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.

Related post: Tips for Feeding Bra

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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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.

Sources – Softy Bra


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!

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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