The Ultimate Bra Bible

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It's easy to assume the support you get from your bra is all about the straps. Isn't that what those little adjust-y things are for? Mears explains that it's actually the band that... more 
Photo by: Refinery29
It's easy to assume the support you get from your bra is all about the straps. Isn't that what those little adjust-y things are for? Mears explains that it's actually the band that gets your ladies in the right place. So, it's also the part of the bra you can test for the right fit and support. She suggests clasping the band on the loosest set of hooks: "When at this position, you should only be able to pull out the band approximately half an inch from your back before feeling strong resistance from the band."

Willis notes, the band is also where all the magic happens. "The band of your bra should always be firm. Your bra works like a seesaw, so if the band is positioned low and firm on your back, you'll get fabulous lift." Who knew?

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Wed, Jan 15, 2014 12:24 PM EST
By Vanessa Golembewski, Refinery29

Usually, when we go into a lingerie store, we turnaround and walk right out. It's so overwhelming. We don't know if we need a plunge or a push. And, our bodies don't exactly look like the fit models. Recently, though, we had an eye-opening experience that every woman hopes for. We went in for a bralette, and walked out with a new vision of our bodies (read: our boobs).

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It was during that ah-ha moment when sales ladies with the measuring tape corrected our purchases and redefined our size that we began to see the truth: We had been doing it ALL wrong. Our ribs were smaller than we thought, our cups were bigger than we gave them credit for, and, as a result, our confidence was, well, enhanced. And, we knew immediately that we needed to pass along this new found body-image and bust knowledge to you dear reader.

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We are proud to present the boob bra bible you've been waiting for, chock full of tips and buys to create the bra wardrobe of your dreams. Experts Helen Mears (of Adore Me) and Nicole Willis (of Intimacy) share all of their brilliant underthings know-how. Your cup's about to runneth over - but, we promise it won't result in spillage.

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