How to Pick a Longline Bra

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How to Pick a Longline Bra
Many longline bras are structured like corsets. (pretty woman in white corset and make up image by MAXFX from

Women's lingerie is a marvel of engineering, and none more so than the longline bra. Before you pick one out, you need to know your correct bra size. Have someone else measure you, because your posture is more natural when you are standing still. When choosing longline bras, consider what you will be wearing over it and how long you will have it on. You can buy longline bras online, but it's best to actually try them on before purchasing one.

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Things you need

  • Favourite bra
  • Tape measure
  • Helper

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  1. 1

    Wear your favourite and most comfortable regular bra. Have your helper measure you with a soft, cloth measuring tape. Measure around your rib cage just under your breasts, and add 5 inches. If you get an odd number, go up 1 inch. Measure the fullest part of your breasts. Subtract the first measurement from the second. Determine your cup size: a 1-inch difference is an A cup; 2 inches is a B cup; 3 inches is a C cup; and 4 inches is a D cup.

  2. 2

    Measure vertically from your armpit to your natural waist. Your longline bra should stop at your natural waist, unless you choose a style that covers your entire abdomen. Since most women tend to carry a little extra weight in the lower belly, a longline bra that cuts across that area will create an unflattering bulge.

  3. 3

    Choose your style. Longline bras come in a variety of styles, including strapless, backless, standard shoulder straps and convertible.

  4. 4

    Decide on a colour. A close match to your skin colour works best under sheer fabrics, unless you are trying to highlight the contrast between fabric and skin.

  5. 5

    Examine the structure. A stiffly-boned longline bra works well for a wedding where you will be standing or dancing most of the time, but if you are going to be sitting, standing, bending and moving around a lot, you want a more flexible construction.

  6. 6

    Try on as many different longline bras as you can before purchasing one. Choose a department store that has a professional lingerie fitter for the best possible fit.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear your longline bra for a few days before the big event to break it in and discover any spots that might chafe or pinch.
  • Do not buy a longline bra that is size smaller than you need. It will not make you look slimmer---bulges will likely be more apparent.

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