How Should My Bra Fit?
Ladies, I am about to tell you some things that are going to blow your mind. Are you ready? Hold on to your hats.
When it comes to bras, just because your breasts can be placed into into the cups doesn’t mean it fits. I know we don’t wear the wrong size on purpose, but for the sake of all things perky and droopy, let’s try to fix this!
My former training as an educator is about to come into play. The first thing we’re going to do is get familiar with the bra components and terminology. This graphic shows the basic full cup bra and its parts.
Now for the fit. Let’s start with the back of the bra. The majority of the support should come from the band, NOT the straps. That is why it is so important that the band fits correctly. It should be straight across and parallel to your waist. If it rides up in the back, then the band is too big.
The band should feel comfortable when the hooks are fastened to the middle row of eyes (there are usually three rows of eyes). This allows you to tighten or loosen the band as needed.
Some women prefer tighter bands. I do not. I find tight bands extremely uncomfortable, not to mention they promote back fat. Trust me when I say this, I don’t need any help making that more noticeable.
Bra straps come in varying widths and lengths. Your straps should be adjusted so that your breasts rest halfway between your shoulders and your elbows. Since most of the support comes from the band, your shoulders should not be bearing the weight of your breasts. If you have indentations from the straps, you may want to loosen them a little. Also, the larger the breasts, the wider the straps should be. If you have indentations, try using strap padding or purchasing bras with wider straps.
Now for the fun part — the cups. This is the hardest area to fit because the style and fabric of the bra must compliment the shape and size of your breasts. Finding this perfect combination can be very tricky.
I’m sure you’ve heard of the quad boob. That is when breast tissue is spilling over the top of the cup. This is an indication that your cup is too small. You should not have to put the girls back in their place every time you bend over. If that’s happening, it’s time to get a new bra.
Another sign of a small cup is if the gore is not tacking. That is, the center of the bra must sit flat directly against your chest. If you can stick more than two fingers under the gore, then the cups are too small. Please note that this will vary with the style of bras. Plunge or demi bras will have a low center, so it is possible for the gore to lay flat but still have cups that are too small.
And what about that dreaded side boob? This is the lesser known cousin of the quad boob. Wearing minimizer bras will actually force your breast tissue under your arms. Ladies, that is not where it belongs. Minimizers attempt to distribute the breast volume by flattening it so that the poor breast tissue is forced to go into hiding under your arms. Please don’t do that to your breasts. It makes them sad. 🙁 If God wanted them under your arms, he would have put them there.
What if your cup size is too big? How do you know? Well, if there are wrinkles in the fabric, then it is probably too big. Another area that may be too big is right where the strap meets the top cup. If there is extra space between the fabric and your body, then try the next cup size down. Also, if the underwire goes south of your breast crease or if it ends somewhere under your arm, the cup is too big.
Some women have two different breast sizes. If that is you, then you should buy the bra so that the cup fits the larger breast, and then place an insert or pad on the smaller breast so both sides are even.
I hope this information has served you. If you have any question regarding bra fit, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
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