Is Your Bra a Good Fit
Just because a bra band fits around your torso and the cups more or less cover your breasts, it doesn't mean that the bra FITS you.
So, does your current bra fit? You should be able to answer YES to these questions:
A great-fitting bra is essential to ensure your clothes fit properly, are comfortable and look their best.
Look at the difference in the photos.
In the right size bra you look slimmer, younger and overall BETTER. to edit.
How to Measure for Your Bra Size
2" = B cup
6" = DDD cup
3" = C cup
7" = F cup
4" = D cup
8" = G cup
5" = DD cup
9" = H cup
Your bra size is your band size plus your cup size. Example: 38C
How a Bra Should Fit
3 Key Factors
One of the top bra fit experts in the industry says you can tell if a bra fits properly by checking three things.
The gore, the portion of the band between the cups, should fit flat against your chest wall between your breasts. If the gore is not flat against your chest, the bra is the wrong size - usually with a band size too large and a cup size too small. Try a smaller band and a larger cup size until you get your center gore to fit flat against your chest.
Underwires should completely surround your breasts and lay against your chest wall. If the underwire is a finger's width or more lower than your breast, the band size is probably too small. If the underwire lies against your breast tissue, the cups are probably too small. Adjust band size and cup size until you get the underwire in the proper position.
The band should lie flat against your back in a straight line below your shoulder blades; it should not pull-up toward your shoulders. A band that cuts into your skin or leaves red marks is probably too small. A band that "rides up" on your back is probably too large. Remember if you go down a band size you'll need to go up a cup size and vice versa.
Bras that Support and Flatter Plus Size Women
For full-figured women, adequate support is essential in a bra. The majority of the support should come from the underband and cups, and only a small amount from the straps. Inadequate support from the back band, which can occur when the bra fits incorrectly, puts stress on the straps, causing them to dig into the shoulders. Additional features like extra hooks and wider straps help the bra support heavier busts and keep women comfortable.
Full-cup bras cover the entire breast to provide maximum support. With these bras, seams can do much to shape the bustline. Low-cut seams shape the breast into a teardrop form. Higher-placed seams give the bust a natural, round shape.
Moulded bras lift the bust with a light, sculpted lining and underwire for a beautiful, slimming silhouette.
The one disadvantage with full-cup bras is that, because the material rises rather high, they do not work well with some necklines.
Plunge bras have a low center in the front, making them ideal for lower-cut tops and dresses. Plunge bras usually have a light padded lining for support and shaping. Women with larger busts can look for wider straps and back band for extra support and comfort.
Minimizer bras pull the breasts in, creating the illusion of a smaller size. They work well with clothing that fits too snugly across the chest. Look for minimizers that lift upwards, and then spread the bust for a clean line that does not make the middle look heavier.
General Bra Care
Proper care helps bras keep at their best for a longer time, maintaining their elasticity for optimal support, and it also keeps delicate fabrics and detailing looking beautiful.
Start out by fastening the loosest hooks in the back of a new bra. This slows the stretching process, whereas attaching immediately to a tighter hook causes the bra to stretch out much more quickly.
Have a few bras that can be worn in rotation. Allowing a bra to rest between wears lets it return to its original shape. Therefore, try alternating between different bras and avoid wearing the same bra two days in a row.
Hand washing is the gentlest way to clean a bra. Experts recommend using cool water and a gentle soap to wash after every two wearings. If machine washing, use the gentle cycle, clasp the bra before putting it in the machine, and use a mesh lingerie bag if possible. Always line dry bras.
Though it may require some persistence to find the right size and style for them, with some basic knowledge women can get a bra that looks and feels wonderful.