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By Carmen Petitclerc
Preteen or teen bras have various aliases. Sometimes they are called training bras, starter bras, first bras and sometimes bralets or preteen bras. Customarily girls begin to require a bra between the ages of 11 to 13. Even though their bodies are not fully matured, some young girls decide that they should already be wearing one.
What A First Bra Should Be
It is important that a first bra not just look good, it must fit comfortably. Choosing appropriate bra styles with nice colors and some lace will also help a young girl become accustomed to wearing training bras. It will also help her feel more grown up, which of course is the goal of preteen lingerie.
Bra Sizes 101
Like womens brassieres, teen bras have a bra band size. The bra band attaches with hooks in the back and goes all the way around the torso with sizes that start at 28-30-32 etc. If the bra band is too tiny, then it will be too tight and could be uncomfortable. Alternately the band will lift in the back of it is too big. The bra hooks allow the tightening or loosening of the band length as needed.
The cup size is also worth noting. The bra cups support and cover the breasts. Bra cups are measured in letters like AA-A-B and such. If, a starter bra is too small the breast tissue will start to spill out on the sides or top of the bra. On the other hand, if the cup size is too big, it will become wrinkled and show underneath the clothes.
Bra straps are an important part of first bras. It’s important to adjust the bra straps accordingly. It is important that the bra straps are not too long or too short. Why? The bra band will start to creep up the back if the straps are too short. The bra straps should be straightened so that they are a comfortable, and the bra brand should rest straight all the way around.
Teen Bras In The Change Room
The best way to know if a teen bra is a comfortable fit is to give it a try. Walk around in it for several minutes. Sit down. Reach your arms straight up and out. How is it? If, it sags or pulls, simply move on to the next bra. You should not be able to feel a brassiere that fits properly.
It is a smart move not to buy too many teen bras at once. Why? During the teen years bra sizes can change frequently as the body develops.
Matching teen and preteen underwear are also an important part of teen lingerie. You can either choose teen panties, boy shorts, or briefs that complete the teen lingerie set. A matched bra and panty set is functional, stylish and a good idea. Showing young ladies how to match their bras, panties, camisoles, and teen lingerie will build character and self esteem as they mature into young women.
About the Author: Carmen Petitclerc is a lingerie designer and enthusiast who hails from beautiful Toronto, Canada! Follow her lingerie tips on
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