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Bras are often considered a sexy and beautiful garment to wear under clothing, but few people know their correct size or the amount of support they really need. With approximately 85 percent of women wearing the wrong size of bra, there are several rules to follow to ensure that there is proper support and comfort offered for a great fit.
1. Use a Tape Measure
One of the most traditional and common ways of measuring your bra size is with a tape measure, which can be done at home. First, wear a comfortable, non-padded bra while measuring. Place the tape measure above the bust underneath the arms to learn your band size. For the bust size, measure the fullest part and round up. Subtract the band measurement from the cup measurement to learn your cup size, as each inch represents a cup.
2. Prevent Sagging
When staring at the front of your bra in the mirror while wearing the garment, it can be difficult to see if your bust is sagging or properly support. It’s important to stand sideways to the mirror and tighten the bra straps until your breasts are halfway between your elbow and shoulder. This will offer a natural, but supported appearance. The straps should also not be so tight that they are digging into the skin.
3. Find the Right Cup Size
After trying on different cup sizes, it’s important to try different movements to ensure that it fits comfortably and doesn’t feel too tight. Your bust should not be spilling out of the bra or revealing the top of the nipples. Your breasts should also not have folds near the underarms. For some, their cup size can be too large. Signs of this include wrinkles in the cup, slipping straps, or a gap in the cup between the bra and breast.
4. Watch Your Back
One sign that a bra does not fit or is too tight is that it rides up the back and does not make a straight line when fastened. Examine the bra in the mirror and make sure that the back of the bra does not ride up higher than the underwire in the front. If it does, opt for a larger band size.
5. Choose Between Seamed and Contour Bras
Each bust is different and needs its own type of bra depending on the texture of the breasts’ tissue. For breasts that are naturally perky and do not tend to sag, either a contour or seamed bra can be used for a natural and comfortable fit. Most women have breasts that are softer and sag, especially with age, making a seamed bra more practical to mold around the bust instead of making them sit low in a molded cup.
There is much more that goes into finding the right fit for your bra than many women assume, but by following the general rules it will work to offer proper support without discomfort. The bust will also appear natural for a comfortable fit that won’t dig into the skin or lead to the straps slipping. Similarly, it’s important to get a new bra fitting every six months to a year as weight often fluctuates with age, pregnancy, and weight loss.
Boxers or briefs? Almost every man has had to answer that question at some point in his life. However, a loaded question has more than just two simple answers. Today, the choices for men’s underwear has gone well beyond the realm of just boxers and briefs, and even the most fashionable of men may be a little overwhelmed by the options.
The foundation for a confident, cohesive sense of style for a male isn’t just having the right watch or a great pair of shoes, but his underwear. Looking great begins with what’s underneath it all and many men simply neglect their underwear drawer, with its contents consisting of frayed boxers, threadbare tighty-whities, and not much else. Just like with their closets, men should give their underwear drawer an overhaul every now and again – here’s how to get started.
Out with the old, in with the new
While women tend to clear out their drawers every year or so, the average man does so about every eight years. Clearing out the old underwear drawer doesn’t have to be a project on its own – men can conduct regular maintenance as they would with their car. It has to start somewhere, so, go ahead and open up that drawer and go through it – the goal is to get rid of any underwear that’s seen better days. Anything with holes, rips, stretched elastic, or tears should be thrown away.
A good rule of thumb is to have at least ten sets of underwear – one for each day of the week plus laundry days. However, this rule really depends on one’s lifestyle. Those who workout every day or are into lots of activities might want to invest in double that count. But remember, the idea doesn’t work in reverse – those who just hang out at home shouldn’t have fewer pairs!
Variety is key
There’s no doubt that men typically enjoy the throngs of thongs that most women have, they often don’t realize that there is a method to the madness. Women have an array of underthings because some styles just work better with certain outfits. Men’s underwear is designed with different activities in mind. Briefs are ideal for almost any situation, while boxers are often better for bedtime and lounging. Consider activities, clothing, and comfort when selecting which pair to wear.
Finding the right underwear is often a trial-and-error experience. Not every brand is created equal. The secret to men’s sexy underwear isn’t just looking good, it’s also feeling right. The ideal brand will fit just right – it will hold the goods in place without being constricting or too loose.
While it may be appealing to simply go commando instead of redoing the underwear drawer, it is worth the time. Those lucky boxers from college don’t have to hit the trash, but it is time to replace them with comfortable, clean, and functional underwear that not only looks, but also feels good.
Comfy yet fashionable men’s trunks are surprisingly difficult to come by. Either you’re stuck with something that fits really well but is plain as sin or you get a pair that’s all about style or sexiness and yet neglects comfort. Men’s underwear specialists Rounderwear have succeeded in striking this rare and clutch balance with their Jam Beat Trunks.
When it comes to getting dressed each morning, we get ourselves into a routine that usually consists of rolling out of bed and grabbing the first thing we see. If you happen to be the type who is so laid back that you couldn’t care less about wearing odd socks or a creased shirt, now is the time to reconsider your morning routine.
Now we live in the 21st century, men are becoming more aware of their appearance and self hygiene which is a good step towards greater confidence and luck with the ladies. Comfort is the ultimate factor you must consider in order to assert your confidence. So the question is: do you wear boxers or briefs?
It is no secret that men often find it difficult to get their hands on underwear that is comfortable, durable and not to mention, stylish. While boxer shorts have always seemed like the ‘cooler’ option of underwear for a man to wear, briefs are also battling it out and becoming a popular choice among men of a variety of ages.
Choice of undergarments is certainly a fashion statement – especially when it might matter most for “impressing”. Boqari prides itself on selling, well, pretty outrageous pieces for the areas both above and below the belt. Let’s see how their mesh underwear and tanks fared.
I kinda love this tank, the “BQ Flow Tank”. It actually works great for the gym, what with the nylon blend and alternating mesh helping to regulate all the sweating and subsequently one’s body temperature. Additionally, its tight but slimming form could easily disguise some of those “work in progress” areas for those of us looking to get in shape.
The stitching’s pretty good too, though I don’t really like those little clumps on the inside as you can see (not that they really rubs up against my chest or anything). And I’m normally really opposed to having prominent branding/ logos on a piece, but here the ‘Boqari’ blends in nicely. All that said, I couldn’t see myself wearing this tank out – unless I was back in WeHo.
As for the “Jamaica Mesh” undies… wow. These certainly show off some skin and some, uh, packing. One might say even that you can see too much through the nylon – risque! Strangely enough, these hotties are marketed as unisex. I guess that asks for some playful exchange between hetero-partners? These are fun but inappropriate for most locker rooms.
Everyone adventurous should have one of both and no more.
Here’s a confession: I run out of boxers all the time. I have no idea where they disappear to, or how a new pack of them only seems to last like a week. I guess I just don’t pay much mind to my underwear. And why would I? It’s not like anyone took the time to specially design a pair of Hanes.
You see where I’m going with this: believe it or not, there is such a thing as designer boxers. Birds of Sausalito makes two types of designer boxers: their Classic Fit and their Custom Fit. I had the fortune of getting my hands on a pair of Classic Fit, being curious to see how I would treat these versus the ones I get at Target.I noticed some remarkable differences between my usual fair of skivvy and these Birds. For one, while regular boxers tend to ride up my leg, the Classic pair stay loose (but not too loose) and comfortable. For two, since they’re woven from 100% cotton, they’re damn soft and allow just enough stretching.I also love the little details they put in like buttons on the fly. I don’t know about you gents, but fly’s always present a problem – a *functional* problem – for me, so I’m totally down with some exposure control in that area.Needless to say, I treat Birds’ Classic Fit boxers much differently than I do my other underwear – I’m always certain to know where they are. It’s also nice that they come with a packing sleeve, which seals the deal for a pair of Birds of Sausalito being the perfect gift for men that take their linens seriously.