A bra is made to support your breast and making sure it fits right is essential to maximize those benefits. Did you know that, according to studies, about 80% of women are actually wearing the wrong bra size? That is a lot of women walking around with ill-supported breasts! The woman standing near you right now probably has the wrong bra size, too. So how do you if there is something wrong with your bra? We have compiled a checklist for you, this week, to help you determine if you are one of the 80% or are you apart of the latter. If you weren’t able to check one ore more of these things, you are most likely not wearing a properly fitting bra.
The shoulder straps are not sliding off your shoulders constantly.
If they are, your straps need to be tightened to ensure that your bra is staying up and providing you with proper lift.
The center gore (the piece of fabric in the middle that connects the two cups) lays flat against your sternum.
If the gore is rising up, your bra may be too small, therefore causing the cups to pinch together creating a crease.
The band does not pinch your rib cage and is not digging into your skin.
Pinching of the band indicates that your band size is too small, and you may need to reconsider the next band size up.
The band in the back is parallel to the front and not riding up.
This indicates that your band may be too small.
You can fit no more than two fingers between your band and your back.
Ideally, two fingers of space between your band and your back provides the perfect snug fit for your bra. Less than that will cause the band it dig into your skin, and more than that, we cause your band to ride up.
There are no gaps between the cups and your breasts.
The cups should lay flat against your breast. If not, then the cups are too big, or the padding is not lifting you in the right places. Consider a different size or a different style that has padding that correlates to your breast shape.
Your breasts are not spilling out of the cups.
You should never wear a bra that is too tight to create more “push” or cleavage.
The underwire is not digging into your rib cage causing discomfort.
The sizes of underwires varies from style to size. Some may be longer or shorter, or more curved or less curved. Make sure the underwire complements your breast, and does not dig into your rib cage.
The underwire does not poke your underarm.
Try a smaller cup size or a demi bra that has shorter underwires.