Bra fitting can be a frustrating affair. Whether you’ve fitted before but know something still isn’t right; it’s been a while since you last bought a bra and don’t know where to begin; or if you’re simply in the mood for something special – I’m going to bust a few measuring-myths to help you get the best from your next bra.
Let’s uncover the first of my 3 bra fitting secrets to boosting B-cups and controlling curves…
The secret to finding a bra that’s a pleasure to wear – one that’s so comfortable you’ll never want to take it off – isn’t found in whether you simply fill the cups. That’s only part of the process. Rather it relies on a combination of cup AND band-size exacted to your beautiful body.
…That’s hardly a secret – I hear you say.
So then how is it true that over 80% of women wear the wrong bra size? Let me show you…
Most of us were fitted for first bras by our mum; usually a classic 34A. Then as breast size increases we naturally reach for a 34B and continue to up the cup size as our body develops. Or, if the back feels snug, we might move to a 36.
But bra fitting just doesn’t work like that. There’s more to it than simply switching from A to B to C cups.
For example, if a woman typically wears a 34C and sees the cups are gaping, switching to a 34B isn’t necessarily the way to go. We’ll come back to cup-sizes in Part 2 – but in this instance I suspect the band may be too big. Thanks to gravity, her boobs will quite literally push the bra away from her body zero-ing out any shape or support, and creating those annoying gaps that trick so many into believing their bra is too big.
The band should sit firmly around ribs – firmly enough only to run a finger beneath it.
If the band can be stretched away from your body with ease, first try fastening the bra tighter. This will hold the cups in more closely to reduce gaps and improve support.
It’s super common to feel comfortable wearing a band size (or two) too big – after all there’s a sense of freedom and a ‘barely-there’ feeling – but real comfort comes from feeling secure & supported.
Here are my top tips to check whether you’re wearing the right band size:
- Does it sit firmly around ribs or can it be pulled away from your body with ease?
- Does it ride or arch up at the back or sit evenly right around your body?
- Does tightening the fastening reduce gaps and improve support?
(…Pssst: A new bra should ideally start on the loosest fastening.)
There are many nuances from bra-to-bra and brand-to-brand when it comes to finding the perfect fit for you but these tips are my band-fitting fundamentals. So go ahead and check out your band; if it’s firm fitting – just enough to get a finger beneath it, and sitting evenly all around you’re in a good place.
In Part 2 of the 3 Bra Fitting Secrets to Boosting B-cups and Controlling Curves I’ll uncover the truth about cup-sizes. But if you can’t wait to find a bra that’s such a pleasure to wear you’ll never want to take it off book your fitting at the William Street boutique.
Always a pleasure.
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