Bra Sizing Tips:
Are You Wearing the Right Bra Size?
Imagine yourself in a room with your four best girlfriends. Studies show that only one of you are actually wearing the right size bra. Hard to believe, but true.
A woman’s body is constantly changing, with each pound lost or gained, each baby born, new exercise routine, major hormonal fluctuation and each passing birthday. A woman’s body is not a static statue, but an ever changing figure that should be correctly outfitted.
When adjusting other areas of your life, why not devote a little time to adjust your bra size as well?
How Do You Know If You're Wearing the Right Size?
- Do your straps slip off your shoulders?
- Do your straps cut into your shoulders?
- Does your back band rise up?
- Does your back band dig into your skin and leave marks?
- Does your breast tissue fall out of your cups?
- Do your cups gap and sag with loose material?
- Does your underwire lay on your breast tissue?
- Does your underwire lift off your ribcage?
- Does the center bridge of your bra lift off your sternum?
If you answered no to all of these questions, you’re the one woman in the room wearing the right size. Congratulations!
If you answered yes to these questions, read our Size Guide and promise us you’ll never settle for a bad fit again.
Secrets to Getting the Best Fitting Bra
Your bra's overall fit depends on much more than the number and letter combination on the tag. Even if you have your size nailed down (ex: 34D), your bra may not be correctly supporting and shaping your breasts. Four areas of the bra must be properly fit to maximize your comfort and support.
1. Bra Straps
2. Back Panel
3. Bridge/Center Gore
4. Bra Cups
Correctly adjust each part and you'll have a beautiful, snug fit and superior poise and positioning.
The Bra Straps – Contrary to popular belief, straps are not designed to lift. Bra straps work closely with the band to create a comfortable fit, keeping the cups in place and evenly distributing the weight of the breast tissue. Each style of bra has a different strap setting: demi bra straps are widely set, while some full cup bras straps sit near the edge of your collarbone. In your fitting session, it is important to note the strap width and location of the strap on the cup.
Straps should be taut, but comfortable, allowing one finger width of space beneath the strap: no more, no less. The shape of your shoulders will effect the way your straps are positioned. For instance, if your shoulders are narrow, widely set straps may wander or slip off your shoulders. Consult your Bra Fit Specialist for any unique areas of concerns.
The Back Panel – The Back Panel must fit snugly around your chest and sit level with the bridge (or center gore) in the front of the bra. If the band rides up your back, we recommend a smaller band size. The band will fit more securely with better support and an awesome lift. If the band is restricting breathing, causing back pain or cutting in inappropriately, you would be better suited in a larger band size. The back panel should always be snug, with great horizontal positioning, never constricting!
The Bridge/Center Gore – The bridge is where the bra's two underwire meet and contact. The bridge should lie flat against your chest. If the bridge presses into the breast tissue, your cup is too small. Your individual body shape determines which bra style will provide the appropriate separation and contact for the bust. Each bra collection has different styles for this exact reason. When you pay attention to this detail, you'll soon find a favorite style that accommodates your unique shape and size.
The Cups – The bra cups should create a smooth, seamless transition from bra to breast and comfortably contain the breast tissue. Your breasts should naturally fill the cups and not be pinched or squished. If you notice breast tissue being pressed at the top of the cup or underwire, try a larger cup size. If the cups wrinkle or pucker, try a smaller cup size. Each bra style has a different cup shape and accompanying underwire. For instance, plunge bras have a short underwire around the cup. A full cup bra has a full "C-shaped" underwire around the cup, anchoring the cup closely to the body, covering the entire breast. It is important to try on many bra styles and find the fit that caters to your breast size and density.
Ultimately, your breasts should be structured at an easy right angle on the body. When your bra fits correctly, you'll get unbelievable support, lift and shape and relieve pressure from the back and shoulders. Every body is unique. Finding the right fit will do more for your confidence and posture than any other garment or self-help book could ever accomplish.
Bits of Lace's fitting specialists can assist you either over the phone or in person, and ensure you are correctly measured and purchasing the right bra for all the right reasons.