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what is a bra fitting - What Is A Bra Fitting?

A well-fitting bra is invaluable. Not only can it affect your mood by promoting all-day comfort and support, but it can also give you a much-needed boost of confidence by making all your clothes hang better on your body. As such, it’s imperative to ensure that you are wearing the correct size. And since bras are complex garments with many different features to consider in regards to fit, it’s a good idea to seek out some assistance from a professional. You’ve undoubtedly heard of a bra fitting and possibly wondered if you could benefit from one.

So, what is a bra fitting? And should you get one? This guide covers it all.

A bra fitting, defined:

Ultimately, a bra fitting is simply a one-on-one session during which someone with expertise determines your size, and then usually suggests specific styles that will work for your breast shape and size. Whether at a department store or small lingerie boutique, most staff members have undergone substantial training to perform fittings.

The fitting entails much more than just taking a couple measurements — a pro will also ask you questions and address particular issues you’ve run into in the past. For example, if you find that your breasts never quite look symmetrical, or if you struggle to find styles that have adequate coverage, these are all factors that you can communicate during a bra fitting, and you’ll likely get some helpful guidance in return. Based on the info they gather during this session, the fitter may even suggest some different bra styles that you wouldn’t have otherwise considered!


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When do I need one?

There are several indicators to look for that will let you know it’s time to get a bra fitting. For example, you should definitely seek out a fitting if your bras aren’t fitting comfortably. For example, if you find that the straps are continually falling off or digging into your shoulders, if the band is riding up in the back, if the cups tend to gape or your breast tissue can’t be contained by them, you could definitely benefit from a fitting.

Additionally, you’ll want to pursue a fitting if you suspect your size may have changed whether due to weight gain or loss or pregnancy. If you’re nursing or just had a mastectomy, breast reduction surgery, augmentation surgery, or reconstructive surgery, you should also get a bra fitting.

Whether or not these factors apply to you, we recommend getting fitted by a professional at least once a year (ideally every 6 months). Subtle changes in your breasts may go unnoticed, and it’s best to play it safe and make sure you’re wearing the correct size at all times.

Trying to play a guessing game when it comes to your bra size simply isn’t worth it. Luckily, a bra fitting can enable you to avoid that entirely. As far as what you can expect from the experience — it may vary from retailer to retailer, but it’s safe to say that you can expect to leave with a solid grasp on not only your size but also on which kinds of bras are going to give your breasts exactly what they need (and perhaps a shopping bag with a few new ones).


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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!


Have you ever had a bra fitting? Share your experience with us in the comments below!

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Rebecca Strong

Rebecca is a Boston-based freelance writer who focuses on style, fitness, food, and travel. She has contributed to such publications as HuffPost, Elite Daily and U.S. News & World Report. When she's not writing, she can be found at home or in the studio working on the songs for her upcoming album. Her favorite bra is a black demi-cup style with all-over-lace — timeless and feminine.

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