Finding the right bra can be tricky. In fact, 25% of women are currently wearing the wrong size. But with an ever-increasing number of brands and varying sizes available, it can be hard to know where to begin. Should you opt for boutique lingerie or stick to old faithfuls such as Victoria’s Secret? Can department stores give you a better deal on staple bras, or are specialist retailers more likely to have your perfect size? Which materials suit which body type? With so many options, it’s no wonder that so many women find it challenging to get their perfect fitting bra. While some people lucky enough to have smaller busts might find that any old bra will do so long as it offers moderate support, other curvier individuals need to take particular measures in order to find the perfect fit and style for them. If you’re struggling with finding the right bra for your shape, here are 8 tips on how you can succeed:
Measure Yourself Before You Go
The first rule of finding the perfect bra is to know your size. It may sound obvious, but far too many women are wearing the wrong size. It’s so important to measure yourself before you go shopping. You want to make sure that you’re wearing the right size so that you’re not just trying on the wrong fitting bras, but that you’re not being mis-sold something that’s too small or too big for you. There are a number of different methods you can use to find your correct size, including measuring yourself with a tape measure.There are guidelines on how to do this online, or using a bra fitting app, such as the Bra-Fit app. whichever method you prefer as long as you’re wearing the correct size you can be confident that you’ll be able to find the perfect bra for you.
Know What You’re Looking For
Before you even set foot in a store, you should have a very clear idea of what kind of bra you’re looking for. You should know, firstly, whether you want a push-up bra or a sports bra, and secondly, what colour you’d like. It can be useful to keep a notebook and jot down the different styles and brands that you like the look of, so that you won’t forget any of the options you’ve seen and can easily refer to your notes when you’re ready to shop. If you know what type of bra you’re looking for, you can make a list of the brands that you think offer this style. This way, when you’re in the store, you can check to see if they stock the style you want.
Stick to Brands You Know and Trust
When you’re first starting out and trying to find your perfect fitting bra, it can be tempting to opt for one of the cheaper names, or something you’ve heard of before. However, we’d recommend that you stick with brands that you know and trust. Although some of these cheaper brands might appear to have a lower price tag than the more well-known labels, you should remember that cheaper doesn’t always mean better. When it comes to lingerie, the materials and the quality of the stitching is often far less reliable than in more expensive garments, meaning that you’ll likely have to replace your cheaper bras more frequently than your higher-end pieces.
Try on a variety of brands and styles
Even if you’re sticking with brands that you know and trust, it’s important to try on a variety of styles and sizes to ensure that you find a perfect fit. This applies no matter how certain you think you are that you know the right bra size for you. Even two different bras in the same size can fit differently, so it’s important that you try on a few different bras in order to find the perfect fit. Don’t be afraid to ask to try on a few different sizes and brands, or styles that you think might suit you. You’re far more likely to find a perfect fit if you try on a few different options than if you stick to one brand or size.
Check the fit of your bra before buying
Although it can be tempting to just buy the first bra you try on, you should check the fit of the garment before you make the purchase. First, check the underwire to ensure that it’s sitting correctly: it should be sitting firmly against your ribcage but not digging in. The underwire should also lie flat against your chest, without digging into your breast tissue. Next, check the band of the bra. It should be resting firmly against your skin without being too tight. The band (not the cups) should be what’s actually supporting your bust, so it’s important that it fits snugly.
Be aware of your cup size
Some women with larger busts find that they’re a different size in their cups than their backs. In other words, their cups run smaller than the rest of their bodies. If this sounds familiar, you might want to try a hybrid or multi-way bra that has removable cups. If you’re a DD-cup or above, you’re likely to find that full-coverage bras are more comfortable and offer more support than balconies and push-up bras.
Know your body type and which fit works best for you
If you’re unsure of your body type, there are a few online quizzes that you can take to help identify your shape. However, once you’ve figured out which shape you are, there are certain bras that work better for each type. For example, If you’re an apple shape, you’ll likely be better off in a full-coverage bra as opposed to a push-up bra. These tips will make sure that you find the best fit for you, no matter what your shape may be.
Go for basic black and neutral colours
Another important rule when choosing your bras is to ensure that you’re choosing neutral colours, such as black, navy, or nude, as opposed to bright, colourful options. These bras will be far more versatile and can be worn with a wider variety of clothing choices. While it’s tempting to opt for bold and brightly coloured bras, it’s important that you choose colours that can be easily incorporated into your wardrobe. Neutral tones are far more likely to be worn with a wider variety of clothing and can be worn again and again.
Check the fabric and stitching
You should also make sure you’re checking the quality of the fabric and stitching of the bra before you buy it. By placing your hands on the cups and feeling the weight of the garment, you can get an idea of the durability of the bra. If the bra feels flimsy and lightweight, it’s likely that it won’t last as long as sturdier fabrics. Similarly, you can run your fingers over the stitching of the bra to see if it’s robust and sturdy. If the stitching feels loose or if it’s a particularly flimsy fabric, you might want to look for another option.
Consider your everyday activities when buying
When you’re shopping for bras, you should consider the activities that you’re likely to do while wearing your bras to make sure that you’re choosing a style that will support you during these activities. Similarly, you should also take into account the activities that you’re not likely to do while wearing your bras.