I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Vanity Fair. I received product samples to facilitate my review and compensation to thank me for my participation.
I think all women understand and appreciate how much a body can change over time. My body has definitely seen it's fair share of change. I developed at quite an early age, and by the time I was 13, I was wearing a D-DD cup. Instead of the cute training bras with the pink bow in the middle that my friends were wearing, I was buying the "bras in a box". This was the early 90's, so my choices were white or beige and the cups were slightly pointed with bizarre seams down the middle. By the time I graduated high school, I was wearing a 34DDD and decided I wanted a breast reduction. At age 19, I went from a 34DDD to a 36C and although it was painful, it was AMAZING. Five years later, I lost about 25 pounds, but my breasts were still looking good thanks to my surgery. Now, over a decade and two kids later, things are not looking as great. Fortunately though, a good bra can make me feel like a new lady.
Your lingerie is the very foundation of your outfit. It has to fit well in order to enhance your body, otherwise no matter what you're wearing, you won't look or feel as good as you should. Your bra is actually one of the most important pieces in your wardrobe. It can make or break an outfit and leave you feeling either fantastic or frumpy. Despite this, 80% of women don't know if they're wearing the right bra size. I was one of them until I got professionally fitted by Vanity Fair last month. That number sounded insanely high to me at first, but then I thought about it and it wasn't so surprising since most women fluctuate in size and tend to put themselves on the back burner. As soon as my son needs something, I'm at the store immediately; but when I need something I continuously put it off because I just have so many other things to do. Sound like you too?
With ever changing metabolisms and bodies, you need to know how to properly select a bra that's right for you. But, how do you know it fits? You could get a professional fitting (which I whole-heartedly recommend), but you can also ask yourself these 7 questions to assess your fit at home:
Do you pass the 2 Finger Test? You should be able to slide 2 fingers underneath the straps and the band of your bra.
Are your cups full? Your cups should be full, with no gaps, puckering, or overflow.
Is the center of the bra against your chest? If there is a large gap of space, that means your band is too loose.
How does the bra fit on the CENTER hook? I'd always heard that when purchasing, you should see how the bra fits on the last hook so you can use the center and third hooks once the bra looses it elasticity over time. This isn't true! According to the team at Vanity Fair, the middle hooks are your best bet to achieve a great fit. Plus, you should be refreshing your intimated 2-3 times per year by adding a new piece here and there and retiring well used lingerie.
Are you getting maximum lift? Stand in front of the mirror with your arms by your side. Your breasts should be between your shoulders and elbows.
Is it comfortable? The bra should feel good. You should be able to move and not feel too restricted.
Does it pass the "top test?" When you put on your outerwear, does it look good. Your bra should enhance your body, so be sure you look and feel good in what you'll be wearing out.
As I've mentioned before, as a Vanity Fair ambassador I was able to attend a summit in New York City to learn more about the brand and how their styles are inspired by customers' needs so they can help them look their best and feel confident all day long. I learned so many things and was able to pick up these great tips about proper fit. I also got to select a few pieces of Vanity Fair lingerie, which I've been wearing for the past month. Of course, as soon as I got back from NYC I immediately went through my lingerie drawer to inspect the fit of my bras. I already confessed that I bought most of them 8 year ago (cue the shock and awe!), so I didn't have high hopes for most of them.
After wearing Vanity Fair Women's Beauty Back Back Smoother Full Coverage Underwire Bra for the last month, I can honestly say I've been missing out! This bra is absolutely amazing. The Beauty Back was designed to reduce the appearance of back bulge to give you a smooth look underneath your clothes. I was skeptical at first, thinking it would just push the bulge up over the top of the strap or below it, but it doesn't - it just gives you an incredibly smooth silhouette.
While I chose "Damask Neutral" so it would be invisible under any color top or dress, the Beauty Back is available in a variety of beautiful colors. The designers at Vanity Fair take inspiration from seasonal runway shows, so their lingerie is always on point with emerging trends and styles. I cannot wait to add more colors into my intimate collection.
I've also been wearing the Vanity Fair Women's Beauty Back Strapless Underwire Bra over that last month. Since it's so warm in Florida, I wear a lot of dresses with thin straps. Just like my Beauty Back Back Smoother Full Coverage Underwire Bra, it's strapless counterpart has been awesome. Thanks to the silicone grips along the bra's edges, it stays put. Seriously, this bra does not move! I can bend, lift my hands over my head, hoist my kids up and down all day, and this bra stays with me. It comes with a convertible strap which allows me to wear the bra 4 different ways (regularly with 2 straps, criss-cross in the back, halter style, or strapless), so no matter what I'm wearing, I can find an option that works for me. So, not only does this bra stay in place (which is a miracle in and of itself), it also has the back smoothing properties AND it's comfortable. My search for the perfect strapless bra is over.
Vanity Fair offers a wide selection of sizes, including band sizes 34-44 and cup sizes B-DDD, and you can get them at many large retailers nationwide, including Kohl's, Macy's, JCPenney, and Sears. Considering all of their incredible features, these bras are affordably priced at only $38-40 each. Their panties (which I also love) are only about $9 per pair. I'm looking forward to adding more Vanity Fair products to my intimates wardrobe in the coming months. Be sure to stay tuned because I'll be bringing you some information about some amazing promotions in the coming weeks!