is bound to stick out. What should you do when you find you’re walking around with four boobs?

You should…

1. Put them where you want them. Make sure your bra band is snug and lies straight across your back. (If you need help finding your band size, start with my bra calculator. Remember, it’s just a place to start.) A snug back is the most important part of a well-fitting bra, ladies. The most important part. Next, use the straps to keep your bra cups flush against your body and give your breasts a slight lift. Remember, Your bra should never be hanging off the front of you. How can it do its job way out there? Tip: do not rely on your straps to do all of the lifting. The back of your bra provides 90% of the support. If you hike your bra straps up and the back is loose, your back will just come riding up instead of your breasts being lifted. Not good.

Next, adjust your breasts so that all of your breast tissue is inside the cup and the wire. Your underwire should always lay on your body- never dig into breast tissue. It should also sit just around your breast- not down on your belly or over to one side. Put your breasts and your bra where you want them! In a well fitting bra, you should do this adjustment only once when you put on your bra, and not all day. Ill fitting bras require constant adjusting and are completely uncomfortable. Sometimes the fix for quad boob is just a good bra adjustment!

2. Cup size matters. Now that you’ve gotten yourself properly adjusted, are you still spilling out? This means your cups are too small. Though it’s hard to estimate how far you’ll need to go up in size, think of a handful as one cup size. Try one cup size up to start, then go from there. Repeat step 1 in this new, fabulous size!

3. Style Solutions. If you’re still having trouble, you may need a new style. Remember, not all shapes are the same. Even in the correct size, you could be wearing the wrong shape- as in, not getting the right amount of coverage.  Are you spilling out from the top? Maybe you are wearing a style intended for a breast with less at the top. Plunge bras are not flattering on every breast. Try something like the Elomi Caitlyn Bra or the Wacoal Minimizer. These two styles are “less risky” because they cover the whole breast. Under tight tops, you need that fuller coverage to avoid any embarrassing spillage. Though some may argue that full coverage bras “aren’t as cute”, they sure look better under some clothing. Besides, are four boobs cute? I don’t think so.

Just a reminder – the bra fitting calculator is just a tool to get you started. Bra fitting is a trial and error process. Not only do different brands run differently, but different styles within brands do as well! Finding your perfect fitting bra may take you more than one try but once you find it, you’ll be more than pleased with having only two boobs.

Stay fabulous and don’t be a don’t!





Buy Your Bra Before Your Bridal Gown

By Linda the Bra Lady on July 8th, 2011 in Bra Fitting, Linda's Quick Tips

Most women have an idea of what type of wedding dress they want before they head to the bridal boutique. Whether you love the strapless, spaghetti or sweetheart cut, there’s a special bra for each style. And I recommend buying it before you head dress shopping! Too often, brides leave finding the bra until the last minute. Scrambling and frantic missions ensue but this isn’t necessary! By buying the bra first, you will avoid the headache later. Read on to learn which bra will work best for your dresses neckline and size and start shopping!

Type of Neckline: Bateau

Type of Bra: Strapless

The Bateau neckline, also called a boat neck, is a cut that runs horizontally across the collarbone and sits on the shoulders. Because this style of dress often involves lace atop the neckline, sporting a regular bra will cause you to have visible bra straps. The safe bet for this type of neckline is a strapless bra.

If you have a small bust: Try the Simone Perele Velia Plunge Strapless Bra. It runs up to a 38D and comes in Ivory and Praline. Silicone grip bands help the bra stay in place as you dance the night away. The cups are soft and smooth and you’ll be sure to have a flawless silhouette on your magical night.

If you have a large bust: The Fantasie Molded Strapless Bra was made with the bigger bust in mind and definitely doesn’t disappoint. The molded cups are lined and designed to support fuller cups so you’ll have support and comfort. You also won’t have to worry about your bra moving around – gripper elastics runs along the bra band for the utmost stability.

Type of Neckline: Halter

Type of Bra: Convertible

The halter neckline is versatile since it can encompass a variety of styles. Some halters may plunge while others may have a higher neckline. The halter strap can also either be thick or thin so a convertible bra will allow you to convert as needed.

If You have a small bust: The Little Bra Co. Lucia Convertible Bra is a stunning lace bra that has soft push up cups that will enhance your cleavage. This bestseller has all of the feminine details a bride deserves – gold metal details and a ribbon bow between the cups – and has thin straps that will be concealed behind a halter gown.

If you have a large bust: For a stable and comfortable fit, try the Elila Spacer Molded Strapless Bra. This fabulous strapless runs up to an H cup and with the use of a single strap, the bra quickly turns into a halter top. The best part is the smooth molded cups that are invisible under clothes.

Type of Neckline: Scoop

Type of Bra: Convertible

A scoop neckline looks exactly how it sounds – its scoops down the front of the dress in an exaggerated curve. Some dresses will have a deep plunge while others will be more conservative.

If You have a small bust: The Little Bra Company Sascha Strapless Bra is a low-cut push up bra that comes with removable straps and pads for the perfect look. The demi-cut style is ideal for scoop necklines since it will push up your bust without exposing your bra. The best part is the pretty jacquard print that will match a beautiful white gown.

If you have a large bust: The Elomi Smoothing Molded Strapless Bra is a fabulous strapless for larger cups. A wide back band and silicone grips help the bra stay up all night but if your dress is halter, you can use of the straps

Type of Neckline: Strapless

Type of Bra: Strapless, Strapless Longline

The strapless wedding dress is one of the most popular wedding dress styles, with women of all shapes and sizes favoring this cut. Regardless of the specific neckline (princess, square, etc), you’ll need a well-fitting strapless bra in order for your girls to stay supported the entire night.

If you have a small bust: The Chantelle Sensua Strapless is great for petite girls. Smaller sizes come with graduated padding that will give you a natural boost without being obvious.  You’ll look fantastic in your strapless dress with this strapless bra!

If you have a large bust: Women with cups sizes above an H will have difficulty finding regular strapless bras; they simply don’t make them that large. I recommend going with a longline. My favorite is the Elila Strapless Longline, which runs up to a size 46H. Spiral boning provides a comfortable fit for hours and won’t poke. You have other things to worry about on your special night!

Type of Neckline: Sweatheart

Type of Bra: Demi Cup

The sweetheart cut bridal gown is often strapless and the neckline looks like the top of a heart.  This is a style that will exaggerate your bust line so it’s important to have a great fitting bra that will lift and support.

If you have a small bust: The Wacoal Petites Lace Up Contour Bra was practically made for the sweetheart cut gown. The sweetheart front creates a seamless silhouette underneath clothes and removable push-up pads allow you maximize (or minimize) as much cleavage as you want. This bra will work not only for your wedding gown but for the honeymoon as well!

If you have a large bust: The perfect sweetheart cut bra for women with large busts is the Panache Porcelain Moulded Strapless Bra. Seamless cups support and shape while padded cups provide a smooth silhouette without adding size. The bra comes with straps so you’ll be able to adjust it to the neckline of your dress.

Type of Neckline: V-Neck

Type of Bra: Plunge

V-Neck wedding gowns plunge in the front in a V shape can either have spaghetti strapped or sleeves.

If you have a small bust: A V-Neck dress needs a V-Neck plunge bra and for women with a small bust, the Josie Outline Contour Plunge Bra is the answer. Ideal for petites and tall women, this sexy style plunges low and has moderate padding to create natural looking cleavage.

If you have a large bust: The Elomi Smoothing Molded Plunge Bra a low-cut bra that runs up to a 46DD. Not only does it plunge low enough to remain invisible in a v-neck but it is also a push-up bra which will lift and enhance the cleavage.

Whether you have a small bust or a large one, finding the perfect fitting bra for your gown should be your first priority. Otherwise you might find yourself in a situation where the bra you need doesn’t come in your size, or worse, doesn’t exist at all. Follow these simple rules and you’ll be on your way to a fabulous wedding dress and an even more fabulous wedding night.

Congrats and happy shopping!


Best Bras for Your Summer Dresses

By Linda The Bra Lady on May 12th, 2011 in Bra Fitting

Wearing dresses is one of the joys of summer but for some dress styles, finding the perfect bra to match is a daunting task. Whether it’s finding the perfect fitting strapless bra or figuring out how to wear a one-shoulder dress and still have support, a girl can go crazy trying to figure it all out. Luckily, you have us! Read on for the best bras for each dress and how you can effortlessly look red-carpet ready.

The One-Shoulder Dress

This trendy dress looks great on but only if you wear the proper bra. You may be wondering how it’s possibly to have your breasts symmetrical when your dress is anything but. Easily! With the help of a convertible bra, your breasts will look fabulous and you’ll avoid unsightly straps. Convertible bras have removable straps that can be worn in multiple ways. In the case of the one-shoulder dress, you’ll need one strap. Take the strap and put it over your shoulder. Instead of putting it on like a regular bra, put the strap on the opposite side so that it crosses over. Viola! You’re ready for your one-shoulder dress.

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Strapless Dress

Strapless dresses require strapless bras. That’s the easy part. The hard part is getting the right fit. In order for a strapless bra to fit properly and provide you with optimal support, the band must fit snuggly and the cup must envelope your breast. When buying a strapless, you should size down in the band and up in the cup. This will provide you with the most support to keep your girls up. But don’t go too much smaller, as a too-tight strapless can start sliding down, looking for the smallest part of your body.

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Backless Dresses

Backless dresses are beautiful and bring attention to the rear view. You wouldn’t want to ruin the sight with straps! Enter: the backless bra. The best backless solutions depend on your size. Small busted women can use backless adhesive bras. For example, the NuBra Seamless Adhesive Bra is two molded cups that clip together with two front clasps. Sizes range from A to E but the bigger your bust, the harder it will be to support without a band. Larger sizes need a longline such as the Elila Strapless Longline Bra. This fabulous bra has a low back, comes in three colors and runs up to a size 46H.

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Low-Plunge Dresses

Low-plunge dresses are always a sexy option and you’re guaranteed to show plenty of boobage. If you choose to do so, do it right! With the help of a low-plunge bra like the Fashion Forms Convertible U-Plunge, you create cleavage while still supporting your bust. This bra is also convertible, so it can be worn with a halter top, too.

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Are You a Lingerie Hoarder? Part II: Out With the Old, In With the New

By Linda The Bra Lady on March 25th, 2011 in Bra Fitting

So you’ve cleaned your closet of your old lingerie and you’ve got nothing to wear. Now what?

Now you get a fitting!
We recommend getting fitted for a new bra every six months. Whether your size has changed or not, the life span of an everyday bra is three to six months. This is especially important for women with larger bust sizes. Bras stretch with wear and eventually stop providing you with adequate support.  In addition, if you’re gained or lost weight, you will need a new bra that fits your new size.

How to Get a Bra Fitting

Come visit Linda’s shop in New York City! We now have two locations – one the Upper East Side and our brand spankin’ new location in Murray Hill. Murray Hill comes equipped with eight dressing rooms, a comfy waiting area and other great amenities. We open April 5th and can’t wait to see you!

  1. Not in the area? Call our bra fitting hotline at 1-888-262-4887 or send an email to customerservice@lindasonline. com. One of our skilled and highly trained customer service agents will be happy to help. Keep a measuring tape handy to help your fitter determine your size.
  2. Use our trusty and convenient bra fitting calculator. Have a seamstress measuring tape handy and follow the instructions on the page. Please note that the bra fitting calculator is a great start but only the beginning in your bra fitting journey.

Once you know your size, determine what style fits you best. Different breast shapes look better in certain bras. To learn your breast shape, check out this great article Now You Know Your Bra Size… But Do You Know Your Shape? which goes in depth about the different shapes and the best bra for that shape.

When buying online, be sure to read the fit details on the bra you like. Different brands and even styles of the same brand run differently. You may be a 32DD in one bra and a 30DDD in another. Learn the details of the bra you’re interested in to make the best decision. Finding your best fitting bra is a trial and error process and knowing the fit details decreases the amount of error in the process.

Don’t forget we’re here to help. We want you looking and feeling fabulous in your bras. Every woman deserves it.

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Strapless Bras – How in the World Do Those Things Work?

By Linda the Bra Lady on March 17th, 2011 in Bra Fitting

Think you could never wear a strapless bra? Figure that all strapless styles are unflattering or fall down? Well, believe it or not, most women can wear strapless and even look great in it! The support of any bra, whether it’s strapless or a regular bra, comes from the band. The band is what keeps your bust up, while the straps simply help the bra lie flat against your bust. This means that, with a little extra support from the band, the straps aren’t really necessary.

Here’s a few of the most common strapless bra questions my customers ask. Soon, you’ll be a strapless expert!

Q: What size should I buy my strapless?

A: When buying a strapless bra, you should size down in the band and up in the cup. The reason for this is that the band is the only source of support, so it has to fit snug to keep the bra, and the girls, up. However, don’t try to go too much smaller! A too-tight strapless might ultimately slide down, looking for the thinnest part of your frame to call home.

Q: I need a minimizing strapless. Where can I get one?

A: Nowhere. Unfortunately strapless minimizers don’t exist because they’re impossible to create. A minimizer, a bra that produces the illusion of a smaller bust, is able to do so by evenly distributing the breast tissue around the cup. This is only possible when the entire breast is covered in fabric and held up (and down) with straps. A strapless bra simply doesn’t have enough material to minimize.

Q: Can I get a strapless bra without molded cups?

A: Yes, but be aware that you will be sacrificing shape and support. Bandeau bras – or stretch fabric straplesses – are often unflattering. I usually recommend molded cups for the extra separation they provide.

Q: I’m a size 34G. Do they make strapless bras in my size?

A: Yes, they do! Brands like Elila, Panache and Elomi create comfortable and supportive bras for women with cup sizes above D. If you’re unable to find a regular strapless bra in your size, consider wearing a longline strapless. A longline bra has a bodice which will help support your bust. Remember how the band is the source of support? With a longline bra, the band extends all the way to the waist for maximum lift.

Q: What is a non-underwire strapless and do you recommend them?

A: Bandeau bras are an example of non-underwire strapless bras. They provide coverage but no real support, and tend to create a “uniboob” effect.

Q: I’m a size 38DDD and am wearing a strapless low-back dress. What type of bra should I wear?

A: Unfortunately low-back strapless bras don’t run above a DD cup. The bigger your cup size, the heavier your breast tissue. Low-back strapless bras can’t offer enough support so brands don’t make them. Instead, try a low-back longline bra like the Elila Lace Strapless Longline Bra. The extra wide band in the front helps make up for the support you lose with a low back style.

Q: I don’t have full breasts on top. Can I get a push-up strapless?

A: Yes, push-up strapless bras are available and most run up to a size C or D. The Le Mystere No 9 Lolita Strapless Bra runs up to a 36F. Be advised that without straps, it can only do so much!

Q: I just bought my wedding dress. Should I wear a bridal bustier or a strapless bra?

A: It depends on the dress. If the dress has built-in boning or a lace-up back, you can go with the strapless. If you don’t have a built-in bodice in the gown, go with a longline bra, which will give you a nice, smooth silhouette. Once you find the bra that’s right for you, take it to your fitting. You should try on the bra with the dress since that’s how you’ll be wearing it on your special day! When it comes to finding a bra for your wedding dress, it’s important to plan ahead. The strapless that fits with your dress is the hardest to find in a rush.

Have a question we didn’t cover? Leave a comment and we’ll answer your question!



The Best Swimwear of 2011 – Part 1

By Linda The Bra Lady on February 1st, 2011 in Bra Fitting, Swimwear

It may be snowing in some parts of the country (ahem, New York) but swimwear season is just around the corner. From bikinis to tankinis, one piece to sexy cover-ups, the options are limitless. Read on to see the different features of swimwear brands and see which fits your body and personality best. Your decision making process just got that much easier. You’re welcome!

Freya Swimwear: Sexy, fun swimwear to fit your size 38GG bust? Who woulda thunk it? Answer: Freya Swimwear. Much like the lingerie collection, Freya swimwear is designed for women with D cups and up. The pieces are supportive, fashionable and affordable.

Who it’s For: The woman who loves to look youthful, playful and cute.

Types of Pieces: Bikinis, Tankinis and One-Pieces, Tunics, Dresses

Price Range:$27 – $96

Size Range: 30D – 38HH; 40E

My Favorite Piece:The Freya Pier Underwire Halter Bikini with Pier Rio Brief – Where will you wear your teeny, weeny polka dot bikini? This suit fits well and is super flattering on large busts. The halter top is supportive and stylish but it’s the underwires that keep those ladies in check. This style comes in two colors, apple sour and lollipop, and if you love the print but need a bit more coverage, check out the tankini version.

Karla Colletto Swimwear: Vacationing in the Hamptons? Cannes? Your best friends back yard on Staten Island? Regardless of where you are, your Karla Colletto swimsuit will leave you feeling like you deserve to be traveling on a private jet at all times. Made in the USA with the finest Italian materials, Karla Colletto will have you asking your husband if you could hire a pool boy when you return from your holiday. So what if you don’t have a pool? Yes, it really is that fabulous.

Who it’s For: Women with pool boys, women who desire pool boys, a lady of leisure, women who like classic, timeless designs.

Types of Pieces: One Pieces, Tankinis, Swim Skirts

Price Range: $168 – $288

Size Range: 6 – 16 (Designer sizing)

Favorite Piece:Karla Colletto Angles One Shoulder Bathing Suit – This sexy yet classy suit will make you look taller (and thinner!) thanks to the diagonal zip zaggy cut. Light boning helps keep the bust in place while the asymmetrical neckline is on trend this season. Karla Colletto runs small in designer sizing so be sure to check the sizing chart to make sure you get the best fit.

Panache Swimwear – Designed to fit D cups and up, Panache swimwear is the brand you’ve been waiting for. All Panache bathing suits use bra sizing for a guaranteed perfect fit. Flatter your figure, support your bust and look thinner instantly in a bra size bathing suit that fits like your favorite great fitting bra.

Who it’s For: Classic bikini design for the sophisticated woman.

Types of Pieces: Bikinis, Tankinis and One Pieces

Price Range:$22 – $92

Size Range: 30D – 38K

My Favorite Piece: Panache Ava Balconnet Bikini with Low Rise Pant in Black – Black will always be the new black and this swimsuit is an example of why. Crystal details add the perfect touch of glamour to the chic suit and lightly molded cups add lift and shape. Classic, flattering and slimming, the Panache Ava Balconnet Bikini is a testament to subtle sex appeal.

Now added: The Best Swimwear of 2011 – Part 2