Most women are too shy to shop around for bras, and often settle for ones with tragically bad fits. But poorly fitted bras do much worse than not offering you support. They also lead to back problems (especially in women with larger busts) and damage your breast tissue.
That said, finding the perfect bra is no easy task – you need to know what shapes suit you, and you have to know your measurements, which should be taken by an experienced fitter. There will be one at most department and lingerie stores. The thing is, no two bras are the same, so you have to try them on to be sure they will fit. Usually there is a small variation in band and cup size between brands and even within brands, so take this into account when trying on bras.
- When trying on a bra in the store, perform these steps to make sure it is fitted properly.
- Bend over and let your breasts fall loosely forward into the cups. Stand and adjust the bra, while making sure your nipples are in the center of the cups. There should be no gap between the center of the bra and your breastbone for an underwire bra. For one that is molded, it should be filled completely, with no extra room to spare.
- Looking in the mirror, make sure the straps are not riding up your back. If they are, then this isn’t the bra for you. Try adjusting the straps to make the bra tighter, but if this still happens then you need a smaller size.
- The band should fit well when on the last row of the hooks (the loosest one possible), so that when the bra stretches over time you can adjust it to make it tighter.
- Sure, cleavage is great, but if your breasts are spilling out the top of the cup, you need a size bigger.
- Lastly, when you have found the right bra (or plural) take good care of it. It’s always best to hand wash them, but if this is too much of a mission for your busy schedule then place your bra in a protective garment bag before putting in the washing machine – but never use the dryer.
The right bra is everything. It will make you feel good, look good with your fitted tees and dresses, and you won’t have the unwanted pain that an incorrectly fitted bra can cause. An incorrect fit can put pressure on nerves which cause headaches and migraines, not to mention undue pressure on your back muscles and spine.