Convertible Bra

My segment with Marie Osmond as her style expert on the show.

Banish the Bra Blues

The claim is that 70% of women are wearing the wrong size bra, but it’s not necessarily about the size as it is about the fit.  Most women want to avoid sagging and digging and find a bra with support and a great shape.

We helped two women with common bra problems and found them the right fitting bra.

Brooke

Brooke has a drawer full of bras in multiple sizes from pre-pregnancy to pregnancy and then breastfeeding and she’s at a point she’s just not sure what size she wears. She was wearing a bra with no support, her breasts were drooping and sagging.

I put her into a bra that gave coverage, support and a smooth fit.

Bali One Smooth U Side Support, $36 (Available at Macy’s, Kohl’s & JCPenney)

  • Full coverage foam cups for a smooth look under clothes
  • Lace detail for added side support
  • Seamless, stay in place Comfort-U™ Design keeps back and straps in place
  • Smooth under clothes
  • Great for wearing underneath fall sweaters, clingy fabrics

Kim

Kim has been a fan of Cardio Barre and excited to see the changes in her body shape, except that she’s realized her bras don’t fit well anymore. She told me she was down to two bras she thought worked. This is one of them. She was misinformed.

Kim wanted a little lift and cleavage. We succeeded.

Barely There Invisible Look Balconette, $35 (Available at Kohl’s)

  • Smooth look under clothes
  • Updated, modern silhouette
  • Smooth, line-free look
  • Flexible frame and light lift cups
  • Light lift cups for great shape

(From left to right)

Bali Comfort Revolution with Smart Sizes, $34

Super comfortable bra that offers targeted support. This bra can be worn anywhere, anytime and I’m a fan of these styles when I take yoga and Pilates classes and under casual clothes. And they make it super simple to shop with sizes S-XL.

Wonderbra Lace Back Front Closure, $31

This bra is an attention thief.  It’s a cleavage enhancer.

Playtex Secrets Plunge Lift Underwire, $35 (Available at Kohl’s)

Playtex is a well-known brand that women have loved for support and comfort and NOW they’ve become super stylish with contemporary designs in bold colors and prints to appeal to anyone who wants a more youthful look.

Wardrobe and Shopping Tips

* Get sized once a year-since your breast size can fluctuate due to weight loss/gain, pregnancy, age/gravity, etc.

*The most common styles you’ll wear during the week are nude and black smooth style bras. It also good to have a convertible bra to wear with various outfits and if you’re small breasted a push–up style can flatter your figure.  And of course you want a few lacy, colorful options. Tip-skip white bras under white tops. Go for bras that are closest to your skin tone.

*Different bra styles and bra brands may fit differently, just like jeans, so be willing to try on a variety of styles from different retailers to find the right fit.

Keep your bras in shape:

*Clasp the back of bras together and put into a lingerie bag in the delicate or hand wash setting of a washing machine. They’re less likely to tangle.

*Do not put in them in the dryer (the heat of the dryer will break down the elasticity and shape of the bra).

*Lay flat in drawers-stacked on top of each other so they keep their shape.

 

Back yet again, gals and guys! Ready to start off the weekend with some fresh finds from a swingy skirt to a coffee cup that looks as wide eyed as you hope to be with a few sips. There's even a sneaker we discovered that, while not red, white and blue, we believe the 400 meter Olympic gold medalist, Sanya Richards-Ross would deem snazzy and stylish to race in or pull on as street wear.

Alison's Pick

    

ASOS.com skirts --Belted full midi skirt in bright pink, $51.09

I adore the shade of pink and this skirt is just the right length and shape to take a twirl and kick up my heels. Oh, you've seen me twist and shout? What!? You think I should be on Dancing with the Stars? Gosh, that's so sweet.  And this skirt would be perfect for swing or a rockin' with some Motown music.

Lauren's Pick

Morning mug from Generate, $29

Forget diamonds! In the morning, a nice, warm, coffee mug is a girl's best friend. Even better, here's a mug that wakes up with you! Pour in your hot coffee or tea and the mug changes from a sleepy face, to a face that's wide-eyed and ready to start the day. Just like you!! (hopefully...)

EndlessAmusement

Christina's Pick

Brooks Mach 13 Spikeless Cross Country Running Sneaker, Amazon $60

Now watching the Olympics has only inspired me even more to get that gold medal worthy body. What better way than to hit the park with these light weight cheetah printed running shoes. Running may not be my favorite form of exercise but hey at least I'll look fierce doing it.

StreetSwag

Christina's Pick

Natori Sheer Convertible Contour Tank Soft Cup Natori, $50

Alison's favorite last week got me thinking about finding a good bra. Why is a good bra such a hard thing to find? Here is my problem...! am a new mom who's breastfeeding, so it's even more difficult to get the perfect bra. My cup size went up (boo!), underwire isn't recommended because it can clog milk ducts (but I need lift & support now more than ever), and comfortable nursing bras look straight out of my grandma's brassiere drawer (great for sleeping, but umm forget about cute tops)!

Last weekend I found a perfect bra match in Natori's sheer tank soft cup bra and  the underwire is super soft & flexible, so it feels like it's not even there. The cup is soft, but gives a great shape that doesn't show the world that it's time to feed my baby (yikes!). The bra just feels great overall...kinda like I have my pre-pregnancy boobs back, and that feeling is priceless!
 
In today's episode of "A Secret Worth Sharing", I share my ultimate bra secret for making even the toughest looks work - the convertible bra. Unruly bra straps are no longer a fashion faux paus!
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