Bra Fit Guide
Straps, wires, hooks, fasteners… no, we're not talking medieval torture contraptions, we’re talking bras. Yes, oddly similar vocab but trying, buying and wearing a bra should NEVER be torture!
Since no two body types, shapes, or sizes are the same, finding the perfect bra can seem like a never-ending task. Between searching for the most supportive, comfortable, on-trend (not to mention affordable) buys, it's easy to hit a wall. And then there's the sheer amount of choice: While your best friend is big on balconettes and your sister swears by strapless, you're stuck in the only bra that seems to work for you: a sports bra.
Banish the bra stress! We’ve got your back (and cups, and straps)… Check out our foolproof guide, designed to help you finally find the elusive perfect-fitting bra. To give us a (ahem) boost, we’ve enlisted our team of expert lingerie buyers and designers to share their hard-earned knowledge.
Let’s fess up. We all think we know our size – the one we were way back when we bought our last bra. But if you’re definitely, 100%, a 34D, why on earth is there a huge gap between your girls and the bra in question?
On the flip side, there’s the classic ‘double-boob’ issue. No, the Boob Fairy hasn't magically grown them overnight – we hate to break it to you, but your bra is just too small. That suffocating feeling is totally uncomfortable. So go up a cup size, and free the girls – go back to simpler times, when you only had one pair to think about.
Our expert says: "If your bra cups are too big, you're easily giving up its whole purpose. Besides the obvious gaping along the top line of the cup, you'll also feel less supported, and the back may ride up too, because there's nothing to keep it in place."
Our expert says: "If cup capacity is too small, you risk seriously damaging your breast tissue. The underwire, which should sit under the natural curve of your breast, will continually dig into your side throughout the day. You may also notice bulging and discomfort along the wings (side panel)."
If you’re desperately waiting to get out of your bra at the end of the day, we’ve got a newsflash for you: it’s NOT okay for your bra to be super uncomfortable. Whether the back is too tight or too loose, you have a problem.
Back to our expert: "If the back of your bra is riding up, it’s because it’s too loose. If there's nothing to anchor and secure the back, the cups won't support you. You can usually fix the issue by going down a back size."
She continues: "If the back's too tight, you’ll notice narrowing around the wings and back. This is due to over-stretching, and can lead to increased pressure around the cups and shoulders."
Don’t let loose straps lessen your game. It’s unnecessary – not to mention totally irritating – and can be quickly fixed by simply adjusting the straps. The bra will basically be pointless if all its parts aren't working well, so why on earth wear one if it’s not working hard for you?!
"The perfectly adjusted strap should let you comfortably slip a single finger underneath it, without needing to wrestle it away from your skin. Well-adjusted straps are the final item to check off the list."
She continues, "When bra straps are too loose, not only will they fall down, you’ll probably notice the cups gaping. Providing you're in the right size, a quick adjustment will fix this."
The perfect fit
Ladies, say hello to the perfect fit. Not too tight, not too loose, optimal support, and no digging.
We think you'll agree our model looks comfy and well covered! #BraFitGoals
It’s key to remember all aspects of a bra depend on each other. If one part's letting you down – or keeping you severely restricted – the other areas of your bra won’t be doing their job either. So go on, use our guide to make sure you’ve checked all the boxes.
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