A perfectly fitting bra is game-changing. Wearing a bra that is the right fit, size and style can ensure you feel supported and comfortable, and ready to take on whatever your day has in store for you. Whether you’re not feeling ready to head in-store for a contactless fitting, or you’re just looking to learn a new skill, our bra fitting specialist and National Retail Manager, Tabitha Wickson, is here to give you the insider goss on how bra fitting should be done.
In order to check for the perfect fitting bra, there are a few key steps you can follow.
Step One - all things bra band
This is the foundation of the bra with the key component known as the hooks and eyes. The band should sit horizontally, and shouldn’t ride up your back. The back of the bra needs to be firm, but you should be able to get your fingers and pull the bra out from your back comfortably. This can be a little tricky when you’re on your own! Try recruit a girlfriend, or a willing boyfriend. If none are available, no dramas. Live that solo life sister, you have got this.
Insider tip – when fitting your bra, you should always fasten your bra on the last end hook. This is a classic fountain of youth trick, as it extends the life of the bra by allowing for stretch over time. 80% of support in the bra actually comes from the band, so they need to be firm, but not too tight.
Step Two - Check your bra straps
These shouldn’t be so tight that they leave a mark on your shoulders, but they shouldn’t slip down either. There is nothing more incriminating to a poorly fitting bra than shoulder marks!
The straps should be firm enough to pull the top of the apex of the bra to sit flat against your body, and you should be able to fit two fingers easily between your shoulder and the straps of your bra.
Step Three - Check your bra cups
The underwire should sit flat against your ribcage, pointing to the centre of your armpit. This means the underwire is back far enough past the breast tissue, so it won’t be digging in to your chest.
The cups of the bra should sit firm, not gaping or digging in, and the centre panel between the cups should sit flush against your breast bone.
If you’ve followed these steps, you’re feeling comfortable and supported, then you’ve got yourself a perfectly fitted bra!
If you require extra help, then find your nearest Bras N Things store where our specialists make every experience personal and positive, every time (even now they’re contactless!).