Finding your perfect size is not rocket science, but it does require a little know-how.
To know if your current bras are fitting, follow these steps:
- With your bra on, look in a mirror. Take notice of where it is sitting on your chest, and which band setting it is on.
- A proper fitting bra will sit parallel to the floor around your ribcage and square on your shoulders, and the band will be comfortable, not too tight or too slack, on the loosest or middle setting. Shoulder straps will fit snug and will not move.
- An ill fitting bra will allow the band to ride up your back, will move and rub your skin throughout the day, and will allow shoulder straps to fall down. Typically these problems are caused by wearing a band size that is too large.
- Now look at the fit of the cup, is it gaping or are you popping out the top?
- The proper fit, regardless of style (plunge, balcony, full cup) will encompass and support all breast tissue.
- An improper fit will cut into your breast tissue causing the bubble boob effect (popping out the top) when it is too small, or there will be gaping or puckering in the cup because it is too big. Typically women are wearing too small a cup.
- Size conversion: if you have not been fitted professionally before, you can get a good idea of what your proper size should be by knowing how your current bras are fitting. If you have assessed your look in front of a mirror and concluded that your band is too large and your cup is too small, and you are wearing a 36C for example, you can assume a fitter will put you in a smaller band size, such as a 30, 32 or 34, and move up cup sizes, like moving into a D, E, or even an F cup.
If you have a much larger bust and are wearing a 40DD or DDD, and are finding the band too big, your fitter will likely put you in a 34, 36, or 38 band and go into a deeper cup such as a G, H, I or J size.
Signs You Need a New Bra
- You wear the same bra everyday
- Your bust sags
- Your breasts fall out the bottom or pop out the top of the bra
- You have to re-adjust every time you bend over
- Cups crease, pucker, or gape
- Band rides up, shoulder straps fall down
- You wear your bra on the tightest setting
- You are adjusting your bra multiple times a day to stay comfortable