1. Know Your Size
Knowing your bra size might seem like a no-brainer, but if we believe what media reports, it would seem that way too many women are going about their lives wearing the wrong size bras and aren’t even aware of it. It makes good sense to get yourself sized again whenever you go shopping for new bras, because changes do happen whether we’re aware of them or not. You can take your own measurements at home and take those with you into a store if you’re shy, or alternatively just get one of the ‘pros’ to measure you if you’re shopping in a brick and mortar store.
2. Check for offers and discounts Before you start shopping
Nobody wants to pay full retail if they can avoid it, and knowing where the sales are before you start shopping is going to save you lots of time and money. Stores in you local area will often have catalogues or newsletters, and online retailers will offer considerable discounts and specials to their subscribers and previous customers. Discount codes and sales events for particular brands are run regularly and with most retailers having an online presence, it’s never been easier to shop where the bargains are.
3. Know If you need any extra support or have any special needs
If you’re a plus size girl, it’s likely that you’re going to need some added support from the bras you purchase. It’s worth taking some time to consider what worked best with the bras you’ve owned previously, did they have fuller cups? Wider straps? A wider band with more hooks?. Just making some notes of your requirements is going to save both you, and any sales assistants a great deal of time as you won’t need to be trying on bras that are unsuitable.
4. Take a friend along
Having a shopping companion, if you’re going to be shopping in bricks-and-mortar stores, can be a great help especially if you’re the kind of girl who gets easily dazzled by sales speak and pretty colours. Having a companion to keep you on track and offer an honest opinion can be great if you find bra shopping a bit of a chore. And another plus is that shopping with a friend is always more fun than doing it alone, so even if they’re terrible at offering feedback at least they’ll be good company.
5. Try on as much variety as possible
It’s important not to overwhelm yourself with too many choices, because it could take a long time to try them all on and if you’re on a budget, trying to choose from 20 different bras is just plain painful.
But if you have the time, try on as many different brands and styles as you can, because often the styles that we hadn’t considered fit exceptionally well and different brands can be pleasantly surprising too.