Buying a strapless bra can be a daunting task, especially if you do not know your bra size. Tackle this subject by confirming your bra size first and foremost. When buying your bra, keep in mind the outfit you will be wearing with the bra. Also, keep in mind that a strapless bra that provides adequate support and stability is priceless!

1.Measuring Your Bust Size

If you do not want to or do not have the time to calculate your own bra size, most lingerie stores can calculate it for you. Visit a lingerie store at your nearest mall, outlet, or shopping center. They can professionally measure your bra size for you.

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2.Picking the Right Bra

Aim for quality when selecting your bra. You want a bra that will support your bust and make you feel comfortable. Features that provide support and stability are:

  • Silicone lining: look for silicone beading that follows the contour of the cups. Silicone lining is “self-adhesive” and will help the bra stick to your body.
  • Elastic bands: in non-corset style bras, the wide band of elastic that runs under the bust is the main source of support. If you have a big bust, get a bra with a wider band for more support.
  • Underwire: underwire provides shape and support. A bra whose underwire pokes into the breast is too small, while a bra whose underwire pokes into the armpit is too big.
  • Boning: boning provides a lot of support and is a great choice for full-figured women. A high-quality bustier or corset will have steel-wire boning as opposed to plastic or PVC.

Related post: Tips to Eliminate Underwire Bra Pain

3.Fitting the Bra

 While choosing your strapless bras, choose at least one bra that is one band size smaller than your original measurement. Because a strapless bra does not have straps, you need to compensate for the lost support. You can compensate for this by having a tighter fitting bra, but it should not be so tight that it is uncomfortable.

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4.Bring a similar top or pattern to shop with

You can ensure that the bra you choose fits the top or dress that you will be wearing it by making a pattern or bringing a similar top with you.You can make a pattern by drawing the outline of the top or dress that you will be wearing with a pencil on a tank top you have at home. When you are in the fitting room, try on the bra over the tank top with the pencil marks. If the bra goes over the boundaries made by the marks, then that bra will not work. You can also bring a top or dress that is similar to the one that you will be wearing. Try it on with the bras that you have picked out to ensure that everything is covered.

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1.Wrong size

A huge percentage of women are wearing the wrong sized bra. It is our recommendation to get correctly fitted at a Lingerie boutique or Department store. A bra that is the incorrect size will not properly support you and could result in long-term sagging and or ligament damage.

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2.Sacrificing quality for price

Invest in bras that are made from quality fabrics and trims. It is noticeable at first glance if a product is well made. The elastics should be firm and should not have too much give. A good quality bra will often have multiple layers and feel substantial to touch.Cheaper bras are made from inferior fabrics and trims. These bras will often lose their elasticity and ability to support after a few washes. Purchasing quality should mean that you would feel more comfortable and supported for longer.

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3.Purchasing the incorrect style for your body shape

Not all bra styles will suit every woman. Our bodies are all different including our breast shape and form.

  • Plunge bras are wonderful for a smaller busted woman who tends to be heavier at the base of the breast.
  • Balcony styled bras are good for women who have a rounder more even weight distribution in the breast.
  • Full coverage bras are ideal for women who are larger in the bust. The full cups are designed to cover the entire breast area resulting in more support and a secure fit.

4.The back band is too big

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This is one of the most common mistakes. The back band of the bra should fit firmly and parallel across the back. It should not rid up or feel too loose. Should the back band start to feel loose when done up on the tightest hook. It is time to throw it away and purchase a new one.

5.Not getting fitted

Going and getting fitted at your local bra boutique or Department store is worth the effort. A bra fitter is professionally trained and will access your body type/shape and provide you with options they have available.Buying bras can often be a frustrating experience. Going to professionals cuts out all of the frustration leaving the customer happy and supported.

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Underwire bras provide great shaping, support, and lift. They come in all shapes, sizes, and styles, too.But not all underwire bras fit the same way. Some pinch, dig into breast flesh, pop out of casings, or cut off circulation around my torso.

1. Get to know wire lengths and shapes on different styles.

gravitate toward wire lengths that suit my shorter, upper torso, like those found in demi-cup bras. Where breasts rest on the chest, make some underwire styles easier or harder to wear. (For more on wire shapes)

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2. Wire width changes across bra band

Wires are larger or smaller as you move up and down in band size. For example, a C cup on a 34 band is equivalent to the volume of a D cup on a 32 band and a B cup on a 36 band. If you’re happy with your band size, but it’s your boobs that are spilling out or squished, you’ll get relief by going up the cup alphabet. Don’t think of it as wearing a bigger size as much as choosing a better wire width to match your lovely breasts.

3. Know your “bra zone” not bra size

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You won’t fit in the same cup and band size across all bra brands. How can this be true? Some calculate band size by the measure of your ribcage. Others add 3, 4, or 5 inches to that measurement to get your correct size. But those calculations don’t work for everyone. I’m less than 32” under my breasts but find most 32 bands too tight for my tastes. If I use the Plus 4 band sizing method, a 36 band is way too loose. I’m comfortable in a 34D or DD but know I can move to 32E or 36C territory on occasion.

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4. Look at wire casings and bra construction

Wires vary in quality. They are sewn onto bands using single or multiple stitches. Some brands wrap their wires within the casing. Here are two examples from my lingerie drawer. One casing is sewn on top of the band and the other underneath. These little details can make a huge difference in comfort.

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1. Choose your washer cycle wisely

The gentle or delicates cycle on a washing machine will come the closest to replicating hand-washing, so that’s the one you should use. (Quick lesson: Washing machine cycles are based on the speed of the wash and spin cycles. The slower the speed, the less abrasion and agitation the clothes are subjected to. In the case of your bras, slower is better because of the elastic and any embellishments on the bra benefit from dealing with less stress.)

2. Use the right detergent

Specialty detergents designed for use on bras and other delicate garments like shapewear or cashmere sweaters are a great choice whether you’re washing your bras by hand or in the washing machine. You can find delicates detergents in a range of prices, from the wallet-friendly Ecover Delicate Wash to the pricier Delicate Wash by The Laundress.

If you want something more multipurpose, opt for an eco-friendly detergent, or one of those “free and clear” options that most of the major laundry detergent brands offer (like Tide Free & Gentle or Wisk Free & Pure). Those detergents will be gentle enough for bras but effective enough for use on less delicate items of clothing.

3. Put your bras in a bag

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One of the problems with machine washing bras is that the straps and hooks can easily become tangled or snagged on other garments during the wash and spin cycles. Putting bras into zip-up mesh bags will protect the straps from winding around larger items and becoming stretched out. They will also help to keep hooks from snagging materials like fine cotton. Just be sure not to overstuff the bags, which will prevent the bras from getting fully clean.

4. Wash like with like

Even if you’re diligent about putting bras in protective mesh bags, you should still avoid machine-washing delicates with heavy items like jeans, sweatshirts, or towels. Those things are likely to cause damage to elastic, and metal or plastic underwire.

5. Always air-dry — always, always, always!

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Here’s where the hard-line comes in: Never put your bras in the dryer. You should always hang your bras to dry or lay them flat. If you opt to hang a bra to dry, do so by the center gore (the piece in between the cups) rather than by the straps, which will get stretched out because the wet cups will pull the garment downward. That mesh bag will come in handy for this purpose — you can just pluck it right out of the wash and set it aside before transferring the rest of the load to the dryer.

6. Rinse in the shower

Somewhere in between hand- and machine-washing lies this neat trick, which will buy you a few more wears in between washings: Shower-rinsing! It is exactly what it sounds like — take your bra into the shower with you and rinse it with water, which will help to wick away body oil and skin buildup, then hang it by the center gore to dry. Frequent rinsing will help you cut back on the frequency with which you need to launder your bra, which means it won’t be subjected to the potential damage machine-washing can cause.

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One of the first signs of pregnancy is a growing bust. Every woman’s body is different, but most women grow 1-3 cup sizes during the course of their pregnancy.

Some women also need to go up a band size because of their expanding belly and rib cage. However, don’t go too loose. The bra band is responsible for 90% of the bra’s support, so a snug band that stays in place is very important.

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The quickest change comes right after you give birth when milk starts to flow. This is called engorgement (and for good reason!). Engorgement is the point when your breasts are their largest and heaviest.

If you plan on nursing, your breast size can change from day to day in the beginning. Once you and baby are on a regular feeding schedule, you can go back to wearing a constant bra size.  Many women go back to their pre-baby back size but need to wear a cup size that is 1-3 sizes larger than before.

Your first breast feeding bras should be soft cup nursing bras. These non-underwire nursing bras allow room for your breasts to grow during engorgement and have flexible sizing that will help you stay comfortable during the first few weeks of nursing. You should have at least two soft cup nursing bras to alternate wearing during this time. After your cup size goes down, these bras will make great sleep nursing bras. Great for those middle of the night feedings!

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Once your baby is breastfeeding on a regular schedule, you can really expand your nursing wardrobe! Modern nursing bras are available in a wide variety of colors and styles, so you’re not just stuck with unflattering white bras.

Most women can comfortably wear an underwire nursing bra at this time. Underwire feeding bras provide great support for heavy breasts. It is very important that you are wearing the right bra size. In the correct cup size, the underwire will lie comfortably under the breast and not interfere with milk production.

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If you’ve ever gone designer bra shopping and come home with one that doesn’t fit right, you know how frustrating the experience can be. For such a small item of clothing, bras can be the hardest to buy. With that in mind, we wanted to share some bra fitting tips for making your next bra shopping trip your best yet.

1.Go to the right place

Choose a store that has a wide selection of bras and trained bra fitters on hand. Measure yourself first as a guideline so you know where to start looking once you get there.

2. Make a list

Go to the store armed with a list of what bras you need and plan to buy. This will vary from person to person but two nude bras, two black bras, one strapless, one sports bra and one bra without underwire for comfort is a good starting point.

3.Know your body type

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Be aware of your body type so you know what bras to look for. For example, if you are more of a top-heavy “apple” shape, you will likely be looking for fuller coverage bras, not demi-cups.

4.Check transparency

Wear or bring a thin T-shirt to the store so you can see what each bra looks like under the sheerest of circumstances. You don’t want any surprises the first time you wear it!

5.Be open-minded about your size

If you’re surprised (or disappointed), remember that the bra size is just a number (and a letter). The proper fit of the bra is the most important part.

6.Be flexible

If you’re in a bind and there’s a bra that you really love but they don’t have your size, it’s usually OK to go up a band size and down a cup size – or vice versa.

7.Have a discerning eye

Don’t be afraid to put the bra on and face yourself in the mirror with a critical eye. If you see any gaps, spillage, digging in or other signs of poor fit, it’s not the right bra. Turn around and look at the back as well. The back band can be very telling too when it comes to proper fit. There should be no gaping, riding up or bulges.

8.Get accessories

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Don’t forget to pick up some bra accessories, too, so you avoid any faux pas depending on what you’ll be wearing. Breast petals and double-sided tape are always good to have on hand.

9.Don’t get stuck in a size rut

Write down the date of your visit and be sure to plan another one six months to a year later (bra sizes fluctuate due to weight gain, hormonal changes, aging and other life changes, so it’s important to get fitted at least once a year). Bras also need to be replaced every six months to a year due to wear and tear.

10.Take good care of your bras

Once you make your purchase, it’s up to you to take good care of your bra. It’s best to hand wash, but if you need to put it in the washing machine, make sure the bra is encased in a protective garment bag. Always air dry – never put your bras in the dryer.

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Ask any woman who has gotten her bra professionally sized and she’ll tell you: The right fit can make all the difference.

Pro tip: Bras are made of delicate fabrics and elastics and should always be laundered by hand or placed in a lingerie bag and washed on the gentle cycle in cool water. Be sure to hang them to dry. “Never, ever put your bras in the dryer — that will shorten their lifespan,” she emphasizes.

1. T-shirt / Seamless / Contour Bra

This style goes by all three names, which essentially performs the function of “disappearing” underneath knitted or clingy clothing so that straps and bumps don’t stick up through the fabric. The cups always hold their shape, even when breasts aren’t in them, and are made on a mold of thicker materials that provide great nipple coverage — a common concern for many women. (Take note: Newer “spacer bras” that also fall under this style are made of lighter, more breathable fabric that provides less nipple coverage.) You can get this type of bra in a variety of options, including full coverage, plunge and strapless

2. Underwire Bra

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Bras made with underwire that surround the base of breasts provide structure by keeping the breasts anchored to the chest. While some women love the supportive feel, others find it uncomfortable. If you fall in the former category, look for underwire that is double or triple wrapped inside casings for more comfort. You can find underwire bras in the plunge, demi and full-coverage styles, as well as in nursing and post-mastectomy bras. “If you hate underwire bras, the good news is that there are plenty of non-wired bras on the market now — you just have to shop around to find what works best for your breasts.

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3. Push-up bra

Nothing beats a push-up bra if you want to lift the twins higher. “The most versatile style is one where the ‘cutlets’ can be removed so you can bump up your cleavage when you want, but not have your boobs be the center of attention when you don’t,” says Dale. This style is also a good solution for those with breast asymmetry — where one breast is bigger than the other (totally normal!) — or for those who’ve had lumpectomies since you can wear padding in only one cup. Despite their reputation, push-up bras are not so much about adding volume (though they do some of that, too) as they are about lifting tissue to a higher elevation

4. Balconette and demi bras (they are different!)

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“There’s a great deal of confusion between the balconette and demi bra styles since many manufacturers call a demi a balconette and vice-versa,”. They’re actually not the same type of bra. The balconette is a sexier version of a full-coverage bra, with the cup cut a bit smaller to show more of the top half of the breast.

The demi bra goes even lower than the balconette, with a single vertical seam up each cup and with the tops of the cups cut straight across. The demi style works well under lower, scoop neck outfits. It’s also a good choice for those with shallower breast tissue as it lifts each breast up without creating cleavage or creasing.

5. Bralette

These are the hottest new trend!” says Dale of the bras that are made as a one-piece without clasps and an unstructured style that can slip on over your head. Many bralettes are made of supportive stretch lace material with adjustable straps and bands and come in longline styles that extend further down the torso. They’re comfortable enough to wear to sleep or on weekends, but fashionable enough to be worn as sexy lingerie or a layering insert inside of a professional jacket. And for those with fuller busts, there are even some bralette styles made with underwire.

6. Strapless and convertabile bras

Strapless styles are usually chosen to accommodate skin-baring outfits and come in regular or longline versions, which may be called bustiers. However, there is a difference between convertible and strapless styles. Convertibles allow you to change up straps to crisscross or wear in other ways. You can choose to ditch the straps altogether, but it’s not constructed the same way as a true strapless bra. In other words: If you’re looking for versatility, go for a convertible. If you only need a strapless, go for a specific style.

Since all the support of a strapless comes from around band, you may want to go down a band size and up a cup size, advises Dale. “Strapless bras are tricky to fit because of differing cup construction — from plunge to full coverage — so if you need one for a particular outfit, bring it along so you can see how it looks over the bra.

7. Sports bra (they’re not all created equally)

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When you want to get the most out of your workout, pick up a sports bra. “Like running or hiking shoes, you should pick one that is right for your level of activity,”. Most sports bras have a guide that tells you if it’s for low, medium or high impact — the difference between say yoga and aerobic activity.

There are basically two types of sports bras: compression and encapsulation. The first is one that gives you the “uni-boob” look to hold your breasts down by compressing them. The latter is more like a regular bra, where each breast has its own cup. For moderate-to-high impact activity (like running), always wear a bra that does double-duty with both compression and encapsulation qualities.

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8. Minimizer Bra

This concept is a bit old school since many professional bra fitters today believe that a seamed, full-coverage bra does the best job of minimizing the appearance of larger breasts. A minimizer bra style spreads breast tissue across the chest rather than bringing it all to the front with centered projection. Many minimiser bras have other features, like wider wings to reduce the appearance of back rolls.

9. Adhesive backless bra /cutouts

You’ve probably seen these in clothing catalogs or at the checkout of lingerie shops. This option is best suited for smaller or lighter-weight breasts, says Dale. They’re a good choice if you want some lift or want to bring the breasts together (usually in a backless outfit). Keep in mind that some adhesive bras may be uncomfortable to wear during warmer summer months or in tropical climates.

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Your nude bra is probably at the very top of your lingerie drawer: it’s every woman’s trusty go-to under any type (or hue) of top—you know it will seamlessly disappear and create a flawless silhouette. But we bet your nude bra isn’t your prettiest—and that somewhere toward the back of that drawer there’s a stash of lovely unmentionables that are rarely worn because your skin-toned favorite is on such constant rotation. Ready to add a little color to your life and give your boring bra a break? Here’s a secret: You can wear a red bra under a white shirt (and no one will be able to tell).

Although it seems like this defies the laws of color theory, that’s exactly what makes this work. “We all have some element of red or pink in our skin, so once you layer white over it, the red blends in with your skin’s natural undertones,” explains Candace Etafo, a stylist for lingerie company Rigby & Peller. There is a tiny caveat, however. “I like to compare it to red lipstick,” says Etafo. “There is a perfect shade for everyone, so you might have to try a few different hues to find the perfect red for you.” Meaning some lucky ladies will be able to pull off a bright scarlet bra under a white tee, but darker skin tones will have better luck with a deeper shade, like burgundy. Others may want to consider reds with tons of pink or even orange.

Test the trick for yourself by donning a white T-shirt the next time you’re buying a new bra, and trying a few different hues of red until you find the one that works for you.

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Soma Vanishing Back Full Coverage Bra

There are bras that look smooth beneath your clothing, and then there are bras that make you look smooth beneath your clothing. A wide, raw cut back makes this option the second kind, eliminating bulging or spillover all the way around. Available in eight colors.

Chantelle Vous & Moi Strapless Bra

Attention, silicon-allergy sufferers (and also all those who find the stuff unbearably uncomfortable): This strapless style features a wide, ridged band that stays up without the need for any sticky lining. Also available in black.

Yummie Peyton Strapless Convertible Bra

This pullover bandeau has no seams or closures, which translates to no VBL (visible bra lines). It also features molded cups, which provide shaping and support with no underwire to pinch or dig. Available in four colors.

penny_neon_nova_padded_wired_smooth_fit_t_shirt_bra_1.jpg_4Natori Feathers Full Figure Bra

Gone are the days when having a larger bust meant limiting your lingerie to matronly bras in white or neutrals. Natori’s beautiful bra was engineered for comfort and support—and delicate laciness. (A favorite detail? Sheer stretch mesh that offers full coverage without looking bulky.) Available in three colors, up to a size 36H.

Third Love 24/7 Lace T-shirt Bra

There are lots to love about this bra—not only does Third Love have a smart and simple app that can accurately calculate your size using just the camera on your phone, but their bras also come in half-cup sizes to ensure a perfect fit. Lace sides make this one of the prettiest T-shirt bras out there, while smooth cups still look completely seamless beneath clothes. Also available in black.

Chantelle Merci Lightweight Nursing Bra

From the easy, one-handed clip to the softly supportive flex underwire to the demure lace trim, it’s easy to see why this pick is go-to for new moms. Also available in black.

Cosabella Never Say Never Padded Bralette

Slightly padded, this bralette is the optimum pick for those who love the pretty look of lace but feel like unlined, sheer lace leaves too little to the imagination. Bonus: The light layer of padding also provides a shapely, rounded silhouette. Available in 22 colors.

Passionate Dream Passio Soft Bra

Think fuller busts can’t wear bralettes? Think again. The thick band on the bottom of this one gives enough support for larger chests (even up to cup size F!).

Cosabella Ceylon Criss Cross Lace Bralette

Don’t keep these underpinnings under wraps. With delicate straps and beautiful details, this bralette was meant to be seen—think of the straps as a layer or an accessory, and let them peek out from under a tee or a tank. Also available in black.

bd0564c6af23d0242efc886f04a10237Soma Sports Max Support Wireless Sport Bra

This ingenious sports bra, sized like a regular bra for the best possible fit, provides lift and separation (key for workouts, because, well, sweat) without the use of a wire. Adjustable straps and a hook-and-eye back closure let you customize your fit. Also available in tan and black.

Nudwear Sofia Strapless Backless Adhesive Bra

Got a top or a dress with a truly tricky neckline? We’ve got you covered (literally). This backless bra offers light support, but full coverage and shaping, so you’ll never feel overexposed.

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Not Investing in a Quality Bra.

Solution: Buy from a brand that believes in fit and stands behind their bras.

There is a big difference in how a $15 bra and a $50 bra will perform, even if they don’t look very different on the hanger. A good quality bra will fit more comfortably from the minute you put it on, provide all-day support and will hold its appearance over many wearings and washings.

Going Too Long Between Bra Fittings.

Solution: Get professional bra fittings regularly.

You may need new bras whenever your body goes through a change—gaining or losing five pounds or more, pregnancy, post-pregnancy, during and after nursing, or after breast surgeries or menopause. All of these events will affect how your bra fits, the support that you need, and how comfortable it feels. Some companies provide free bra expert fittings to ensure comfort, support, and shape. We recommend a fitting every six months to a year.

Wearing the Same Bra Every Day.

Solution: Rotate your bras.

lacebraWe recommend you avoid wearing the same bra two days in a row. Why? Perspiration can cause a bra’s elastic to deteriorate. Have at least three bras in your wardrobe: one to wear, one to wash, and one to rest for a day. Rotating your bras in this way will help each last longer.

Putting Your Bra in the Dryer.

Solution: Hang or lay flat to dry.

Every bra has unique fabrics, trims, and care requirements. Read labels for washing and temperature instructions. The good news is you don’t have to hand-wash all of your delicates. Most bras can be washed in a lingerie bag on your machine’s gentlest cycle. Close the hooks and eyes on the bra before putting it in the bag, zip shut, and then wash in the washer with cool water. But never put a bra in the dryer—the heat ruins the stretch. Simply hang it on a hanger or lay flat to dry.

Storing Your Bras Incorrectly.

Solution: Stack your bras.

After your bras are completely dry, stack them in a row so the cups fit into each other in your drawer, or hang them on hangers in your closet. This is especially important for bras with a molded foam cup. Avoid folding bras in half with one cup inside the other, which could alter their shape.

Wearing a Bra With a Problematic Band.

Solution: Find the right size.

Your bra’s band is the key to good support. The bottom edge of your bra should sit level and straight all the way around your body. If the band is too loose, it will hike up in the back and the cups will fall down, causing your breasts to sag. Just as bad, if your band is too tight, it can dig into the skin and create painful, unflattering lines and bulges on your back and sides. Just because a bra’s tag says it is a certain size doesn’t mean it’s a perfect fit. Approach bra buying like shoe buying—try a variety of sizes and styles to gauge fit, look, and feel.

Wearing a White Bra Under White Clothing.

Tonya-5706X-001-Anita-care-300x400Solution: Choose a color closest to your skin tone.

The key to looking polished when wearing light summer fabrics is to ensure you’ve chosen pieces that vanish underneath. That means matching your bra to your skin tone, not your clothing. We recommend choosing a neutral shade such as light nude, soft tan, mocha, or black—any color that closely matches your skin tone will disappear under light colors or sheer fabrics.

Wearing Basic Colors Every Day.

Solution: Don’t be afraid to go for fun colors or prints.

It’s a common misconception that everyday bras should be a basic color. While having bras in neutral colors (such as black or soft tan) is essential to completing your bra wardrobe, wearing a fun printed bra (such as leopard or polka dots) or an uplifting color can feel like a special treat.

Not Completing Your Bra Wardrobe.

Solution: Know which styles work for your body and outfits.

Different cup sizes and outfits call for different bras. If you have a fuller cup size and want the most cup coverage and maximum support every day, choose a full coverage bra. For smaller cup sizes, push ups or demi bras offer enough coverage. If you’re wearing a blouse and want to avoid gapping between buttons, go with a minimizer bra. It reduces the bust from 1 to 3 inches. Wearing a T-shirt? Choose a bra that’s invisible under clothing. With open neckline tops, balconette bras work well because they offer a lower cut.

Throwing Your Gently Worn Bra Away.

Solution: Support bra donation programs.

A little-known fact: Bras are the most needed, yet least donated item of clothing for women. Support women in need by giving bras to initiatives like the Soma Bra Donation, which benefits women staying in local shelters affiliated with the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

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Here at Panache, we’re passionate about bra fitting. It’s so important for your health and comfort, but so many people find it a minefield. And no wonder! To the untrained eye, the fitting process can seem scary and complicated, which is why we do everything we can to help.

What you may not realize is that you should actually have bras in lots of different sizes stashed away in your wardrobe. As much as you may want to find your one, true size to make bra shopping a breeze, in reality, different brands and different bra styles mean you’ll need to be willing to be a bit flexible when it comes to those numbers. The important thing, as always, is the fit, so don’t get hung up on what you think is your size – let your boobs tell you whether the bra is right or not!

When you’re trying on bras, the first thing to consider is the bra band. Is it too tight? Does it ride up? Try it on the loosest hooks; if it doesn’t sit firmly and horizontally across your back, you’ve probably picked up the wrong size – even if it is your usual. Adjusting your size can help you find the best fit – so go up or down a band size as necessary.

At this point, it’s time to use the bra size table to your advantage. Moving diagonally across the table will give you other options to try out if you’ve spotted a bra you like but it just isn’t working for you in your regular size. Not all D-cups (or E-cups, or F-cups…) are the same; in fact, the size of the cup is related to the size of the band. So if you drop a band size, go up a cup size (or vice versa) and you might find your perfect match! If you usually wear a 36D, for example, but need a tighter band, try a 34E on for size.

There are a lot of different factors which will determine if you need to change your size; the brand you’re looking at might use a thicker underwire which digs in at your normal size, for example. The style of the bra can also affect what size you’ll need. Just remember to be flexible, and if it doesn’t feel right, don’t buy it!

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For a garment that’s been worn the world over for at least a century, it seems there’s an awful lot we don’t know about our most intimate accouterment, the bra. From well-quoted statistics that suggest more than 70 percent of women are wearing the wrong size, to the ongoing hunt for the perfect strapless style that won’t, ah, let you down, there seem to be many mysteries about the undergarment that we wear every day. Thankfully, there is also a host of experts out there to help us out with all of them, from professional fitters at your favorite lingerie store to experts who can recommend a brand specifically suited to your shape and cup size.

juno-sports-braEven with all these helpful hints, there’s always something new to learn. I was surprised by a tip I was given by Heather Cvitkovic, director of apparel merchandising at Brooks Running Company—a leading active apparel brand. “Your bra should never celebrate a birthday,” Cvitkovic said. “A sports bra needs to be replaced every six to 12 months.”

We ask more of our sports bras than our regular bras—stretching them further than a normal bra (since we stretch further during exercise than our normal range of motion) and covering them in sweat, which has corrosive properties that cause the fabric and elastic to break down quicker, even with proper care and cleaning.

To maximize the life of your sports bras, Cvitkovic suggests “having three in your rotation. This will give you multiple options and extend the life of each.” Active women who hit the gym three times a week should stick to the six to 12 month rule and keep an eye out for key signs that your bra is past its prime: a stretched band or straps, faded tags, spots that cause your skin to chafe, or a less-than-fresh scent even after being laundered.

Sticking to this easy rule of thumb will ensure that your sports bra is always in tip-top shape, so you can be, too.

Sources – Softy Bra


Most of us need to wear a bra, at least sometimes. But lots of women I speak to complain about how much they hate bras – they don’t find them comfortable at all. Many seek out the advice of a “professional bra fitter” in the hope of finding a better fit. Sadly this often doesn’t help.

There are a few shops out there who are doing it right – Bravissimo, Rigby and Peller, Leia etc. But there are a lot more who are doing it wrong. Marks and Spencer, BHS, AnnSummers, La Senza and many others are on the bad fitter’s list. If you have had a fitting from any of them or followed almost any online size chart, then chances are you are in the wrong bra. If you recognize any of the symptoms below then you probably need a new bra.

Bad Bra Alert

  •  You have to tighten the straps a lot to keep the bra up
  • Your bra rides  up at the back – you can feel it isn’t sitting horizontally
  • Your shoulder straps dig in and leave nasty red marks or grooves
  • Your bra straps fall down (off the shoulder)
  • You sometimes bulge over your bra (the 4-boob look)
  • If you lift your arms, your bra moves up (sometimes letting you slip out from underneath)
  • You have “armpit fat” – there is bulging over the sides of your bra cups.
  • The middle of your bra (the “central gore”) does not sit flat against your chest – it should sit flat in between your boobs
  • The wires dig and cut in – anywhere
  • You suffer from back  or neck pain
  • Your bra slips down, leaving empty space at the bottom of the cup
  • You are a size 8 and wearing a 34 band…it’s possible, but it’s unlikely!

These are all signs of an unhappy bra.

The reason for this is an old fitting method where they take your back measurement and add 4-5 inches to get the back size. This results in an unsupportive and often painful bra, normally much too big in the back and too small in the cup.

How to Fit Properly

Firstly, you can’t get your exact size from a measuring tape. You can get a pretty good guide (particularly when it comes to the back size) but you need to know what to look for to get it perfect. First off – getting your “starting size”; you can measure wearing a bra, but only if the bra already fits well. So I am going to tell you how to do it braless.

  • Measure underneath your bust, firmly, in inches. The tape measure should be pretty tight
  • Bend over so your boobs are hanging down at 90 degrees and measure around the widest part – like this picture

The underbust measurement is the band size*. If you are an odd number you will want to try the size either side to be sure, but as a rule of thumb, most people fit better if they round down. So, if you measure 31”, you could try a 30 and a 32 back, but chances are the 30 will be better.

there are a couple of exceptions to this rule. If you are very very slender and have no “padding” around your ribs then you may find it necessary to try one back size higher. Conversely, if you are “squidgy of torso” then you may need a smaller back size than you actually measure as the bra needs a relatively firm surface to sit on. So if this is you don’t be scared to try 1-2 back sizes smaller than you measure.

To test if the band fits

Put the bra on back to front so the cups are at the back. When new this should be on the loosest hook as bras stretch with age. The band should feel snug, and you should be able to fit a couple of fingers under it, but that’s about all. If you can’t breathe try a size up,  but most of the support comes from the band so we are aiming for the firm. The reason for trying it back to front is that even if the back is correct if the cup is far too small it can trick you into thinking the band is too small – the cups try to steal the fabric!

Now, working out the cup size

Most UK manufacturers Bra-alphabet goes A,B,C,D,DD,E,F,FF,G,GG,H,HH,J,JJ,K, KK,L…..there is also the AA, which is smaller than an A. For each inch difference between your band size and your overbust measurement, you get a cup (starting at A) – so somebody measuring 30” underneath and 40” over would start at a 30GG. I would normally suggest trying AT LEAST 1 cup size either side of this to be sure. Now, if you have always been fitted the “old way” you will probably be in shock right now, as you’ve probably gone down 2-3 back sizes, and up several

Once you have the band right, time to test the cups. Here is what to do

Lean forward, drop your breasts into the cups and do the bra up at the back. Now, take your right hand, put it around inside the left cup, all the way around under your armpit, and scoop all the soft tissue and flesh into the cup. You might not know it, but all that soft tissue under your armpit is breast, and it needs to be in the cup. Now, repeat on the other side. The wire should totally encase your soft breast tissue, and you should have no overspill or wrinkling in the cups. The central gore should sit flat in between your boobs.

Sources – Softy Bra


Are You Wearing the Right Size?

Here are a few telltale signs that you may not be: wrinkling in the cups, underwire poking the sides of your breasts, a band that rides up, cup spillage, slipping straps, or a bra that hikes up when you lift your arms, says Sandi Simon, a fit consultant at Bra Smyth, in New York City. (Keep in mind that certain factors can cause you to change bra size: a weight gain or loss, a new exercise regimen, pregnancy, and a change of diet, among them.) If you suffer from any of the fit issues above, head to a professional bra fitter—or bust out the measuring tape and follow the steps here.

1: Determine Your Band Size

illo-band-measurement_galWhile braless or wearing a non-padded bra, measure around the bottom of the band, directly under your bust. The measuring tape should be level and very snug. Round to the nearest whole number. If the number is even, add four inches. If it’s odd, add five. Your band size is the sum of this calculation. (So if you measured 32 inches, your band size is 36. If you measured 33 inches, your band size is 38.)

2: Take Your Bust Measurement

Wrap the measuring tape somewhat loosely around the fullest part of your chest (at nipple level). Round to the nearest whole number.

 

3: Calculate Your Cup Size

Subtract your band size from your bust measurement and refer to the chart. Example: 37 inches (bust) – 34 inches (band) = 3 inches. That’s a 34C.

So how can you tell if a particular style fits? Try these tips:

Bend forward at the waist, then slip on the bra and hook it. This ensures your breasts are completely in the cups.

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Adjust the band. The back of the bra should be level with the front.

Make sure the bra is not too loose. You should be able to slide only one finger underneath the band.

Fix falling straps. First, tighten the band, then shorten the straps.

Put on a close-fitting shirt over the bra. If the cups pucker or your breasts bulge, you’re not wearing the correct size.

Look at yourself sideways in a mirror. Your breasts should sit midway between your shoulders and elbows. If not, you need a more supportive and better-fitting bra.

If you need to go down a cup size for fit, go up one band size, and vice versa. For example, if a 34C is too big for you, move to a 36B.

Choose a bra that fits perfectly when secured on the outermost hook. As the bra loosens over time, make the band taut by moving toward the tightest hook.

Sources – Softy Bra


About Bra Sizing

We’ve all heard the statistics: 75% or 80% of all women are wearing the wrong bra size. Is it true? We sincerely hope not. The truth is that our bodies change all the time (even just within a year or two), as we gain or lose weight, as we gain or lose muscle tone with exercise, with pregnancy or nursing, and simply as we age. So even if you were wearing the right size just last year, you may need a change now. We’re here to help.

Measuring Band Size

There are two ways to measure your band size. The best bet is to do it both ways to see if you get a consistent measurement.

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1. Bring the measuring tape around your back to the front, keeping it under the arms and bringing it up across to the middle of your chest (see image). If you get an odd number, round up to the next even number to get your band size.

2. Measure across the bottom of your band, directly under the bust and across your ribcage. Make sure to keep your measuring tape straight around the back to front. Again, if you get an odd number, round up to the next even number to get your band size.

Measuring Cup Size

This is where it gets tricky- if you already have a bra and can talk us through how it’s fitting, we might be better off stopping here- we can help you troubleshoot your fit. You can also Check Your Fit and see our Bra Fit Q&A for help assessing your fit. The first step (above) will tell us if you might be in the wrong band size. This one becomes much more subjective. Here’s how to do it:

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1. Measure loosely around the fullest part of your bust, with the tape straight across and around your back, bringing it to the front.

2. Subtract your band measurement (from step 1) from this bust measurement. The difference calculates your bra size- each inch represents a cup size. For example, if you measure a 34 inch band size, and a 36 inch cup size, the difference is 2: which would indicate a B cup.

Bra Size Chart

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Source : wikipedia