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Top 10 Spring bra don’ts from an intimate apparel expert

Posted Mar 22, 2011 by Cloe Cabrera

Updated Apr 7, 2011 at 04:51 PM


Warmer weather is here, and a wardrobe change is taking place. Tops and dresses are getting thinner, more sheer and little bit tighter. The last thing you want people to notice is your ta-tas.

After more than 20 yeawr in the business of fitting men and women in their undergarments, Beverly Russina, founder of http://www.123underwear.com and Beverly’s Hill intimates boutique in St. Louis, MO, offers these tips for avoiding bra blunders.

- Never wear a black bra under a white top…EVER. Unless of course you’re Lady Gaga.

- The right amount of cleavage is a very sexy thing. What’s not sexy is when too much breast tissue billows out of the top making it seem like you’re wearing a bra that’s three sizes too small (think Kim Kardashian and Wendy Williams)

- Slippery straps are a fashion no-no. They make you look sloppy and unkempt and are a clear indication that you’re bra is not working out for you.

- Don’t forget about gravity. Wearing a bra is not just a matter of appropriateness it’s a necessity. After babies, a little weight gain and general aging, your breasts are simply not what they used to be. Don’t fool yourself.

- You’ve got some very special back bulge. We’re not talking about those few extra pounds. If there is a build-up of tissue around the underarms or below your bra band, your body is screaming for a proper fitting. We’re also confident that you’re seriously uncomfortable.

- If nude isn’t an option in your undergarment drawer, you’re committing fashion atrocities left and right. Nude is the color to wear under just about everything. You should not see the outline of your bra through your top – unless you’re wearing something sheer or tying to seduce your partner—At home!

- Your summer style means that just about everyone knows what color bra you’re wearing. It’s the age old dilemma when wearing low necklines or tank tops: how to hide the top of your bra? You can try layering or double-sided fashion tape, which is a woman’s style essential. Another option is to go for a bandeau, balconette or demi bra.

- Matching the correct style of bra with your outfit. If you’re wearing a halter top or an evening dress with off the shoulder sleeves, you’ll need a corresponding bra so that the only focus is on that fabulous ensemble you’re wearing, not the bra.

- You only have two breasts. So if for some reason someone is seeing four, that’s a major concern. Generally it means that your bra is way tight and it’s pushing your breast tissue upwards creating the illusion that you’re rocking two little people on your chest.

- Stay smooth by embracing the new lace. Let’s face it - while T-shirt and contouring bras have the smoothness we need, they may lack the sexiness we desire. Sometimes lace can be a bit bulky under clingy fabrics, but many of the new three-part cup and cut and sew bras provide optimal coverage with flirty appeal.  A bonus: the extra seam on these bras helps with controlling and centering breast tissue.

Check out more of Russina’s tips, and her lingerie line at http://www.123underwear.com

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