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Teen Guide - Your First Bra

Your First Bra

Are you wondering if it's time to get a bra?

Or maybe you're sure it is time to get a bra, but wondering what kind of bra to get?

Ever wonder about how normal your breast development is?

These are questions every girl has at some time in her life and we've got some straight answers for you.

Breast Development Concerns

Breast development is unique to each and every girl. Breasts can start growing as early as age 8 or up to age 15, usually with the start of puberty. It seems like every girl has some concerns when she starts developing. Some girls worry their breasts are too small or not growing yet, while some girls worry that their breasts are too big and hard to hide.

While worrying about your breast development is common, it's often unnecessary and never useful. Although breast size gets a lot of attention, there aren't any magic pills, creams or exercises that can make breasts grow slower, faster or smaller or larger. Breasts can continue to grow during the teen years and even into the early twenties.

Fully developed breasts come in all shapes and sizes, sometimes with one breast larger than the other. This is natural, and absolutely nothing to worry about. And good news, these concerns are so common that there are lots of solutions!

To work around uneven breasts many women use removable padding in one cup. There are push up and padded bras designed to give extra lift to smaller chests and minimizer bras and contour bras to help girls who'd prefer a smaller silhouette. The truth is that there are all sorts of female shapes and sizes in the world, and they are all beautiful.

When Should I Get a Bra?

It's usually a good time to get a bra when your breasts have "budded," or begun to bump out a bit under the nipple. A training bra, a bralette or a sports bra are all good options at this early stage of breast development. They can provide some support and some modesty while your breasts are developing.

As breasts grow, they may be pointy for a while before becoming rounder and fuller, at which point they could use a little more support from a bra with cups. Cupped bras with underwires give extra support to larger chests and help to keep your breasts in place. As breasts develop, they'll need support especially when participating in athletics or high-movement activities.

Find Out Your Bra Size

Before choosing your first bra, make sure that you know your correct size. Frequent bra fittings are important during your teen years, when your body is growing, especially if your bra starts fitting in a weird or painful way.

You might feel shy about your growing breasts and not want other people talking about them, looking at them, and measuring them. But it's wise to get measured so to find out your correct bra size.

You can get a professional fitter at a store to help you, or you can do it yourself at home. Keep in mind, the measurement you come up with is a just rough idea. Every body is a little different, so you'll need to try on lots of bras to find the perfect fit for you.

Keep in mind, most bras have adjustable hooks and eyes, so you can adjust the tightness. A new bra should fasten on the loosest set of hooks so that you can adjust it as a bra stretches out or as you grow and develop.

Fitting yourself can seem a little complicated, so we made some easy fit guides with you in mind. We also have helpful, friendly customer service reps who can help you fit yourself from over the phone at 1.866.352.4494.

Be sure to try on lots and lots of different bras, in different styles and variations of sizes. Sister sizes are equivalent sizes with either larger or smaller cups/bands. It's great to try a sister size if a bra fits pretty well but is maybe a little bit off. For example, if you're trying a 34C and it's a little bit too big in the band, you can try a 32D, one of the sister sizes. This is a good guideline to find the exact right fit!

Does Your Bra Fit?

Like anything new, finding the right bra can be tough. If a bra is gaping at the cups, riding up, digging in, popping open, sliding off, or shifting around, these are signs that your bra doesn't fit properly. Keep trying, you'll find the right one! Also take note that your body changes quickly, a bra that fits well one day can suddenly fit poorly the next, which means it's time for a new fitting.

Try on lots of bras until you find the right size bra. You'll know it's the right size when it fits snugly around the band and doesn't pinch, gap, or slide around. Find out more about the right fit here.

Shop for the Right Bra

Once you've decided what type of bra you're interested in and figured out what size range you are, it's time to start trying bras on.

Some girls can easily find their sizes in large chain stores but a lot of girls can't find their bra size anywhere except for online.

That's ok - there's actually a lot of variety of styles and sizes online so you can find exactly what you like in the exact right size.

A couple of quick tips to remember: dark colored bras will show underneath light clothing. If you want a bra that won't show under clothes, a good choice is a color that's close to your skin tone in a seamless style. Lacey bras can "catch" fabric so they can be easier to see under some clothing.

Make sure your bra is comfortable and fits well. If a bra is scratchy or too tight, you're not going to want to use it.

Now that you know the bra basics, have fun shopping for the right one. Once you've found your perfect bra, take good care of it!

What Kind of Bra to Buy?

There are lots of types of bras for lots of different purposes and shapes. When choosing your first bra or bras, first ask yourself what kind of bra do you most need? Do you need everyday support, breast coverage, athletic support, or just something for fun?

These are some of the most common beginning bras for teens.

Training Bras

Training Bras

A first bra is often called a "training bra." This a good choice if you don't yet fit into to standard-size or cupped bras, but need some basic support, modesty, and comfort.

Sports Bras

Sports Bras

A sports bra is a type of bra worn by active women during athletics to protect breast tissue from damaging movement. Because they're durable and comfortable, sports bras make really good first bras for many girls. Not all sports bras are created equal, so try on a few to figure out which ones you like and which will stay tucked away underneath clothing straps.

Soft Cup Bras

Soft Cup Bras

Other types of bras include a natural-looking soft-cup bra. This wire-free bra doesn't do much to change the shape of a girl's breasts. Soft-cup bras come in different fabrics and thicknesses and can also be called bralets or bralettes.

Underwire Bras

Underwire Bras

Underwire bras have a U-shaped wire inside the fabric that goes under the breasts to help support them. If your breasts are C cup or larger, an underwire bra is a good choice.

Padded/Push-Up Bras

Padded/Push-Up Bras

Padded or push-up bras usually have more structured cups and some padding inside. These are a good choice if you want more modesty or to conceal uneven breast sizes. They're also a good choice if you'd like your breasts to appear larger.

Minimizer Bras

Minimizer Bras

Minimizer bras are available for girls who want their breasts to appear smaller. If you have a large chest, you might also want to consider a smoothing contour or moulded bra, like a T-shirt bra. Because it's seamless, your clothes will flow right over it, creating an appearance of smaller chest.

Find the Bra that's Best for You