Here’s how to tell whether or not you are wearing the right size bra.
The reality of bras is that 80% of women are wearing the wrong size. On top of that, it can be difficult to know whether you are wearing the wrong size, especially if you don’t think your breasts have change or if you are still wearing that comfortable favourite after all these years.
So here is a 4-part fit check for you to use at home before you get a fitting appointment or if you are buying online.
The band is the main issue of discomfort when it comes to bra fitting. We want it to feel tight because we want to feel the support, however, you should be able to fit two fingertips under the band. When you have this, the band rests on the skin. Don’t worry, it will still support you, but it won’t cause those painful red marks at the end of the day.
Depending on the type of bra you are wearing you either want your breasts looking pert, perky, bouncy, or flattened. With all cup styles, there are two signs that tell you whether your cup size is the wrong one.
Are you breasts bulging over the top of the cups? Then you may need to go up a cup size.
Are there gaps? Then you probably need to down a cup size.
The Under Bust
Whether you wear wired bras or non-wired, the under bust support should always rest comfortably against your skin. It should not be digging into your chest or underarm. This is also a sign that you either need a larger band size or a change in cup size. It can also tell you whether the cut of the bra is wrong for you.
For example, if you have a very small gap between your breasts then a wired full cup style is not going to be comfortable as the wire is going to dig into your breasts. The best style for you would be a wired plunge, a front-fastening bra, or a non-wired bra as these predominately do not go far into cleave yet still offer support.
Though straps are adjustable, many of us push the straps to the limit but making them tighter to lift our breasts up. This ends up causing shoulder pain and affects our posture. In turn when they have been too tight, we loosen them…too much. The straps need to rest against the skin without being too loose or too tight. This is where if you are having problems finding the right adjustment always pop into your nearest lingerie store and ask a member of staff to adjust them for you.
If you are unsure about your bra size and want a second opinion at The Luxe Nude, we are currently offering virtual fitting appointments during the pandemic which are bookable via our Facebook page or contact us via email.