Does Your Bra Fit Properly?

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.
 
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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.

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Bra Anatomy

A perfect bra is every woman’s best friend. It lifts, covers, and supports our breast and it is an essential undergarment in a woman’s everyday life. Bras have come a long way throughout its history and now they have been refined to be more comfortable and more supportive than ever before. Although a bra seems so simple  in design,  it is actually very complex and each part of a bra serves a specific function.

 

Today we are going to give you a run down of the  construction of a bra. Some of these terms you may be familiar with, while some not so much. These terms are good to know and many come in handy when you are looking to purchase a new bra. If a bra does not fit, you can identify which part of the bra is not fitting and use that knowledge to look for a better fit.

 

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Front Strap – The straps hold up the bra and help distribute the weight of the bra between the two sides.
Cups – These cover the breast and most of the time contains light to heavy padding to provide support and lift. Unlined bras are also available but are usually only worn for aesthetic reasons.
Underwire – A semi-circular wire under the cup that is used to support the bust.
Center Gore – The piece of fabric in the center front that connects the cups together. Center gores can either be stretch or non-stretch. Non-stretch provides more stability and support.
Adjuster – This allows the wearer to shorten or lengthen the drop of the bra according to their body. The wearer can adjust the straps to be shorter for more lift.
Hook & Eye Closure – A closure that consists of hooks and eyelets to fasten the bra together. There are usually 2-3 rows to adjust the band length.
Band – Also known as the wing, the band goes around the torso under the bust to keep the bra in place.

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How To Measure Your Proper Bra Size

Last week, we talked about the concept of sister sizes to give you more possibilities in finding that perfect fitting bra. After some thought, we felt it was necessary to also provide a guide to figuring out what your proper bra size is to begin with. After all, a good foundation is necessary before adding on any more information. So here it is, a guide for how to measure your bra size from yours truly.

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Other good rules of thumb to remember:

– Re-measure yourself every couple of months or as needed to ensure you have a properly fitting bra to provide support for your bust.

– Wear your bras on the loosest set of hooks if possible. This will prolong the longevity of the elastic band. As the bra ages and becomes more loose, you can wear it on a the tighter sets of hooks.

– Adjust the shoulder straps to the proper length so that the front of the bra band aligns with the back and your bust is lifted up.
We hope this helps in providing you with a better understanding of your bra size. There is no need to go to a professional to get yourself measured, because you can simply do it effectively at home. Give a try and let us know how this works out for you.

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Guide: Sister Bra Sizes Chart

When buying bras, sometimes sizing is not as easy as just 1-2-3. Depending on the brand and the style, there can be parts of a bra that just doesn’t seem to be fitting right. Perhaps the band is too tight, or the cup is too big. Instead of writing these styles off, especially if you really like the look, try their “sister bra sizes”.

What are sister sizes? Sister sizes are that surround your bra size. By knowing what those sizes are, you can easily try on different bras if the one you picked is not turning out to be true to size. For most bras, cup size increases when the band size decreases and vice versa. For example, if you are a 34B, you can either try a 32C or a 36A on to see if one or the other fits better.

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Give sister sizes a try, and perhaps you will find a better fitting bra size for you. If not that, then hopefully it at least helps you be able to purchase that bra that you love so much, but at first didn’t think you fit into. Comment and let us know if sister sizing has helped you out.

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A Guide: Know Your Bra Shapes

When shopping for a bra, knowing the style and shape you want is just as important as knowing your size. Depending on the appeal you want to go for and the amount of coverage you need, there is a different bra for each occasion.  Today we will talk about a few of the most popular bra styles that you can find at your local retailers and online. We will explain the differences between each one of the bra shapes, and what purpose they would serve best for.

 

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  • Balconette – This bra is perfect for ladies who have a lower set bust. The ‘balcony shape’ helps create dramatic lift and cleavage making them appear fuller. It is sometimes more revealing than a demi-bra as it provides most of its support from the bottom, and does not cover the entire breast area. The straps are usually more wide set which makes it ideal to wear with more open necklines.
  • Bandeau – A bandeau is a simple, elastic band of material that is worn across the breasts that provide minimal support or shaping. It is most suitable for small bust sizes as there is no underwire support or any padding. Ideal to wear under sheer clothing for an added layer of coverage.
  • Demi-Cup – A partial-cup bra that covers half to three-quarters of the breast, designed with a slight inward tilt to create an uplifted, cleavage enhancing shape. The under-wires of demi cups are typically shorter, and they are great for more petite ladies. This bra is ideal for low-cut tops.
  • Deep Plunge – A bra that is designed with angled cups and a lowered center allowing for increased cleavage in between the bust. Perfect to wear under low cut rounded or v shape necklines.
  • Peek-A-Boo – A novelty bra that reveals more of the breast than the usual, often showing the nipple. Usually providing little to no support, this bra serves more for an appeal purpose than to wear under clothing.
  • Shelf Bra – A minimal bra that has little to no cups. The bust is usually exposed and is only supported by the under wire. Serves as a novelty bra or for women who prefer to be mostly braless.
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