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Preteen Bra – whether they’re dubbed preteen, teen or tween bras, to say it’s confusing is an understatement! The questions can be mind-bending. What’s the difference between regular and tween styles? Which ones are age-appropriate? And, the BIG question of course is whether they’ll actually want to wear them.
Here, we share your questions - from the best bras for beginners to how sizing works and more - and our answers.
Developed for beginners, preteen bras, also known as training, starter or tween bras, are for girls on the verge of adolescence whose breasts are just starting to mature.
Unlike regular womens bras that are quite structured and supportive for larger breasts, training bras do not have underwires, moulded or multi-part cups, adjustable straps or hook and eye closures, and are mostly offered in camisole or crop top styles.
Made of lightweight fabrics like cotton blended with spandex or microfiber, they’re designed to be comfortably soft and flexible – an easy-to-get-used-to-and-wear gateway style for girls who have never worn a bra before.
Preteens on the verge of adolescence are often apprehensive about wearing a bra for the first time. Everything is new and strange and it can be overwhelming.
The key to getting it right often means baby steps - and patience in choosing styles they’ll actually want to wear.
Pullover bralettes, cropped camis, wireless sports bras and lightweight soft cup bras are all great options. Remember to keep it simple with easy fitting styles that are cute and comfortable.
Not sure whether the preteen bra you’re debating is the best one? Take a moment and consider the three Cs –
Sizing can vary, so if a bra feels too tight (or too loose) do not hesitate to try the next size up (or down). The key to comfy preteen bras is patience, perseverance, and being open to making adjustments.
The short answer is - there is no right or wrong time to start wearing a bra. Young girls mature at different times and at different rates. While some girls may start to develop as early as seven years of age, others may not until they are well into their teens. The best time is when they’re ready and it should never be forced.
Indeed, most preteens are very perceptive and will notice cues like:
- their friends are wearing a bra
- there is a discussion about puberty in health class
- their breasts start to develop and they feel like they need extra support
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