The Ultimate Guide to Bras: Fit & Tips
Over the years, I’ve had a multitude of bra fittings and have spent a lot of my time researching & figuring out what styles work best! I’ve conjugated all I’ve learned from different Bra-Fitting Professionals as well as from personal experience to give you the ultimate Guide to Bra fittings & tips. Just by taking the time to get properly fitted, your outfits can fit better and your overall confidence can skyrocket. All from being properly fitted! who knew?!
1. How do I know my current bra properly fits me?
Let’s start with the basics and work our way through each part of the bra. Test out at home as we go through each category if your bra “passes” the fitting test.
The Band: What to look for
- Placement: Your Band should be in line with the bottom of the bust, and sit nicely across your mid-back. Therefore, your bra strap should not be higher or lower than the bottom bust line!
- Fit: Your band should sit firmly against the skin. It should not be overly tight, or too loose. You shouldn’t be able to pull it far from your back.
- Are any wires poking out? Get rid of the bra if wires are sticking out.
- Width: Is your back band wide? For those with a larger bust, a wider band in the back helps with overall support and can help to smooth out the back.
The Cups: What to look for
- Fit: You should not be spilling out of the cups nor should there be any gaping! (Fit Test: If you raise your hands up, does your bra go up as well? Your bra should always stay put)
- Dimpling: If your cups have dimples or lines across them, That means your cup size is currently too big.
The Straps: What to look for
- Fit: Are you having to constantly readjust your straps since they are sliding off? Or are you having to keep it as tight as can be all day? Your straps should not be sliding off or digging in.
- Width: Are you using a thin strap for a large bust? A wider strap can help with larger busts for better support.
The Center Piece between the cups: What to look for
- The centerpiece between the cups should sit directly against your sternum! It should not stick out- if it does, you need to get re-fitted and possibly go up a cup size.
If you are noticing any of the above with your bra, it is time to look into getting re-fitted and taking the next step towards your perfect bra!
2. Getting Properly Fitted
If you want a professional bra fitting done, I highly recommend Nordstrom. (Especially for those in the Ottawa area). I can’t explain the power of a proper fitting, especially for those with larger busts like myself. Not only was I more comfortable, but clothes fit better as well.
For those nervous about getting fit, I’ll walk you through my experience in an easy step by step manner of what to expect.
- Assess: She will take a look at you and see how your current bra is fitting- She even asked what size I currently was (and then was very quick to tell me “no, honey you are definitely not a 34DDD”)
- Ask about what bra/brand you are currently wearing: This gives her an idea of style and brand you like, and helps with sizing as each brand can run sizing and shape differently
- Measuring of the rib-cage and bust: This will give her an idea of your band and cup size.
- Grab different Bras for you to try on: Once the ideal bra size is set, they will give you that size as well as other sizes close to it to see what works best for you. This is why it’s important to take your time when bra shopping.
I not only felt completely comfortable during my fitting, but she gave me an endless amount of time to try on all the bras I needed too in order to find the perfect size. Believe me when I say I probably had about 15 different bras in my changeroom at one time!
3. Bra Changing room Tips
- Adjust the straps to your liking: This might seem obvious, but growing up I never did this! Adjust so everything feels comfortable.
- Always try on a bra on the last hook (the loosest hook): Your bra should start off on the loosest hook because the more you wear it the looser your bra will get overtime. This way as time goes on, you can make your band tighter as opposed to starting on the tightest option from the start.
- Use the assessment given earlier when in the changeroom: Look for how the band, cup, and straps sit!
- Your bra should make you want to do a little dance, not make you want to cry (unless its tears of joy). A perfect bra should give you confidence!
4. Bra Must-Haves for Large busts!
Here’s what I look for in a bra for full support as a larger busted woman myself:
- Wide Straps: This provides me with better support, and evenly distributes the weight on my shoulders. This also will help my straps to last longer as they are more durable than a thin strap.
- Wide Band: This is a must-have! This helps to give me extra support, as well as help to smooth out back fat! (which all busty ladies know oh, so well). No, your back fat won’t all go away, but a wide band can really help in minimizing it.
- Lace Bras/less padding: I am always looking for ways to make my chest look smaller (there’s no such thing as a minimizing bra, even if stores tell you there are) but there are ways to help! I have found lace bras that have zero padding really help in not creating extra bulk- plus they’re cute!
5. Brands I recommend
Over the years I have tried some brands- but there are still a lot more that I would like to try out! Here are my go-to’s for 2019.
- Additionelle Bras
*They have cute styles for larger busts!
- This Bra from Amazon (more comfortable, not as lifting- can be worn for longer periods)
- This Bra from Wacoal (More uplifting & with more shape)
Needless to say,
Go get a proper fitting! Do yourself a favour and take a day to go to Nordstrom, and find yourself a perfect bra. Not only will it make you comfortable, but it can improve your overall confidence.
Let me know if you found any of this helpful, or if there are other tips you know that could help all the ladies out there!