How to get the perfect fit

I’m always surprised by how many of my friends have never been for a bra fitting or can’t remember the last time they were fitted. Wearing the right bra not only improves your body shape and posture but it can also make you feel better. Yet, it is said that 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra size. When wearing a bra, size does matter!

Although I sometimes feel disappointed by the lack of choice in my size when I go shopping for bras, I’m a true advocate of having an expert bra fitting whatever your shape and size. Your breasts change size and shape not only throughout your life but also within a month. It is recommended that you have a bra fitting at least every 6 months.

You do not necessarily need to go to a store to check the fit of your bra, you can also examine the fit in the privacy of your own home, without a tape measure. Start by examining the bra you are currently wearing to discover where it is no longer fitting you correctly.

Here are my easy to follow steps when examining the fit of your bra.

  1. Check the back size
  • The back band provides the majority of the support and should be firm but comfortable.
  • When fastened you should be able to fit two fingers underneath the band.
  • Check your band sits horizontally around your body. If it is loose or rides up your back it is too big, so try a smaller back size.
If the back is too lose it will cause two problems. Firstly the weight of your boobs will not be supported so the band will ride up your back. Secondly, you may try to support your boobs by tightening the straps, which will cause them to dig in to your shoulders.

  1. Check the fit of the cup
  • This will change depending on the volume of your breatss.
  • Check that the wires at the centre front sit flat against your breast bone. If they do not, try a larger cup size. Depending on the shape of your breasts some wires may sit too high and dig in, causing pain. If this is the case choose an alternative style.
  • Check your breasts are totally enclosed by the cups. There should be no spillage over the top, if there is, try a larger cup size. At the top of the cup, the fabric should sit smoothly along the shape of your breast.
  • If the fabric is crinkled or baggy in the cups, the size is too big so try a smaller cup size.

  1. Check the underwires
  • The underwire should fully encompass your bust, it should sit snugly around the bust, but not on it.
  • If the underwire is sitting away from your chest, it is not supporting your breasts. You will probably need to go up a cup size.
  • If the underwire is sitting on top of the fleshy part of your breast directly under your arm, it is too small, you will need to go up a cup size.

It is important to remember that every bust is different and every bra is different. Not every bra will be right for you, however it is worth spending a little bit of time finding a bra that fits correctly. Wearing the right bra size can change your life!

This weekend, get your bras out and check their fit. Go out and treat yourself to a new bra that fits well and see how different your bust looks and how great you feel!

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