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how is a bra supposed to fit - How Do You Know If A Bra Fits?

Bra shopping involves a lot of trial and error. So, how do you know if a bra fits?

Here are a few key signs you’re wearing the right bra size:  

1.  You feel good in it

First things first, how do you feel? Does your bra give you a confidence boost or does it make you feel self conscious or uncomfortable? You can have a hundred bras in your closet, but it won’t matter if they don’t make you feel like a million bucks. If you’re not excited about your lingerie, it might be time to invest in a few new pieces. You’re more likely to wear them and get your money’s worth if you’re happy with them – which is the point right?

2.  You’re comfortable

Yes, comfortable bras do exist. You just have to figure out what is most comfortable for you. Everyone has different fit and style preferences. Some people can tolerate a snug band while others band a looser band (like their sister size). You have to do what’s best for you. Fortunately, there are a lot of bra options out there. If you hate the feeling of underwire, you have plenty of bralettes and wireless bras to choose from. Fabrics like modal, microfiber, and soft stretch lace are good choices too.


Related: How To Make A Bra Fit Better


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Cora Unlined Longline Bra | Cora Bikini in Pale Blush

3.  You feel supported

If your bra isn’t supporting your bust, it’s time to make a change. One thing you might not know: the bra band plays a key role in the amount of support you’ll receive – not the cups or straps. A loose fitting band will cause your breast tissue to fall forward with gravity and the back of the bra to ride up. A band that’s too tight will leave marks on your skin and leave you sore and uncomfortable throughout the day. Both bra fit issues are constant reminders throughout the day that something is wrong with the bra you’re wearing (whether it’s a size issue, or a style issue, or something else). In most cases, they can be fixed with a bra fitting.

4.  It fits well

Without a doubt, the fit of the bra is just as important as the style and design. Here are the main three areas to check:

The cups

Your breast tissue should be completely contained within the underwire of the cups. If the cups are too small, your breast tissue will spill over and out of the cups. If the bra is too big, you’ll have extra room in the cups, so try a smaller cup size instead.

The band

The band should snug but not uncomfortable. It should also wrap around your ribcage like a hug while sitting parallel to the floor. A bra fitting golden rule: Start new bras on the loosest hook and work them over to the tightest hook with wear. Bras aren’t designed to last forever, but with proper care they can last months, if not years, depending on how you wash them and often you wear them.

The straps

You should be able to fit two fingers between your skin and the straps. If your straps are falling off your shoulders, try tightening the band first and then adjusting the straps. If your straps are leaving marks on your skin, loosen them up a little so you’re more comfortable. Remember: Your band provides 80-85% of a bra’s support – it’s the part of the bra that does the heavy lifting.

Final considerations

Bra shopping is stressful – but you don’t have to do it alone. If you’re in need of new bras or simply want an expert with you when you’re bra shopping, head over to your local lingerie boutique. The bra fitters are local lingerie stores are trained to help people of all sizes shop for bras that fit. Most lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings and a wide selection of sizes, styles, and colors – all in a welcoming, judgment-free zone. Local lingerie stores are an excellent alternative to big brands like Victoria’s Secret and many stock some of the best independent lingerie lines that you might not already be familiar with.


Related: Ask A Bra Fitter: What Are Bra Fittings Like?


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Charlotte Padded Bra | Charlotte High Waist Brief in Blossom Print

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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 image lingerie:
Enora Minimizer Bra | Enora Bikini in Raspberry

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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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