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Guide to your first bra

What bra is best for each stage of growth?

At the tender developmental stage, when some breast tissue appears, choose mid-length singlets.

The next stage is the breast contour developmental stage, when the tissue is larger and more protruding. The aureola is broader and the nipple forms a small bump.

Short, lined singlets with slight elastic banding or with thin padding but without underwire are suitable.

At the breast-growing stage, adult-like breasts with raised nipples are formed, so choose a soft, underwire bra. These provide support below the breasts, moulds them and gives them a fuller and rounder shape.

What is the correct way to put on a bra?

Adjust the shoulder straps to a length that suits you to prevent them from slipping off your shoulders.

The cups should cover the breasts fully.

Do not hook the bra in front and twist it to the back - this will damage its elasticity.

The correct way to put on a bra is to slip your arms through the straps while leaning forward, then hook it up at the back.

All back hooks and straps should be adjusted and positioned at the central back area, below the shoulder blade.

If the horizontal strap rides up, this means that the shoulder straps are too short.

What should you look for when buying a bra?

Try it on first. In the changing room, lift both hands up and make sure that the lower edge of the cups does not shift upwards.

Do not be shy about asking for help from an assistant when deciding on size and type.

What is the best way to take care of bras?

Wash them by hand using a mild detergent and air-dry to maintain their shape.

This also helps to prevent bacteria from growing on the fabric.

To retain their shape, hang bras by the middle strip that joins the cups and not by the shoulder straps. Store them away from sunlight to prevent discolouration.

This article was first published in Urban, The Straits Times.

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