HOW TO BUY THE BEST T SHIRT BRA ONLINE

HOW TO BUY THE BEST T SHIRT BRA ONLINE

THE BEST T SHIRT BRA

is in fact a bra that will fit you perfectly as well as keep you feeling comfortable all day long. Not only should it have the right material and the right style, but also the price should be right. Before we begin let me briefly explain what a t shirt bra is.  From an Indian perspective a t-shirt bra is a western bra because it is worn under t shirts, shirts, pullovers and such western pieces of clothing that is not accompanied with the dupattah or pallu of a saree to cover the bosom.

One could say that T SHIRT BRA is an innovation for modesty and grace. In the first place the molded cups and padding of the bra are designed to provide ample coverage for the bosom. To keep the nipples from showing through the t-shirts and tops. Furthermore, these bra cups also serve the purpose of providing shape and lift to the bosom. Molded cup bras hold the breast tissues in shape, thereby making the hips look more shapely which is of course an equally important function.

Having touched on the aesthetic benefit of a molded cup bra, let me quickly mention an ingenious category called the BALCONETTE BRA; inspired as the name suggests by the design of a balcony. A balconette’s unique design is to lift sagging breasts.  The DEMI CUPS/HALF CUPS of a balconette consequently give the breasts a rounded and fuller look.

Balconette Bra
A Balconette Bra

what adds up to THE perfect t shirt bra

  • FABRIC :

    While you are on the search for the perfect bra online, having a fair idea about what your under garments are made of and how they are made, will make the selection process easier. Knowledge always helps you make smarter choices. Again online sellers are required to mention the material composition. Likewise the advice is not to invest in a bra without checking the composition.

    Some of the common fabrics that go into making these bras are nylon, polyester, cotton, stretch satin, lycra, spandex  etc. Furthermore it is almost always a combination of these fabrics whether they are made of soft microfibre or more rigid material or even lace. Cotton is breathable and comfortable but is by composition however not a flexible fabric. It is therefore practically impossible to craft a t shirt bra with multiple components purely out of cotton.

    Do you know that Jacquard is one of the best material choice for underwear?

    Jaquard fabric for underwear
    Jacquard fabric for underwear
  • CUPS:

The cups of a t-shirt bra are cut out in foam and covered in the fabric. You can find your bra size here.

BESIDES THERE IS AN IMPORTANT THING TO KEEP IN MIND WHILE FINDING THE RIGHT CUP SIZE.  IF YOUR BAND IS TOO TIGHT AND YOU ARE GOING UP A BAND SIZE; YOU HAVE TO GO DOWN A CUP SIZE TO RETAIN THE SAME CUP VOLUME (AND VICE VERSA). FOR EXAMPLE IF YOUR 36C BRA BAND IS TOO TIGHT, INSTEAD OF TRYING A 38C, YOU SHOULD TRY A 38B, BECAUSE THOSE TWO CUP SIZES HAVE THE SAME VOLUME.  IN FACT 32D, 34C, 36B, 38A – HAVE THE SAME CUP VOLUME. THESE ARE CALLED BRA SISTER SIZES.

Again is perfectly normal for you to have breasts in 2 different sizes. Round it off and strike an even ground for the cup size. Try to add a little padding to the smaller breast.

  • STRAPS:

99% of the time the straps are made of  elastic for stretch and comfort. Pure cotton straps are known to chafe the skin. Broad straps are most comfortable but are almost always plain and boring. It goes without saying that will have difficulty disappearing under clothes, and many a times peep out. Straps hold your boobs in place. Ideally the weight of your breasts should be carried by the band/wings with the support of the underwire and straps. If your band does not do that work, straps will strain and break quickly.  IF YOU HAVE A BIGGER CUP SIZE YOU SHOULD IDEALLY LOOK FOR BRAS WITH BROAD STRAPS PREFERABLY WITH SLIGHT PADDING. Smaller cup sizes can afford to use thinner and embellished straps.

The straps are going to dig into your shoulders due to 2 reasons: 

1) Your cups are small. Go for a bigger cup size. 

2) Your band is loose and the straps are doing all the work of carrying the weight. 

  • BAND:

The bra band carries almost 90% of the breast weight, more so if the brand has no underwire. 100% if the bra is strapless. A bra band should fit snugly, and lie flat against the chest bone. A loose band will stand away from the breast bone on the front, and/or ride up at the back, causing sagging of the breasts at the front. Women with larger cup sizes should opt for bras with broad and supportive bands – with 3 or more hooks. Those who worry about back fat while wearing sheer and figure hugging tops can also search for SEAMLESS T-SHIRT BRAS with broad backs that smoothen the back fat.

A bra is the most complex of all garments and contains many components. Check out the components of a bra.

How to find the best t shirt bra for you.

putting the perfect t shirt bra together

Factory made bras are mass produced, and put together unlike handmade ones. Therefore they cost lesser. As sizing is paramount for a bra, factories stick to digital patterns and strict rules of measurements. They obviously stick to universal rules of sizing and cannot cater to individual demands. If your body type requires a unique style, please explore custom made bras stitched in studios.

Before any sewing occurs, the fabrics must be cut precisely, adhering to the direction of stretch. For those of you who do not sew, that means the pattern pieces must be laid out in the proper direction to ensure the stretch is going the correct way for maximum support.

Also, the pattern pieces must be cut with precision since going off the pattern by even 1/16” can affect the sizing in some pieces. Because the seam allowance is only 1/4”, there is no room for error when cutting the pieces.

How to find the best t shirt bra for you.

underwire

Your T Shirt Bra can be wired or wire free. First of all if the bra has an underwire, the stitching process gets really complicated. In fact as many T Shirt Bras and Push Up Bras have underwire, knowing a thing or two about the wires will definitely help when you are buying them online.

The underwire lifts the bust and provides support, and at the same time it redistributes the weight of the bust to the back, the sides and centre of the bra. The higher the underwire and the wider the side and back, the better the support. Wire length and shape are modified for different types of “push,” which can be up to enhance or down to minimise. Most wires are made from flexible galvanised steel, which doesn’t rust and is generally nonallergenic.

THE BEST T SHIRT BRA

The underwire should fit at the breast roots and be up agains the breast tissue. If the underwire is short, the breast tissues may overflow from the top.

underwire problems

  • If it is too long, it will pinch you at the top portion under your armpits. 
  • If the underwire is too deep, it will sit below your breasts on the rib cage and therefore make you feel very uncomfortable.
  • A narrow underwire will sit on your breast tissue at the centre of your chest and also on the sides, instead of properly encircling the breasts. Plunge bras have short underwires and they don’t by design sit on your breasts.
  • Moreover in  case of a narrow underwire or a small cup, the wire is going to sit right on top of the breast, at the base area of the bra.
  • Likewise wide underwire will also poke the sides of your chest below the arm.

Underwire of a bra is a very tricky part. Even if you get your cup size, band size and style right, the underwire may be wrong. Please ensure that the seller offers the option of return or replacement. A lot of lingerie lie around unused in the wardrobes due to sizing or style issues; especially if they are bought online.  Avoid impulse buying.

Calculate your bra size

For accuracy take the above 6 measurements of your naked breasts, and calculate the size.

push up bra

Finally the topic of T Shirt Bra cannot be concluded without the mention of a push-up bra. The first function a push-up bra is to push your breasts up and towards the centre, for a full, rounded look. Consequently a push-up creates a sexy cleavage. A push bra is a t-shirt bra with padding at the bottom of the molded cup. More the padding, more the push-up effect.

Difference between t-shirt bra and push-up bra
Difference between t-shirt bra and push-up bra

A t-shirt bra comes in a variety of styles, like push-up, balconette, plunge, multiway, front closure, demi cups and so on and so forth.  You can choose the one most comfortable one for your body type and occasion. Last but not the least let us quickly cover the body types.

7 TIPS FOR THE RIGHT STYLE

know your BODY TYPE to select the best t shirt bra

Last but not the least let us quickly cover the body types.  Knowing your body type is important to select the right bra. When it comes to bra selection body types can be broadly classified into APPLE, PEAR and HOUR GLASS

Body Type Apple
APPLE

IF YOU HAVE APPLE SHAPED BODY, YOU HAVE

  • Average to big bust
  • Broad shoulders
  • Fullness around the middle, less defined waist
  • narrow hips
  • Good legs
  • The ratio of bust:waist:hips is 4:4:3

RIGHT TYPE OF BRA FOR APPLE SHAPED BODY

  • Full cup bras or a good lifting Minimiser bra if you are especially big busted.
  • Avoid Push-Up Bras, Strapless Bras and Padded Bras that make your breasts look bigger
Body Shape Pear
PEAR

IF YOU HAVE PEAR SHAPED BODY, YOU HAVE

  • Narrow shoulders with a smaller bust
  • Well-defined waist
  • Lower body wider than upper body
  • Full hips and thighs
  • Rounded bottom
  • The ratio of bust:waist:hips is 3:2:4

RIGHT TYPE OF BRA FOR PEAR SHAPED BODY

  • Balconette bras, push-up bras and padded bras will make your bust bigger and more proportionate with your lower body
  • Creating a larger bust area with also create the look of having smaller hips, a more defined waist and  balance the total look
Body Shape Hour Glass
HOUR GLASS

IF YOU HAVE HOUR GLASS SHAPED BODY, YOU HAVE

  • Full bust
  • Well defined narrow waist
  • Proportional balanced shoulder and hips
  • Rounded bottom
  • Curvy body
  • The ratio of bust:waist:hips is 4:2:4

RIGHT TYPE OF BRA FOR HOUR GLASS SHAPED BODY

  • The full cup bra, half cup bra, or, if you are especially big busted the minimiser bra.
  • The balconette bra and a plunge bra for a low cut or V neck line. Do not sports  plunge bra under a polo or high neck line if you have heavier breasts.
  • Strapless bras, triangle bras, push-up bras and padded bras are also not recommended.
Full Bust/Plus Size/Full Figure
FULL BUST/PLUS SIZE/FULL FIGURE

some additional TIps to buying the best t shirt bra

A bra stays closest to your heart, therefore always keep it close.

1. Do not compromise for uncomfortable lingerie

An uncomfortable bra may look good and you may wear it for a couple of days. It is will however end up unused in your draw later on. Make comfort and functionality a priority and do not waste money.

2.  Look for both comfort and fashion

Choose the right style, size and material. Find quality and comfort without compromising on the aesthetics. Spice it up smartly.

3. Go for quality over quantity

A handful of well-chosen bras and briefs that fit your style and body, and make you feel good, will be enough to cover virtually all your looks.

4. What you’re buying

While shopping, you always want to get value for money.

5. Check your wardrobe

Discard old and useless bras and other lingerie. List out what you actually need. Do not buy bra styles again that were not suitable or comfortable for you. Try to style the bras differently, like multiway, using clips, pads etc. Google for styling tips.

To sum up, let us quickly go through all the factors to keep in mind while buying the best t shirt bra for you. The fabric, the style, sizing, cups and sister sizes, underwire, padding, straps, band, your body type and last but not the least the price, utility and if you are buying online the return policy of the seller. Happy buying!

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