Bras For Men | Everything You Need To Know About Your First Bra
A man choosing his first bras is beset with a wide range of options and a concern that none of them will look right or feel right. This guide is designed to take a great deal of confusion out of the process and help you find the perfect bra for you!
The Three Types Of Bras For Men
Out and About Bras
If you're looking for a bra you'll be able to wear out of the bedroom, I would advise looking for t-shirt bras. These are bras that do not have any seams on the cups. They are very smooth, and usually come complete with a little padding built into the cup to ensure that modesty is maintained under even the thinnest t-shirt.
If you'd like to see how it is really done, this article depicts a reader demonstrating how he wears a bra to work almost every day.
If you're buying a brassiere because you need support, I would advise looking into a sports bra. Sports bras tend not to be very feminine, which is okay for a man who just wants to feel supported, and often come in black, which has fairly masculine overtones. Sports bras are designed to prevent movement and support the chest. Many men find that these bras are very comfortable and give them a new lease on life
Read this sports bra guide I prepared earlier, for more information.
Pretty, Feminine Bra
If you just want to look pretty and feminine and don't care at all about whether or not the brassiere will be visible under clothing, then your choices become very simple. Just buy any brassiere that appeals to you. The market is absolutely full of gorgeous bras at almost every price point, so relax and simply enjoy the selection process.
Here are a few well known lingerie designers who make bras so beautiful you could cry.
But What Style Suits Me?
Now, if you happen to be utterly lost when it comes to the various cuts and styles associated with bras, that's quite normal too. The sheer number of bra types can be quite overwhelming. Fortunately, I formulated this Lingeropedia of Bras many moons ago, and it is very useful for finding out what's what when it comes to bras.
How Do I Choose The Right Size?
Working out a man's bra size is actually fairly easy. There is a difference between the way one measures for a man's bra vs a woman's, however, and if you measure in the same way, your band size will be too big.
You will need to measure the 'under bust' of your chest, where the bra will sit, and then again across the largest part of your chest.
The first measurement plus an inch or so (to make the nearest even number) gives you your band size. (Unless you plan to wear breast forms, in which case you should go up 5 inches.)
The difference between the second measurement and the first (with the extra inches added) represents the cup size. If you plan on wearing breast forms, then choose the cup size you'll want to be. If you'll be going au naturelle, follow the following rules:
Half inch AA cup
One inch A cup
Two inches B cup
Three inches C cup
Four inches D cup
Five inches DD or E cup