FASHION FIX: Find the Perfect Bra For You This Summer!

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Summer is coming and it’s time for music festivals and beach days! Playsuits and crop tops are definitely the way to go, but what about underneath?

A pretty bra or bralette peeking through adds a playful touch, but it becomes even more flirty if it fits to your body perfectly! That means not having to adjust bra straps while dancing to the hottest summer tunes or feeling that underwire digging into your ribs when you’re enjoying a glass of wine with the girl squad.

While I’ve been gradually learning which bra styles are the most flattering on me, I’ve always had a problem with fluctuating sizes. To fix that annoying problem, I looked to the bra experts at Farmers to help me get the right bra size!

Getting fitted is easy! All you need to do is get in contact with your local Farmers store (doing this before you go in will ensure someone is there), head on it and get fitted by one of their lovely fitting consultants. Heading to my closest Farmers store, I was easily able to get help from Farmers Bra Fitting Consultant Pramodinee.

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A brief chat with her revealed that I was in fact wearing the wrong bra size. She didn’t even need to get her tape measure out yet! It wasn’t really a surprise to me because I’ve always had a problem with fluctuating sizes. I have never had a bra that fit me perfectly for more than two months, eeks 😬

A handy trick she taught me while getting my measurements is to not get fitted while in the ovulation stage of the menstrual cycle. During ovulation, it is more likely the measurements will give a larger cup size!

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Once we had the correct bra size I should be wearing, we walked around looking for bras that I might enjoy wearing. Pramodinee was very helpful at suggesting which cup styles would be best for my breast shape (yes, it’s a thing!) and the different levels of support each bra has.

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While I was trying on different bras, she was able to give me a hand with adjusting straps. She also made sure I tried the bras with my shirt back on to ensure it fit well under clothing. You might need different bras for different outfits, and not just because the top is sheer or low-cut! Some tops would need a bra that makes your breasts look perkier, others might need more padding so you will look your best.

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It was such a breeze having someone who was trained in bra fitting help me. In the past, I was reluctant to go lingerie shopping just because there were too many options and sizes to choose from! Rather than getting overwhelmed by all the choices, I used to just grab the same bra I’ve worn for years. Now that I actually know the right size and styles that are most flattering, the possibilities are endless.

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It is quite embarrassing to admit, but I’ve been wearing some of my bras for more than three years! It really isn’t a good idea as ideally, bras should be switched out every couple months. The band would have stretched out by then and it doesn’t offer any support past eight months if it’s your favourite and you wear it every day (like I do with my favourite bras!)

I used to think that bra fittings were something I would never do. Just thinking about it used to conjure up images of harsh lighting and having to be half-naked in front of a stranger. But with Farmers, Pramodinee was so friendly and relatable I was able to relax. She always asked before she did something to make sure I was okay with it and it made the experience very enjoyable. I would definitely go back and do it again!

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Thanks to Pramodinee, I picked out a few bralettes and bras that I tried on and played around with some outfits that might work with the summer weather coming up!

Going to a music festival? Light cardigans like this gold mesh throw on one can be tied up into wrap top with a cute but simple bra under to keep things simple.

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Feeling a bit bolder? Why not try a sheer top and a brighter bralette underneath!

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For a smarter look for office Christmas parties, throw on a fun blazer with a coordinating bralette and you can be the life of the party.

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So if your lingerie is making you feel a bit blah, don’t wait!

Farmers are doing unmissable deals October 3 to 12, with brands like Elle Macpherson Body, Jockey,  Heidi Klum Intimates, and Honey Vegas.

Plus, you could WIN a $1000 Farmers gift card if you get fitted in-store by one of the trained Farmers consultants, purchase your beautiful new lingerie and swipe your Farmers Club Card between October 3 and 31!

Thank you so much to Farmers for helping me get my perfect lingerie fit for summer!

 

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