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Finding The Perfect Bra That Fits You

Understanding your body

A perfect fit bra is a bliss, but finding it is a tiring job and mostly it is a problem. In the current busy world, women rarely can squeeze out time to go for a bra fitting.

They are unaware of subtle changes in their breasts which could cause discomfort when wearing bras.

The study has shown that 80% women wear the wrong size bra. Not just the size but majority of women are wearing wrong style and cut.

Your breast size changes and fluctuates throughout the year, and most women have one breast that's bigger than the other — so you shouldn't obsess over a number. Instead, focus on fit.

Very few women have perfect and symmetrical breasts, across the board, at least 25% of adult women have asymmetrical breasts. The difference can be very, very subtle, or up to a full cup size in some women.

You also have to keep in mind that the size of your breasts fluctuates throughout the month — depending on your period, weight gain or loss, and other lifestyle changes, which makes a difference in how the bra fits.

What this means is that, while identifying that magic number and letter is helpful, the quest for the perfect bra doesn't (and shouldn't) end there.

It's important to find the right fit — which means trying on different styles, and maybe going up or down a size, depending on how it feels.

We recommend going in "for a fitting once a year," as a sort of temperature check to make sure your bra fits comfortably (and correctly).

Your body changes on average six times in your life, so chances are, unless you’ve recently been fitted, you’re going to be a different size.

How to measure your assets

1. Determine Your Band Size - While braless or wearing a non-padded bra, measure around the bottom of the band, directly under your bust. The measuring tape should be level and very snug.

Round to the nearest whole number. If the number is even, add four inches. If it’s odd, add five. Your band size is the sum of this calculation. (So if you measured 32 inches, your band size is 36. If you measured 33 inches, your band size is 38.)

2. Take Your Bust Measurement - Wrap the measuring tape somewhat loosely around the fullest part of your chest (at nipple level). Round to the nearest whole number.

3. Calculate Your Cup Size - Subtract your band size from your bust measurement and refer to chart. Example: 37 inches (bust) – 34 inches (band) = 3 inches. That’s a 34C.

Understanding your Bra

1. The Band - The band of your bra should supply you with 80% of your support So fitting it correctly – snug, but not too tight – is super important. It should lie across your back in a straight, horizontal line aligned with the bottom of your cups.

If it rides up, you have the wrong size! You should also be able to comfortably run your fingers under the band all the way around to your underarm area. Always try on a bra with it fastened on the last row of hooks.

As your bra wears and stretches to your body, you can move the fastener in to the inner rows to keep the same good fit.

2. The Straps - Getting those straps right can be tricky! You don’t want them so loose that they fall off, but you also don’t want them so tight that they leave marks on your shoulders.

Check them by running your fingers along the inside of them, and adjust as needed until they’re at a firm but comfortable length. Remember that while the band is providing most of the support, your straps will still be providing 20 percent of it.

3. The Cups - The most important part of cup fit? Getting the underwire positioning correct! Check it on both sides and make sure it sits against the chest exactly where the breast flesh finishes.

The sides of the bra shouldn’t ride too high under your arms, and the center of the bra shouldn’t pull away from the chest. Once you have the underwire under control, check the cups themselves.

They should be full – no gaps or flapping fabric – but without any flesh spilling over the edge.

How to wear your Bra

1. Put your arms through the armholes. - To put on a traditional bra, the first thing you should do is to place your arms through the armholes.

A traditional bra will have two straps that attach the bra cups to the back of the bra and run up and over your shoulder to the back.

2. Clasp the bra. - Most bras have clasps in the back that connect the right side of the bra to the left. These clasps will typically have either two or three hooks on one side that will connect with two or three loops on the other side.

If your bra is new, it should fit closely on the loosest hook. This will allow you to tighten the bra over time as the elastic wears and stretches. If a newer bra can be fastened on the middle or tightest hooks, you may need a smaller back size.

Some women have trouble hooking the bra in the back and like to clasp it before they put on the straps. To do this, place the bra backward over your breasts, clasp it, move it around to its proper position in the back, and then place your arms through the arm holes.

Be gentle if you use this method, as the movement of the bra could damage the elastic and misshape the wires in the cup.

3. Adjust the straps. - Once you've put your hands through the loops of the bra and clasped it, you'll need to adjust the straps so they fit perfectly over your shoulders instead of being too loose or too tight.

If they're too loose, they can fall down off your shoulders, all the way to your elbows, and if they're too tight, then you'll feel uncomfortable and the bra cups will be pulled up too high.

4. Feel the bra to make sure it's positioned correctly. - Once you've put on the bra and adjusted the straps, you should just gently pull at the straps and the sides and back of the bra to make sure that it fits reasonably well.

After this, you can begin to make sure that your breasts fill the cups, which is the trickiest part of putting on a bra. Check the straps and band of the bra to make sure that nothing is twisted.

5. Bend down. If you're not already standing, stand up and bend down so that you lower your back about two feet, towards the floor. This will help you move your breasts in the right direction.

6. Move your breasts into the cups. - First, feel the sides of your breasts for any additional tissue that is hanging off the sides of each breast, below your armpit. If you're in front of a mirror, you may be able to see this extra tissue.

Feel for this tissue with the opposite hand from each breast and then move it in, so that it fills the side of the cup. Then, use the same hand to lift up the breast, so that you've moved the sides of the breast in, and then up. 

Ideally, the underwire of your bra should be positioned right along the bottom of your breasts, without leaving any extra space for them to hang down. Your breasts should be perky and moving upwards, not hanging down below the underwire.

If you find that loose skin (not the same as breast tissue) now pokes over the top of the bra, you can tuck it in and smooth it down for a smoother silhouette.

If there is breast tissue coming over the top of the cup, then the bra does not fit, buy a larger cup size or find a bra with more space at the top.

3 Important things you should know about your bra

1. Your bra DO NOT last forever. Depending on the quality, the average life span of a bra is about 6 to 12 months or about 60 to 90 times of wearing it. Bra loses its elasticity and support as it ages.

2. Hand wash and air dry your bra. Wash them properly: Avoid using regular detergent, only wash your bra with soaps made specifically for lace, lingerie, or hosiery.

Avoid petroleum based washes. Hand wash, air dry – always. Women ask “well, can’t I just throw them in the washer?” I say “You sure can! But it’s your money. It’s up to you how long you want your bras to last”.

3. You should wear your bra on the outermost hook in the back, not in the middle.
Once you find the correct band size, you start wearing it on the outermost hook and work your way inward as the band stretches.

A lot of crucial bra mistakes start with the band. Most women will pick the bigger band size and they will put it on the tightest hook thinking it will fit better, but it’s actually how people end up wearing the wrong size, because they don’t realize that over time, the bra is going to stretch.

From the get-go, you're putting more and more pressure on the band than necessary, and it loosens much faster.

We hope this guide have helped you to better understand how to find the bra that would fit your body correctly. Feel free to share this guide to your family and friends!

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