How to Choose the Right Bra

by Priyanka on May 15, 2010 · 61 comments

How to Choose the Right Bra

Lingerie is the most important part of a woman’s wardrobe. You may wear the most sexy and expensive clothes, style your hair nicely, do beautiful makeup, but if you are not wearing the right kind of innerwear, I’m sure you wont be satisfied with your overall look. A bra that bulges or doesn’t fit properly will spoil the look of even the most expensive dress. Whereas, A Perfect Bra gives you the required support while making you feel comfortable. It not just gives you confidence but also defines your waist and makes you look slimmer. There are even health implications of not wearing the right sized bras (but I’m not getting into this). The right Bra will make anything the woman wears over the Bra look good as well. Finding the right Bra surely takes time and patience, but the way it will make you feel and look will be worth all the effort.

How to choose the right bra

 

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Whenever I go to a store I have always found the salespeople to be more concerned in helping me find the color and size of the bra that I want rather than helping me out in finding the right style and support for me..??
Actually the people in these general beauty stores are not trained well for it. So it’s always better to go a lingerie store for getting yourself measured correctly. They are very well trained to help you find the correct size and style for your body type. Some of these stand alone lingerie stores even let you take multiple bras with yourself in the trial room, which I feel is great, because once I visited a store and they had the policy of taking just two bras at a time in the trial room and I was so pissed since after every trial I had to wear back my clothes and come out for getting the other ones.

How to choose the right bra

It’s always better to put a little extra time and effort that will make you look and feel gorgeous than just look cute while hung in the hanger. You will be stunned at the level of comfort and the stunning figure one can achieve by just wearing the right Bra.

Here are a few pointers that can tell if you are wearing the wrong bra:

  1. Your breast bulge out of the bra causing overspill.
  2. The center of the bra i.e. the fabric between the cups does not touches the chestbone.
  3. If the bands at the back of the bra ride up.
  4. If you get red marks on your shoulders at the end of the day with your bra straps.
  5. If your breasts look saggy or don’t look like the right shape.
  6. If you feel that your shoulders are being pulled forward.
  7. If the fabric of your cups creases.
  8. If the sides of your breasts bulge up.
  9. If your underwires pinch your skin.
  10. If your straps slip from the shoulders.

Rihanna Bra

Even singer Rihanna couldn’t find the perfect fit with all her fitters around. Her Bra band is riding up her back.

If you feel either of these then it’s sure that you are wearing either a wrong band or cup size, or maybe both.

So here’s how you can find your PERFECT BRA

1. Measure up:
First of all, take measurement. I read this way of measuring yourself up in Cosmo once.
While wearing your best supportive bra (which you already have, obviously its not perfect hence the tryst to find one), measure just below your bustline. While measuring your self let yourself lose and don’t suck in. If the result is an even number, add 4 to get your bra band size (if you measure 34”, your band size will be 38”). If the result is an odd number, add 3 so if you measure 31”, your band size will be 34”). Now measure around the fullest part of your bust, and subtract your band size from that number (if you measure 40”, when you subtract 38 you get a result of 2). This difference corresponds to your cup size, which is 1″ per letter. So, a 1″ difference is an A cup, 2″ is a B cup, etc. So if your band size comes to 38” and your fullest part of the bust is 40” , your bra size will be 38B.

This method can be used by people living in small towns who don’t have stand alone special lingerie stores in their area. But if you have one its best to get yourself measured up at a store, since the staff there is taught the right and correct way to do it for you.
Yes it’s necessary to measure yourself up but I feel just like Jeans, you will see that different sizes of Bras fit you from different manufactures. Just like in jeans you wear one of 28 waist and the other of 30. Similarly with one manufacturer you might fit a 38B whereas in another brand you may be fine with 36D. So if it fits right that’s your perfect bra even if the measuring tape no.s don’t say so.

How to choose the right bra

2. Chose your Style:

There are many types of bras available some of them being: full cup bra, demi cup bra, padded bra, sports bra, minimizer bra, maximizer bra, maternity bra, nursing bra, tshirt bra, strapless bra etc.
Chose the style keeping in mind your need and your bust type, i.e, if you are large busted or small busted. Large busted people should stay away from padded bras whereas for small busted people it’s the best figure enhancer.

Small busted women should try demi cups since this can provide you with excellent uplift, an excellent neck line and a curvy shape. Padded bras are also great for you since they add a little volume to your curves.
Large busted women should go in for bras with wider shoulder and back straps since they provide comfortable and firm support. Full cups contain the breast better and give a better appearance. Underwired bras provide better support under the bust. Smooth, plain bra styles, without too much lace, help to make your bust appear smaller.

3. Try the bra:

How to choose the right braNo when you have selected the Bra you want in your size. Try it on, fasten the bra on the loosest hooks. Extra hooks in a bra are not there so you can adjust your new bra to fit. They’re there so you can adjust your bra as it stretches over its lifetime. If you want your bra to last, it should fit you on the first hook. Similarly with the shoulder straps you need not adjust them. Before trying loosen the straps of the Bra all the way out. The exception being the convertible bras, as they need longer straps to criss-cross at the back.

Till now it was easy now comes the frustrating part. Since most of the Bras that say they are your size, wont fit. Reason, Breasts come in all shapes and sizes, so you will have to find your perfect match with a bit of effort and patience.

4. Test out your new Bra:

The band test: The band of your Bra that goes around your body should be providing you most of the support and not the shoulder straps. It should be aligned horizontally just below your shoulder blades and should not be riding up. It should be firm and snug. You should be able to put in one finger inside the back band comfortably, if not then its too tight for you and you should go in for a bigger band size.

Look down between your breasts and if you see even a little bit of light passing through between you and the band where the band crosses between your breasts, then the band size is bigger for you go for a smaller band size.
When you try on a smaller band size always remember that the cup size should increase relatively to compensate for the smaller band size, and vice versa.

The Cup test: If your bra has passed the band test, then move towards the cup test. If your breasts bulge over the top of the cups or at the sides of the bra, it means that the cup size is small for you. And if the Fabric of the cup wrinkles then it is too big for you. The cups should always create a smooth line where the top of the cups meet your breasts.
If it is an underwired bra you are buying, then put your thumbs on the sides of the bra under your arms. Feel the place where the edge of the cup touches your skin. If you can feel the breast tissue under the wire then the cup isn’t big enough for you. The outer edge of the cup needs to be sitting off the breast, on the flesh under your arms. Try a bigger cup size. The wires running underneath the bust should lie flat against your rib cage and enclose the breast rather than sit on the breast tissue. The front panel between your breasts should not dig in, rub or stick out at the front. If these wires are lifting away, this is a sign that the cup size is too small.

.The above two tests are the most important. So if a bra fails in either of these take it off and move on to the next one.
But even it has passed in these two tests, it doesn’t means its your perfect match it will have to go through some more tests to get the title.

Shoulder straps: Adjust the shoulder straps, this adjustment depend on the distance of your shoulder from your breasts. The taller you are the less likely will you need to adjust. A lot of women make the mistake of tightening the shoulder straps to make bigger cups fit. It won’t work. If you have to tighten your straps more than halfway then you haven’t picked the right bra for yourself, since the straps will start to dig in your skin.

Bulge test: The band must be sitting flat all the way around your back parallel to your shoulder. It shouldn’t be cutting in and causing bulges above and below. However, bear in mind that if you’re carrying extra weight, you’ll get some overflow even in your correct size. If that applies to you, styles with a broader band and it will improve the look.
Under clothing test: Wear a tight fitted t-shirt over your bra to see how it will look under your clothing. Check your side profile in the mirror to check if you are happy with the fit and look.

Moving test: Move your arms a bit and see if it gives you the proper support and comfort that you need.
If all these tests are cleared..!! Congratulations you have found your perfect Bra. Don’t hesitate to try different styles of Bras. Since every style fits and feels different and will shape your breast differently. I always tend to buy 2 or 3 bras in different colors when I get my perfect bra. Since you just saw it is a little time consuming job. So its always better to go for Lingerie shopping when you have couple of hours at hand and you are not in a hurry. I always take a nice fitted tshirt with me to see how it looks under fitted clothing. But when I know I will be going Bra shopping I always wear something that is comfortable to take off and wear again and again. If its winters I try wearing zip up sweats and in summer some loose t-shirt or kurti with no embellishment or sequins which can get tangled in my hair. I once wore this sleeveless kurti which had sequins and I almost scratched and scuffed my neck and arms by wearing it again and again.

I hope all this is going to help you find your Perfect Bra.

If you think I have missed out on some point, do add in your valuable knowledge below in the comment box.
P.S. Do check back in six months or so. You should re-evaluate your Bras regularly to be sure they are fitting you the way they should, because a woman’s body does change over time, and bras stretch and lose shape with repeated wear and washing. It may be time to stock-up again, soon..!!

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ritu May 15, 2010 at 8:44 pm

hahahaha the last pic is funny.anyways all tips r really useful.thx 4 the post

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Priyanka May 15, 2010 at 10:32 pm

Hi Neha..!!! im glad you found it of use..!!!

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juhi May 15, 2010 at 8:56 pm

wow nice article. like it. the last pic is soooo funny. Anyways thanks

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Priyanka May 15, 2010 at 10:34 pm

Hi juhi..!!! haha.. the last pic i could’nt stop laughing when i saw it..!!

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ki. May 15, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Oh my GOD! I’m still :rotfl: at the last pic!!!

But this is a very useful post. I always cringe when I notice pretty girls in unflattering ill fitting bras. :sidefrown:
.-= ki.´s last blog ..The Body Shop’s Strawberry Body Polish =-.

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Priyanka May 15, 2010 at 10:37 pm

HAHHAHAH.. Ki i was sure you will comment on the last pic…!!!

If i ever find this im totally going to buy this…lol.. will buy this for you as well for your trouseau..lol..!!

Ya, actually alot of people dont know how to buy the right one.. !! you come across someone on daily basis who would be wearing a wrong bra..!!

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ki. May 16, 2010 at 10:08 am

ya I seriously will… it’ll give karthik a good laugh ;-) :-D

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Rima Kaur May 15, 2010 at 9:45 pm

my mother taught me how to figure all this right from the start and i’m glad she did. there are too many women out there who look absolutely hideous because of their bras and i hope they read this and pay heed. the last pic totally made me lawl!

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Priyanka May 15, 2010 at 10:44 pm

You got your info and knowledge from the best source “MOM”…!!! and you are right Reema.. women should pay alot of attention to their lingerie since it can break or make your look..!!
Hahah… was sure it would make evry one lawl..!!!

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Mrunmayee May 15, 2010 at 11:02 pm

I have tears in my eyes coz of all the :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:!!! I have a habit of watching all the pics first.. So imagine how hard I had to struggle to concentrate on the post!!! :rotfl:

But really, really useful post Priyanka… Actually all your posts are very useful and practical.. :yes: :yes:
The measuring tip was on Oprah too… And it works.. :-)) :-))

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Priyanka May 15, 2010 at 11:13 pm

Hhahahah… !!!!! Oh Do you want me to get this for your Trousseau as well….lol..!!!!
same pinch, even i look at the pics first and then read the post..!!!

Thank you so much M for the lovely words and appreciation.. Actually the idea for this post came from Jomol.. silly me forgot to mention it..!!!

I read it in Cosmo.. and yeah it works..!!!

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Rati May 15, 2010 at 11:24 pm

Priyanka I think our decision to put the last pic was right. :rotfl: :rotfl: Hubby was also laughing. :rotfl: :rotfl:

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Priyanka May 15, 2010 at 11:28 pm

True.. i guess we spread a lot of laughter and sexiness today…lol.lol..!!! Hhahaha you showed it to hubby.. im not showing this pic to my bf.. im going to give him a live show on our first night…. :secret: :razzmad: :evilgrin:

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Mrunmayee May 15, 2010 at 11:29 pm

:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: Can’t get up!!!!

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Rati May 15, 2010 at 11:30 pm

Dammmmitttt!! what a treat. :D

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Mrunmayee May 15, 2010 at 11:31 pm

I wonder how’s the support of that bra!!!! ?:-) ?:-)

:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

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Priyanka May 15, 2010 at 11:35 pm

You would get a very handy support M… :evilgrin: :evilgrin:

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Rati May 15, 2010 at 11:40 pm

I thinking exactly the same thing, M. No support, only treat. :rotfl: :rotfl:

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Poornima May 16, 2010 at 12:12 am

Excellent post Priyanka..very useful

In fact, me and a friend run a small online forum nd community..I had posted a similar one there a few months back and so many members realised the importance of wearing the right fittting undergarment..After all our b**bs are an important asset of a woman..aren’t they..

@Rati : acchha..to yehi woh “raunchy” picture hai..which you mentioned in FB.. :rotfl: :rotfl:

@ Priyanka : hmmm..live show eh??

Guess crazy makeup ladies are getting bolder too 8-)

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Rati May 16, 2010 at 10:12 am

yeah poornima. he he he :D

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Priyanka May 17, 2010 at 1:45 am

Totally agree on the most important asset thing..!!!
Oh WE crazy makeup ladies are way bolder than we ourselves can imagine… right..??

live show..high hopes dont think will get sumthing like this in india.. if i dont get them here… im totally going to steal a mannequin and cut his hands to make myself one… lol..hahahha..!!! imagining myself sewing a handmade handheld bra…hahahah!!!!

P.S. when is the online store opening..craving (can we use this word in context to buying urges) to buy sumthin since i didnt even get a chance to buy something from Rati’s sale..!!

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Cynthia Zacharica May 16, 2010 at 4:49 am

Rofl at the last pic :laugh: :-D

Really useful post! We women are so lucky we get to wear them ;-)
Now I want that peach ruffle tie back bra :drool:

♥xx♥
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Priyanka May 17, 2010 at 2:21 am

Glad that you found it useful..!!

The back ruffle tie its just so cutely sexy..!! actually the pic was put up by Rati.. cos i couldnt find any pics of bras.. evry pic i found on the net was just toooo raunchy and i was afraid to post it here.. had i known my women are just so bold and sexy i would have put them here without even thinking once..!!!

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jomol May 16, 2010 at 6:45 am

Thank you Priyanka for bringing up such an important post….and thank you for mentioning me. :-) I am so sorry I couldnt comment yesterday, was a little busy shopping. But, ahem…..I heard that you are gonna do something live…………I suggest you do that for the makeupandbeauty.com gang so that we could suggest some changes….what say Rati, Ki, Poornima, (Fathima you stay out of this)?????? ?:-) :silly: :silly: :silly: :rotfl: Actually, in the last pic, upon observing closely :doctor: :doctor: :doctor: :doctor: , I have come to the conclusion that its a female hand….what do you people thinnk????

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ki. May 16, 2010 at 10:10 am

LIVE?! ha ha ha ha ha :rotfl: waiting!!! :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
.-= ki.´s last undefined ..If you register your site for free at =-.

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Rati May 16, 2010 at 10:13 am

Me too waiting. :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

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Priyanka May 17, 2010 at 1:57 am

very bad girls you pulling my leg.. waise i dont mind will ask my bf if he will allow some beauties in bed with us on our first night… :evilgrin: :evilgrin: so answer it my darling babes are you still waiting for it…hahahhahah!!!!!

Very close observation Jomol.. ;-)

Naughtiness aside.. Jomol no thank yous babe.. you can always ask me whatever you want to know or suggest me anything at all.. not just here in the articles or posts but personally as well since we both have each other email ids.. anything you want anytime you want… you know who to ping.. mwah..!!!

(P.S. anything that i said above is just said with the intention of beiing fun and naughty, please dont take it otherwise, hope no one is offended by it.)

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Mrunmayee May 16, 2010 at 8:33 am

Jomol you can go whackier than anybody… I was waiting for your comment especially… And you didn’t disappoint.. :rotfl: :rotfl:

Female hand… Honestly!!!! :rotfl: :rotfl:

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jomol May 16, 2010 at 9:20 am

Thanks Mrun……I love your comments too……your doubt about how supportive it would be…I think with both the hands holding it in place, it can’t get more supportive than this….actually, its a practical idea 8-) ………what say Mrun….will you try it?

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Priyanka May 17, 2010 at 2:10 am

Seriously M… she can be the whackiest of the lot… just see the simplicity and ease with which she explains the support part..lol.. and we should seriously not question her knowledge since she has a lot of practice in this area..!!! lol..!!!

I can bet a 1000 bucks had it been available in India.. it would be Mr. Jomols luckiest night tonight..!!! actually M if you see her comment above she said she went to shopping..
the story goes like this… Jomol logged in at Imbb saw the post, she liked the post alot, she saw the last piccy and she went crazy no not laughing… thinking where she could get this.. she dint even commented and ran to the market to see if she can get hold of the awesome bra.. but to no avail… she comes back home Mr.Jomol asks y she is sad and she tells him the whole story.. he being the loving husband cudnt see his wife sad and gave him all the love and SUPPORT that he can.. and she makes do with the hands available to her.. happy ending..!!!!
mwah Jomol baby how would i let you go…you started it with the live show part.hahahhaha..!!!

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Rati May 16, 2010 at 10:16 am

You were staring it it. Hawwwwwww !!! :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

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Priyanka May 17, 2010 at 2:10 am

:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

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Sunaina May 16, 2010 at 4:16 pm

That image is so funny! And weird! Good tips!!
.-= Sunaina´s last blog ..Spring break =-.

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Priyanka May 17, 2010 at 2:11 am

Thnks Sunaina.. glad you liked it…!!!! we have like a whole stroy on that image now…lol..!!!!

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sush May 17, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Hey Priyanka,

C Jomal is still blushing :blush: at your last comment. or may be she is still fighting hard to find that master piece to prove u wrong. she’ll return back from shopping n finally get back to u….. :laugh: :-D

Ne ways the post is v informative.next time wen i go for bra shopping, i’ll definately try d techniques out.To be honest i found out,some how i come in the 2 snap category.i think i shuld go for demi cup, to get it rectified. wat say????

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Priyanka May 17, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Thnks Sush.. ooh i dint get you which category..?? the droopy boobs type..?? if you are small busted then you should totally go in for the demi cups..!!!

Jomol wont blush darling.. i thought she will get back at me with an even more creative story.. but instead she has booked front seat rows in my bedroom.. hahahha…!!!

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jomol May 17, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Hey, Priyanka…I am writing my suicide note and I am naming you for abetting my suicide :-( …….holy cow. :-X ….how you cooked up the entire story…now I am more ready than anything for entry into your bedroom……first row reserve it for me…. :-P :-P :-P :-P

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Priyanka May 17, 2010 at 8:43 pm

mwaaah.. meri jaan.. the seat is reserved but what if we ask fro volunteers from the audience are you ready for that darling…!!!!

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Rati May 17, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Mine is right next to Jomol. I want to gossip. :secret: :rotfl: :rotfl:

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Priyanka May 17, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Rati seat reserved but the same problem, we might ask for volunteers what in that case..??? you stilll want the seat next to Jomol.. ;-) :-P ;-)

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Rati May 17, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Yes next to jomol. She might get some pouty entertainment from me during the breaks. :rotfl: :rotfl:

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Priyanka May 17, 2010 at 10:42 pm

Gawd you are very BAD..!!! i dont mind you sexy beauties with me then.. niether would bf.. hope your hubbies dont mind me having you for a night..hahahhaha!!!!

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fathima May 18, 2010 at 7:22 am

my god!!!!!! look at the amazing turn of events!!!!Loved the story bout jomol..hahaha!!!I wanna b there too..just for the entertainment factor. ;-) ;-) ;-) ….hmmm…mayb i can sneak in some popcorn too…

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Priyanka May 18, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Fathima baby.. would love to have you for the show….but its rated A and you are underaged.. so sorry maybe after 3 more years when you are 18…..lol…!!!!!

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sush May 18, 2010 at 2:27 pm

priyanka. dnt feel alone i’ll be at ur side darling, I suggest u go for mutual understanding with wud b n spend the night just exchanging views/ future plannings/ savings etc…etc… remember d add pehli raat only batein cond…s under pillow. ;-)

The curious ladies wil only watch a flop show…. :-/ :-( :-?
or if the ladies never mind joining u,den pls pls..invite me to ***ONLY TO WATCH** wil b a gr8 show :yes: do se bhale char..

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Priyanka May 18, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Sush ur comment strted and i was like “koi to meri taang nahi kich raha thank god..” and then you came to ‘do se bhale chaar’ and i was like WOW..hahhhahah..!!
And about the future talks and all, i guess we have been discussing about it from the last seven years so on our first night we would be too hor*y to resist it.. audience or no audience we are definitely doing it..!!!

ladies mine would be most probabaly after Ki’s so lets pester her for the seats and the show..lo..!!!!

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Rati May 24, 2010 at 11:37 pm

You can also join in. Don’t be shocked. :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

For the original post there is only one comment ” priyanka is obsessed with hand bras. ” :rotfl:

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Radhika May 26, 2010 at 4:12 pm

AND I MISSED ALL THIS?? HOWWWWWWWWW?

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Rati May 26, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Now read it and enjoy. RoFLLLLL!!

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Poornima May 26, 2010 at 4:43 pm

waaahhhaaa..

Kahaani abhi tak khatam nahin hua kya…OMG

And what a story about Jomo..no wonder she is quiet these days..

Jomo: search still on?? or are you settled with the original “SUPPORT”?

Live show by Pri and “Pouty” intervals by Ms.PM..wow!!

Abhi toh samosa aur popcorn ka demand bhi nahin hoga..LOL

@ Palak : you meant “Distressing” or De-Stressing”?? hehe..just curious ?:-) ?:-)

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bhumika September 6, 2010 at 6:17 am

http://www.wikihow.com/Measure-Your-Bra-Size

check dis out..adding 4 and 5 as given in many places is totally wrng..was d age old method..wen der went elastic straps…nw wat v measure is only our band size….v need nt add 4 or 5 to it…

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Jessica Williams April 25, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Its very important to find the right bra with the correct material – even the very material of the bra can lead to uncomfortable feeling. Also the bra-straps must have proper elasticity so that the wearer mustn’t feel unnecessary tight or loose fitting over her shoulders. So its imperative to try it out before buying. Thanks for this nice and informative post.

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Anjumscreed July 6, 2012 at 3:47 am

Wow!! This is such a super helpful topic! THanks so much Priyanka! Now I won’t have issues trying to figure out the right bra size for me :)

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Swati February 28, 2013 at 12:57 am

Hi Priyanka

From last year i started wearing wired bra, but soon i had pain on left side. i had to consult Doctor and she told me not to wear wired bra. I was surfing internet for what kind of bra should i wear and i got your article. Hope i find the right bra for myself. Thanks For the Important Info…. :)

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Priyanka May 15, 2010 at 10:47 pm

So True Shivani..!!!

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