Monday, September 22, 2014

Why Bras Slip Down


Sometimes a client asks me why her bra slips down her body during the day. She puts it on in the morning so that the wires are flush with the root of her breast but it still manages to wiggle its way down her body. There are 3 main causes for bras that slip down the body:

Wire Shape
If you have a wide breast root and you're wearing a bra that has narrow cups (like Gem in the picture above) then it's like trying to keep a tennis ball in an egg cup. You might be able to squeeze the tennis ball into the egg cup but the pressure is going to build and the tennis ball will pop up.

Your wide breast roots force their way out of the narrow wire shapes and your bra slips down. To resolve this problem look for bras with a wide wire - Panache is particularly good for wide wires.

For more information on breast root shapes click here.

Torso Shape
I've written a lot about torso shape because for some women this is the biggest shape factor that affects their bra fit. If you have a flared torso that is wider at the top of your band than it is at the bottom then you can often find that your bras slip down.


Lots of my clients with flared ribcages wear their bands on the loosest hook at the top of their band and the tightest hooks at the bottom to offset the size difference. There's no easy fit fix for a significantly flared torso but bra extenders can help you create a wide fit at the top of your band and a tight fit at the bottom.

For more information on how torso shape affects bra fit click here.

Cup Size
Similar to the tennis ball in an egg cup scenario, cups that are too small for you cause a pressure build up and eventually your breast tissue wiggles out of the cups and forces the bra down. Your bra wire should go all the way around the outside edge of your breasts without spilling over the front, sides, armpits or beneath the band.

Have you experienced your bra slipping down your body? Was there a reason not mentioned here, we'd love to read your experience xx

Monday, September 8, 2014

Back to Work Full Bust Bras

The long Labour Day weekend signals the end of summer for lots of people and many of you will be back at work. You might not think that your bra fit matters a great deal if you have a desk job but when you sit down your bra can poke into your armpit or roll up on your tummy if you don't have the right style. We've picked out some bras that will give you enough support and versatility for a great foundation under your autumn back to work wardrobe.

Neutral Support
There are lots of beautiful neutral colours around for fall fashion so a neutral coloured bra is an essential for your back to work wardrobe.

Fit Tip: If you have a short torso or find that when you sit down that your wires poke into your armpits then you want to look for bras with short wires. If you have a long torso or your breast tissues tends to spill over the side of your bras then you probably need a long wire.

Neutral Short Wire Bras

Left: Eva by Elomi Middle: Echo Lace Beige by Fantasie Right: Etta Beige by Elomi
















Neutral Long Wire Bras

Left: Envy Caramel by Panache Middle: Basic Beauty Cappuccino by Wacoal Right: Profile Perfect by Fayreform

















Black is Back
Autumn fashion brings deeper colours and the beginnings of classic black tailoring. It's so useful to have a supportive black bra that works with lots of necklines so that you can match t-shirts with pencils skirts or cowl necks with dress pants.

Fit Tip: If you find that bra bands roll up against your tummy when you sit down then look for bandless styles where there is no material below the line of the cups. 

Black Short Wire Bras

Left: Gem by Freya Right: Versailles Black by Lunaire
























Black Long Wire Bras

Left: Lucy Black by Cleo Right: Tango Black by Panache