I don’t wear bras when I’m at work and I don and I never will, but it is an important reminder to wear one when you’re on the job, says Joanna Hickey, head of HR at the lingerie retailer.
So, here are some of the best and worst bras to avoid when wearing a bra: What is a ‘lengthened’ bra?
A bra with a hook and eye closure is often described as “lengthening” a bra because the fabric around the hook and eyes is stretched and not the full width of the cup.
The full width is the point where the bra is visible to the wearer, but the cup is smaller.
If the bra has a hook or eye closure, it is not a lengthened bra.
If you’re worried about your breast shape and shape shape will change, a “regular” bra will help you stay fitted and it is often less likely to sag or stretch during a workout.
But a “lensless” bra can stretch too much, too soon, and it can look too skimpy.
What does ‘full width’ mean?
A “full width” bra is a bra that is wider than the full size of the band you normally wear.
If it has a small hook and a small eye closure (not to mention a strap), then it’s a full width bra.
A “laid back” bra, or a “dolly style” bra with straps that are too short for a woman’s waist, can also be described as a “full size” bra.
However, a woman who likes a “slimmed” or “full-toed” look is likely to prefer a bra with “full” or a higher “full”.
There is a difference between a “normal” bra and a “larger” bra that you might consider buying.
If a “large” bra looks too big, or has a long hook, or is too tight, that’s probably not a bra you want.
But if you’ve never had a bra fit you, you might be surprised at how many people find they have a “fattening” bra in their wardrobe.
If there is a lot of fabric to stretch out, it can stretch the breast and create extra support, says Hickey.
A bra may also stretch too far in one area of the bust or if it has long straps, which can create extra breast pressure.
So you may have to adjust how much you like the shape of your breasts before deciding what size is right for you.
If that’s not the case, ask your doctor to refer you to a bra specialist, or see if a bra has undergone an extensive testing programme.
Do you need to buy a new bra?
It is best to keep the same size of bra for as long as you think you’ll need it, so you can always choose a bra size that works best for you, says Kate Gough, a breast health consultant.
If your breasts get larger during a period of exercise, a new size may not make sense for you unless you also have a bigger tummy, she says.
But the right size will be more likely to be a good fit for you and your body.
Some women also like to keep their bra size, and to try new bra styles, to see if they work for them, says Gough.
Do bras really have to be tight?
Some bras have an “extended-fitting” clasp that can be used to tighten the cup up when worn, so the straps can be pulled tight and the bra can be worn as a ‘sleeve’ style.
This is often a great idea if you’re trying to add more support to a fuller bust or a small tummy.
However there is also a small amount of evidence that these straps can stretch and create an uncomfortable “bend” or ‘jiggle’ of the breast when worn too much.
This stretch is uncomfortable and can even cause pain, according to Gough’s advice.
Does wearing a “bustier” bra make me more confident?
You should wear a bra if you have a fuller, fuller bust, says Jessica Gutt, a clinical lecturer in social work at the University of Bath in the UK.
A fuller bust is often associated with a larger chest, but this may be an illusion.
If this is the case you might want to try a bra made with “lion-skin” fabrics, which have a more supportive feel.
And if you wear a dress bra, you may want to reconsider the fit, because the cup size is usually the same as the length of the dress.
But, says Jelena Zagorska, a consultant cosmetic surgeon in Sydney, wearing a dress style bra may not be a problem if you get a little bit of cleavage, but may be more of a problem in some women.
What if I get breast cancer?
Some women with breast cancer experience discomfort and sometimes pain with their bras, says Z