Buying underwear for your daughter may be challenging, however it does not have to be as traumatic as it was in my day (I will refer to this as the dark ages)
If your daughter is just starting to develop it may not be necessary to buy a complete support bra.
A bralet or small tank top may be enough to cover the breast tissue. It does not offer any support but may offer a second covering that will help your daughter discreetly cover her new development. Don’t make a big fuss of this; she may enjoy the added pretty accessory that just goes under her clothes.
It’s important to note that a good professional fitting will be a very good foundation for the rest of her life (a topic all on its own)
If your daughter has developed really quickly and there is evidence of her breasts getting bigger i.e. there is a genetic predisposition, it is advisable to go straight to a professional bra fitter who specialises in this. Research your fitter and make sure they are discreet and caring, the last thing you need is for your daughter to develop an insecurity based on someone’s inexperience.
You have arrived at a retailer to buy a bra for your daughter, where do you start?
- Measure your daughter before you arrive, if you need help you can go to www.lizaclifford.com
- Know her dress or pants size: chances are if she wears a 32 her bra size will be smaller
- If the cup gapes but covers the bust area go smaller in the back i.e. 28, 30, 32, you may find that if you have tried the smallest cup and it still gapes a smaller band is the only option
- All bras stretch, try to purchase a snug size rather than a comfortable fit.
- Know that this size may change every 3-6 months so be aware that this
Bra shopping with your daughter can be fun, it’s an exciting milestone. If you feel insecure about the event based on your passed experiences it will show. Get as much information as possible before you go and if you don’t find what you’re looking for chances are the store is out of stock, and not because your daughter has difficult breasts.