Girl Guide: How to Find the Right-Fitting Bra for You
Posted Monday October 7, 2013 12:30 PM GMT
We have a staggering stat for you: Four out of five women are wearing the wrong size bra — that’s 80 percent of us, ladies! Yikes.
So, how’s a gal to know if her bra is too tight? Too big? And more importantly, how to find the perfect fit?
We enlisted the expertise of Isabelle Stahl from Triumph Lingerie, one of the oldest undergarment brands in the industry, to help us recognize the signs of an ill-fitting bra and how to ensure we get the best bustier for our bust.
How do you tell if your bra is too small?
Stahl says there are three surefire ways to tell if you’re wearing too tiny of a size. Are the cups digging into your breasts? Are the straps too tight on your shoulders? Does the band feel uncomfortable across your back?
If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to these questions, you bra is way too small. “[You should] feel super comfortable,” says Stahl. “Actually, you need to forget about your bra when you’re wearing it.”
How to tell if your bra is too big?
When your bra runs large, you’ll notice an excess of fabric where the bottom of the straps and the top of the cups meet. Your straps will also bulge in various places and, as a result, will slide off your shoulders. The band will ride up on your back and the front of the cups won’t sit properly against your breasts.
Now that we know what we don’t want, Stahl provided us with a guide to guarantee we find the optimal undergarment — every time.
Perfect Fit Checklist:
Check your cup size. You want to make sure your breasts fit into the cups properly. You don’t want any bulging or noticeable empty space.
Make sure the center lays flat. The center most part of your bra needs to lay flush against your skin. It shouldn't ride up or feel like it’s digging into your chest.
Make sure the wire fits around each breast. The underwire of the bra needs to perfectly outline each of your assets. Again, steer clear of anything that causes poking or discomfort.
Make sure the band stays place. The back should stay perfectly straight across your back. It shouldn’t ride up towards your shoulder blades, nor should it press too firmly against your skin.
Make sure the straps are snug. These need to lie comfortably on your shoulders. You shouldn’t be left with any indentation lines after the bra has been worn.
Get fitted twice a year. Stahl suggests women get their measurements taken every six months to account for any changes in breast size.
Be aware of the clasp. Buy a bra that fits on its loosest hook. This way, as it stretches out over time (which is a natural occurrence), you can simply tighten as needed.