Helping Your Tween Select Her First Bra
I am the mom of three kids, two of them being girls. So inevitably we will be going bra shopping for her first bra. If you are the parent of a girl between the ages of ten and fourteen, you too will be walking into new territory of bra shopping with a tween. Once your girl has decided she is ready to start wearing a bra she is probably going to be needing some guidance in making the purchase.
Here is my advise on helping your tween select her first bra.
Your tween may hint at or, may flat our say, that she is wanting to start wearing a bra. If she feels she is ready, go for it! There are so many styles out there, there is something for every body shape and type. I am all about encouraging confidence in my kids and if a bra is what my daughter is asking for to help her feel a bit more confidant in the way her clothes fit, I am going to buy the bra.
But you may ask her to consider:
- Why is she wanting to wear a bra?
- Is it to fit in with a certain crowd?
- Does she feel self conscious with out one?
- Is she looking for her clothing to fit differently?
- Know that every body is different and she may not need or want a bra that her friend is wearing.
- Genetics play a huge part in how the shape a young girls body develops.
- She is not able to exercise or take a supplement to make her breasts grow or shrink.
So you have decided that today is the day and you are going to head to Target to pick out a few bras. Where do you even start?! My advise is to start by trying on one of each style. Just because a mother wears a certain style does not mean that the girl will want or even like that style. The tween is her own person, has her own body type and should pick out what feels best for HER.
Choosing a style
If your tween is graduating from an undershirt or wearing nothing under her shirt at all, you may want to suggest a pull over style bra. Hanes has a Cotton pull over bra that mimics the line of an undershirt with a thin bra strap for adjusting the fit. If she is looking for a bra with full coverage but has the plunge in the neck line to wear with shirts with a V-neck have her try on the Hanes Red Label® Girls’ 2+1 Bonus Pack Bras. There are so many colors available she is sure to find one that she will love. Pull over bras are great because she doesn’t have to fuss with a clasp while these bras are seamless and tagless!
Racer Back Or Sports Bra
If your tween is feeling self conscious about a bra strap drooping she might want to look into a racer back bra or a bra with an added hook between her shoulder blades for a custom fit. These bras are also great for your active girl who is always on the run.
Seamless Molded Cups
As your tween develops she might feel confidant in a bra with a seamless molded cup. A seamless molded cup has a form to it to provide support and modesty with out being a full cup bra, complete with underwire.
While it may not be her FIRST bra and it may be several months, or even years before she develops enough for a full cup bra Hanes does offer several styles that offer comfort and style that your tween may want. There is a microfiber, wirefree bra that pulls over and offers versatile support. Great coverage with adjustable, convertible straps for custom fit and multiple ways to wear. Plus, the bra is made of sleek, soft microfiber so clothes glide over for a neat, modest look. Another option would be the demi bra. A lightly padded cup with an underwire provides additional shaping and modesty for a neat, sleek look. Adjustable straps convert to racerback for multiple ways to wear.
Advice from a new bra wearer:
- Once you start wearing a bra, and get use to wearing one, you may be uncomfortable in certain shirts with out one.
- Allow your bras to air dry on a drying rack. Drying bras in the dryer can cause them to change shape.
- Be aware of the color of your bra as it relates to your outfit. Lighter colors should be worn under lighter colors. Darker colors are great for under darker outfits or thicker fabrics.
- Choose a bra that feels right on YOU. Don’t pick a bra that you think is cute but doesn’t fit. Comfort is the key to confidence.
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