80% of women wear the wrong bra size! Are you in the 80% ?












Bra Fitting


Research shows that only 20% of us women are wearing the correct bra size.

I actually think this is probably lower since lockdown. As shops have closed, it’s made it harder to find somewhere to go for a fitting and of course different brands and shapes fit so differently.


I have ordered bras in the same size, 2 might fit, one will be too big and the other 3 don’t go anywhere near to doing up!


Getting the right fit can make all the difference to your clothes fitting well. If you bra isn’t supporting you, suddenly your clothes might not be fitting well. They may be becoming tight across the bust. Sometimes it isn’t the clothes or that you have changed weight, sometimes it’s the bras you are wearing. As they get older (the bras, not you), they lose their support, meaning you breasts can sit in a different place.


In a body and style consultation I help you find your narrowest point at your waist. If this is being hid by an un sported bra, it can add pounds and a couple of dress sizes.


The best thing to do is to give your bra drawer a detox. Block out and afternoon, this weekend and go through your current underwear and consider the check points below and see how many of your bras are giving you the best support and comfort. I mean, comfort its absolute key for me.






Look at the following points of your bras for a good fit:







Band


· This is actually the area of the bra that gives you the most support, more than the straps and cups.

· Getting the back right is key.

· Make sure it doesn’t ride up – if it moves too much as you move, try a smaller size.

· Doesn’t pinch

· Fits on the middle hook (fit to the middle hook as you then have leeway as the bra or you change)



Underwire


· Make sure the underwire doesn’t poke into your underarms – this can cause damage to the breast tissue under your arm.

· If you can’t wear an underwire, look at the seams as some bra manufacturers such as Royce (available at Bravissimo) add good support with the structure of the bra without a wire.

· Cups most of your breast

· If you can’t wear an underwire, look at the seams as some bra manufacturers such as Royce (available at Bravissimo) add good support with the structure of the bra without a wire.


Cups


· Make sure the cups lie flat against your breast and don’t dig in (creating that double boob look)

· Don’t pleat or have too much loose fabric

· Give good support and shape


Straps


· Tightening your straps doesn’t actually give you more support, they are really there to support the support of the back and cup.

· If they dig in they can make you slouch.

· If you can fit 3 fingers between the strap and your shoulder, that’s a good guide of how tight they should be.



Where to go for a fitting:

If you are local to Hampshire or Surrey then Loncherie in Farnham are fantastic at bra fitting.

M&S have selected stores now offering bra fitting but you can check on their website for the stores offering it and book an appointment.

Bravissimo have now started bra fittings but you can also book a virtual bra fitting, via video.

Also try Rigby and Peller in London



So book out an hour this weekend and give your bras an overhaul.

Whilst you are there it’s a perfect time to check your breasts. Copperfeel have great advice on how to check your boobs.

Next up, book in for a fitting or use an online fitting guide.


Finally once you have your comfortable, well fitting bras, get rid of those bras that are hurting.





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