How to buy a Bra

 

Buying a Bra

When you buy a new bra, there are a few pointers to bear in mind, so you can achieve your dream fit:

  • Bras will change in shape and size from brand to brand.
  • Different fabrics may affect the fit, for example some women may find lace detailing restrictive.
  • Different types of bras suit different body shapes

A new bra should fit perfectly when using the first hooks, as the bra is worn and stretches over time, you can then adjust accordingly.

Don’t forget If you’re exercising you MUST wear a sports bra which fits you and is suitable for your chosen activity. Our breasts start growing in puberty and they reach their full size somewhere around 21-22.

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Types of Bras

Balcony Plunge Push-up T-shirt Full cup Padded Sports Maternity Strapless
This style creates cleavage, making it perfect for scoop   neck tops A really comfortable shape that look great with low cut   tops This enhances the size and shape of your bust, perfect for   eveningwear An ideal everyday bra, as it is very comfortable and   creates a seamless shape Wear a full cup if you want more coverage, as it covers   the whole of the breast This bra creates the illusion of bigger breasts, perfect   for smaller busts Sports bras come in a number of variations depending upon   the intensity of your chosen exercise A very supportive style, maternity bras often double as   nursing bras Everyone woman should own a strapless bra as it is a must   for occasion wear and strappy tops

Know your correct size

For a really accurate measurement it is advisable to head to one of our stores for the best fitting, but for at home measuring you can follow the steps below. We suggest wearing your normal bra when measuring yourself at home but avoid padded styles.

 

How to store your Bras

 

Step 1 First you need to work out your under band size, using a tape measure, measure around your rib cage underneath the bust line then use the chart below to work out your size.

Underband (cm) Bra Size
63-67 30
68-72 32
73-77 34
78-82 36
83-87 38
88-92 40
93-97 42

Step 2 Next you need to work out your cup size. Measure your bust at its fullest part, make sure that the tape measure is even across the front and back and not twisted. Use the below chart to work out your cup size.

Bra Size CUP AA (CM) CUP A (CM) CUP B (CM) CUP C (CM) CUP D (CM) CUP DD (CM) CUP E (CM) CUP F (CM) CUP FF (CM) CUP G (CM) CUP GG (CM)
30 75-77 77-79 79-81 81-83 83-85 85-87 87-89 89-91 91-93 93-95 95-97
32 80-82 82-84 84-86 86-88 88-90 90-92 92-94 94-96 96-98 98-100 100-102
34 85-87 87-89 89-91 91-93 93-95 95-97 97-99 99-101 101-103 103-105 105-107
36 90-92 92-94 94-96 96-98 98-100 100-102 102-104 104-106 106-108 108-110 110-112
38 95-97 97-99 99-101 101-103 103-105 105-107 107-109 109-111 111-113 113-115 115-117
40 100-102 102-104 104-106 106-108 108-110 110-112 112-114 114-116 116-118 118-120 120-122

Step 3 Now all you need to do is combine your measurements to find your bra size. So, if you have a 68cm under band and 86cm cup size, the measurement you would be: 32C

 

 

Incorrect fit?

If you’re worried your bra isn’t fitting quite right, then read our solutions below for a perfect fit, you can keep repeating these steps until you feel your bra is fitting correctly.

Dilemma: The underband is riding up my back Solution: The underband is too large, go down a back size

Dielmma: The underband is rubbing against my skin Solution: The underband is too tight, go up an underband size

Dilemma: My breasts are spilling over the cups Solution: Your cup size is too small, go up a cup size

Dilemma: My breasts are spilling out of the sides Solution: Your cup size is too small, go up a cup size

Dilemma: The underwires aren’t sitting against my breastbone Solution: The cup is too small, go up a cup size

Dilemma: The cups are wrinkled or the foam cup sits away at the top of the bra Solution: The cup is too big, go down a cup size

Dilemma: My shoulder straps are digging in Solution: You need to go down a back size

Problems from an ill-fitting bra:

– permanent accumulation of back fat – permanent ditches in the shoulders from straps – not enough support, causing saggy boobs – dividing breast tissue fat (causing back fat/smaller boobs) – less cleavage – back problems because of uneven weight distribution

Pros of a properly fitting bra:

– perkier breasts – more cleavage (even for petite-breasted ladies!) – bigger breasts from proper boob-scooping – looking more fit/skinnier – no back fat or shoulder ditches – appearance of better posture – clothes look much nicer

 

 

MYTH: If you are a measured to be a 36C all 36C bras will fit you.

FACT: Most brands have different bra cuts and sizing measurements, therefore unfortunately, your bra size maybe different and change depending upon the designer, style, or brand.

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