TEENAGE BRAS ADVICE
A teenage girl’s first bra is a long awaited time of maturity during which teenagers can be very sensitive about their self image. Choosing a teenage bra is an exciting experience and making the right choice can be the key to achieving self confidence at this new stage in the young woman's life. It is essential that this is a positive experience and taking time choosing the correct bra and style could affect the way she perceives underwear as she grows through life.
• When will she need a Bra? Each girls breasts are very individual and will grow at different shapes and sizes because all young girls develop at different ages. It is usually between the age of 10-14 when a young girl will need her first bra and she develops 'breast buds' but some girls are very early developers (as young as 8) and some girls develop their breasts later in life. It doesn't matter what size you are, breasts play an important role for girls when they grow up and have babies. Breasts consist of milk ducts (together with fat and connective tissue) to provide milk for babies. The size and shape of the breast makes no difference in this role.
• Breast Growth & Development A British pediatrician invented the 'Tanner Stages' also known as the Tanner Scale ro reflect the development of adolescents. He identifies 5 stages which show how the breast grown during a girls adolescent years:
• Stage 1 - this is usually in girls under 10 years old as development of the breasts is not yet seen. The areola, which is the darker skin of the breast surrounding the nipple, is just a brownish spot.
• Stage 2 - the breast buds - the small bumps behind the nipple - begin to form, in preparation for growth of the milk ducts and a very small mound can now be seen. The aerola starts to widen. • Stage 3 - now the breasts are beginning to noticeably enlarge. They start to become wider and fuller. The aerola also continues to widen. • Stage 4 - the breasts are now forming mounds. The aerola now also has its own mound which projects from the breasts.
• Stage 5 - the breasts reach their full adult size. Except for changes that can affect the size of the breasts such as pregnancy and weight gain, a girls' breasts are likely to remain this size during her life. It is also worth noticing that sometimes breasts do not develop evenly, and one breast may be a little bigger than the other. This is very common and perfectly normal and healthy, and once the breasts have fullly developed they will most likely be even, but many ladies have one breast slightly larger than the other.
• Trainer or Starter Bras A first bra is usually called a 'trainer bra' or 'starter bra' and it is usually a good idea to avoid underwires especially whilst the delicate breast tissue is growing and is tender. The bras we promote do not have an underwire in a and aa cups, infact these bras are more likely to support her emotionally then physically! But as a girls breast gets larger and develop the extra support of an underwire may be needed and so you will find underwired bras in our ranges from B-D cups.
• Plain versus Quirky? It is usually a good idea to have a plain bra for school as many schools are quite strict about noticing brightly bras under the girl's clothing, and these are readily available. We offer excellent fitting bras from Playtex range which are veryeasy to wear and comfortable.
As a girl's first bra is usually seen as a step into womanhood these styles are sent giftwrapped to mark this momentous occasion! If you are unsure which is the right choice we'd be happy to take your call and offer our expert advice on teenage bras, our number is +44 (0)1274 873610.