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How to find the perfect bra: Stylish and supportive

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Is shopping for a new bra one of your least favorite tasks? No worries! The perfect bra for you does exist, and we can help you find it.

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Buying a bra is easier said than done. The perfect fit is hard to find unless you know what you're looking for! These tips will help you find a bra that's both stylish and supportive — everything a bra should be!

Get a band that fits

Most of the support your bra gives you is from the band. It's tempting to buy one that's on the looser side, but that's not going to help you at all. Make sure the band of your bra fits snugly, starts lower in the back and angles up in the front. If it's too tight or hits in the wrong place, you'll end up with that dreaded back fat, so a properly fitting band is a must-have.

Get measured. Often.

You were a full C cup in college. We respect that, but it doesn't mean you're going to be a C your whole life! There are many circumstances that result in a change in bra size, including weight gain and loss, pregnancy, nursing and age. Get measured at least once a year to make sure you're shopping for the right-sized bra — it makes a world of difference!

Go for coverage

Those demi cups are cute, but they're not going to do much for a lady with a full chest. If you need support, get a full cup. You'll be so glad you did!

Go for sexy

A supportive bra doesn't have to be boring. Go for bright colors, fun patterns and sexy materials. You've got it, so flaunt it!

Try it on. Really.

Don't just slip that bra on in the dressing room and take it off again. Leave it on for a minute. Move in it. See how it feels. If it's uncomfortable now, it's not going to get better once you have it at home. Try putting your clothes on over it to see how they lie, and make sure everything is where it's supposed to be.

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