Last week I had a very embarrassing encounter with an African woman I really look up to, and it had to do with my bra size. It had never occurred to me that something seemingly as trivial like knowing and wearing the right bra would cause me to think deeply about so many other things we may be doing incorrectly.
A lot of young Ghanaian women like me are probably also walking about unaware that they are in the wrong shade of face powder, that their clothes do not compliment their body types, nor their hairstyles their face. We tend to just do, copy, and not go in search of information on our own, until of course there is a problem.
We live somewhat on auto-pilot. We eat food and never wonder what it does to our bodies. We want all the latest gadgets but have little understanding of technology, or we never stop to wonder what the letters and numbers on a bra mean.
How she discovered I was obviously in the wrong size of bra is not really necessary here but at the end of our encounter, I discovered that the chronic back and chest pains I had been experiencing may be because I have been wearing a C cup when as she put it I should probably be in a DD. All the while I had blamed the sun for the bra marks indented on my shoulder, when it was the weight of my breasts pulling down a bra that could not give me the right support.
That very day I went online to find out about health hazards, and side effects to wearing the wrong bra size. So if you are just like me and you buy a bra just because you like the design, material, color, padding or the price, then you might want to take a look at this summary of the effects of wearing the wrong size of bras I found on the net.
If you wear an ill-fitting bra, you will not have the sleek, elegant look that you want. Instead, your whole form will look shapeless and unattractive. An ill-fitting bra will also draw unnecessary attention to the bust area.
Wearing the wrong bra size can cause scarring underneath or on each side of the breasts, which is not immediately noticeable. But over time, a bra that is far too tight will end up creating a scarring effect, where the bra has dug into the flesh.
Large breasted women (like myself) often have a battle on their hands to find bras that fit well and provide them with the correct amount of support for their shape. All too often, many large breasted women opt for a smaller size bra, which might look more attractive than a “granny bra”, but a smaller size will actually cause more problems than it solves. A bra that fits properly should not ride up at the back; nor should bra straps dig into the shoulders, leaving behind marks. An ill-fitting bra will not provide enough coverage for the breasts. If your breasts are spilling out of your bra from all angles, then you are wearing the wrong size bra.
Women who wear the wrong size bra often have problems maintaining correct posture. This can lead to slouching rather than sitting and standing upright, as well as unexplained back and neck pain. Prolonged back pains can bring a host of other ailments which includes: stomach indigestion, headaches, poor sleep, curved back, water retention, poor blood circulation, weight gain, constipation and pinched nerves.
The best solution to wearing the wrong bra size is to visit a shop that specializes in lingerie and have yourself measured, not once every few years, but every single time that you go shopping for a new bra. The reason for this is that a woman’s bust size will change throughout her life due to hormonal reasons, pregnancy, weight loss and other factors. Wearing the wrong bra size can cause health problems, but allowing yourself to be measured each time you go bra shopping will ensure that you buy the correct bra size. This will eliminate the health problems that can occur while wearing the wrong bra size.
In Ghana there are several specialty shops that will allow you to go in for a bra fitting even if you don’t end up purchasing. So if you cant afford to buy brand new lingerie, in a place that will allow you to try it on I would recommend going there anyways to get measured, and then you can go where ever you usually buy armed with this knowledge.