Rigby & Peller's June Kenton corsetiere to the Queen, queen of bra-fitters and the undisputed star turn of the first and second series of Gok Wan’s How to Look Good Naked, offers some advice on how to maximise assets, minimise bumps and bulges and how to ensure underpinnings always work for you
“The right bra in the correct fitting means your clothes look better and you feel better. If you are wearing the right garments underneath, your outer clothing fits and looks so much better," says June.
Explaining how they fit at Rigby & Peller, she says: "We never measure – you will not find a tape-measure in any Rigby & Peller shop. It is all done by sight and by trying on different bras to see what is good for a client because a woman may need a 36C in one brand and a 34D in another.
She observes that we all change bra size throughout our lives – pregnancy, breast-feeding, the Pill, HRT, weight-gain or weight-loss, all have an impact, so it is important to be to recognise that a bra size and cup-size can alter over the years.
"Because you were a 34B when you were 30, doesn’t mean you still are", she says.
June also points out that it is very difficult to measure yourself accurately: "You are moving to adjust the tape measure, you are not relaxed, and even if the tape measure tells you that you are 36ins round your torso, and a C cup, that still won’t necessarily mean you will buy a bra that really fits well, because you may be 36C in one brand, but 34D in another brand because bras vary in fit as much as clothing does."
If someone fits you, they can see what is going on at the back as well as at the front, she observes, adding that a bra that gives you proper support is "better for your health. A bra that doesn’t give you the right support and lets you bounce around will be bad for your back, bad for your neck, and bad for your confidence".
June also suggests that if you want to look really streamlined and hide bumps and bulges, wear a shapewear body – it holds everything in and gives a really sleek line, but, she adds, "don’t buy it too small; leave the fat where it is – don’t push it somewhere else!"
1. Always wear matching bra and briefs. It will make you feel better to know your underwear looks good
2. Have different bras for different types of clothing: you need a smooth or T-shirt bra to wear under close-fitting clothes; a bra with pretty straps for strappy tops; a nude-tone bra to wear under anything see-through – never white, cream or black.
3. Never pull your bra straps up so high your breasts creep out at the bottom; the underwiring should rest against the chest wall, not against your breast.
4. A bra should fit comfortably around your torso – not so tight it gives you extra boobs, but not so loose it rides up
5. Forget what it says on the label – if you need to go up a cup or bra size for a better fit, do so. You are the only one who has to know what the label says, and the right size will be so much more flattering.
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