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...

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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.

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