Secrets to Getting the Best Fitting Bra
Finding the right bra size is only a part of what makes a bra “right” for you. Even if you have the your size nailed down (ex: 34D), you might not feel that your breasts are being supported comfortably or shaped to give your desired silhouette. That’s why it is so important to fit your bra correctly and from the first wearing.
Four principle areas of the bra must be properly fitted in order to maximize both comfort and support:
1. Bra Straps
2. Back Panel
3. Bridge/Center Gore
If you have the right fit on each of the above bra parts, you will have a snug, beauttiful fit that will give you poise and superior positioning.
The Bra Straps – Contrary to popular opinion, the straps are not meant to give lift, but instead they play an important “supporting” role in the structure of a great bra where the band, the cups and the straps work together. The straps assist the band in creating a comfortable fit by keeping the cups in place and evenly distributing weight. It is also important that the straps work with the unique shape and position of your breasts. The location of the strap on the cup (balconnett vs. full cup) may cause the straps to wander or slip off, so it is important to note items like width and style when being fitted. The straps should be taut, but comfortable, allowing one finger’s width of space beneath the strap, no more no less.
The Back Panel – The Back Panel must fit snugly around your chest and exist level with the bridge (or center gore) in the front of the bra. If the band rides up in the back, we recommend that you select a smaller band size which will allow the band to fit more securely and provide lifting support. If the band is restricting breathing, causing back pain or cutting in inappropriately, it is best to move into a larger band size. We look for snugness and horizontal positioning, not constriction.
The Bridge/Center Gore – This piece is positioned where the two underwire meet and contact here is essential. The Bridge of your bra should lie flat against your chest and not press into the breasts at all; if the Bridge presses into the breast tissue then it is likely that the cup size is too small. Your individual body shape determines which bra styles will provide the appropriate separation and contact for your bust. Each collection has a different size and style of Bridge to best accommodate your unique shape and size.
The Cups – It is necessary that the Cups of a bra create a seamless and smooth transition from bra to breast and comfortably contain the breast tissue. You should fill properly fitted cups naturally and not be pinched at all. If you notice breast tissue being pressed by the top of the cup or underwire, then you require a larger cup size.; if the cups wrinkle or pucker, then a smaller cup size is usually needed. It is important to note that each style of bra has a differently shaped cup: plunge bras feature a smaller underwire than the full C underwire provided by full cup bras. Finding an underwire shape that works well with your size and density will provide the most comfort, shape and support without any unsightly bulges or puckering.
A bra is meant to support, lift, shape and relieve pressure from the back and shoulders by structuring the breasts at an easy right angle with the body. 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.
Working with Bits of Lace's fitting specialists, either over the phone or in person in the store, will ensure you are correctly measured and that you are purchasing the right bra for all the right reasons.