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Which Type of Sports Bra Should You Wear For Your Breast Type?

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We've chatted about the seven different breast types and the best bra for yours, but what about when it comes time to get active? Your exercise of choice and the size of your ladies can make a big difference in which style of sports bra you pick, but there's also value in shopping with the shape of your breasts in mind. For expert advice to make sure you're being best supported the next time you hit the gym, we connected with the team at C9 Champion. With a revamped range of all sorts of sports bras, you could say they know a thing or two about smart support.

Which Type of Sports Bra Should You Wear For Your Breast Type?

If your breasts sit on the outside of your chest... Look for a style with molded cups ($23) that will provide shape and position in the same way an everyday bra would. Unlike thin styles that will allow your girls to gravitate toward their normal position, the construction in place keeps them where it's most comfortable.

If your breasts are bell-shaped... A full-coverage style ($23) will give you some added fabric at the top part of the breast where yours are more slender. It'll help even things out and distribute weight too—a good move if you're planning to log a high-impact sweat sesh.

If your breasts are round and full... Racerback straps can help keep everything exactly in place. If your set is a C cup or higher, the team loved this style ($17) due to a double layer of compression fabric.

If your breasts are long and slender... Molded cups run the risk of leaving you with uncomfortable space between bra and breast. Instead, look for a soft fit ($20) that will center and lift without totally changing up your natural shape.

If your breasts are asymmetrical... A style with removable cups ($20) is perfect for you. Play around with the padding, customizing placement and amount until you feel equally supported on both sides (don't be afraid of taking scissors to an insert).

If your breasts are teardrop-shaped... As the most common shape, you're easy to fit. Take advantage of the new styles of sports bras (leaps apart from the standard mono-style of the past) and try one with adjustable straps ($17) that can be customized for comfort depending on your height.

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Which Type of Sports Bra Should You Wear For Your Breast Type?

The Only 5 Bras You’ll Ever Need

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Let's broach a hot-button topic today, shall we? Bras. Much of the world's adult population wears them every single day, and yet for a garment so ubiquitous, shopping for one can be kind of elusive.

Just head to a lingerie store or online to your favorite innerwear e-commerce site and take it in. Lacey little things, demis, t-shirt bras, sports styles as far as the eye can see—and we haven't even scratched the surface. It's totally overwhelming, a fashion Everest even. And somehow every season, there are new styles thrown at us pushed as "must-haves". Hey, we like a robust lingerie drawer as much as the next girl, but for us busy women who work, work out, have kids, dogs, cats, and yes,lives, we need cute, functional, and easy options. And so, we introduce the official Glamour bra wardrobe. These five pretty, sexy, and functional bosom boosters are the only bras you'll ever need.

1. A Flesh Colored Bra You Can Wear Under...Well, Anything
The Only 5 Bras You'll Ever Need
Chantelle Parisian Demi T-Shirt bra, Journelle, $74
A nude bra is the bread and butter of your bra wardrobe. But hello bra-makers, "nude" is pretty much a different color for everyone! Thankfully, they heard us loud and clear, and now many brands offer a range of flesh-tone shades, so you can find one that suits your skin's hue best. This is the bra that you'll wear with every light-colored t-shirt, blouse, and dress. Chantelle has terrific options, as does Nubian Skin, a new brand we're crazy about.

2. A Hot Damn! I'm Fiiiine Bra
The Only 5 Bras You'll Ever Need
L'agent plunge bra, $68, Journelle
You know those go-to jeans you have that make your butt look awesome—and you feel like a total goddess in? Well, you need a bra that makes you feel the same way. Opt for lace, sheer, even red, and wear whenever you want to feel like the bombshell you are. (No one at work needs to know what's under your turtleneck, right? Right.)


3. A Bra With Cups that Make Your Cleavage Overfloweth
The Only 5 Bras You'll Ever Need
Fleur de Mal, crochet lace balconette bra, $128
Like the aforementioned bra, a bra that gives good cleavage is also something to keep in your arsenal. For smaller breasted women, it may mean a push-up bra; for medium or larger endowed women who just want a touch more lift, choose a balconette or demi style to give you that pretty, healthy perk at the neckline.

5. An Inspector Gadget-Level Smart Bra
The Only 5 Bras You'll Ever Need
Victoria's Secret Very Sexy Multi-Way Bra, $62
Go go Gadget boobs! Wearing something backless, strapless, low-cut, or just plain complicated? You need a convertible bra. But we're not talking about the clunky "smart bras" of yesteryear, the updated styles are as almost chic as your outfit.

4. A Supportive Bra for Timid Tatas
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Heidi Klum Brooklyn Ambition Contour Plunge Bra, $50
Sadly, cleavage is not always appropriate. Enter the built-up plunge bra, which offers full coverage with moderate lift. Boardroom and mommy-and-me appropriate. (Unless of course, you're wearing a turtleneck. In that case see Number 2 above.)










The Only 5 Bras You'll Ever Need

This Sports Bra Comes With a Pocket for a Knife or Pepper Spray

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Just when you thought a bra was a bra, the world's been introduced to a new creation that doubles as a weapon of sorts. Booby Trap Bras' "Just in Case" sports bra includes "a knife sheath" sewn into the front so that women can take a thin weapon along with them at all times (another style created in the same vein packs a tube of pepper spray in between both breasts). The push to design the product is, as you'd expect, an unnerving one.

"I walked around thinking life was all rainbows and butterflies until I was jumped out at on a local running trail. I was in active wear and had no form of protection on me," founder Jennifer Cutrona wrote, explaining to her local Texas news station that the harrowing experience led directly to her going home and modifying her own bra. "I got away from the guy, but was extremely upset at how oblivious I had been to this possibility." While the bras were born from a need of females exercising alone, they can be worn anywhere and offer protection whether you're jogging in the woods or not (consider the woman who says she's been made to feel safer when walking in a parking lot after late work shifts).

This Sports Bra Comes With a Pocket for a Knife or Pepper Spray

Neither the knife nor the pepper spray are meant to seriously injure an attacker; rather, it's about protection that'll allow you to scare off a would-be bad guy or buy time to get out of harm's way. "I was not trying to come up with something that would kill," Cutrona explained, "just something that would give me a few seconds to get away."

The knife bra retails for $55, with the knife costing an extra $13.


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This Sports Bra Comes With a Pocket for a Knife or Pepper Spray

Khloe Kardashian Tells You Exactly Which Black Bra to Wear Under a Sheer Top

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The Kardashian and Jenner ladies have made the sheer black turtleneck part of their sisterly wardrobe. Everyone has worn one at some point—Kim is thought to be a fan of this Wolford variety—and Kendall and Kylie just included an option in their brand-new range. More often than not, the reality stars choose to wear the top with only a bra underneath, maximizing the sexy factor but making it a little trickier to copy IRL. And while we've scored intel on the underpinnings Kim liked while pregnant, we didn't know about the rest of the girls until Khloe got intimate on her site.

Khloe Kardashian Tells You Exactly Which Black Bra to Wear Under a Sheer Top

"I just knew the top was really sheer, so I wanted to wear something pretty underneath. You can't do a lace bra or bralette because it would be so see-through," she wrote, suggesting this Calvin Klein plunge bra. It "has nude cups with a black lace overlay so it's perfect for something sheer. Plus, it has an underwire for major support." The style that Khloe's a fan of isn't widely available online, but this other Calvin pick is pretty similar (including the nude cups + black lace situation).

Style-wise, the Kardashians have been impressing us even more than usual as of late. From Kris Jenner's foray into the designing world to Kendall and Kylie's new range (which, FYI, looks pretty good in real life and worn around the Glamour offices), 2016 is looking like a banner fashion year for the fam.

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The Right Lingerie for You Based on Your Zodiac Sign

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Sexy, slinky lingerie can give a thrill year-round, but it typically creeps to the top of our shopping list when Valentine's Day approaches. If you're typically left feeling flummoxed by all the choices, here's a thought: Why not see what sort of pieces your zodiac sign says you should try?

As the AstroTwins, Ophira and Tali Edut are two ladies who know about the stars, and the pair recently connected with NYC shop The Dreslyn on a pack of limited-edition tarot cards (shop the deck here). To celebrate, the ladies provided us with some insight into the sartorial leanings of all 12 zodiac signs, helping us to pair each with a befitting lingerie option.

Aries
You are: Dynamic, original, competitive
Your lingerie should be: No matter the situation, you're in it to win it. As such, a basic pair of bra and bottoms won't work. The bodysuit is done less frequently, making it a choice that'll feel right for your front-line fashion tendencies.
The Right Lingerie for You Based on Your Zodiac Sign

L'Agent by Agent Provocateur bodysuit, $180, shopbop.com

Taurus
You are: Persistent, reliable, decadent
Your lingerie should be: A classic style that's worth investing in. Just like everyday apparel, lingerie sees its fair share of trends come through, but some options, like flattering balconettes, will have a worthy place in your drawers for years.
The Right Lingerie for You Based on Your Zodiac Sign

Cosabella bra, $88, neimanmarcus.com

Gemini
You are: Clever, curious, inventive
Your lingerie should be: Different. You love standing out, so unique lingerie that plays with shapes, colors, or pop culture moments is right up your alley.
The Right Lingerie for You Based on Your Zodiac Sign

Fleur du Mal Playboy Bunny bodysuit, $180, net-a-porter.com

Cancer
You are: Nurturing, private, creative
Your lingerie should be: Soft and comfortable enough to spend a weekend morning lounging. Make it more special than a basic bralette by looking for pretty details like a long cut or flourishes at the shoulders.
The Right Lingerie for You Based on Your Zodiac Sign

Aerie lace plunge bralette, $20 on sale, ae.com

Leo
You are: Passionate, charismatic, strong
Your lingerie should be: Bold and fiery. Red is the obvious choice for you, Leo, and you'll feel amazing in strong shapes that aren't for everyone.
The Right Lingerie for You Based on Your Zodiac Sign

Victoria's Secret push-up bra, $50, victoriassecret.com

Virgo
You are: Analytical, grounded, crafty
Your lingerie should be: Pretty, but practical. You love looking good, but you're not the sort to splurge on something that might end up tossed on the bedroom floor. Please both parts of your shopping-self by looking for a sexy style that can also double as a practical closet staple (this one has convertible straps, allowing it to also be your go-to strapless).
The Right Lingerie for You Based on Your Zodiac Sign

Heidi Klum Intimates strapless bra, $65, heidiklumintimates.com

Libra
You are: Romantic, friendly, artistic
Your lingerie should be: Evocative of a decade gone past. Vintage-inspired pieces feel especially right for you, so search out flimsy, delicate sets with details like intricate embroidery.
The Right Lingerie for You Based on Your Zodiac Sign

For Love & Lemons bralette, $128, freepeople.com

Scorpio
You are: Intriguing, seductive, sharp
Your lingerie should be: Deceptively simple. Skip the tricky bells and whistles, but look for a clever option that gets the bondage feel without requiring extra time to put it on.
The Right Lingerie for You Based on Your Zodiac Sign

True & Co. caged set, $38, trueandco.com

Sagittarius
You are: Adventurous, philosophical, independent
Your lingerie should be: Something that appeals to you, totally. Lingerie can start to look the same after awhile, but you'll be truly satisfied by searching out something that's unique.
The Right Lingerie for You Based on Your Zodiac Sign

Love, Courtney by Nasty Gal high-waisted panty, $48, nastygal.com

Capricorn
You are: Ambitious, popular, protective
Your lingerie should be: Out-of-the-ordinary. Classic cuts work for the everyday, but you'll love pulling on something that requires a little extra work. Caps will enjoy crafting the perfect outfit around a piece too (and then sharing a steamy selfie so people can appreciate that styling genius).
The Right Lingerie for You Based on Your Zodiac Sign

David Koma buckle bra, $450 on sale, fwrd.com

Aquarius
You are: Innovative, social, rational
Your lingerie should be: An improved classic. You like the look of a tried-and-true style, but you'll be happiest purchasing something that's benefited from modern cuts and fabrics. A pretty piece that looks great on its own and under clothes is a win for you.
The Right Lingerie for You Based on Your Zodiac Sign

ThirdLove lace bra, $64, thirdlove.com

Pisces
You are: Enchanting, compassionate, imaginative
Your lingerie should be: Playful. Even sexy bras and undies can still feel feminine and sweet. Try something with ruffles, pretty trim, or a prominently placed bow.
The Right Lingerie for You Based on Your Zodiac Sign

Only Hearts bikini, $48, freepeople.com










The Right Lingerie for You Based on Your Zodiac Sign

This Internet Is Going Wild Over the Strapless That Bra Won’t Fall Down

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When tech entrepreneur Anthony Roy noticed his wife's struggle finding a decent strapless bra to wear underneath strappy tops and dresses, he did something about it. Roy went on a science-fueled mission to create a strapless bra that lifts and stays put, all while not squeezing your rib cage so tight that—well—you want to wear a turtleneck instead!

This Internet Is Going Wild Over the Strapless That Bra Won't Fall Down
Photo by By Sandra Semburg, A Love Is Blind.

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This Internet Is Going Wild Over the Strapless That Bra Won't Fall Down

Sexy Bras, Chemises, Underwear, and Lingerie You Can Actually Sleep In

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Coming on the heels of last week's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, our heads are a flurry with thoughts of over-the-top lingerie. While we may not be in the market for our own set of Angel wings (let alone ones that light up and move on their own accord, eh hem Joan Smalls), we're still after a super sexy bras, chemises, and underwear. Hey, why not!

And sure, steamy lingerie may look killer, but corsets, garters, and the like are pretty impossible to sleep in (ouch!). Alas, we've got some solutions that, true, aren't motorized, but are still that just.that.sexy. And yep, comfortable enough to catch some zzz's in.

A Silk Camisole:
Sexy Bras, Chemises, Underwear, and Lingerie You Can Actually Sleep In
Keepsake stolen dance silk came, $130, revolveclothing.com
There's definitely an effortless sex appeal that comes with a perfect camisole. And, in the softest satin, it's the most comfy and luxurious top you could find to sleep in. Pair it with lace boyshorts or flannel pj bottoms alike!

A Lace Bralette:
Sexy Bras, Chemises, Underwear, and Lingerie You Can Actually Sleep In
Eberjey India lace retro bralet, $51, shopbop.com
Seek bralette styles in silk or soft lace. Try to stay away from rougher or more structured fabrics that may irritate you while you sleep.

A Babydoll Slip:
Sexy Bras, Chemises, Underwear, and Lingerie You Can Actually Sleep In
Out from Under satin slip, $69, urbanoutfitters.com
With an empire waist, a babydoll slip holds you in (or pushes you up!) where you need it most, while offering a bit more movement and give in the body. They bring the va va voom while you're awake, but move with even the most restless of sleepers, without fuss.

A Soft-Cup Underwire Bra:
Sexy Bras, Chemises, Underwear, and Lingerie You Can Actually Sleep In
Calvin Klein seductive comfort customized lift bra, $44, shopbop.com
Don't fear underwire. It's a personal preference, to be sure, but underwire doesn't necessarily mean discomfort when sleeping—opt for styles with a soft cup that molds best to your body.

Lace-Trimmed Boyshorts:
Sexy Bras, Chemises, Underwear, and Lingerie You Can Actually Sleep In
Intimately Medallion boycott, $14, freepeople.com
A boyshort style bottom is the perfect mix of sexy and fun. Seek a pair in soft cotton for comfort, but look for styles that have lace trim to add a little something extra.


What's more? We've got you covered with the below 17 styles, all sexy as can be, but bedtime ready when it's time for slumber.

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The 5 Most Common Questions Women Ask About Bras (and Answers!)

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Even if they're an everyday part of most women's lives, bras still manage to mystify at times. And it makes sense that we ask a whole lot of questions about them because, hello, we want them to feel good and look great (a tough order on any day). For insight into what questions most women are asking, there's no one better than a lingerie designer—especially those who have spent time in the trenches developing and crafting pieces they hope will be the answer to a lot of those issues.

Enter Marissa Vosper and Lauren Schwab. The pair spent three full years working on Negative, their made-in-America line of bras and panties, and did a lot of digging into what questions were being asked. It was a big component of research and development, with the girls realizing that for every piece of valuable feedback they got from their customers, they were providing information that came us news to many.

MORE: There Are 7 Types of Breasts: Are You Wearing the Right Bra For Yours?

"It was amazing to see how much women neglect something so essential. It's literally the foundation of what we put on our bodies," Vosper told us, bringing up stories of women who hadn't been fitted for a bra since high school or relied on rotating the same two styles for years. To learn from their experiences talking shop and fielding questions, we asked them to share the five questions they encountered most often (and to provide us with the proper answer, of course).

The 5 Most Common Questions Women Ask About Bras (and Answers!)

Question 1: How do you tell if a bra fits well?

Answer: If your breast is squeezing out over the top or there's space between you and the cup, you have a problem. Another, lesser-known thing to look for? Check out the piece that connects both cups and sits in the center of your chest. That little guy is called the gore, and if it sits flat on your skin, you have a good fit. If it's pulling away, you're probably in the wrong size.

Question 2: The band of my bra always rides up and the straps are digging into my skin. Why?

Answer: If the band is riding up, it's likely too large. "Most women we talked to didn't realize the underband, not the straps, should do the majority of the support work," Schwab said. If you're having fit issues, the first thing you should try is going down a band size and up a cup. The formula adjustment often fixes funky problems.

Question 3: How often do I really need to be replacing my bras?

Answer: It depends. The more bras you have, the less often you'll need to toss any of them. And bustier ladies unfortunately will go through them more quickly since there's more being supported (requiring replacements every six to nine months; women with smaller chests can wait up to 18 months). "Utilize the range of hooks and you'll get more life out of your bras," Vosper shared. "When you first get a bra, it should fit snugly on the loosest hook. Take it in over time as the band stretches with washing and wear."

MORE: See What the Same T-Shirt Bra Looks Like on A, B, C, and D Cups

Question 4: How many do I actually need to own?

Answer: Four to six. Try to avoid wearing the same style two days in a row, since the elastic will readjust and rebound in the time off. For a full take on what the ideal bra wardrobe is, check out what the royal bra fitter to Queen Elizabeth and Kate Middleton told us.

Question 5: Is hand-washing really necessary?

Answer: Sorry, but yes. "Underwires can warm in the machine, which can cause them to poke through later. Delicate soaps aren't just marketing either. Regular detergents can be more abrasive, which can wear down the delicate fabric," Schwab said. For hand washing, use cold water in a clean sink with the recommended dosage of wash (check the label on whatever brand you have).

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The 5 Most Common Questions Women Ask About Bras (and Answers!)

Nude Bra Colors: How to Figure Out Which Shade Is Right for Your Skin Tone

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Just because a bra is being called "nude" does not make it your nude. The spectrum for neutrality is wide when it comes to lingerie and underwear, and you aren't serving your wardrobe well if you're blindly clicking "buy." The web is well stocked with all sort of shades (including darker hues from the wildly popular British brand Nubian Skin, finally available stateside), but if you're shopping at a brick and mortar or waffling between two colors, the verdict is in: Go for the lighter one (with a caveat explained below).

"Don't worry about matching it perfectly to your skin tone," Karen LaPorte, senior manager of customer experience at Journelle, told Glamour. "If you can't find an exact match, err on the slightly lighter side as opposed to going darker. A lighter color will look better under sheer or white blouses and dresses." The keyword to her advice is slightly—if the lighter hue is significantly paler, opt for the darker option.

"Often you find that going slightly darker in the absence of an exact match works well for invisibility under clothes," Nubian Skin founder Ade Hassan explained.

MORE: There Are 7 Types of Breasts—Are You Wearing the Right Bra For Yours?


Nude Bra Colors: How to Figure Out Which Shade Is Right for Your Skin Tone

From left: La Perla, Chantelle, and Nubian Skin.

Since an identical match is unlikely, focus on figuring out which neutral shades will compliment your coloring. "The inner forearm is the truest match to your natural skin tone," explained Cathy Volker, the Executive Vice President of Global Licensing for Donna Karan International, mentioning a tip makeup artists count on to help figure out the most flattering shades for an individual. "Consider that when deciphering the best tone for intimates." If a check of your wrist reveals a large color difference between your upper torso, glance at the side of your body right under your armpit. It'll likely be close in color to the rest of your bod, but since that area isn't in the path of direct sunlight, you'll have a good idea of your natural, non-sun-touched coloring.

MORE: What the Way You Put on Your Bra Says About You

Lauren Conrad's makeup artist bestie Amy Nadine breaks down another easy way to figure out your undertone—all you need is a big mirror and a white bath towel (it provides the right surface to really let your skin color pop). Against the white towel, does your skin have a blue, yellow, or green cast? Depending on what you see, you either have cool, warm, or neutral undertones (in that order). If the towel method leaves you befuddled, check out the veins on the inside of your wrist. If they appear to run blue, you're cool; if they look a little greener, you're warm. And if you have no idea what the heck color it is, you're likely neutral. For the final test, hold gold and silver jewelry against your skin. The silver typically flatters cool tones the most, whereas gold looks best with warm.


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The Bra Expert that Fits Kate Middleton and The Queen Talks Royal Underpinnings

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Not many people get up close and personal with Kate Middleton, let alone Queen Elizabeth, but lingerie expert June Kenton is definitely an exception when it comes to the royal family. As the director of Rigby & Peller, she's helped many a royal find the perfect underpinnings—the lingerie retailer holds the Royal Warrant to provide bras to the queen (and gets to have a gold-embossed crown on her business card!) Suffice it to say, if you're looking for a great bra and love some royal dish, we've got good news for you: Rigby & Peller is opening its first stores on American soil with stores in New York, Atlanta, Houston, Miami, Chicago, and more. To celebrate, director Kenton got some time off from The Queen and hopped a plane to check in on the shops and offer the same sterling advice she's been giving the monarch for decades (plus, a little bit of insider info on what goes on in the queen's bedroom).

"The queen buys her underwear same as anybody else. We don't believe it, but they're perfectly normal human beings and when they need something, they order it," she told Glamour with a laugh. "Sometimes they've got a lot of what we supply, and we don't hear from them for nine months or a year. Sometimes we hear from them two or three times in a month because they want something new or something needs to be adjusted. When it's needed, we go, when it's not, we don't. Although we look up to the them, they're very, very normal people."

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The Bra Expert that Fits Kate Middleton and The Queen Talks Royal Underpinnings

Kenton in front of a wall of bras at Rigby & Peller in New York City.

Of her visits to the palace (yep, the palace), Kenton said she enters through the tradesman's entrance and is never not dazzled by the experience. "A footman comes down for you and walks you through to the royal private apartments, all the way under Buckingham Palace."

"People are very nervous about meeting the queen, it doesn't matter who you are," she shared. "It's the most frightening thing! Can you imagine going into the queen's bedroom and having never met her before?" Kenton and her husband bought Rigby & Peller in 1982 and, along with many other aspects of the company, "inherited" Princess Margaret.

"I used to go to her quite a lot. We used to make her swimwear," she revealed about the royal family's original fashion plate. "Princess Diana used to come into our Knightsbridge store and buy things ready to wear, same as you." Regarding Kate Middleton, Kenton said she did not work on any special undergarments for her wedding, but was called in to help with maternity bras and assumes they'll work together in the future.

The Bra Expert that Fits Kate Middleton and The Queen Talks Royal Underpinnings

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The Queen's known for her attention to ensembles that match from tip to toe, though Kenton can't speak to whether the color theme extends all the way to her unmentionables. She's "much more practical" than that, Kenton ventures, though she also noted that the queen isn't the type to wear see-through pieces so, really, she could be wearing the world's prettiest turquoise bra in the below snap.

The Bra Expert that Fits Kate Middleton and The Queen Talks Royal Underpinnings

While Princess Di might have popped into the shop (the same one where Kim Kardashian West caused a recent paparazzi frenzy), the queen gets all of her pieces custom made. "They have a special label with a crown on it," Kenton explained, confirming that her majesty never wears anything but pieces created specially for her by the Rigby & Teller corsetieres, a team of two women stationed downstairs in the main London shop. It typically takes about six weeks to produce a made-to-measure bra, and you'll never find a size label inside one.

The Bra Expert that Fits Kate Middleton and The Queen Talks Royal Underpinnings

Rigby & Peller's new New York City store

Kenton's been fitting bras since 1970, making her best pieces of advice time-tested nuggets of wisdom. See her top tips here:

- Every woman needs "a wardrobe of bras" including six styles.
We should all have black, skin-tone, and strapless bras, plus a sports style for working out. Finish it off with a slightly padded style that'll help hide erect nipples and "a bra for evening where it's a bit lacy and lower-cut and it doesn't matter if some shows because it's so gorgeous" (she recommends black or a stunning jewel tone). "One bra doesn't do all the jobs."

- Putting on your bra shouldn't require an athletic feat of pulling, pushing, and adjusting.
"It should be natural," she told us. "Make sure the underwire is underneath and your breast is in the cup, but it shouldn't be a complicated thing."

- When you're bra shopping, it's worth it to make around a lot.
In the fitting room, Kenton led us in a quick series of aerobics to make sure a bra was the right fit. "Put your hands in the air. Now touch your toes. If it stays put through all of that, it's the right fit."

- Hook your bra on the middle closure.
The Rigby & Peller team advises regularly wearing your bra on the middle hook, giving yourself the option to make it tighter or looser depending on how you're feeling on any given day.

- Don't care about the numbers.
Since her bra-fitting career started over 40 years ago, Kenton told us the biggest issue she's run into is women becoming overly obsessed with the number they see, refusing to go up a cup or band size. "Does it matter what the size is if it fits you and you look brilliant? That's fine!"

- Wash your bra after three wears.
Kenton is sure to say that a washing schedule should be up to the individual, but she recommends washing after three wears.

FYI: The idea of royal warrants is a fascinating British tradition, in place in some version since the Middle Ages (Henry VIII issued some too). They're "a mark of recognition that tradesmen are regular suppliers of goods and services to the Royal households. Strict regulations govern the warrant, which allows the grantee or company to use the legend 'By Appointment' and display the Royal coat of arms on products." Other companies that can claim a warrant? Cadbury, Barbour, Hunter Boot, and the Ritz Hotel.

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The Bra Expert that Fits Kate Middleton and The Queen Talks Royal Underpinnings

Is This The World’s Smartest Bra?

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More than 5,000 women are putting their money where their, um, boobs are. While the general idea of a comfortable, flattering bra that isn't so precious it requires the most careful of hand-washing is really appealing to women, there's a new smart bra...