Have you ever heard the saying ‘a good bra can make you feel ready to conquer the world?’ Probably not, because we just made it up. But isn’t it true? Sometimes the right bra is all you need to face anything. Let’s face it, the cleavage is a powerful weapon in a woman’s arsenal and – just like the wrong hairdo – when it’s not right, it can seriously dent your confidence. There’s no doubt that lingerie is powerful. It’s why French women have such high self-esteem and catch so many admiring glances – these ladies are stylish in every layer of their outfit. They know the power of sexy lingerie and work it to their advantage, even when no-one else can see it. Confidence is definitely sexy, and when you feel good, it really does show. From your walk, to your talk, to your smile, you’ll positively exude positivity if you’re wearing the right lingerie, or plus size shapewear. All that just from just underwear? Can a bra really wield this power over us? Yes! And here’s why:
Perfect fit, for comfort and confidence
It’s really hard to feel like you’re on top of the world when you’ve got underwires digging into your armpits, or your underwear’s riding up. If your bra feels like it’s bruising your ribcage, or is giving you a less than desired shape, then chances are you’re not only wearing the wrong style, but you’re also wearing a bra that’s the wrong fit. You can end up feeling pretty rubbish about yourself, and that shows. Despite Victorian advice, your bra should never hurt – the idea is that you should barely be able to notice it’s there. The perfect bra should be so comfortable against your skin that you forget you’re even wearing it. Read our blog How to measure yourself for shapewear to make sure you find the perfect fit. Also, make sure you regularly check your measurements, as not many of us will stay the same size for life.
Find your style, to ensure perfect shaping
It’s not just about finding the perfect fit. There are also a multitude of bra styles out there, from full cup to plunge, underwired to non wired, and balconette to sports bras. The point is, whatever shape you are – and whatever shape you want your chest to be – there’s a perfect bra style out there that can do it. Want to give yourself a boost? Push up bra. Want to minimise your chest? Minimiser bra. Want to enhance your cleavage? Balconette bra. This latter option is especially good for all Mums out there, as breastfeeding can dramatically flatten the upper part of your breast, so the balconette pushes up and forms curves exactly where you want them. There’s definitely something out there for everyone to help tweak the things you’re not so confident about and emphasise your favourite bits, so you can love yourself and shine with new-found self-esteem.
Go for beautiful matching sets
If you want to feel really put together, and glow with inner confidence, then look no further than a matching bra and knicker set. We know this isn’t always possible, especially if you’re limited to wearing non wired, maternity or a post-surgery bra, but even if your choice is limited, try to find the closed match you can. Trust us, team the right underwear together and you’ll feel that little bit more special.
Freedom of expression
We all have our own unique style, ways we like to dress and ways we like to look. Let’s face it, clothes aren’t just about keeping warm (and a sense of decorum), they’re also a way in which we express our personalities and the way we feel on any particular day. The same can be said for underwear – be that the practical but comfortable old-timers that have sat in our lingerie drawer for many years, more fun options for when we’re carefree, or the downright sexy, for the ultimate in female empowerment. The beauty of lingerie is that, whatever rules might be imposed in the workplace or society, underneath all that clothing, you can wear whatever you like and be who you truly want to be! Even if no one else can see it, YOU’LL know, and that will carry through in an amazing sense of sexiness and self-belief.
Our favourite bra styles for you to try
Why not have some fun experimenting? We can’t tell you what will make you feel fierce every day of the week, but we do have some suggestions for you to try. You never know, you might find your new favourite!
Black Soft Cup Bra: Where comfort meets confidence, the full cup black soft cup bra is a really popular choice. Made from soft, smooth material with a touch of lace detailing and lycra, this is the ideal every day power-bra.
Underwired Bra and Cami Combo: If you’re looking for great bust shaping as well as toning around the middle, then the Alice underwired bra and cami is the foundation garment for you. With silicone-lined seams that ensure that the bra liner won’t slip, this is great for all-day comfort.
Boned Satin Corset: Simple, sexy and supportive, this stylish and voluptuous black satin corset has a sweetheart bustline, with built-in bra straps, making it the perfect crossover of bra and corset. Both flattering and practical, it’s made of soft, sumptuous material and reinforced with stretch boning and a zip closure front, making this the perfect daily wear. A lace-up back gives it that added touch of glamour.
At Elle Courbee, we believe women should be able to feel confident and sexy, no matter what day it is. Whether you’re at work, at home or at a special event, your lingerie is there to help you feel confident walking into any room. If you’ve not found your confidence-bra yet, then don’t worry, we’re here to help. Our selection of bras (and our no-nonsense refund policy) means that you can find ‘the one’ that boosts your confidence. To find out more, just browse our collection today.