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.

Source: Today