How Should a Bra Fit

It is a well-known fact that there are many different types of bras available in the world. There are:

  • Full coverage
  • Low cut tops
  • Pushup bras 
  • Strapless bras
  • BackStory bra

The list goes on and on! With so many options out there, it can be challenging to know which one will work best for your body type. Here is how a bra should fit. 

What's a Typical Bra Fitting Like?

A typical bra fitting usually starts with the customer trying on a few different sizes of each style. Next, the fitter will look for reasons to eliminate certain styles and then narrow the choices by size until something fits perfectly.

Fittings are often in private dressing rooms where you can't see yourself reflected from all angles because it's harder to tell if something is wrong when your body looks wonky through an angled mirror or off-center photo frame. 

How to Know if Your Bra Doesn't Fit Correctly

A bra that fits well should give you support, lift, and good coverage. If your bra doesn't fit correctly, there are some tell-tale signs for each of these things to look out for.

If the cups don't sit around your breast correctly, it will likely be because they're either too small or too big. To work out which is the case, try this simple trick - turn your straps up onto your shoulders (so that they're facing downwards) if when you let go, the bra comes away from your body a little bit but goes back into place quickly without falling off completely then the cup is most probably not fitting correctly.  

However, if the straps stay precisely where they are when you turn them up, the cup is too small, and we can help find a better fitting style. The wire should sit flat against your ribcage, not poking into it or falling away from it. 

If either of these things happens to you regularly, then this means that either your band size is too large/small or the wires themselves aren't sitting in the right place on your body. 

The band should be straight around your torso, not riding up or slipping down - if it's doing either of these things regularly, then this means that the back size is likely too big/small.  

How Should the Cups Fit?

  • The cups of the bra should be filled but not overflowing
  • There shouldn't be any spillage or gaping along the top or sides of your bra 
  • Your breast tissue shouldn't bulge over the band either. If it does, you may want to go up a cup size, so there is enough room for all your boobs! 

How Should the Straps Fit? 

The straps shouldn't slip when you raise your arms or fall off when you lean over. If the strap falls, lift it back up and tighten it. If that doesn't work, opt for a smaller band size to give more support through the shoulders and better stability in the cups. It also helps with padding on top of each cup, so they don't sink into the skin.  

How Should the Band Fit?

The band is the part of your bra that goes around your body. It provides 80% (or more) of the support for your breasts, so it's crucial to find a well-fitting one. A good fit means that you can easily slide two fingers underneath each side of the band—if not, try going up in size or loosening/tightening the back closures until this becomes possible. 

The clasp should be tight enough to stay closed if you lean over forward and shake upside down without coming undone but loose enough to not leave any red welts on shoulders after wearing it all day long!

 If hook extenders are attached to make it bigger, they shouldn't show when worn with clothes; otherwise, take them off and continue with the next size up. The band should lie completely flat against your back, following its natural curve. If it sticks out or bulges in some areas, try going down a size until you find one that fits perfectly flush to your body all around.

How Should the Shape Fit? 

A bra should be supportive, but it shouldn't make you look like your breasts are spilling out of the cups. Instead, you want to fill up the cup without overflow or wrinkling fabric. This is especially important for women with larger busts who can get away with wearing a smaller size because they need extra support. 

If you aren't sure if your shape fits correctly, consider where and how much breast tissue falls into each part of your bra. The center gore (the middle piece between the cups) shouldn't tack firmly against your chest wall. 

There should always be at least one finger's width of space between that and skin due to "mastectomy pockets" in which implants may settle after reconstruction surgery. Mastectomy pockets don't need to be big enough for the nipple, but they need room to allow some "settling" after reconstructive surgery.

What is the Perfect Coverage Bra? 

Although not everyone is looking for a full coverage bra, if you are, there are things to look out for when buying one. Full coverage bras do precisely what they say on the tin and cover all of your breasts. 

As a result, they won't be suitable for low-cut tops but will provide support with an underwire and give you shape with molded cups that mold to fit your breast size perfectly; typically, in half or three-quarter styles (where there's cup covering from halfway down the top part of the chest up to just below where it meets). 

Hope you now understand how your bras should fit and what determines if it is the perfect bra. This guide has given you some ideas on crucial points to consider when shopping for the right bra and tips on how to keep your bras in tip-top condition. Be sure to use it. 

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