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So, when was the last time you got measured for a bra? Well if it isn’t in the last year listen up!

There are many reasons why you should have your boobs professionally measured – these are just some of them:

* weight gain
* weight loss
* pregnancy
* menopause
* illness
* puberty
* lactation

It is also very important to replace your bras regularly as constant washing means less support over time.

More than a third of women wear the wrong bra size. Most women are wearing a bra that is too big in the back size and too small in the cup size. Wearing the right size bra can make you look and feel fabulous. Wearing the wrong size will make you look heavier and your boobs will look saggy. You may even suffer from back ache and muscle tension. The right size bra will completely change the shape of your body, keeping your breasts exactly where they are meant to be. It will cause your torso to look leaner and slimmer – it can make you look a whopping 10lb slimmer! And, you have to admit it, wearing a sexy new bra and pants does wonders for your confidence! It is your little secret 🙂

You should have a wardrobe of bras that suit your lifestyle. You may need one with seams, one without, a push up bra, a t shirt bra, a sports bra, a strapless bra. Then you ideally need three of each style, one to wear, one to wash and one in the drawer.

During a Style Consultation, I always ask “When were you last measured for a bra?”. I am pleased to say that most ladies do make sure they do this regularly, but recently, I thought to myself “When was the last time I was measured for a bra?” and I am ashamed to say it is quite a few years. So, last week I took myself off to Bravissimo in Manchester City Centre. They have a unique way of deciding what bra size you should be – they do it purely by sight!

I am pleased to inform you that I WAS wearing the correct size bra (Phew!) – 30F if you are interested. And I decided to treat myself to a couple of new sets. My instructions were – no black, white or nude – I fancied some colours and something pretty. You should take your individual colouring into account when selecting lingerie too! And PLEASE do not wear white lingerie under white clothes! Choose a bra that closely resembles your skin tone to avoid awkward over exposure.

Following my brief (see what I did there?) the Bravissimo sales assistant came to my fitting room with an array of bras in different colours and styles for me to try on and was very helpful in helping make my choice. She even made notes of the styles I liked for future purchases.

Here is what I decided on – the Marcie in yellow and the Satine in Bloom:

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Bravissimo has a great video on their website to give you some guidelines on the perfect fitting bra:

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Whilst we are on the subject of boobs, I wanted to share with you something fantastic. Some of my amazing Colour Me Beautiful colleagues have taken their clothes off in support of Breakthrough Breast Cancer! They are aiming to produce and sell 5,000 copies of their fabulous glossy A3 calendar, which features 13 real women, inspiring quotes and professional style advice. Their cover girl, Maria, was diagnosed with breast cancer six months ago and had her final chemotherapy treatment the day after the photo shoot, although you wouldn’t know it, she looks amazing! Her early diagnosis and positivity have been a key factor as she’s responding very well to treatment and we want to make sure that all women have the same opportunity by raising awareness of the Touch Look Check campaign.

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They have already smashed their target of £7000 to cover printing costs and any further donations will be going straight to Breakthrough Breast Cancer – please check out Body Confidence Calendar 2015 and give them your support!

Here is a bit of fun to finish with:

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