3 Truths That Matter About Bikini Size

August 9, 2016

We’ve all heard it a million times. “Size matters.” The truth is, size only matters to those who are concerned about being the wrong size, and it can apply to a variety of situations.

In most cases, size is measured by your perception of size.

You can be viewed as a ‘big personality’, regardless of your physical stature, when possessing a huge amount of self-confidence. Likewise, you may see someone as ‘small’ because they’re so narrow-minded or self-absorbed.

Visual comparisons can be affected by optical illusions, past experiences – even the size of one’s own body! Remember how big your bicycle seemed when you were six? Or how about how big your mother’s shoes seemed compared to yours at that age?

It’s not unusual to see yourself as bigger or smaller than you actually appear to others.

What really matters, is that you see the beauty that is within you! Of course, your physical size should never govern your perception of your value and self-worth, and the numbers on a tag should NOT determine what you wear.

Bikinis Come in Many Sizes

Focusing on size tags is one way in which you may be missing out on enjoying a healthy level of self-confidence…and FUN! If you’re letting the numbers on a size tag keep you from trying new things, opening yourself to new experiences, or simply living comfortably in your own body, here are a few things to consider:  

  • Women’s sizes are divided into various types, depending on height. These charts give an indication of size but are by no means exact as they vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, sometimes by a full inch up and down.
  • The hourglass figure is frequently used as an industry standard, but only 8% of women have this body shape (according to Julia Felsenthal/Slate 2012).
  • A size 8 dress today is nearly the equivalent of a size 16 dress in 1958. And a size 8 dress of 1958 doesn’t even have a modern-day equivalent — those waist and bust measurements come in smaller than today’s size 00.
  • It’s a numbers game! The numbers displayed on clothing tags are nothing but a vain attempt to measure up to an unhealthy, inconsistent, and manipulated ideal. Hence, the term Vanity Sizing.

Focus on These 3 Things Instead:

  1. Your kids don’t care what you look like in a swimsuit. They just want you to take them to the beach and have fun.
  2. If you’re comfortable in a bikini – wear one – no matter what the size on the tag.
  3. The size written on the tag of your bikini isn’t visible to anyone else. Shown them your confidence and how comfortable you are in your own skin and that’s what they’ll see.

We’d love to help you gain confidence in your clothing choices – beginning with the foundation of every perfect outfit – your undergarments. Bra Necessities can show you how to enjoy perfect fitting essentials with all the comfort you never thought possible.


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How to Get a Bikini Body

July 13, 2016

Tips & Tricks

If you’re avoiding purchasing a bikini or swimsuit and hitting the beach this summer, we have a few tips and tricks to encourage you to ‘dive in’ and enjoy the sun, sand, and surf.

#1 Know Your Body Type

Begin here, ladies.
> Your shape determines the best swimsuit look.
> Your shape is determined by where you naturally distribute weight.
> Your measurements are determined by 1)  Hips at the widest point & 2) Bust at the fullest point

Swimsuit sizing and styling depend on these ratios.Body Shape Image

Tips for Interpreting Your Particular Shape

No significant difference between hips, waist and bust?
You’re what’s known as a Straight (Ruler or Banana) Shape.

Waist significantly wider than your hips and equal to or almost as wide as your bust?
You’re probably an Apple Shape.

Bust and hips about the same width but your waist is much smaller?
You’re the classic Hourglass Shape.

Hips a lot wider than your waist and bust?
You likely have what is known as a Pear Shape.

Torso and upper body wider than your hips?
This is the Inverted Triangle.

#2 Find Your Flattering Style

No one is perfect,
but you can find your perfect style.

What to Look for in Bikini and Swimsuit Tops

Bandeau: A crisscrossing style in the front, often softly gathered at the sides, this look creates curves on a smaller chest.

Carnivale: A flirty little flare that helps to emphasize a smaller chest and broaden the look of shoulders.

Halter: Tying around the neck and across the back, this style supports a medium or larger chest.

String:  Similar to the halter, but usually less material, this is good for boosting the smaller chest and broadening the shoulders.

Underwire: Extra support and coverage for the medium or large chest, in a bra-like styling.

Select Your Right Cut in Bikini and Swimsuit Bottoms:

Brazilian:  Narrow hips are accentuated by this simple, below the belly-button style.

High-Waisted: As the name implies, this style sits above the belly-button and helps to hide not-so-flat tummies and muffin tops.
Hipster:  Sits on the hips, helping to lengthen the look of legs while giving coverage in the rear.
Side-Tie:  Similar to Hipster, this style features ties on the sides to play up the hips while providing coverage in the rear.
String:  Straight-forward style that uses strings to tie on the side, providing less coverage as it flatters wider hips and thighs.

Tips for Selecting Your ‘Swim Suitable’ Style: “If the suit fits, wear it” may not be the only consideration. No matter how flattering the fit, comfort is a must! You’ll wear what makes you the most comfortable. Even if you’ve got a great beach body, wearing a bikini on the beach may not be within your comfort zone, so wear what looks good and feels good to YOU.

#3 Tricks for Making the Most of Your Assets



For more cleavage, try underwire bra tops. Click Here To See More


For an athletic shape, go for the Convertible Bikini. Click Here to See More


For adding curves, add ruffles, frills, and ties. Click Here to See More.


For supporting your midsection. Click Here to See More.


For lengthening your legs, raise the cut of the leg opening and lower the waist. (Works for one-piece suits, as well, in combination with a lower neckline.) Click Here to See More.



Remember: The best fitting swimsuits look good ‘coming and going.’

Whenever possible,
try on swimsuits in front of mirrors that show every angle
If you’re still in need of help to select your perfect fit and style,
get the professional advice of a stylist who can point

you to the latest trends for:
…Or just plain ‘showing off’ on the beach.



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Graduation Shapewear:  4 Tips from your Fit Specialists on What to Wear Under Your Dress

May 14, 2016

Graduation season means you will be rocking curve-hugging gowns and look smokin’ hot on prom night! Here are our tips to create an amazing silhouette under that perfect gown.

TIP #1:

Never go too small in size, it will create extra lines you don’t want.  Buy the right size for comfort and to create That Look.

TIP #2:

Shapewear comes in a variety of silhouettes.  Each one designed with intention to address your top half, your bottom half or both.  The silhouette you choose should be based on the cut of your dress.  We love it when you bring your dress in the store with to get professionally fitted.

TIP #3:

You have your choice of how much control the Shapewear provides.  For instance, if you want to smooth out a tummy bulge, you will need Light Control.

TIP #4:

Shapewear really works!  Gone are they days where your Grandma breathlessly laced herself into a corset.  Today’s Shapewear is ergonomically designed to painlessly give you an outstanding silhouette.

Come in today and let our professional fit experts help you find your  Shapewear Solution.


May 22, 2016

Misconception #1  Shapewear is for your Grandma

FACT:  Today’s Shapewear is not at all what your Grandma wore.  If you dream of a streamlined silhouette check out these modern options:
Janira Shapewear at Bra Necessities  PrimaDonna Shapewear at Bra Necessities

Misconception #2  Shapewear is not Sexy

FACT:  Today’s Shapewear is made from the finest fabrics and lace with sophisticated embroidery.

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Misconceptions #3:  Shapewear is UNCOMFORTABLE

FACT:  Today’s Shapewear is ergonomically designed to respect your natural figure.

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Misconception #4:  Shapewear does not work

FACT:  Quality Shapewear can drop one dress size (sometimes even more).

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Come in today and let our professional fit experts help you find your  Shapewear Solution.