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how to know your bra size

Unsure what bra size to buy? We’re here to help. Read on for our top bra shopping tips.

Get a bra fitting first

When was the last time you had a bra fitting? If it has been six months or longer since your last fitting, it’s time. Bra fittings are the secret to finding bras that fit and your local lingerie store is the best place to go for a bra fitting. At a bra fitting, a fitter will determine your bra size, pick out bras for you to try on, and help you shop for new lingerie. Think of the bra fitter as your lingerie personal shopper. She’ll pull from her extensive knowledge to recommend the best styles for your breast shape, bra size, style preferences, and budget. And a bra fitting is typically free. What more could you ask for?

Use your bra size as a guide

You’ve probably heard that your bra size is more of a guide than a set rule. It’s true. Bras can fit differently from brand to brand. Here’s a familiar scenario: You just tried on two different bras that are the exact same bra size. You notice that the second bra fits different than the first bra. In fact, you’d probably need to go up a size in the band and down a size in the cup (your bra sister size) to get the best fit.

How can two bras that are the same size fit completely different? This is partially due to the fact there isn’t a universal sizing standard in the lingerie industry. This means that a 34D in one bra can fit different from a 34D in another bra. This also means that you need to take other factors into consideration when trying on bras – like the fabric, style, and construction – to get a great fit. Relying on your bra size alone may not be the best choice. But being open-minded to trying on different brands and styles until you find the one that works for you is the best decision you can make.


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Focus on the fit of the bra

You’ve probably heard that your bra size is more of a guideline than a set number. Instead of worrying about the size, focus on the fit and the feel of the bra instead. Consider these questions when you’re trying on bras: “Does this bra feel comfortable?”, “Does the underwire poke me or hurt at all?”, “Do I need to adjust the straps more?”, “Does the band feel too tight or too loose?” Don’t be afraid to wear the bra for a few minutes and move, stretch, and jump in the fitting room (this is especially important for sports bras because you’ll want to check if your breast tissue is contained when you’re moving around).

Get help from a local lingerie boutique

Unless you’re replacing an old style or buying a new color in a favorite bra, bra shopping is never easy. We always suggest shopping for lingerie a local lingerie boutique. In addition to a large size selection (A to N cup and beyond), a lingerie boutique is sure to have the expert help you need when picking out new bras. No need to worry about grabbing a bunch of bras and hoping they’ll work out. A bra fitter will do all the work for you. Doesn’t that sound amazing?

We hope these tips help you find bras that fit well and feel amazing. For more help with bra fitting and bra sizing, head over to your local lingerie boutique.


Related: How To Find A Local Lingerie Store You Will Love


We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


Featured image lingerie:
Lulu Underwire Bra P5612 | Lulu Hipster P5615 in Black/Pewter

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Katie Donnelly

Katie Donnelly is a full-time freelance writer, content manager, and founder of Katie Rose Creative. An experienced bra fitter, Katie has helped hundreds of people shop for lingerie. As a writer for Parfait, she helps readers find the lingerie they've been looking for online and in local lingerie stores. Her favorite bra is the Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra.

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