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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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Aunt flows niece

I got a bra when i was flat chested!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!**!!!**!*!*!*!*!*!*!!******!!

Queen Helen

I'm 14 and I have been wearing a bra that my mum bought me that isn't padded nor has wires and all my friends wear normal, padded bras. My boobs are really small and I don't need a padded bra but I want one because I want my boobs to look bigger and so I fit in and feel comfortable, but I'm too shy to tell my mum.

Thatcrazyponygirl

Im going for my first bra next week I'm sorta scared although it might not fit 😅

Panda

My mum says I have big boobs but in my group of friends I have the smallest by far I wear crop tops but all my freinds wear teen bras baring in mind I’m only 11yet still am 5’5 making me taller than my teachers I also have my periods so I have mood swings and I’m still getting my growth spurt so I’m almost at the peak of puberty even though I’m the tallest I’m still the baby i need a bra and the measurement websites say I’m a 32b

Anya

what if you have a bra that dosent fit and your not allowed to get one.

Just help me already

I’m pretty sure I need a bra- they flop on me, bounce and jump with me when i do exercise( man that hurts!). Still need the measure but probably B-C cup. How should I ask my strict nMom for a bra??? Plz help

Mae

I'm so nervous about asking for a bra and I have the biggest ones in my class(year6)!I just need advice please help me.Kind regards Mae

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