Everything you wanted to know about boobs and bras. (But were too afraid to ask.)

Boobs. Shock! Bras. Horror!

Why are we still prudish when it comes to talking about body parts that over 49% of the world’s population own?

And why are we so embarrassed when it comes to garments that ultimately protect our health.

At Janice Rose Lingerie, we know why. It’s down to a lack of education.

Tik Tok we’re still in shock

If you haven’t seen our Tik Tok channel, you’re missing a trick. One of our most recent posts amassed over 12.7M views!

This quick-fire educational post showed one of our lovely assistants demonstrating how some people put on their bras. Can you believe there are four ways and only one is correct.

It became such a huge topic of conversation that even the Loose Women had a chat about it on their ITV lunchtime show. And let’s just say, the lovely ladies have some misconceptions about boobs and bras too—the correct way of putting on your bra is NOT to give you cleavage like the Grand Canyon.

We’re here to demystify all things boobs and bras. You have questions and you want answers but you’re too afraid to ask. Let’s cover some now.

What’s the best way to put on a bra?

Quick pop quiz.

How do you pop your bra on? Do you:

  1. Stand in the middle and pull it up?
  2. Put it on over your head like a t-shirt?
  3. Fasten it at the front and twist it round?
  4. Lean forward into the bra, lift your breasts and scoop them into the cups then fasten at the back?

If you answered anything other than d, then you need to come and see us.

By putting your bra on correctly (d) you’re not damaging the fabric that provides the support. Bra fabric has to remain firm to lift your breasts and stop the weight of them from damaging the Cooper Ligaments—bands of tough, fibrous, flexible connective tissue that shape and support your boobs.

Unless it’s a front fastening bra or made from a special stretch fabric the only bra that you should be putting on differently is a sports bra. 

Is it true that my bra size always stays the same?

This is a common myth. So many women think they’re a specific size. They choose bras ‘off-the-shelf’ by focussing on the number on the label.

We’re so open to the fact that a pair of size 16 jeans fit differently in one shop compared to another; why aren’t we accepting of the same thing with our bras?

From puberty and pregnancy to menopause and lifestyle changes, all of these things have an impact on our body and change the size and shape of our breasts.

So, no, your bra size won’t always stay the same, it will fluctuate depending on your circumstances.

Is it normal for my breasts to hurt?

Yes and no. There are three different types of breast pain.

  1. Cyclical – this is linked to the menstrual period
  2. Non-cyclical – this can be related to current or previous injury to the breast or as result of having larger breasts
  3. Referred – caused by a problem in another part of your body, for example, chest wall pain or pulled muscles in the chest or back.

If you’re experiencing regular breast pain, along with a trip to your GP, it’s also worth checking the fit of your bra. Especially if you have larger breasts. If you’re wearing the wrong size bra, the weight of your boobs can pull on your Cooper Ligaments causing pain and irreversible damage to breast tissue.

All cup shapes are the same, right?

Wrong. There are different cup shapes to suit different breast shapes.

The best way to determine your breast shape and find the perfect cup is to visit an expert bra fitter. They’ll be able to look at the shape of your boobs and give you the correct advice.

Am I alone in feeling embarrassed about my breasts?

You’re most certainly not alone.

But we’re here to tell you that those uneven breasts you’re self-conscious about are totally normal. Inverted nipples? Incredibly common! We’re on mission to destigmatise breasts and bras. We don’t want you to feel uncomfortable when it comes to body parts that are owned by just under half of the world’s population.

Many women who come for a fitting feel embarrassed about the whole experience. However, any bra fitter worth their salt will make you feel relaxed and completely at ease with the fitting process. By the time you leave, you should feel confident and empowered.

If you’d like to arrange a time to discover your perfect fit, contact us.