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What are the
different types
of bra?

#firstbra, #puberty

One of the biggest decisions you make as a teenager is when to buy your first bra. If you’ve noticed your breasts move about when you're running or your nipples start to show through your clothes, then it might be time for a teen bra!

Everything from choosing the design and colour, to measuring for your first bra is exciting. However, you might feel awkward about talking to your mum or close relative about teen bra shopping for the first time! If this is the case, we’re here at to guide you through all you need to know about bras to help you feel excited and prepared.

What are the different types of teen bras?

Training bras and crop tops: make great teen bras when you’re not quite ready for a standard design.

Non-wired bra or soft bra: have cups that give you shape and support.

Under-wired bra: cup has a wire underneath it to give the bust more shape.

Sports bra: helps reduce the movement of your breasts during exercise and makes you feel more comfortable. Wearing a sports bra for exercise also protects the ligaments that support the breasts.

Padded bra: gives more shape to breasts, making them seem fuller.

Strapless and multi-way bra: work in the same way as a regular teen bra and let you remove or adjust the straps. This is useful when you're wearing a top or dress and you don't want your bra straps to show.

Measuring for your first bra

If you’re wondering how to measure for your first bra, follow these steps:

  • Get a tape measure and take it round the top of your bust. Make a note in centimetres (cm).
  • Measure your bust (the fullest part) and then directly under your bust. Also write these measurements down.
  • Under-wired bra - the cup has a wire underneath it to give the bust more shape.
  • To find your size, send these three measurements to Ask Vicki for your size.
  • Remember, this is only as a guide. When you try on teen bras, you might find that you have to try a few on before you find the right one.
  • Alternatively, head to your local shop and ask a qualified bra adviser to measure you for your bra.

Does my teen bra fit me properly?

Have you been measured for your first bra and now don’t feel like it fits quite right? If you think your teen bra doesn't fit properly, then put it on and look in the mirror to check for the most common fit problems:

  • Creased or baggy cups: try a smaller cup.
  • Red marks on your shoulder: the band around your body might be too big. Try wearing a smaller under-bust size.
  • Wired section of an under-wired bra lifts away from your body or the wires dig into your sides or sit on your breasts and not underneath them: your cup size might be too small and you should try going up a size.
  • Falling out of the cups: they’re too small. A well-fitted teen bra should lie flat on your breasts and almost two thirds should be covered. To check this out, put on a t-shirt and turn to the side. If you see a line where your breasts fall over your cup, you need a bigger size.
  • Band around your body should be in line with the wires at the front of your bra.
  • Keep these teen bra fitting tips in mind for the perfect feel. If in doubt, try running your fingers under the band. As long as you can do that, then you have the right under bust measurement. But if the band is tight, try going up a cup size.

Proper measuring for your first bra is very important to making sure you get the right size. Find more bras and boobs advice articles for more guidance.

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How do I get
the right size?

#firstbra, #puberty

  1. First, take a tape measure and take it round the top of your bust and make a note it of in centimetres (cm).
  2. Next, measure on your bust (the fullest part) and then directly under your bust and write them down.
  3. Then, to find out your size, send these 3 measurements to Ask Vicki for your size.
  4. Use this only as a guide because when you try on bras you might find you have to try a few before you find the right one.
  5. Otherwise, just go to your local shops and ask to be measured by a qualified bra adviser.

Once you’ve measured yourself you might find you're not quite ready for a standard bra, that's when you know a training bra or crop top may be right for you.

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When
should I
buy my first bra?

#firstbra, #puberty

One of the first signs you may be ready for a bra is when you start to notice your breasts move about when you're running around or your nipples may start showing through your clothes!

It can be daunting asking your mum or close relative to take you bra shopping for the first time. You might be worried too about when to start wearing a bra or even knowing where to start. We’re here to guide you through all you need to know about bras to help you feel more prepared.

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Does my bra
fit me properly?

#boobs, #firstbra, #puberty

First, follow the instructions below on How do I get the right size? Your mum or friend might be able to help you. If you’ve been wearing a bra for a while now but think it doesn't fit properly, then put it on and look in the mirror to check for the most common fit problems:

If the cups look creased or baggy, try a smaller cup.

If you've got red marks on your shoulder the band around your body might be too big. Try wearing a smaller under bust size.

If you're wearing an under-wired bra, the wired section should sit flat against your rib cage. If the wires lift away from your body, your cup size might be too small and you should try going up a size.

This is also true if the wires dig into your sides or sit on your breasts and not underneath them.

If you’re falling out of the cups, they may be too small. A good fitting bra should lie flat on your breasts and almost two thirds should be covered. To check this out, put on a t-shirt and turn to the side. If you see a line where your breasts fall over your cup, you need a bigger size.

The band around your body should be in line with the wires at the front of your bra.

Try running your fingers under the band and if you can do that, then you have the right under bust measurement. If the band is tight, try going up a cup size.

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poppy

very helpful thank you so much

SOME RANDOM PERSON

My mum bought me bras without me knowing and when she told me to wear them I didn't because I thought only ladies wore those and later i regretted not wearing them cos my boobs sticked out so much! Luckily my mum left them in my underwear and socks drawer so I didn't have to tell her anything :), and i just want to tell everyone, always listen to your mum unless you got boobs and ur mum doesnt let. Then ask her some questions about when she got boobs and her period. I hope you found this helpful, byee

To @Heya

There is no too big or too small but I'd say your size is around average for your age.

Preteen

I dont know what I need

Lillyanne

Thx

Gucci Taehyung girl

This was really helpful, thank god for this website! I definitely need to start wearing a bra, but my mom and sisters are completely oblivious to that fact. So this website is extremely helpful, maybe i'll buy my first bra by myself

Little fluffy fox

I’m 11 and just around my 11th birthday (in March)I noticed that my breasts were starting to develop and they were sore. They are still sore, but not so much. I remember when we got changed at school, I noticed that the other girls were wearing crop tops and bras. Our school has mixed age classes so Year 5 and year 6 in my class. All of the year 5s wore crop tops except for one girl who wore vests. The year 6 girls wore crop tops, and one girl wore bras. My friend Dulcie (who is 1 year younger than me) was wearing crop tops. I was still wearing vests then, so I felt super awkward and embarrassed! Yashica (who is my enemy and a month younger than me) was the girl who wore bras, and one day noticed that I was still wearing vests. She stared at me and whispered something to my best friend Liah! Yashica kept looking and whispering for several moments, but I pretended to take no notice. Then she asked me why I wore vests and not bras! I pretend not to hear. She asked again and I told her it was none of her business and I rushed out and back to class. I just kept quiet about it. I kept thinking about it and I couldn’t forget it. I kept wondering about whether I could start wearing bras and crop tops instead of vests. The vests looked super babyish next to crop tops and bras, and it made me feel younger. Liah was still wearing vests back then, but I still felt awkward. I would often just get changed in the toilet cubicle, so no one would see me. One day, my mum called me because she had noticed that my vests were not in the dirty laundry when she was loading the washing machine, and she hadn’t seen them for weeks. Yes, I couldn’t stand wearing them anymore and they were now so tight and I got super hot in them. My mum told me that I didn’t need a bra back then and told me not to listen to yashica. She said that only a few are even wearing crop tops and bras, but that was completely untrue! Tomorrow is my last day of primary school. My mum FINALLY said she will get me some crop top bras as she noticed I was developing!Now I don’t have to worry about getting changed at secondary school! :) Gosh, that was a lot of typing! Written on 16 July 2020

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