A study showed that as many as 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra. If you are someone who can’t wait to get home at night so you can immediately take off your bra, chances are that it’s not the right one for you. You might think that aching backs, pinched shoulders, and bands that dig into your side are normal hazards of wearing a bra. However, you’d be wrong. Here are some tips to help you find the perfect bra.
How the Band Fits
If you find that your band consistently rides up and sits too high on your back, then it’s too loose, and you need to either tighten it or go down a size. However, if you notice that your breasts are spilling out under the band, you need a smaller size.
The band of your bra stretches over time, so when wearing a new bra, start on the loosest hook. Doing so will allow you to tighten the band as it stretches out.
How the Cups Fit
The cups of your bra should form to the curve of your breasts, without any gaping or bulging. In the case that your breasts are overflowing out of the cups, then you need a larger size. If you are like most women and have slightly different size breasts, buy according to the larger breast. You will find that you have a bit of wiggle room in the cup for the smaller breast, but you can a silicone bra insert that will help fill that side out.
On the other hand, if you find that both your bra cups have too much space, try tightening the straps and see if that helps fix the problem. If not, then you’ll likely need to go down in cup size. Finding bras that fit correctly can be harder for women for small breasts. Companies like Lulalu can help you find the best fit if this is a problem you face.
How the Straps Fit
Your bra straps should sit comfortably on your shoulders and not leave marks or indentations or dig in. If your straps dig into your shoulders, it means that your bra isn’t the correct fit. The bra’s band should be doing most of the support, so you likely need to go down in band size.
On the other hand, if you find that your bra straps consistently fall off your shoulder, you likely need to simply tighten them. The elastic wears out over time and should be periodically adjusted. However, if the problem persists, then you should try a different style of bra.