Finding the correct fitting bra is both a necessity and a curse for most women. The sizing charts are ambiguous at best; and with so many different styles how is any woman supposed to know what fits correctly, from what does not? Here are some tips to take with you during your next bra shopping excursion.
The strongest point of the bra is the band. The band is responsible for supporting the weight of your breasts as well as removing stress from your upper back brought on by heavy breasts pulling the shoulders forward; making this a vital measurement when selecting a proper fitting bra. You should look for a bra with a band that is not riding up. Optimally it should be positioned just under the shoulder blades parallel to the floor with no pulling. If it is riding up you need to go to a smaller band width. In contrast if the band is cutting in, it is too small and you need to go up in band size.
When looking at the cup there are some specific things you should look for, wrinkling, bulging, and underwire poking. If there is wrinkling in the cup you need to go down in cup size as the cups are too large for your breasts. If there is any overhang or bulging at the sides or top of the cup then you need a larger size cup. If the underwire is pressing into the sides of your breasts, that is another indicator that your cup size is too small. Underwire should sit under the fatty tissue of the breasts and flat along the side of the breast tissue without digging into the skin. Lastly look at the front breast plate section of your bra. It should be sitting flat against your breast bone and not protruding. If you can fit your finger beneath this area of your bra then you need to go down in size.
Once you have your band and cup size fitted correctly your straps should fall in line, staying upon the shoulder without slipping, while not cutting in at the top of the shoulder. Different styles of bras will have different types of straps that will not all sit in the same place. Such as cross-straps, wide straps, etc. Keep this in mind when evaluating the fit of the straps and where they lie.
The last part of having the right size bra is how it looks with your cloths. A correct fitting bra should not leave seams, ripples, or bulges showing through your clothing, especially in the band, cup, and top of shoulder areas. The main purpose of a bra is to provide support while also creating a smooth, clean framework for your clothes to adorn.
Having a well-fitting and comfortable bra is something most women strive for their entire lives. Now that you have the four vital aspects to a comfortable properly fitting bra you should be among those who succeed in this life long endeavor.