Don’t let these age-old bra myths keep your girls from getting the support they need. Experts weigh in on what’s true, what’s false, and what’s just downright silly. Here are 10 bra myths you can (and should) ignore.
Bra myth about size
“I can’t tell you how many women have told me they’ve been wearing the same size for 20 years,” says Jene Luciani, author of The Bra Book. “You have hormones, you are aging, you are losing and gaining weight, and all of these things affect your bra size!” Luciani also says that even a small weight gain or loss can affect bra size. She suggests yearly fittings to make sure your measurements haven’t changed.
Bra myth about brand
This is a big misconception. Paul Tutela, MD, a board certified plastic surgeon practicing in New York, warns that bra sizes aren’t even consistent within the same brand. “Sizes are not universal ,” he says. “You really have to start fresh with each brand.”