As an online store 95% of the time I don’t get to help people find their correct size, I have had the odd customer ask which they think would be best but in general I’m handing out bras and it absolutely kills me not knowing if they have chosen their correct size or if they have stuck with old habits and gone ‘oh well it fits pretty good, it will do’ system. It still blows me away the amount of women who are wearing the wrong size bra, but also the amount of women who don’t know what to look for to determine if it is a good fit or not, so to combat this, I have created a picture show.
To the un-suspecting eye some people would say that this bra looks ok, a little cleavage heavy but when you start to analyse the important areas you soon realise this bra is completely wrong. Now this is a bra I bought about 5-6 years ago and has just been sitting in my draw ever since, I’m not here to bad-mouth it or the brand as that is not what I do, I chose this purely because it is the wrong size, it is an 18E (40E), bit of a difference compared to my 14K (36K). The pics of the pink bra are bad bra pics, me wearing the Romance black bra are correct bra pics.
The area where the 2 wires meet is a misunderstood part of the bra, it is known as the centre gore and as you can see in this pic it is nowhere near my chest wall offering me no support in my band, you want the gore to be sitting flush against your chest.
Moving around the back of the bra to the most important part, the back band. Everywhere I go now I’m looking at other women’s backs to see where their bra band is sitting to see if its riding up their back or not. I have fitted a few friends of mine and have asked them what size they are, it’s usually some size way to big and I go to their backs and pull their back band out by about 5 inches and say this is why this isn’t your correct size, this should be a firm fit across your back otherwise you are not getting supported.
Also your band should stay the same height all the way around to the back, it should not go up your back like a 45 degree angle, it should not curve into a boomerang shape around your shoulder blades, it should look like this below.
You can also see that the underwire is encasing the entire breast and sits further around the side which means it is not cutting into any precious breast tissue, in the pink bra you can see it digs into breast which damages it and causes tissue migration.
If you can do this ^^ with your back band it is time for a new bra, go now and get one, stop reading this blog and run out to your stores now (or my website www.broodsbigbras.com.au) and get correctly fitted and go down a few back sizes and get a bra that does this below.
I put a fair amount of strength into that pull to show you that there isn’t much give, that took effort to get it pulled that far, but that is about as far out as it should go.
If you're able to grab the bottom of the centre gore and pull it out and move it around, it’s not a good sign for you or your bra, think about it, if there is all that movement, what is supporting your breasts?
Don’t forget the straps, if your shoulders are covered in red raw marks and cutting into your skin then guess what, your bra is either the wrong back band size or you have your straps pulled to tightly trying to lift your breasts, which guess what, means you’re in the wrong size bra. Technically you should be able to put a bra on, take the straps off your shoulders and still be well supported, that is a sign of a correct fitting back band. If you find that your bra is cutting into your armpits loosen the straps a bit and tighten your back band. You should be able to fit 2 fingers underneath the strap for a comfortable fit.
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