Finding a fantastic bra is never simple, but it becomes increasingly difficult as we age. No longer do women choose everyday bras with uncomfortable push-up padding or irritating lace (for the most part, we save those for special occasions now). Once you reach your sixties, you are more inclined to prioritise comfort and functionality, and the first step is ensuring that your bra fits properly.
Not certain where to begin? Not to be concerned. Following are bra experts' tips for buying a bra that fits and flatters women over the age of 50. You should probably upgrade some of your older bras immediately.
Buying a 40D with a demi cup for a decade doesn't indicate it's your true size or most attractive cut. Bra-fitting mistakes include Lee Padgett, founder and CEO of Detroit's Busted Bra Shop, finds women over 50 buying the same bra without considering alternatives.
The band should sit flat around your torso, and the gore, or piece between the cups, should touch your skin. The cups or band are too big if the gore floats away from your torso. The band is too big if more than one finger fits between it and your skin.
"Look, things change as we age, and every woman changes in their own way," says Padgett. "The amazing thing for bra wearers in 2022 is that bra manufacturers have started making bras for more body types than they have previously. Those bras can be found in specialty boutiques, often run by a local woman over 50."
"By not washing your bra after two wears it really impacts how it is going to perform and feel on your body," says Kaylin. "As we get older and go through menopause—myself in my early 40s—my hot flashes would have me sweat through my bra, so make sure you are washing it after every wear; you will feel so much more confident overall."
Most bras will only last you about six months or 180 wears. Key signs it's time for a replacement are if the straps, band, or cups are stretched, the fabric is deteriorating, or the underwire is poking out or uncomfortable. If you've changed sizes, you'll also want a fresh piece. It's a new opportunity to find a well-fitted, flattering bra that makes you feel your best.