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Buying Your First Bra

Events like buying your first bra should be a milestone and an occasion for both you and your mum, marking your entrance into womanhood. With so many options and so many emotions at play, it can be difficult to get the right fit. So where do you start? Here’s a handy guide to help!


The average age when girls get their first supportive bra is anywhere between 10 and 14, but that’s not a hard and fast rule. Everyone develops at different times and it’s important to remember that if you’re an early or late bloomer, everyone’s going to get a bra eventually. Ask your mum when she started developing and that can give you a pretty good idea for your own development. It can be a bit embarrassing and scary, but you’ll thank yourself later! It’s important to consider your readiness and how you feel.


Being emotionally ready for a bra is a big part of buying your first one. The other part is being physically ready. Bras can be uncomfortable for young girls who have never worn them before, so our advice is to wait until your breast tissue starts to develop (also known as “budding”). This will help make choosing your first bra easier and more comfortable.


You don’t have to own a Victoria’s Secret underwired push up bra straight away. Most girls who are looking to buy their first bra don’t actually end up with one, rather they are best suited to common alternatives such as crop tops or body bras like the Nikki Soft Cup Bra

These types of bras are softer than traditional underwired bras, with minimal stitching, meaning no itchy bits! It’s important to look for a body bra or crop top with a firm supportive band under the breasts to enhance support.


If you’re going to buy something you’re going to use every day, it might as well be something you love putting on and looking at. Some women say to keep your first bra’s colour neutral, however at DeBra’s we believe that a bra should reflect who you are - if you want to wear that pretty multicoloured floral print, you go for it, girl!


Getting fitted for your first bra can be scary, but having a professional fitting can help you find the most comfortable and most appropriate bra for you. Getting fitted for your first bra can also help prevent future problems, like sore backs or uncomfortable chests. The in-store fitters at DeBra’s are passionate about fitting you and have been fitting women of all shapes and sizes for 16 years, so far with over one million success stories.

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