Brilliant Lingerie Buying Hacks Every Curvy Girl Needs

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Let's face it: Lingerie shopping isn't always fun, especially if you're blessed in the chest department. Finding the perfect bra – one that feels comfortable and makes you look great – or gorgeous knickers that give just the right amount of support without digging in, is no mean feat.

But there are some simple tricks every woman should have up her sleeve. From the hack that means you'll always find the right size, to the simple product that will make every bra more comfortable, these are the lingerie cheats that will make shopping so much easier...
 

Get a Professional Bra Fitting



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We're often told that a large percentage of women are wearing the wrong-sized bra. And if you haven't been for a professional fitting in the last six months, chances are you fall into that category.

A correctly fitting bra can make you stand taller, feel more confident and, most importantly, feel comfortable enough to wear all day. Essentially, it's the ultimate lingerie buying hack. So book an appointment with a professional and enjoy the difference.
 

Know the Basic Bra-Fitting Rules



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If you really don't have time for a professional fitting, you should at least know the basics. Firstly, make sure your back strap sits snugly: You should be able to easily slide two fingers underneath it. If it's rising up your back, it's too big and you should try going down a size.

Secondly, check that the underwire sits snugly against your chest and doesn't dig into your breast tissue.

Lastly, lift your arms: If the bra moves as you do this, it isn't the right fit for you. 
 

Shop Without Shapewear



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While we all know the slimming and confidence-boosting powers of a great pair of Spanx, they certainly won't do you any favours in the lingerie fitting rooms. When trying on lingerie, you need to make sure it fits your natural shape perfectly, which means ditching the elastic – for the time-being at least!
 

Try Your 'Sister Size'



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Can't see your size in that gorgeous bra? Now is the perfect time to try your 'sister size', a size that's technically different, but will fit almost exactly the same as the one you've been professionally measured at.

For example if you're a 38E, you could also try a 36F or a 40DD. The rules are as simple as this: Up in the back and down in the cups, or vice versa. 
 

Solve Uncomfortable Strap Problems



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Plus size bras often come with thicker straps to afford more support, but this can result in painful red shoulder marks when you finally take your bra off.

Solve your problem by investing in some strap cushions, which make all-day wear far more bearable.
 
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Cheat Your Way To More Room Around the Back



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If you've fallen in love with a particular style that's just a tad too tight around the back, buy it anyway – and invest in a bra extender. These clever accessories allow for that bit of extra room, but won't give as much support as a beautifully fitting bra, so don't rely on them too much. 
 

Invest In a Capsule Underwear Drawer



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There's no need to fill your underwear drawer with buys that go unworn. When it comes to knickers, choose comfortable, wearable styles for everyday; shapewear for a confidence boost; invisible knickers to go underneath white clothes; and pretty styles to make you feel gorgeous. 

For bras, you need a nude T-shirt bra; a comfortable everyday style; a plunge bra; a supportive strapless option; a sports bra; and a gorgeous style for when you want to dress up a little. Sorted!
 

Know Your Go-To Styles



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As a general rule, fuller busts tend to suit plunge and full cup bras better than half cup or balconette styles. However, this will vary depending on individual bust shape – your bra fitter will advise you on the best one for you.

With knickers and shapewear, this will depend on personal preference. We recommend starting with a full-coverage brief in stretch cotton and a classic pair of high-waisted shapewear pants
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Choose Stretch Fabrics for Comfort



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It's all too easy to end up with underwear that feels fine on the waist, but tight around the bottom and thighs, or vice versa. Going up a size isn't the answer: Instead, deviate away from inflexible materials like cotton, and choose a fabric with more elastic in
 

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