Now that I have shown you a few places to get great bras (see post here), we’re going to talk about how to tell if your bra fits well. The bra stores I spoke of will do the fittings for you and tell you how to spot a well-fitting bra, but it is key for you to know whether your favourite bra still fits well, or you need to go back for another. Do you know that 80-85% of women wear ill fitting bras, and the majority probably don’t even know it? So that means, out of 100 ladies, only 20 are real comfortable.
Here is a nice picture showing a well-fitting bra, we’ll be using it for reference here and there:
How can you check if you’re one of the uncomfortable ones? I’ve got you covered, even if the bra hasn’t (pun intended):
The straps keep falling
It may be something as innocent as the straps loosening a bit, but if they fall even after tightening, know that your band size is too large, and you’ll need to go down a band size.
The straps dig into your shoulders
Your bra straps are not responsible for all the support; your band is. That’s why even a busty girl can wear a strapless bra, because the band does the bulk of the support. If your straps are digging into your skin, that means the bulk of the support has shifted from the band to the straps. Your band is too big, and you need to go down a band size.
N.B: for busty girls, if the band size is correct, and still the straps dig into your skin, get thicker bands for better support.
The dreaded side-boob, under-boob and double boob! This happens if your cup size is too small. You need to go up a cup size.
Wrinkling of fabric or baggy cups
You know that phenomenon where you wear a t-shirt bra, and the fabric sinks into the space between the bra and your boobs? The cup is too large, you need to go down a cup size.
You wear your bra on the last hook.
I had no idea about this one! Bra shops do fittings with the first or the middle hook to allow for wear and tear, but if you’re already wearing it on the last hook, the band is too large. Go down a band size.
The band rides up
We must’ve all experienced this a few times in our bra wearing days, where our bra makes a fine semicircle shape on our back and somehow our body responds by hunching forward. That shows you that the band is too big; a well-fitting band lies horizontal. Go down a band size.
The bra centre lifts off your chest
The centre of the bra should nestle nicely against your breastbone (the picture above shows it so clearly). If it doesn’t do that, the cup is too small and you need to go up a cup.
The underwire is uncomfortable
For those who wear underwire bras, if you’ve had that one bra that digs into your skin, it’s not that it was made incorrectly, it just doesn’t fit right. This shows that the cup size is too small and you need to go up a cup size.
I hope this helps you understand more how your bra should fit. Next we’ll be discussing the right type of bra for your breasts. Bra fitting is a very exact science and exciting to get into, especially when you find that bra that fits perfectly.
Until next time… your Quarter Wife