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what to expect at a professional bra fitting 900x600 1 - What To Expect At A Professional Bra Fitting - And What To Bring

After you’ve decided to get a professional bra fitting, you might wonder what to expect, especially if you’ve never been fit for a bra before.

First, you’ll want to set aside some time for the fitting and shopping trip. Most fittings take about 30 minutes to an hour, so I’d suggest going when you have time to spare.

Although most retailers don’t require appointments, consider scheduling one if you’re shopping for a new bra wardrobe, have limited time to spend shopping, or require a bra for a special occasion.

Once the day arrives, choose an outfit that you feel comfortable in. Keep in mind that you may have to take your shirt off in order for the bra fitter to obtain the most accurate measurements.

If you’re shopping for new every day bras, wearing a t-shirt is usually the best choice. Be sure to avoid wearing a dress or anything you’ll have to unzip or completely take off. If you do wear a dress, remember to bring a t-shirt from home so you can see what your new bra looks like with clothes over it.

If you’re shopping for a special occasion, try to bring the dress or top you’re planning on wearing so you can make sure your new bra will work underneath.

While your professional bra fitting experience may vary from this list, here are 10 things you could expect:

1.  The best professional bra fitters will treat you with respect, kindness, and attention.

Above all, they’ll make sure you’re comfortable at all times.

2.  Your bra fitter may ask a lot of questions.

Most likely, she’s trying to figure out what your needs are and the styles that could work for you.

3.  She’ll respect your time and your budget.

Let her know if she’s suggesting bras that are out of your price range. It’s also perfectly ok to buy just one bra if you only budgeted for one.

4.  She’s there if you need help with hooking a bra or tightening/untightening the straps.

Her goal is to make your bra shopping experience as fun and seamless as possible.

5.  She may stay to help you try on bras and check the fit of each one.

Let her know if you’d feel more comfortable trying on bras in private.


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6.  She might have you try a bunch of bras on or only a few.

If she keeps bringing you bras to try and you’ve already found a few, it’s perfectly ok to let her know that you’re all set and don’t need to try on any more!

7.  She might introduce you to a new brand or style that you had never considered before.

Remember to be realistic when buying new bras. If you mostly wear t-shirts, look for bras with smooth cups and minimal seams. If you wear a lot of black or solid colors, consider a new bra in a fun print or color. Above all, buy what works for you. If you know you’re going to wear a t-shirt bra more than an lace bra, update your wardrobe with three new t-shirt bras and only one new lace bra!

8.  Once you find a style you love, she may introduce you to the other colors.

It’s ok to buy your new favorite bra in multiple colors!

9.  Take note of the return or exchange policy and ask questions if you’re unsure or can’t find it.

You might get home and realize the new bra you bought won’t work with your special occasion dress or is visible through your shirts.

10.  She might give you information on lingerie care and offer to sell you a mesh wash bag or lingerie detergent.

Bras can be expensive and should be considered an investment. Improper care can shorten the lifespan of lingerie. By providing helpful tips on how to proper care for your new bras, she’s helping to protect your new investment!


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If you have a great experience, consider leaving a review on Yelp or on the retailer’s Facebook page. If you didn’t have a good experience, reach out to the store’s management within a day or so after your visit and explain what happened. It’s always best to see what the store can do before taking to social media to leave a review when you have a bad experience. Most companies want you to be happy with their service and products and will work with you to make it right!


Featured image lingerie:
Parfait Charlotte Padded Bra 6901 in Peach, Wild Pink, Icy Blue, Purple Wine, Red/Black

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

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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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