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a bra that fits

Going bra shopping can be excited and daunting. There are numerous bra styles and sizes available, so knowing where to start is sometimes intimidating. Of course, you should always start bra shopping by getting a professional bra fitting. This is when a lingerie professional measures your bust to determine what size bra size you should be wearing. But fits can vary among bras – even two bras that are the same size. So, it’s essential to know how to tell if a bra fits.

Here are the nine elements of a perfect fitting bra: 

1.  There are no gaps in the cups.

The first, and one of the most obvious, factors to check for in a bra are gaps in the cups. Is there any space between your breast and the cup? If so, you need a different bra size. The cups should hug your breasts snugly.

2.  You don’t have boob spillage.

Another easy factor to check for is boob spillage. The bra cups should fit you snugly, but not so much that your breast tissue spills out of them. If you don’t have under-boob, excess side boob or a bulge over your cups, the bra could be the one.

3.  The bra stays in place when you move.

A bra that truly fits will stay in place when you move. Sit down and hunch over. Stand up and bend over. Does the bra stay in place and continue to hug your body? The bra should remain in place so wearing it feels effortless throughout the day.

4.  You can fit two fingers under the band.

It’s suggested that you should be able to comfortably fit two fingers beneath your bra band. This ensures that your bra band isn’t too tight. It’s not comfortable – nor is it a factor of a good-fitting bra – for the band to squeeze your back.


Related: 10 Bra Fitting and Lingerie Store Secrets Professional Bra Fitters Want You To Know


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5.  You don’t have to adjust the bra.

A bra that fits you well won’t require adjustments. Keep the bra on for a few minutes. Did you need to adjust your boobs back into the bra after wiggling and moving around? Do you need to adjust the bra after a few minutes of simply sitting in it? You’re on the right track if the bra continues to support and lift your bust without needing to adjust it.

 6.  The straps don’t dig into your shoulders.

Comfortable-fitting straps is another element of a good-fitting bra. The bra straps aren’t meant to carry the weight of your bust. They are simply there to help keep the bra in place. Bra straps that dig into your shoulders are a sign that the bra band isn’t the right size.

 7.  The underwire doesn’t poke you.

A bra with underwire isn’t supposed to be uncomfortable. The underwire is there to provide additional support. So, you shouldn’t be feeling any underwire poking your boobs, ribs, etc.

 8.  You’re comfortable in the bra.

Comfort is a major factor to look for in a bra. You’ll be wearing the bra for several hours at a time, so it’s essential that you’re comfortable. This is another reason why you should keep the bra on for a few minutes. Give your body time to notice any discomfort.

9.  You feel confident in the bra.

A bra that fits you well will boost your confidence. You’ll love how it flatters your figure and shapes your bustline. And, you’ll love how you look in it.

Bra fittings help find your true bra size. And, lingerie professionals are there to assist you in finding a bra style and fit you love. Of course, there’s no one there to check the fit if you’re bra shopping online. Whether you’re shopping in-store or online, it’s helpful to understand what to look for in a bra. That way, you can trust that you and your body know what fits.


Related: Bra Shopping Guide: Tips For Buying New Bras


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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 lingerie:
Parfait Charlotte Padded Bra 6901 | Parfait Charlotte Bikini 6905 in Bronze

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Lauren Hamilton

Lauren Hamilton is the founder of www.modwife.co, a lifestyle and relationship blog offering relationship advice and encouraging women to be the happiest, most confident version of themselves through positivity and self-love. She's also a freelance writer and communications strategist. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter, and check out some of her accomplishments on her portfolio.

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