Ninety percent of women wear a bra every day. However, many wear the wrong size. Breast tissue needs to be supported throughout the day. An ill-fitting bra can lead to all sorts of problems.
For example, breast pain can occur if your bra is too loose or too tight. Breast droop can occur if the breasts are not held firmly in place, even when walking.
Physical changes in a woman’s body can also affect proper bra fit. A woman’s shape and weight can change over time. Even a 5-kilo weight gain or weight loss can change how your bra fits.
A professional bra fitter can help you make sure you are selecting the correct bra size. Wearing the correct size will make a huge difference in how your breasts look and feel.
A proper fit will also enhance how you look in your clothes and help improve your self-confidence. Complimentary bra fittings are typically offered in larger department stores in your local mall.
- Fasten your band on the middle hook so it sits comfortably level on your back & parallel to the floor.
- If it digs in, try a looser hook. Still tight? Try a larger band & smaller cup size.
- Rides up? Try a tighter hook or go down a band size & up a cup size (if needed).
- When it starts to feel loose over time from wear and washing, use the tighter hooks.
- 80% of a bra’s support comes from the band, not the straps. The band should feel comfortably snug and should not lift when you raise your arms.
- Cups should fit smoothly, leaving no space between you & your bra.
- If you are spilling over, go up a cup size.
- Cups gaping? Go down a size.
- Straps should stay put without slipping off or digging into your shoulders. You should be able to comfortably slip your index finger underneath your straps.
- Lean forward when putting on your bra to ensure you are properly positioned into the cups.
- Most of the support comes from the band. Your straps should be tight enough to stay in place and keep your bra cups from gaping, but they should never dig into your shoulders.
Try this trick: Drop your straps off your shoulders. If your bra stays put, you’ve got the right fit.
SPORTS BRA TIP
- Your sports bra band should feel snug around your rib cage, but not tight.
- Your bra cup size will be the same for your sports bra.
- The straps of your sports bra should feel secure (with no slipping or digging in) to best minimise bounce.
When you find the bra you love, be sure you have three on hand – one to wear, one to wash and one to rest. Letting your bra rest a day or two between wearing helps maintain its elasticity.
– Victoria’s Secret