How to Find the Perfect Fit When Buying a Bra

Laura Tolentino

Finding the ideal bra can make or break an outfit. Although store fitters might seem to know everything there is to know about lingerie fitting, finding your ideal bra can actually be done at home with just some patience and basic sewing supplies like tape measures.

These tips will assist you in your search for the ideal bra, whether shopping online or in store.

1. Know Your Size

Finding the ideal bra is more than a fashion statement – it’s an investment in comfort and confidence! However, finding your ideal fit can sometimes be challenging; whether this means buying your first one, replacing one of an older model, or understanding how sizing charts work will make the process far simpler. Understanding your measurements as well as factors affecting cup and band sizes will make finding one much simpler!

Your under bust measurement, commonly referred to as band size, should be the focal point when it comes to sizing. Use a tape measure (such as one included with a sewing kit measuring tape) and wrap it snugly yet comfortably around your ribcage beneath your bust; make sure it remains level with the ground and snug but not tight for accurate readings. Once complete, add one inch until an even number appears – this will be your band size!

To determine your cup size, subtract your band size from your breast size and consult a bra size chart. Your cup size will be indicated by an alphabetical letter such as A or C. If you’re having trouble finding one that fits, try increasing your band size; otherwise if the cup doesn’t sit flush against your chest or wrinkles are visible then chances are it might be too small and needs replacing with one that does.

2. Know Your Style

Once you know which size bra you wear, it’s essential to consider your personal style and comfort levels. Bras come in various shapes, colors, and textures; find what looks best on you. Cotton bras may work better for everyday wear while formal events might call for something with more delicate fabrics like lace or silk.

ThirdLove provides an interactive Fit Finder Quiz that helps customers calibrate their bra size, and customer-reviews on each bra to provide clarity into how it works with specific band and cup sizes.

Your bra should fit properly, while also complementing your overall figure. For instance, narrow shoulder women should look for bras that create a distinct horizontal line across your chest; short torso ladies may benefit from styles which dip lower at the middle to elongate their frame.

An effective bra should not only support and shape your breasts, but should also reduce sagging which can cause back pain, numbness and tingling in your hands and arms. To test if your bra is supportive enough for your needs, tug each strap gently until they move easily or feel tight – if they move easily or feel tight it could be time to switch out your bra!

3. Know Your Budget

When purchasing lingerie, fit should always come before price. An improper fitting bra may not only lead to unsightly bulges but will also make you uncomfortable throughout the day. Therefore, it is vital that you plan your budget before shopping so as to get maximum value from your purchases.

Fabric type should also be taken into consideration. Bras are available in cotton, lace, and silk fabric types – each has their own advantages and disadvantages so it’s important to determine which is most suited to you. For everyday bra wearers who prioritize comfort first and foremost a super combed cotton elastane stretch fabric could provide all-day support; special occasion bra wearers could opt for satin or silk material options instead.

Finally, it is essential to remember that investing in quality bras is an investment. Therefore, when spending your hard-earned cash on such an item, be sure to take proper care in giving it rest between wearings and washing it gently by hand – this way your new bras will last longer and look their best! Happy bra shopping! Click a star to rate it!

4. Read the Store’s Return Policy

As with anything, bras come in an endless variety of shapes, sizes, support levels and fabric types. When narrowing down your selection to just one or two options, read carefully the return policy of the store before clicking “add to cart.” A generous return and exchange policy gives you peace of mind knowing you can try on as many bras as necessary without feeling pressured into buying something you don’t love.

The ideal bras are soft and comfy, thanks to quality fabric construction. Your success with managing and wearing them regularly depends heavily on this factor; proper care (never throwing them in the dryer!) should extend its lifespan over at least one year or more for any given style. When looking for stretch fabrics such as high-quality cotton elastane that provide lasting comfort.

A well-fitted bra should not only fit snugly but also firmly clasped. One test for measuring whether or not a proper fitting bra fits is to place your hands on top of your ribcage: an appropriate bra should fit tightly enough that only one finger can slip under its band, without digging into skin or leaving marks or flapping about while dancing around your chest.

If the nipple is too far back or forward, or the cup overspills onto your breast edge or there is soft flesh bulging from its edges in front, then this garment may not be an ideal fit and should be returned. Also look out for any gapping or ride-up issues in back; any gapping must also be returned immediately.

5. Understand the Brand’s Specifications

A bra is a garment worn by women to cover, restrain, reveal or support their breasts. Over time it has developed from being simply an undergarment to something with multiple parts that serve different functions.

Understanding the specifications of your bra before purchasing one is key to selecting an ideal piece, matching perfectly to your outfit and getting maximum enjoyment out of it. Avoid making errors which could cause discomfort or allergic reactions by knowing exactly what features each bra offers you before making any purchases.

Your bra’s primary source of support should come from its band. To test its snugness, slide one finger underneath each strap. In addition, make sure that it sits flush against your sternum; any sign of protrusion or bulging could mean you require an increase in band size.

Be mindful that bra cup sizes are determined by both band and cup sizes; thus if you lower your band size, cup size must increase accordingly. Re-measuring yourself regularly as your body changes is also advised – should you need help selecting different bra sizes, seek advice from professionals; this service can usually be found at stores selling lingerie.

6. Take Your Time

Though many of us may feel awkward discussing bras, they will remain an essential component of everyday life. Finding bras that fit correctly is crucial not only for looking great but also feeling great – therefore taking time when purchasing them should not be rushed through.

Studies conducted by FigLeaves show that many women select bras up to three cup sizes too small, leading to spillage, puckering and the “quad-boob” effect. If this happens to you, try going up one size rather than down; just make sure your consultant uses an accurate measuring system (A-through-D system is over 70 years old and doesn’t account for how breasts change year over year).

Underwire digging and other unpleasant side effects may result from wearing too-tight bras. When this occurs, rashes, back pain and even divots in your shoulders where the straps rest can result. Furthermore, if one breast is larger than another it’s important to ensure both cups fit correctly to prevent gapping that could result in digging underwire and creating discomfort or worse yet underwire digging issues.

Expert lingerie consultants typically recommend having professional fittings done every six months in order to stay informed of changes and extend the lifespan of bras. Furthermore, be mindful when washing or drying bras in a machine or dryer – these items need to be handled gently!