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You’ve tried on almost every bra in the store, but nothing seems to fit right. Now you’re starting to wonder if there really is a perfect bra size for you – one that will make every bra you like magically fit in that size.

In all my years as a bra fitter, I’ve learned a few things about fit. And with everything I’ve learned, there is something that I want everyone who wears a bra to know:

It’s time to stop chasing “the perfect bra size”, because…

A perfect bra size is a myth

Through helping people find bras that fit well, I’ve found that there is no such thing as a “perfect bra size”. A perfect bra size is a myth. It doesn’t exist.

If you wear a 34D, for example, you may find yourself needing a 32DD or 34DD in certain brands. This is normal. It’s true that there are inconsistencies in fit from brand to brand. Want to test it yourself? Grab two bras in the same size but in two different styles from your lingerie collection. Try them on and note the differences in fit and how they each feel. Sometimes the differences are subtle, while other times it’s obvious that you’d need to size down or up from your regular size to get a better fit.

There isn’t a universal standard for fit

It’s no surprise that bras are strategically engineered designs with many components – sometimes up to 40 components per bra. Depending on the manufacturing technique, they may be constructed with the help of a sewing machine or sewn completely by hand. Lingerie brands use measurements, grading, patterns, and many other resources to create their products. While they want their 32D to fit a customer who wears a different brand’s 32D, there isn’t a universal standard for sizing when it comes to bras.

Simply put, as you try on different styles and become familiar with more brands, you’ll find that you don’t wear the same bra size in every brand. Of course, this could include your bra sister size – like being able to wear a 36D, 34DD, and 38C because they have relatively the same cup volume – but today we’re focusing on the importance of using your bra size as a guide and not a set number while shopping.


Related: Why Don’t I Wear The Same Bra Size In Every Lingerie Brand?


the perfect bra

Adriana Lace Bralette | Adriana Bikini in Raspberry

Remember: Your bra size is a guide, not a rule

When was the last time you brought two sizes with you into the fitting room? You probably already do that for jeans, but what about bras? Sometimes the size that you typically wear isn’t the best size in a style or brand for you. Using your bra size as a guide opens up your options and helps you find the right size for you in the bras you like. While it might seem like a pain to try on multiple bras, we’re firm believers that it’s better to get the sizing right the first time and avoid a trip back to the store than to take a gamble on a bra that you think might fit.

Final thoughts

Next time you head into the fitting room, bring more than one bra size in with you. Bring the bra size that you typically wear, a bra that’s one cup size bigger, and a bra that’s one band size smaller. Following the guidance of your bra fitter (and these helpful tips), assess the fit of each bra and determine which one is the clear winner. You might just be surprised with the size that you take home.


Related: Bra Fitting 101: How To Find A Bra That Fits


How Can I Find My Perfect Bra Size

Cora Unlined Longline Bra | Cora Bikini in Pale Blush

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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, 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:
Ciara Bralette | Ciara Bikini in Surf

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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. Her favorite bra is the Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra.

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