How to Find the Right Bra for Midlife Bodies
I know that I am not the only one that feels this way. “The girls” just aren’t like they used to be. Many of the bra styles that I have loved and worn for years just don’t fit the same. Hope that you are smiling as your read these and thinking the same exact thing. Is it me or is it the way they are making bras now? No matter what we do our bodies change as we age. Unfortunately, it is something that we have to accept. So let’s look at how we can find the right bra for our midlife bodies so that the girls look good to us.
Going into any lingerie department can be daunting. So many options. The question is what do you really need. What is today’s shopping mission? Some helpful things to think through before you start trying on:
- Is this for everyday wear and comfort?
- Do I prefer a solid fabric or a tone on tone pattern?
- Does lace work under the fabrics I usually wear?
- What color(s) do I need?
I recommend finding someone that truly works in the department to help you. Most large department stores will have an educated staff. Finding the right bra for our midlife bodies takes a little more knowledge and effort that when everything was perky in our 20s. Another tip is to wear a t-shirt on the day that you are on your bra finding mission. It will help you determine if you like the way everything looks under a tighter fitting article of clothing that isn’t necessarily a thick fabric.
If you haven’t been fitted in the last 6 months, then I would recommend that you ask to be fitted before you start trying things on. You can also measure for yourself at home with these tips if you need to shop online.
Breasts Come in Different Shapes and Sizes
Just like our bodies as a whole, our breast are different shapes and sizes. There are several factors that can help determine the shape of our breasts. They include
- Your weight
- Your workout routine
- Your age
- Pregnancy and postpartum
We just have to work with the shape that we have. We can’t really change it, but what we can do is make sure that we get the best fitting style for the shape that we have. Once you find that, then you feel so good and confident in your clothes. So remember when you are shopping try on as many styles of bras that you can. That way you will find one you feel that makes your breast look and feel the way you want. An experience bra fitter will be able to guide you to the best style of bra for your breast shape.
Styles of Bras
There are basic styles of bras. It’s always good to know what you prefer from past experiences. However, if you breast have changed you might ask for some guidance from your bra fitter. You may want different styles for different situations as well. For your reference, the most common styles of bras are
- Full Coverage
Types of Bra Closures
Most of us have always worn the traditional rear closing bras. I know that I have and still do. The main reason for me is that I am a busty petite and the options out there for us are not as numerous. You can ready about how to find the best bra if you are a busty petite here.
Here are other closure options out there to consider if they come in your size.
If you are starting to have mobility issues, then you might want to try front closure bras. They make them with hook and eyes, specialty clasps, and even zippers.
Most bras that you pull over your head are compression bras/sports bras. Honestly, I am not a fan of them even for sports bras. Not the easiest thing to get in and out of. You can read about my favorite, supportive sports bras in this post.
Ready to Go Bra Shopping for the Right Bra for Midlife Bodies
Now that we know it’s not just our minds. There are bras out there that will make our chests look like we want them to. It’s just a matter of shopping for the right bras. You now know some things to keep in mind as you look for that comfortable bra of your dreams.
I’ve done some research and below are some bras from brands that have been around for a long time. Not only have the brands been around for a long time, but these styles. They are know to fit women well so you may want to check them out and see which is best for your body.
- Glamorise Wonderwire
- Elomi Matilda
- Prima Donna Madison
- Panache Wired Sports Bra
- Panache Tango Balconette – I am wearing this in black in the main photo.
- Natori Feathers
- Chantelle Norah Seamless Comfort Bra
- Anita Active Momentum Wire Free Bra
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and read this post. I appreciate each and every read more than you can ever know. Hopefully it has helped you realize that there is a bra for midlife bodies out there that will make you feel and look fantastic. We just have to take the time to try a few so that we get it right.