Just 3% of the world's women are satisfied with their figure. We all benefit from a secret agent under our outfi, a type of spin doctor drawing attention to our best bits and toning down our imperfections. That's why it's worthwhile making lingerie an integral part of your wardrobe. A pretty set to put you in a good mood and get you smiling, a fabulous fit to boost your confidence. Discover what you can do and above all: have some fun - try something new.
Tips for the right style
Jeans come in lots of different styles, so it should not be a surprise bras do too. There are good reasons for that: which style suits you best will depend on the shape of your breasts. You can also adapt the style to your look. Every woman has her favourite, but there's never any harm in trying something new.
Remember: every brand has its own nomenclature for its bra styles. So don't get fixated on words like demi, balcony or some other fancy name. Look at your bra closely and try to work out which style you look best in. Your lingerie stylist can help you with that. She will show you what to look out for.
7 tips for the right style
1. Not a lot of space between your breasts?
Choose a style with a low centre gore. That will prevent the underwires pricking your breasts.
2. Lots of space between your breasts?
Choose a bra with a centre gore that is a little bit wider. This will adapt better. If you want more cleavage, you could go for a push-up: that will bring your breasts closer together.
3. Lots of breast tissue at the sides?
Choose a bra with a wider underwire and an extra reinforcement section at the side. This will cover the breast tissue and ensure it is inside the cup.
4. Shoulders and breasts very close together?
Choose a style with underwires that are not too high on the breasts and cups that are cut lower. That will prevent the wires from pricking in under the arms and ensure your bra does not look overpowering.
5. Asymmetrical breasts?
First and foremost: no woman has perfectly symmetrical breasts, so it's totally normal that one is heavier than the other. Often you can smooth away the difference by tightening the shoulder strap a little bit more on the side with the somewhat smaller breast. You could also try a padded bra, which will hide the difference. If the difference is a little more pronounced, you could try a bra with removable pads. Lastly: make sure you buy a bra with a cup size that corresponds to the bigger breast!
6. Less full upper breasts?
Choose a style that lifts your breasts a little more and keeps them covered at the thop. A sturdy push-up is not always the best solution, as the upper breast may fold in on itself, which is far from flattering. A padded bra can often help. When choosing a bra that is not preformed, choose a cup that is not cut too low.
7. Large cup size?
If you take a large cup size you shouldn't feel you are condemned to something your gran would wear. You can now find trendy bras that give your breasts the support they need, from PrimaDonna among others. What to look out for:
- A good bra will have an extra side for reinforcement: this ensures the breasts are attractively centred and lifted
- Wide shoulder straps: the bigger the cup, the wider the straps. This is essential to ensure that the shoulder straps don't dig in. But rest assured: lingerie manufacturers do their utmost to make those straps attractive.
Don't make compromises
Your lingerie is the first thing you put on in the morning and the last thing you take off at night. No other piece of clothing is so close to your skin. So be fussy and don't make compromises.
1. Say no to uncomortable lingerie
Uncomfortable lingerie has no place in your drawer. There's something wrong if the first thing you want to do when you get home is taking off your bra. Uncomfortable lingerie will end up at the bottom of the drawer for good. And that's just a waste of money.
2.. Opt for comfort and fashion
No, bras can do a sterling job without have to be built like tanks. And no, it's not just the happy few who can enjoy pretty bras. Fit and fashion form a perfect couple in Lingerie Styling.
3. Go for quality over quantitiy
You don't need a bulging lingerie drawer. A handful of well-chosen bras and briefs that fit your style and body, and make you feel good, will be enough to cover virtually all your looks.
4. Know what you're buying
When shopping, you always want to get value for money. Check the label or the manufacturer's website. Marie Jo, PrimaDonna and Andres Sarda - the key Lingerie Styling brands - are all Oeko-Tex and SA8000 certified. This means that the safety of the materials is thoroughly checked and monitored and prodaction is done in a socially responsible way. That means no child labour or exploitation. you can only feel good in your lingerie when you have a good conscience.
5. Go through your lingerie drawer
Throw away worn-out lingerie. Look at what you have and add what you need. That will ensure you always know what you have, so you won't spend money on the wrong things. You should also bear in mind that you can combine different styles. some T-shirt bras have straps you can wear in various ways. So you can wear them with various outfits.
Facts about lingerie
Red is the colour!
Don't go for a white bra or briefs under white or light clothing, because your lingerie will be clearly discernible. To avoid this, go for a nude tint. We have to say that red is our favourite colour under white or light clothing, as it's totally invisible but a little more adventurous; You don't have to give all your secrets away!
Take care of your lingerie
We all want to enjoy our favourite lingerie for as long as we can. The golden rule is: take good care of it. If you wear padded bras, be sure not to click the cups into each other when you put them away in the drawer, as this can damage the material. Store them flat, one on top of the other if you need to. You should also take care to closely follow the washing instructions. Washing by hand is always recommended. Never put your lingerie in the tumble drier.