Women all over the world love to wear elegant, strapless styles. Whether you want to wear a breezy, flirty summer top or an evening gown fit for a princess, there is something to be said for having ones arms and shoulders free from the confinement of supportive straps.
The very first strapless bras were patented in 1914 by Mary Phelps Jacobs. Not surprisingly, Ms. Jacobs was from the fashionable city of New York. Now, nearly a century after that first, less confining bra was introduced, there are strapless bras available in nearly every shape, size and color you can imagine from bandeau bras to even backless bras.
Fitting a Strapless or Convertible Bra
Although you may be able to get away with wearing a conventional bra that’s not exactly a perfect fit, you’ve got to be sure that a strapless or convertible bra fits you perfectly. The band cannot be too large, or you’ll end up wearing your strapless bra around your waist. Too tight, and you’ll be uncomfortable plus you’ll end up with unsightly bulges. You may need to look in the plus size apparel section to get what you need.
If you’re ordering online, order in the size you normally wear, and look at reviews to see whether the bra you like tends to run larger or smaller than normal. Also, if the site you’re buying from has an easy returns policy, consider buying your new bras in a few different sizes so that you can be sure you’re getting the very best fit possible.
Bra extensions can be indispensable if you are between sizes! Also, look for models that include various inserts. Convertible bras often have the most options. You can go from strapless bra, to halter top, to criss cross to conventional.
Caring for Your Strapless Bra
Never put your lingerie in the washing machine with other clothing if you want it to last and keep its shape well! If you’re too busy to hand wash delicates, then run a delicate cycle. Keep your bras and other lacy items in a separate bag to keep them from snagging.
Use gentle detergent, and line dry delicates if at all possible. If you do not have a clothesline, then consider purchasing a collapsible drying rack so you can take proper care of your foundation garments. High quality lingerie can be an important investment, so do your best to take good care of it, and you’ll be able to enjoy it for years to come.
Once you have all of the above figured out maybe it is time to start looking for some special jewelry to accessorize, or perhaps a fashionable womens wool coat.
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