Bra myths busted

There is an awful lot of misinformation and misconceptions' circulating about what a brassiere does and doesn't do.

After a whole lot of researching, digging and discovering, we at Clovia are going to debunk some of the many common brassiere myths.

You don't need to be a lingerie expert to know what your brassiere can do. Just read through :)

MYTH - Tightening my brassiere straps will make my bra fit better

Fact: It's not the straps or the cups that do the maximum hard work in supporting you. It's the unsung hero aka your bra band. Find a band size that hugs you well and stays put as you move around.

MYTH - A loose fitting bra is the most comfortable.

Fact: A well fitted bra is not meant to be loose from anywhere. The band, straps and cups should all hug the body snugly so that the bra does not shift along the body.

MYTH - Once you know your size every brassiere fits you.

Fact: Different bra fits may require different sizing. Your body shape dictates the kind of bra you should wear. Refer to Clovia's fit test to get your ideal size and fit.

MYTH - Back and shoulders pain because of heavy breasts .

Fact: Your shoulder and back pain due to unsupported breasts and has nothing to do with its size and shape. You need to change your brassiere ASAP. Clovia recommends full coverage bras for fuller breasts. Try Clovia's bra size calculator to get to your ideal bra.

MYTH - Brassiere trap toxins and increase cancer risk

Fact: This being an extremely common myth, but brassiere - even an underwire - in no way increase a woman's risk of developing cancer.

MYTH - The average breast size is 34B

Fact: The average breast size is 36C. While bras manufacturers can track the most sold brassiere sizes, there is no true average size. It truly varies from individual to individual.

MYTH - A good and well fitted brassiere lasts a lifetime

Fact: How I wish this were true. It would certainly save a lot of money. But good quality bras with proper care should at best last up to 1 year. However good the quality, its supportive features will diminish.

MYTH - 34C and 36C have the same cup size.

Cups are graded as per the band size you are wearing. Simply put, 34C has same cup size as 32D or 36B.

MYTH - Cup size D is a large size.

Sizes range from AA to JJ. So, D is right in the beginning. D, or even bigger, if you've got them, flaunt them!

MYTH - Wear white under white.

A white bra or brief under white dress or pants does you no good. Instead go with tones closer to your skin like nude or pale pinks.

MYTH - Underwires could be a health hazard. BUSTED!

There is no conclusive research on this. A well fitted underwire bra can do wonders to your silhouette. Make sure that the wire is not poking anywhere and sits well placed under your breasts.

MYTH - Small sized women can wear push up bras with pads daily.

A push up bra with pads can unnaturally knead breast issue leading to sagging at a later stage. Wear pushups in rotation with other bras. A well fitted bra can also give your bust a good lift and you an enviable silhouette.

I hope we have been able to successfully deflate some of the doubts and misconceptions you have regarding bras and what they do.

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