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
|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.
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|
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)|
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
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.