The Top 5 Bra Blunders
Are your bras giving you the support you deserve? What Not to Wear's style expert Clinton Kelly is busting out fixes for the top 5 bra blunders so your cleavage will look its best. "They really do set the tone for your silhouette," he says, "so if you make a mistake there, there's a problem!"
• Wearing bras that are too small. "This is a big issue!" Clinton says. Your cup size is too small, he explains, if you find your breasts creating a "muffin top" over the top edge of your bra. Clinton suggests having a professional bra fitting to learn your current size. "I find that most women, once they have a professional bra fitting, find that they are bigger in the cup and smaller in the band than they thought they were."
• Using frilly lingerie under thin clothing. "This I call cauliflower breast, because it's a textured bra under a form-fitting knit!" Clinton says. "Go out to dinner in the real bra, the smooth bra, and then if the date gets really hot and you want to go home, then you change into the lingerie in the bathroom!"
• Choosing an over-padded bra to enhance your figure. "Sometimes the padding is just so much that the breasts no longer look natural," he says. "Padding on the bottom of the cup works best, because then you get the naturalness at the top of the cup - like a demi-cup."
• Wearing push-up bras that go too far. "They should not be under your chin," Clinton jokes. "They should be, in a bra, about halfway between the shoulder and the elbow."
• Wearing bras that sag. This is a problem for your cleavage and your overall figure, Clinton explains. "If you carry any weight in your mid-section, it's important to get them up just a little bit higher so you can emphasize the narrowest part of you, which most times is right under your breast."
• Daytime. "You should not be showing the soft tissue at work," Clinton says, suggesting camisoles or T-shirts under blouses and jackets. "I have a rule, chest and not breast at work!"
• Evening. "When you are in your 20s and your breasts are fairly new, you can show them off a little bit at night time," Clinton says, noting that deep Vs are best for smaller cup sizes. "If you have larger breasts, then it becomes a bit tricky, because you don't want people to really see all of your boobs." In your 30s, he says the neckline should come up a bit, and then in your 40s reveal even less of your cleavage. "You don't want to lead with your breasts after a certain age, you want to show sophistication!"
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