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Buying Your First Bra (or Training Bra)

Don't Worry, it's normal. You got this!

Shopping for your first bra can be an exciting time. As a parent, you’re probably wondering, ‘When should I buy my daughter a training bra?’ and looking for the right information. Or maybe you’re a young girl curious about what to expect. 

We’re here to guide you through the journey of first bra shopping so you can make your purchase with ease and confidence. 

Finding the right first bra (or training bra) for you

When first bra shopping, bear in mind that it should provide a comfortable layer under your top to make you feel:

  • Supported: While you might not have much there, you’ll still want to find a bra that offers support and helps you feel comfortable doing a wide range of activities. In other words, breasts are often tender as you grow, so you might notice some discomfort, and the support from a first bra will help you. 

  • Covered: You want to find a training bra that offers good coverage. Many available on the market are just one thin layer, while others have two. Opting for a bra with more layers can provide better support and coverage.

  • Confident: You want to feel confident with whatever you wear (even in white t-shirts or thin tops), and a first bra will help if you are feeling self-conscious about your new breast growth. It should also be designed for your age. Lots of padding isn't needed yet! 

When to Start Thinking About First-Time Bra Shopping

Wondering when it's time to start thinking about buying a first bra? Every girl develops at her own pace, but there are some common signs that can indicate readiness. 

Look for physical changes such as budding breasts, noticeable growth, or feeling discomfort in regular clothing. Try to spot social cues, too – if your daughter is feeling self-conscious during activities like sports or changing for gym class, it might be time.

Get to know the stages of development so you can choose the right bra at the right time:

Stage 1: Budding

Small breast buds start to form, and you might notice some tenderness. A soft, seamless training bra can offer gentle support and comfort during this initial stage.

Stage 2: Early Development

Breasts begin to grow more noticeably. Lightly padded or sports bras can be ideal during this time.

Stage 3: Continued Growth

As development continues, a well-fitting bra becomes more important. This phase may require trying different styles to find what works best for your daughter.

Stage 4: Mature Development

Breasts are more defined, and finding the perfect fit is essential. Ensure the bra offers support, comfort, and style that suits her personal preference and lifestyle.

Different Types of Bras

Picking out your first bra can be a fun experience, but it’s a good idea to know what to look for. Here are some different types of best bras for teens to check out:

  • Training Bras: Best for girls who are just starting to develop, these bras provide gentle support without underwires, making them perfect for the initial stages of growth. 

Recommendation: Our Bleum Bra features super-soft fabric and a seamless design. Plus, its stretchy material adapts to growing bodies, ensuring maximum comfort and minimal irritation.

  • Sports Bras: These are great for active girls. Sports bras are excellent during physical activities, ensuring comfort and reducing movement. 

Recommendation: The Bleum Active Bra is designed to keep up with high-energy pursuits, so you can power on with no worries. 

  • Non-Wired Bras: These provide support without the use of underwires, making them ideal for everyday wear. 

Recommendation: For something that combines all-day comfort and support, go for the Chloe Bra.

  • Lightly Padded Bras: Light padding can offer a bit more shape and modesty. They are a good option for girls who want a little extra coverage without feeling too bulky. Recommendation: Get just the right amount of padding for added confidence and a smooth silhouette with the Petal Padded Bra.
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Additional Tips
  • Soft Fabrics: Choose bras made from soft, breathable fabrics to avoid irritation and ensure all-day comfort.

  • Proper Fit: Make sure that it fits well – not too tight and not too loose. The band should be snug but comfortable, and the cups should fully cover the breasts without gaps or overflow.

  • Durability Matters: Choose high-quality materials that can withstand frequent washing and wear. 

  • Adjustable Straps: Look for bras with adjustable straps to ensure a perfect fit as she grows.

  • Check for Comfort: Make sure the bra is comfortable for all-day wear. Have your daughter move around, raise her arms, and stretch to ensure they stay in place and feel good during different activities.

  • Personal Preference: Involve your daughter in the selection process. Let her choose styles and colors she likes to make her feel more comfortable and confident.

  • Quality Over Quantity: Invest in a few good-quality bras rather than many lower-quality ones. They’ll offer better support and last longer.

  • Encouragement: Remind her that it’s normal to need a few tries to find the perfect fit. It’ll go a long way in building her confidence.
How should a training bra fit?

Whatever first bra style you choose, the band should fit comfortably around your body. It should feel snug, but not too tight.

If the straps dig into your skin or the fabric flips up at the bottom, then your bra size is too small. If the straps are too loose or the fabric is gaping at the sides, then it is too big.

To find your size, place a tape measure around the largest part of your chest to obtain your bust measurement.

Feeling embarrassed about bra shopping?

Purchasing bras online is the perfect way to avoid the awkwardness of bra shopping. You can try bras on in the comfort of your bedroom. 

Give this milestone the moment it deserves and feel celebrated by receiving a special package with your first bra. 

Your Bleuet First Bra Experience
First Bras Re-Imagined

We have created training bras / first bras that move with you in whatever activities you do. They are designed for daily wear, whether you’re into dance, yoga, sports, gymnastics, theater, cheer, or whatever else. 

Our Bleum bras for girls are made of lightweight, breathable performance fabric to keep you comfortable and confident as well as cool and dry throughout the day. 

Our everyday range will give you the confidence and comfort that you need for each day. After all, we don't want any itchy, scratchy, uncomfortable bras holding you back.

Final Thoughts

Buying your first bra is a big step. Remember, everyone’s journey is unique. Don’t worry if it takes a few tries to find the perfect fit – it's all part of the process. At Bleuet, we're here to support you every step of the way of your first bra-shopping experience. Explore our collection of first bras now and embrace this moment with confidence and pride, knowing that you're growing and changing in wonderful ways. You’ve got this!


What age should you go bra shopping?

There's no set age for bra shopping since every girl develops at her own pace. Generally, she starts needing to wear one between ages 9 and 14, but the best time is when she begins to feel physically or socially ready for the added support and comfort.

At what age should a girl start wearing a bra?

A girl should start wearing a bra when she feels like she needs the extra support, which can happen at different ages for everyone. Usually, this is between 9 and 14 years old, but it's all about personal readiness and comfort.

What type of bra should a 13-year-old wear?

For a 13-year-old, a training bra or a soft, non-wired bra is usually a great starting point. These varieties offer gentle support and comfort as her body continues to develop without feeling too restrictive.

How do I find my first bra?

How to buy a bra for the first time involves prioritizing comfort and fit. Start by measuring your band and bust size to determine the right size. Next, try on different styles like training or lightly padded bras to see what feels best. Don’t be afraid to ask for help in the store if you feel overwhelmed.

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She loves her new first bra! It’s the most comfortable article of clothing that she owns & doesn’t want to take it off.

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