How To Find Your Best Bra Ever
No.1 has teamed up with Victoria’s Secret lingerie experts to show you the importance of a well fitted bra...
HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO GET FITTED PROPERLY?
A well fitted bra not only gives you better posture and support, it also makes you feel more confident. When your bra fits properly, you stand a little taller and you feel more comfortable. Victoria’s Secret say confidence begins with comfort - comfort in yourself, comfort in your style and, of course, comfort in your bra!
HOW DO I KNOW MY BRA DOESN’T FIT PROPERLY?
First of all, the cups shouldn’t ‘cut’ off your boobs or, in other words, they shouldn’t be spilling out of your bra, which will happen when the underwire isn’t the right size. Another way to tell it is time to buy a new bra is when you reach the tightest clip on the band. Over time, your bra will lose elasticity, which in turn will cause it to expand and mean you have to wear it on the tightest setting for it to fit. An ill-fitting bra will also cause the band to curve upwards, creating a rainbow-like shape across your back instead of sitting straight. Alternatively, if you have too much cup-space it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go down a cup size. Sometimes by tightening your straps and going up a band size, it can fit much better.
HOW DOES A BRA FITTING ACTUALLY WORK?
A bra fitting will help you determine which cup and band size you are. It will provide you with better support, improve your posture and also make your clothes sit better. However, it’s important to note your body is always changing (especially at different points throughout the month) so it’s best to get re-fitted every six to 12 months.
HOW DO I KNOW I’M WEARING MY BRA CORRECTLY?
The band: A new bra should feel most comfortable on the loosest set of hooks because it is still quite stiff and won’t be ‘worn in’ yet. As the band stretches out over time, tighten the setting as there should only be enough space to get two fingers underneath. The straps: Straps should stay put without slipping off or digging into your shoulders. You should be able to comfortably slip your index finger underneath your straps. The cups: Cups should fit smoothly with no wrinkles, gaps, squeezing or overflowing. Lean forward when putting on your bra to ensure you are properly positioned in the cups.
HOW DO I MAKE SURE I’M GETTING THE BEST SUPPORT?
The band across your back should feel comfortably snug, sit level across your back and shouldn’t lift when you raise your arms. You should also adjust the straps to feel tight and secure, but also ensure they aren’t digging into your skin at any point. Remember, it’s not just about the size, letter or cup... it’s all about feeling comfortable!
DOES THE STYLE MATTER?
Yes! But it’s all down to you and what you feel most comfortable in. When you go for a fitting, don’t be afraid to try out all different styles – you may be surprised by what one you end up liking best.
OK, I’VE FOUND THE PERFECT BRA... WHAT’S NEXT?
When you find the bra you love, be sure you have three on hand: one to wear, one to wash, and one to rest. Letting your bra rest a day or two between wearing helps maintain itsts elasticity.