How To Tell If Your Bra Fits
OK, so you know your correct bra size, you’ve learned all about sister sizing and the shape of your breasts, now it’s time to actually put a bra on. Before you go and drop a ton of money on a whole new lingerie drawer, try on your favorite bras once more and see if maybe all you really needed to do was adjust the straps or use a different hook. Here are six signs your bra fits perfectly.
1. The Band In The Back Is Level And Even With The Band In The Front.
If it’s too low, tighten the straps. If it’s too high, loosen the straps.
2. The Straps Aren’t Digging Into Your Shoulders.
Similar to the band, your straps should fit snugly on your shoulders so that they won’t slip off but shouldn’t be leaving uncomfortable marks or digging in.
3. Your Breasts Sit About Halfway Between Your Shoulders And Elbows.
Look at yourself sideways in a mirror to see where your girls are hanging. If they’re too low, you probably need to find a more supportive bra.
4. There’s No Gapping Or Spillage At The Cups.
Put on a slim-fit top or T-shirt to get a better idea of this one. If it looks like your breasts are pouring out of the cups, you should try going up a cup size. On the opposite end, if the rim of the cup is very prominently showing through your top, you should go one size smaller.
5. The Center Gore And Any Underwires Lay Flat Against Your Sternum.
Remember how we said you should be able to stick two fingers in between the band and your body? This is not true for the center gore (that quasi triangular piece right between the cups) or the cups themselves, especially if you’re wearing an underwire. They should lay perfectly flat without digging in or pinching anywhere.
6. Always Use The Outermost Hook When Trying On Or Wearing New Bras.
Your bra will stretch and loosen over time, but if you’re already using the tightest hook then you’ll be out of luck and stuck with a band that’s too big. Start with the loosest hook so that you can get as much wear out of your bra as possible, even once it starts to stretch out.
Now go forth and arm yourself (and your girls) with the best-fitting bra of your life. Here are a few PureWow favorites to get you started.
Our favorite brands: Aerie; Wacoal; ThirdLove; Lively; Cacique; Calvin Klein; Journelle