Perfect posture, reduced back pain, and a sleeker silhouette — there are lots of reasons to wear the right bra.
Did you know that we should all have a bra fitting every six months? Wearing the wrong bra size can affect your posture, can cause back and shoulder pain, and do your bust line no favors. Also, frustratingly, like shoes, bra sizes can vary between brands, so knowing how to tell when a bra fits properly is helpful.
“We don’t use tape measures, instead we prefer to explain what a well-fitted bra looks and feels like,” explains bra fitter Jen Middleton from Bravissimo. “The numbers and letters written on your bra label really don’t matter — it’s how you look and feel that counts.” Here are Jen’s top tips for the perfect fit.
The band around your body should be firm, but comfortable.
It should lie flat and sit in a straight line. If it rides up this may indicate that you need to go down a band size. Start by wearing your new bra on the loosest fastening, so as the material stretches you can tighten it up.
The wires should sit flat against your chest without digging in or poking out at the front.
It’s also important that they sit on your ribcage and not on your breast tissue. They shouldn’t slip downwards during the day or lift away if you raise your arms.
Your breasts should be enclosed in the cups.
You should have a smooth line where the fabric at the top of the cup ends and meets your bust. You may need to adjust your boobs into the cups — a bit of a scoop and a jiggle usually does the trick!
Try on different styles and shapes to find the right and most comfortable fit.
And try clothes on top of your new bra so you can see what you look like. It’s also a good idea to wear your new bra at home for a few hours to make sure it feels comfortable.
Finally, check your fit regularly.
We recommend getting a bra fitting every six months. Your body changes shape naturally over the course of time, so it’s important to make sure you continue to feel comfortable and supported. If you’re unsure, visit a professional fitter.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Yours.