Tips for Buying Your Young Lady Her First Bra
Buying a young lady her first bra is a rite of passage for many girls; it signals that they’re no longer little children but are taking their first steps into adulthood. When it comes to buying a bra for your little girl, make a decision about when to do this according her needs, and not her age alone.
Some girls develop much more quickly than others and it’s always best to give her the coverage she needs rather than waiting too long to buy her first sets. If she is a teenager but doesn’t seem to be developing breasts or is very flat-chested, you still want to buy her a bra anyway for modesty and coverage and so that she doesn’t feel like she stands out from other girls in her school.
A training bra is not an actual bra but is shaped more like a sports bra; it slides over the head rather than clasps in the back. These may be a good choice for very young girls who may struggle with clasps, and they also work if the child is still in elementary school and may get teased by others who notice a bra strap or clasps. There are many cute designs for your little girl but she may appreciate something simpler and more adult than a pink color with princesses on the front. Let her choose her own so she’s comfortable wearing the pieces.
When your daughter is ready to move to an actual bra, it may also be good to purchase ones that are modest and discreet under her clothes. This is not the time to start buying frilly and lacy bras and ones that are overtly sexual. When a child is very young she needs coverage and she needs to feel inconspicuous at school, so start with plain white or beige choices and skip those with lots of embellishments. She may want some that are a bit more attractive especially if she’s in middle school and will be changing clothes in front of other girls, but sheer bras, demi-cup style, and options like these may make her feel very self-conscious.
Make sure that you find the right size for your daughter. Have her measure around her torso just under her breasts; this is the number of a bra, such as 32, 34, or 36. The cup sizes can also be measured but there is such a wide variation in how manufacturers design their bras that you may simply want to have her try on several that seem to be about the right size. They should give her good coverage and also good support. Invest in some sports bras for her to wear to gym class or if she’s enrolled in athletics, and be sure she understands the importance of wearing these when being active.
These simple tips will help you to find the right bra for your daughter and to ensure she’s comfortable about moving into womanhood.