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Are you wearing the right bra size?

Updated: Aug 2, 2020

Often I get asked, “how often should I change my bra”?

The question needs to be, “how often should I have a bar fitting” to see if you need to change your bra.

From all the research, it seems “every six to twelve months” really, who does that?

What affects our bra sizes and why so regularly?

1. Our bodies change all the time – HRT, menopause, pregnancy, weight gain and loss, illness, medications, hormonal shifts the list goes on.

2. Sometimes the manufacturers change the cut, which can change how they fit.

A couple of reasons to get measured professionally, it is essential!

· A bra fitting is about getting the best shape of bra for your body shape.

· A bra fitter will get you fitted correctly, that could mean a different size cup to what you are wearing.

Here are the top tips from M & S Bra Fit Expert and Technical Manager, Julia Mercer

Finding the right bra makes all the difference to your appearance

· Believe it or not, a correctly fitting bra helps with your posture, the best look to your tops, dress, etc., and will enhance the waist and can give you a slimmer look.

How often should we be measured?

· Most research says 6 months – 12 months – this is up to you to gauge yourself. If you have put on or lost weight, pregnant or any other changes. It is free services offered so do take advantage of it.

Most common misconceptions about bra sizes?

M & S reported that 82 percent of ladies they have fitted are wearing the wrong size!

The two common mistakes are:

1. The under band is too large

2. Wearing a cup size too small.

Five vital checks to the perfect bra fit:

1. Underband – should be parallel to the floor and secure enough that only two fingers can fit under the elastic

2. Centre front – should sit completely flat against the sternum

3. Side wire – this should be flat against the ribcage and never digging into breast tissue

4. Cup capacity – breasts should sit fully into the cup without any spillage

5. Straps – these should be adjusted just to fit two fingers on top of each other, which will give the right pressure for your shoulder.

The best way to check if your bra is fitting correctly is to lift up your arms twist your body, and the bra will fit perfectly in place.

Want to find out more? Let's talk.


Everything you need to know about bra fittings — Yours Accessed September 19, 2017

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