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Bra Fitting FAQs
1. How do I know if my bra is fitting correctly?
The frame and sides should lie smoothly without cutting into the flesh. The cups should also fit smoothly without wrinkling. If that happens, try a smaller cup size. If the cups are cutting into the breast tissue, opt for a larger cup size. The breasts should fill the cups without overflowing.
2. How do I put my bra on?
First, slip straps over the shoulders. Then lean forward to fill the cups fully. Fasten the hook on the middle clasp then stand up and adjust the straps.
3. Why is there a relationship with a proper-fitting bra and overall health?
A poor-fitting bra results in bad posture and can cause back problems and shoulder and neck pain. A poorly fitted under wire bra, for instance, can harm the breast tissue itself.
4. Why are so many women wearing a bra that doesn’t fit them?
In many cases, the salespeople are not adequately trained in proper bra fitting. In other cases, research has shown that women will opt for “looking good” over the comfort that a proper fitting bra provides.
5. How often should I be fitted for a bra?
Twice a year. The average woman will wear six different bra sizes in her lifetime due to life changes such as puberty, pregnancy, menopause, weight fluctuations, the effects of the birth control pill and other transitions.
6. I have larger-sized breasts. What kind of bra is best for me?
Women with larger breasts should wear under wire bras, as they help support the shoulders and back. It’s also important that the cup fits properly.
7. I have very small breasts and usually don’t wear a bra. Is that a good idea?
It is always advisable to wear a bra, as over time, gravity affects even smaller breasts. Wearing a bra prevents the breasts from spreading to the sides, which causes widening between them. Wearing a bra also makes clothes look and fit better.
8. How do I care for my bra?
To prolong the life of your bra, always wash with a mild detergent. We suggest Forever New Wash, as it is lycra friendly and will not make the fabric deteriorate. Washing the bra by hand is best for the garment’s longevity, but if you machine wash, close the back hooks and place the bra in a mesh bag. And never put the bra in the dryer. It’s a sure way to curtail the bra’s lifespan.
The first step is to put your bra on properly.
- Place your arms through the straps and position the straps on your shoulders.
- Lean forward and let your breasts naturally fall into the cups.
- Fasten the hook at the position that is most comfortable preferably in the middle hook position. This will allow you room to loosen and/or tighten the band slightly with minor weight fluctuations.
- Position and adjust the back panel by pulling the back panel downwards until the back of your bra is level with the front. Your nipple should sit halfway between your shoulder and elbow.
Then, follow our four-step process to find the bra that fits you right and feels fantastic. You know your bra is fitting you properly when:
- The back panel of the bra is level with the front, and doesn’t ride up above the clasps.
- The cups hold the breasts fully, with no extra space and a smooth transition between the cup and your breast.
- The piece between the breasts lays flat against your chest, holding your bra snugly in place.
- (Not against the breasts. If the front piece does not sit snugly against your rib cage try a smaller band size. If the front or back clasps are pinching, try a larger band size.
- Adjust the straps so that they sit snugly on your shoulder, neither so tight that they pinch or mark your flesh nor so loose that they slide off the shoulder.