A sea of bras at your favorite store can be overwhelming. How are women supposed to choose? Turns out, most of the time, the ones ladies pick are wrong. An overwhelming 85 percent of women don't have the right bra.
Rina Mackenzie owner of the bra bar boutique said women need a little help to answer that question.
"When they come in and they start it is an embarrassing moment to start out with, but once they start getting themselves in the right bra, they get their confidence back," she said.
ABC 4 found three ladies at the bra bar who had all been making those common mistakes before coming to Rina’s store. One of them is Christine Heathman.
"You try like any other woman you go ok I’m going to try this bra I’m going to try that bra and it just wasn't sufficient enough that it suited my particular lifestyle," she said.
Heathman is a proud grandmother, but also a fashionista, so she enjoys the Marlies Dekkers bras with a little edge. So does new mom Crystal Croft.
"Just because I’m a mom doesn't mean I can't look good," Croft said.
Both Croft and Heathman wear the same size bra, and they said finding the right size was a life changer.
"The common mistake is they wear their bras too tight, too small and the wrong type of bra," Mackenzie said.
Then we spoke with Moraya Dodson.
"Like I literally had no boobs it was just pad. I never thought I could have boobs, I never thought an "A" was boobs," she said laughing.
Then, Dodson discovered the right bra. She now wears a push-up bra without excessive padding.
"What we have here is something that is called a front closure so it brings everything to the front," Mackenzie said.
Each one of these women admitted they had no idea they were wearing the wrong bra until they discovered the right one. And what a difference it made.
"And it changes outfits and it even changes your mindset because when you feel good underneath, it just brings out a better attitude," Heathman said.
The important thing to take away from this story is without the right advice, it’s almost impossible for ladies to pick out the right bra on your own. To find your best fit, consult a bra specialist. Most major department stores and private boutiques will have one.