Here at Lingerie by Victoria we don’t believe in using tape measures to find your correct size as we don’t believe they work. We prefer to advise you on how a good fitting bra should look and how to achieve it. Firstly let’s look at how a bra should fit:
1. The under band of the bra should be firm but comfortable. It should be horizontal all the way around your body and should not ride up at the back.
2. The wires at the front should be flat against your rib cage and not stand out, rub or dig in. The wires at the side should sit on the ribcage and not on the breast.
3. Your bust should be enclosed in the cups without spilling out over the top or at the sides. You should have a smooth line between the top of your bra and your bust without any ridges or bulging.
4. Try a tight fitting t-shirt on over the bra as this will highlight any bulges or ridges.
Trying on tips
When trying on a bra, always start off on the loosest hook. This will allow you to tighten the bra up as it stretches with wash and wear. Don’t be tempted to purchase a bra on the tightest hook just in case you gain weight as the bra will soon stretch and become too big for you resulting in the under band riding up the back.
Adjust the straps so that they are comfortable but not too loose.
You may also need to adjust your bust to make sure they are in the cups properly.
Trouble shooting tips
There are several reasons why your bra might not be fitting correctly and here are a few tips to help you put things right. Remember all bras vary dependent on make, style and fabric so don’t be surprised if you need a different size in one bra to another. Even bras from the same manufacturer can vary significantly.
If your bust is bulging out the top or sides of your bra then the cup size is too small. Try at least one cup size bigger.
Bra rides up at the back:
This is the most common mistake, buying bras that are too big around the back. It’s the under band that should support the bust and not the shoulder straps. Try a smaller back size but remember if you do, a smaller back size will also mean a larger cup size. (i.e. a 34F is smaller in the back and cup than a 36F). So if you find a 34E is too big around for you but is okay in the cup you need to try a 32F.
Wires sticking out:
If the under wires stick out from the ribcage or at the sides the cup is too small for you, try at least a cup size larger.
Don’t let the straps take the strain:
A bras main support comes from the under band, not the straps. So make sure that you’re wearing the correct band size; too big and your straps will end up taking the weight, which will cause them to dig in.
This is usually a sign that the cups are too big especially if the bra is wrinkling at the top of the cup, so try a smaller cup size. However, if the wrinkling is just at the tip of the cup then it could mean that the under band is too loose and not pulling the fabric taut. If however the under band is a snug fit and the bra is still wrinkling at the tip of the bra then that probably means the bust is too large to fit correctly into the cup and you would need to try a larger cup size.
Need more help?
If you would like any more help with regards to finding a good fitting bra then please contact us via ebay messages be more than happy to help.