As women we know that we are not all created equally. We all have different body types and different clothes flatter different figures. But the one thing that every woman has to wear no matter what shape or size is a bra. There are so many options when it comes to clothes, bathing suits, and accessories, but when it comes to bras we are left with just two factors: band size and cup size. This is why almost 80% of women wear the wrong bra size, with so many women falling between traditional cup sizes the game changer is finally here, half cup bras.
Do you ever wonder if you are wearing the correct size bra? Or maybe it feels okay and you’re just not sure if you can do better. Luckily, there are many different guides and tutorials just a search away on the Internet. One company has even gotten rid of the old fashioned measuring tape by turning your iPhone into a virtual measuring tape and brafitting machine. If you’re not feeling adventurous and you have access to a measuring tape and a computer you will be just fine.
There is actually a tutorial written by lingerie expert Marie Redding that only requires a mirror to tell if your bra is the correct fit. Redding’s Tutorial takes a simple approach to understanding how YOUR bra should fit YOUR body.
Step 1: Checking the Gore
The first step talks about checking the gore, which is the center part of the underwire where the cups of the bra connect in the front. According to her, the gore should lie flat on your sternum at all times and if it rises off of your chest that is a common sign that the cups are too small.
Step 2: Straps
The straps should not slip over your shoulder or make an indentation on your skin. A common misconception is that the support comes from the straps, but the back band and the cups should be contributing to the support.
Step 3: The Band
The band should lie flat on your back and parallel to the ground, if you ever wonder why your band rides up it is probably because the band size is too big. By now I am sure most of you are realizing that your bra is not fitting correctly, but if you have passed all of those tests here are the next three.
Step 4: Cups
There should be no spillage of any aspect. Lift your arms above your head and make sure there isn’t spillage on the bottom too. This is where the half-cup bra sizes from earlier come into play. If you see just a small amount of spillage maybe you just need that extra half an inch of room.
Step 5: Underwire
The fifth check point is just a matter of how comfortable the underwire is on your body.
Step 6: Overall Fit
The final check is obvious, how does the bra look on your body overall. Don’t settle for a bra that doesn’t make your body look good. With the amount of bras on the market you will be able to find one that fits your body perfectly. Do not give up!