Find the Perfect Bra

If you haven’t taken a look at Lucky magazine in a while, you may be surprised at the value of its content. There are pockets of advice that focus on what’s strictly faddish rather than what’s flattering, but there is also inclusion of very high-end items in seasonal trend summaries (such as the Prada and Judith Lieber bags featured in the April 2012 issue) and, more important, some excellent bits of image-related advice.

An article by Jennifer Cegielski in the April 2012 issue, “Find the Perfect: Bra” is full of spot-on advice that goes beyond rehashing the same-old, same-old. Included in her tips are the following:

“Don’t hate on underwire. If you are a B-cup or bigger, an underwire bra is an absolute must, because it shapes the breasts, provides unbeatable support, and shows down sagging. Underwire should comfortably surround the bottom and sides of the breast; if it is painful, go up a cup size. . . . .”

Pull a disappearing act. When it comes to materials, silky bras are the most versatile because they’re not only smooth (we’ve all seen a bumpy lace bra under a body-con dress: disaster) but they’re also the least likely to catch on your clothing’s fabric and make it bunch or wrinkle. . . . ”

Find your shade of ‘nude.’  . . . [I]f you’re going for subtlety, opt for a tone that’s closer to your actual skin color: Calvin Klein, Only Hearts, Eres, Wacoal and DKNY all carry a wide range of skin-tone shades. Interestingly, the closest we found to a hue that universally disappears under white or sheer clothing regardless of skin color is a purply beige called Maquillage, created by British lingerie brand Bodas. It’s pretty miraculous.”

Unfortunately, Lucky provides neither a photo nor a source for the Bodas bra. Barney’s New York carries the line but not the color. An example of the Maquillage color underwire bra can be found online at the

Bodas Maquillage color bra from The Outnet

Note that the color of the Bodas bra is described on variously as “pink” and “blush” although the designer color is identified as Maquillage. This particular bra is available in limited sizes.

Whatever your style, having comfortable and flattering underpinnings is critical. Have your correct bra size assessed by a professional fitter, and remember that fit varies from brand to brand and from style to style.