Admission. I Watch Oprah & I Fear I Am Wearing the Wrong Bra. Second City Style Fashion Blog

November 7, 2006 • Off-Topic

Boy. I feel much better!

It’s true. Most nights I catch the second airing of Oprah as I am getting ready/into bed (unless it’s a repeat). Living in Chicago they have to air her twice a day. It’s law. Last night I counted the minutes until I saw Kirsti Alley in her bikini and was also confronted by something I feared….(yes, wearing a bikini on national television is an obvious one) I think I may be wearing the wrong bra.

(that’s me)

Susan Nethero helps women find the right bra size at her Intimacy stores in New York City, Chicago and Atlanta. Here is some of her bra shopping advice from

Just as women
lose firmness as they get older—so do their bras. "When you buy a bra,"
Susan says, "make sure it fits you in the loosest hook. That way you
can tighten the bra to the second and third hook as the bra ages and
retain the firmness and the lift."

Where to Wear Your Bra

According to Susan, the perfect position for your boobies is midway
between your shoulders and your elbows. Your bra should be level
front to back. Susan says most women wear their bra bands too high on
their torsos and throw their measurements off. "Most women," Susan
says, "keep going up in the back [increasing their band size] instead
of getting a deeper cup. You want to keep the back lean and small to lift the bust. [The bra band is] like a bridge, if it’s properly
planted at the base, it can lift."

Susan says there are obvious clues your bra is the wrong size:

  • If your cups runneth over, it’s time to go up a cup size.
  • If your cups dimple, it’s time to go down a cup size.
  • If
    you have the dreaded back fat, you probably think your bra is too
    tight, but you’re wrong—your bra is too big. Wearing the bra lower on
    your back with a smaller band size will completely eliminate the back
    fat. (My hand is waving wildly, too big, really?)
  • If your strap falls down, that means your bra band is riding up and you probably need to go down a band size.

Before_and_after Photo from O Magazine by Jason Kibbler

I want to look this happy! I’m going for a fitting the next time I hit Michigan Ave. You should too. My Intimacy

– Lauren Dimet

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