If you are looking to purchase a longline bra, this article can provide some guidance and helpful advice. First, it helps to know a little more about longline bras in general. They are designed much like a partial corset, and most women use them to project a smoother and slimmer figure. Others appreciate the extra back and shoulder support they provide.
Naturally, you should first determine the type of longline bra that meets your needs. Here are some common types to research. For normal, everyday wear with good support, consider a typical strapped bra with a soft fabric. If you need something to go with a strapless gown or dress, a strapless longline bra is an obvious choice. For something sexy or fun, look for a lingerie or lace styled bra. Finally, if you want pure functional support, a posture longline bra can provide superior results.
Once you have a good idea of the type of longline bra you would like, proper sizing is important. As these bras cover a larger portion of your torso, we recommend that you go to a retailer and get properly sized by a professional. It will also give you a chance to feel the fabrics and textures – again, you want something extremely comfortable because of the larger bra coverage. We feel this is the most important step in choosing a longline bra.
Here are a few other general tips on bra sizing. Make sure the bra strap is comfortable and firm – not overly loose. The cup area should not wrinkle or collapse inwards – conversely, you do not want your breasts bulging out the top of the cups either. Finally, the center of the bra should rest snugly on your breastbone but not be too loose. These seem obvious, but you would be surprised at how many women get the wrong bra size.
Another important consideration not to overlook is the outfit you will be wearing. This is especially important if you are wearing a tight fitting gown or evening dress. If practical, try the bra on with your anticipated clothes (or something with similar fit) beforehand. Bring a friend to give you input on the look and feel.
Finally, a few words on how your body anatomy may affect your choice. If you are a larger or full figured woman, a longline (often posture type) with body panels may provide that extra support for long lasting comfort. On the other hand, if you are a woman with smaller breasts, a tight-fitting (or athletic fit) longline bra can push your breasts up, enhancing your figure.
Ultimately, the most important thing when choosing a longline bra is the comfortability. If it feels uncomfortable during a test run, there is no way you will want to keep it on for hours at a time. Please make sure you get the size and comfort right. We hope this helps and good luck!