Back to Basics

If you’ve never been professionally measured for a bra or haven’t done so for a while,and have not received advice about the correct size and shape of bra for you,it’s an element of self-care that you should seriously consider.

Choosing the perfect bra can do wonders for your appearance, the look of the clothes in your wardrobe and even your posture. It’s also helps to maintain the health of your breasts.

At Gabriella Sandham, we offer a professional bra fitting service for just £20 for each new customer. And, when you purchase a bra from our shop or website, the £20 will be deducted from the price.

After your first measuring and fitting, we recommend that you invest in a basic wardrobe of three or four bras. These should include T-shirt bras in black, white and nude, plus a couple of regular bras in the style that best suits you.

Once we have discussed your ideal bra shapes, we can recommend the perfect brands.

For example, for cup sizes A to D, we recommend Marie Jo’s Avero design. Other brands to treat yourself with include Simone Pérèle or Andres Sarda.

For cup sizes E to J, we stock delicious bras such as the Deauville Full Cup bra from Prima Donna and numerous gorgeous examples from Marie Jo.

As cup sizes can fluctuate depending on factors such as age, hormones or weight changes, we recommend that you are measured twice a year, even if you don’t need any new bras. Returning customers will not be charged the initial £20 fee.

 

Pre and Post Cosmetic Surgery

If you’re planning to have cosmetic surgery for breast uplift, enhancement or reduction, you’ll need to know what size you are before having the conversations with your chosen surgeon. That’s why it pays to be professionally measured so that you know your starting point.This should ideally take place around 6 weeks prior to your procedure.

At Gabriella Sandham, we offer a professional bra fitting service for just £20 for each new customer. And, when you purchase a bra from our shop or website, the £20 will be deducted from the price. This is worthwhile as, post-surgery, you will need to wear a good quality soft, supportive non-wired bra or a sports bra. Alternatively, your surgeon may advise you to wear a post-surgery bra.

Recovery rates will vary but these supportive bras will need to be worn for around 4 to 6 weeks after surgery, so two or three sports bras in basic colours should see you through this period.

These high impact bras should have a wide central band, thick shoulder straps and wide side wings to provide the maximum support while your delicate breasts recover. They should also fasten at the back or at the front – never choose a bra that needs to be put on over your head. The most important tip to bear in mind is that you should never wear an underwired bra while recovering. Not only can the wiring irritate the incision site, after augmentation, it can also affect the positioning of the implants.

Of course, once you’ve had the sign-off from your surgeon and you’re ready to make the most of your new shape, we invite you to pop back to be measured again and fitted with some of our gorgeous lingerie brands.

Returning customers will not be charged the initial £20 fee.

 

Maternity measuring

As soon as you become pregnant, you’ll begin to notice your breasts changing and in the first two months of pregnancy, the changes will be dramatic. Your torso will also change and it’s advisable to be professionally measured as soon as possible. At Gabriella Sandham, we offer a professional fitting service for just £20 for each new customer. And when you purchase a bra from our shop or website, the £20 will be deducted from the price.

We recommend that you are measured every two months during your pregnancy. Our maternity bras are the perfect shape as the bra needs to be full cup with a wide central band, with wide shoulder straps and side wings. The ideal bra should also be non-padded to avoid rubbing against your nipples, which will also be changing. Most importantly, your bra needs to protect you against damage to the breast tissue and lymph nodes.

Six to seven months into your pregnancy, we advise you choose bras without underwiring, padding or moulding – ideally, you should have at least two of these.

At around eight months, it’s time to choose your nursing bras that should be the suitable size to carry you through the whole breast-feeding period. Nursing bras can be underwired as long as they are comfortable for you.

Your breasts will maintain the same size for as long as you are breast-feeding and for around six weeks after you stop. It is around this time that we recommend you are measured again when we can advise you about the correct size and style of bra that will ensure you’re ready for the rigours of motherhood!

Returning customers will not be charged the initial £20 fee.

 

The teenager’s first bras

Both you and your teenage girl will be aware when her breasts begin to change. She’ll notice alterations to the breast tissue and to the nipple areola. It’s important for your daughter to start her life as a woman as she means to go on and, at Gabriella Sandham, this is when she should be measured for the first time. We offer a professional fitting service for just £20 for each new customer. And when you purchase a bra from our shop or website, the £20 will be deducted from the price.

The ideal first bra is a simple T-shirt style without underwiring and with plenty of support for the growing breast tissue. Wearing the correct bra during this crucial early growth period will help to avoid the breasts becoming pendulous later in life. Choose a couple of suitable bras in basic colours as your teenage girl should be measured at least four times a year while she’s still growing.

The bra brands we would recommend include Boobs and Bloomers or Marie Jo.

When it’s clear that the growth has slowed or stopped completely, now is the time she can start thinking about some of the pretty, feminine bras that can form the basis for her new lingerie drawer.

Returning customers will not be charged the initial £20 fee.