Common Bra Fit Questions

What’s so great about wearing a bra?

A good bra is a woman’s hardest working piece of clothing. Most women wear a bra every waking moment of everyday! Why wouldn’t you spend the time and money to make it a good one?

A lot of women wear a lot of bad, cheap, worn-out, ill-fitting bras because they just don’t know any better.  But a high-quality bra in the correct size can help protect sensitive breast tissue from the unmistakable effects of time and gravity.

Seamed bras provide the most shape by distributing the weight of the breast through two or three seams, but a quality smooth cup with supportive (non-elastic) fabric can also give lift and control.

It is important not to over compress the breast tissue or force it into a bad fit because this will constrict blood flow and cause the tissue to loose density and firmness further adding to time and gravity.

Why is it so important to get fitted for a bra rather than just guessing?

8 out of 10 women are wearing the wrong bra size and its no mystery why.  With most chain stores carrying few sizes, most women don’t even have access to the options or the information they need. 

Women have so many misconceptions about breasts and bras especially on how a bra should really fit. Contrary to popular belief; a properly fitted bra can be both comfortable and supportive, not to mention stylish and fun.

How do you know if you are wearing the right size?

The ultimate judge of bra fit should be you.  The bra should feel comfortable to your taste and be matched to your activity level and lifestyle.  Here are some tips to help you understand the way bra fit can be determined.

A properly fitted bra should feel snug around the ribcage, anchored to the body just below the shoulder blades. 

The band should be level front to back and should not ride up or dig.

The shoulder straps should be secure but comfortable as most of the support should come from the band.

The cup should be filled but not overflowing.

The underwire should encircle the breast, resting firmly against the ribcage and the center of the bra should be between the breasts. 

The underwire should never rest on top of sensitive breast tissue and should stay in place when your arms are raised.

When should you get re-fitted?

You should get a new bra fitting if you make any changes to your weight or lifestyle, if you start or stop exercising, gain or lose as little as five pounds or if you become pregnant, start or stop nursing.

Even if no major changes occur it can be very helpful to have a professional check the fit as your breasts will to continue to change throughout your lifetime. Why not recheck the fit whenever you replace your old bras?  It’s important to know when to replace a worn-out bra, before it starts looking like Swiss cheese. The elasticity of the band will decrease with time and wear so if the back begins to ride up or you feel the bra is no longer secure and supportive; time to get a new one!

Am I weird?  Is there something “wrong” with my breasts?

Women are quick to blame their breasts for the failings of a bad bra or the confusions caused by a lack of healthy information about natural breasts.  So here are some quick facts that might help.

Natural breasts are uneven; sometimes the difference is imperceptible and other times quite pronounced. You should fit a bra to the larger breast and make any needed adjustments to the smaller side. 

Breast tissue can be smooth or lumpy, both conditions are completely normal.  It is important to become familiar with your natural texture so that differences can be noted and addressed. With 80-90% of women wearing the wrong bra size it has become a common belief that all bras are painful and uncomfortable, but with the right fit this is completely untrue. 

Many women suffer back pain, shoulder pain and headaches from the weight of improperly supported breasts.  Many women develop “cup denial” because they are afraid or embarrassed to ask for or try on a different size.

Breasts come in all different sizes and shapes as unique as the women they belong to. One style does not fit all! Another reason to work with an expert who can find the right combination of style and function.

Why now?

With 1 in 8 women being diagnosed with some form of breast cancer during their lifetime, learning about our breasts sooner rather than later is of the utmost importance.  Understanding the natural changes in our breasts can help us detect any unnatural developments as early as possible.  For more information on breast health check out the expert advice at www.healthywomen.org.

 

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