Watch Kimmay on The Rachael Ray Show

Thursday September 28th!

Check your local listings to tune in live or set your DVR. Or watch the recap below, or on the Rachael Ray Website.

First up: Vanessa

Vanessa is a loving mom and came to me in desperate need of a bra drawer makeover. She felt like her bras were always either too small or too loose, and were constantly falling away from her and gapping. This is such a common bra problem (or “brablem”) and can be caused by many things. She told me that this made her uncomfortable and she would hunch over to hid the fact that her bust and bra were not getting along. I so understand this!

To help her stand tall and feel great in her bra, I fit her for a brand new size. She went from wearing a 36A to a {drum roll, please} 32DD! Proper fit will solve many issues when it comes to the cups. First the snug bra band can start on the loosest hook, nice and firm, acting as an anchor. And now as Vanessa wears this bra and it stretches out, she can adjust it. Also, I adjusted her cup size. Because of sister sizing, a 32DD cup has the same volume as a 36C. So she was wearing a band size that was two sizes too big, and a cup size that was two sizes too small. Now her bust can fit securely into the cup and the wire can rest on her body instead of hovering on the front of her breast tissue. This means no more gapping or pushing away!

And to get a truly flush to the bust look and feel, I chose the “Gorgeous Memory Foam Bra” from Paramour by Felina. The memory foam is the same technology as those super comfortable pillows and beds, and feels like a dream. Plus, it is activated by body heat to basically melt onto your skin. It’s slightly flexible, which is a better option than a super firm molding for Vanessa when it comes to getting a smooth look. This bra fits her like a glove. And look – she’s standing tall and saying hurray!

PS: This “mink” color is a wonderful dark alternative to black for Vanessa, and a truly beautiful skin tone neutral for some people of color. Hurray!

Want to try the bra that Vanessa is wearing? Shop the “Gorgeous Memory Foam Bra” from Paramour by Felina available in a variety of sizes from 32-42 band and B-H cup size.

Second Up: Rachel Kara

Rachel Kara is an educator and a performer, so she’s constantly going from job to job around NYC, with different outfits and bras in her bag. It was such a hassle that she ended up settling for her straps showing. I know Rachel Kara well – and you may remember her story from my #MoreThanMyNumbers project! She had a few great basic bras already, but now it was time to find some bras specifically for her wardrobe and needs.

To help Rachel Kara, I found the “perfect bra”. No, really. It’s the “Perfect 10” bra from Le Mystere. This bra is basically three bra silhouettes in one: a strapless bra, a lace bra, and a combo of the two. Plus, each silhouette can be worn with the straps straight back, criss crossed, or halter. I mean – this bra does it all! The unique innovation of this bra is  all in the design, and how Le Mystere used hooks and eyes, and even a magnet in the front to keep things in place. How cool is that?

Rachel Kara is wearing a 36D in this bra, and it fits so well! She even told me that some audience members from the show spotted her outside the studio and asked if the bra was truly comfortable, and she replied: yes! That’s what happens when you wear a well made bra in a size and style that suits you. Hurray!

Want to try the bra that Rachel Kara is wearing? Shop the “Perfect 10” Bra by Le Mystere, available in bands 32-38 band sizes and in most bands, B-G cups.

Third Up: Raquel

Raquel loves to workout. In fact, she came to me for a fitting right from the gym! She was glowing and sweaty, and that meant: underboob sweat. Yikes! Perspiration is good for our bodies, but when it pools under your bust, it can cause lots of irritation and odor. Raquel’s polyester sports bra was not helping the issue. What’s more, her sports bra was not bra sized, which meant she couldn’t get a really great fit.

I found her a cool bra – for reals! I fit her into the Breathable Cups Bra from the Warner’s Play It Cool collection. This bra is a wire-free bra with soft cups which are lined with a moisture-wicking material. Plus, the bottom of each cup is perforated to allow airflow. When Raquel put it on, the first thing she said was, “it actually feels cool!” What’s more, because of it’s bra sizing, adjustable band, and fully adjustable straps (which convert to be racerback!), Raquel can get a supportive fit. That means her bra will stay in place instead of moving around and causing friction. Hurray for that!

Raquel wore a 34C in this bra, and would have an even better fit in a 32 band. Besides the cooling effect, what’s super cool about this bra is the variety of colors, and the smooth cups. Raquel can easily wear this simple bra underneath a t-shirt or blouse during her day job as a waitress. Because working on her feet can work up a sweat! This bra is also great for hot yoga, low or moderate impact activities, and even hot flashes.

Want to try the bra that Raquel is wearing? Shop the Warner’s Play It Cool Breathable Cups bra, available in bands 34-40 band sizes and in most bands, B-DD cups.

Special thanks to these brands

for helping me help these three ladies say:

 hurray for lingerie!

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Did you see me on The Rachael Ray show on Monday April 24th or August 28th? Rachael and I discussed:

  • Bra Sizing
  • Why you can wear more than one bra size
  • Bra Fitting and how you can get a good fit
  • Bra Care

Plus, I gave a few Rachael Ray viewers bra makeovers! They mailed in their bra woes, and I helped them say hurray. Now, you can watch the tips to say hurray, too! For the full segment and more information, go to The Rachael Ray Website page.

Below are some bonus tips plus shopping and style information, and all of my tips in one place. Plus, you can sign up for my newsletter below to get your own Top 5 Bra Fit Tips video and PDF guide and even book a 1-on-1 fitting with me!

Must reads: 

  • Why 9 Bra Sizes Can Fit – this is the blog post and experiment that started it all! Learn the several reasons why it’s possible to wear more than one bra size when it comes to getting a good fit.
  • Find your Bra Size Starting Points– Use this simple guide to find your bra size starting points. Remember, knowing your numbers is important when it comes to getting started with your bra size.
  • Sister Sizing– Once you have your bra size starting points, use this handy guide to size up and down in the band without affecting your cup size!
  • Top 5 Bra Fit Tips– get my video and PDF guide with my most popular fit tips!

Next up, I gave three Rachael Ray Show viewers bra makeover!

First up: Aisha!

Aisha complained that her bra band was always either too tight or too loose, and always uncomfortable. Turns out, she was wearing a bra band in the “right” size, but the style wasn’t as comfortable. A wider bra band feels and looks so darn good because it can wrap around your body instead of digging in. Keep in mind, that your bra band is responsible for about 90% or so of your bra’s support. It needs to anchor in place, and stay parallel with the floor in order for the rest of the bra do do its job (you know, support your bust) and feel good!

Want to try the bra that Aisha is wearing? Get it here: Transformative Tisha Bra from Le Mystere

Second up: Faye!

Faye looked fantastic in her bra but the underwire was digging in. I have helped so many people feel comfortable in an underwire bra. Believe me, once you find a style and size that fits well and looks great, you will hardly even notice that you’re wearing one at all! One of the biggest keys for an underwire is a snug, supportive bra band. It may seem tempting to go for a looser band to avoid digging, but in reality, a loose bra band will only ride up in the back, causing the front to slip down and dig in. An equal amount of hugging around your whole torso feels so much better! Also, make sure you’re wearing a cup size that can fit your whole bust. Going too small will cause it to dig in and your bust to squish out. Ouch! Go with what fits well to say hurray!

That being said, some people still find any underwire uncomfortable. You can always go sans underwire, OR try a flexible or innovative underwire bra like the one Faye is wearing. This bra has a wide, snug band so it will anchor and stay in place. And, the molded cups offer shape and smooth coverage.

Rachael and the audience went nuts for this cool, new style from Le Mystere. Try the Safari Invisible Comfort Bra for yourself.

Last up: Fortune! 

Fortune came to me complaining of her bra straps slipping down. The first thing to remember (as with almost any bra problem) is to wear a snug and comfortable bra band that stays in place. If your bra band is loose or stretched out, it will ride up the back and the straps have nothing to which to anchor. Oops! In fortune’s case, she was wearing a bra band that fit well. But her straps were set very wide AND they were only partially adjustable. You can always go for a bra that has straps set in – either in the front or in the back. Or, you can buy a bra with a built-in j-hook or convertible straps.

In love with a bra that doesn’t have one of those built-in features? You’re not alone. Fortune loved this molded, lace bra from Le Mystere, but the straps were not ideal for her body and bust. There are a few things you can do if your bra straps are too wide, or too long. First, you can bring your bra to a tailor (or DIY) to take off about 2″ of the non adjustable part of your straps. You can also use a bra strap converter that will cinch your straps together in the back. They are easy to find and easy to use on just about any bra!

Want to try the bra Fotune is wearing? Check out Le Mystere’s Sophia Lace Bra, available for B-G cup sizes!

Special thanks to Le Mystere for providing bras for the makeovers, and a special gift for the studio audience!

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