Finding the right size bra is often a trouble for many women; estimates are that about 80% of women wear the wrong size bra. This is not healthy for your breasts – especially if breasts are in too tight a bra.
Let your breasts have free time from bras daily – preferably more than 12 hours of your day should be bra-free. This will help the lymph flow within your breasts. And, when choosing a bra, try have yourself fitted by a professional. Part of these bra fitting tips have been submitted to us by a professional bra fitter. If you have more tips how to find the right bra size, please submit them in the comment field below – especially so if you’re a professional bra fitter yourself.
What to know about getting a bra fitting:
1. The band size (or chest size) is the number part of your bra size. The cup size is the letter part. EX: if you are in a 36 B then 36 is the band and B is the cup.
2. You are not going to get as good of a measurement as someone else would by measuring yourself. Let someone else measure you.
3. A measurement CAN be done over the bra you are wearing AND over your T-shirt If you plan on getting fitted don’t wear a thick shirt like a sweatshirt or sweater.
4. If you have large and/or sagging breasts then when the person is taking your band measurement, you should pull up on your bra’s shoulder straps so that she can get the measuring tape under your breast for an accurate measurement.
Example: I had 2 different sale ladies “fit” me a yr. ago. One did not have me pull up on my straps and told me I was a 44DD. The size seemed to work but I was messing w my bra all day long and the wire kept poking me. I went back and 2nd lady “fitted” me and had me pull up on my straps and came out w a 40 DDD. Which turned out to be my “true” size. The wire stopped hurting me and I stopped messing w my bra while I wore it.
5. If you wear a bra with padding or stuff your bra then you are not going to get an accurate measurement. If you plan on getting fitted wear a bra without padding.
6. Not all fittings will tell you the “right” size, but will give you a good place to start at usually.
7. Try on different styles of bras. Every style fits and fills different and can “shape” your breast differently.
8. Don’t rush trying on bras. Really pay attention to how they fit and feel. Go bra shopping when you know you have the TIME for it. Many women have had to take up to an hour, or more, trying on several different sizes and styles to find the bra that gave them the fit and feel they wanted.
9. If your bra fits correctly, it should NOT be painful or uncomfortable to wear.