Today I am sharing a guest post from Leading Lady’s Director of Design, Haidee Johnstone, who has been expertly tailoring bras for over 20 years and has some great insights on how to find the ideal fit.
The three most important factors in selecting a bra are: Fit, Comfort and Support.
Proper fit is essential to the health of your breasts. The right fit will help prevent sagging, chafing and keep breasts dry, supported and comfortable in even the most strenuous conditions.
So, how do you achieve the perfect fit? Leading Lady’s fit-conscious designer shares her tips for achieving the ideal fit, maximizing comfort and ensuring proper support.
Here are some common signs you may not be wearing the correct size:
- If you can see part of your breasts sticking out of the neckline or the underarm, your bra cup is too small for your breast.
- If the bra cup looks wrinkled on your breasts, it is probably too large.
- You should not be using any of the under-bust elastic as part of the cup. If you are, it means the cup is not big enough for your breast.
- Your bra should sit down on both your front and your back. If it is pulling up, the band is most likely too large for your frame and you will not get the correct amount of support.
How can you achieve your ideal fit, support & comfort?
- Look at yourself in a mirror. Your breasts should appear supported and sit up on your chest.
- Remember that many women are between sizes, so you may need to try a size up or down to get the best fit.
- Read the fit guide. Every company has their own idea of what represents the best fit so this is a great way to make sure the cup and band sizes are correct for you.
Comfort & Support:
- Make sure the shoulder straps of your bra stay in place when you are in motion. If they slip off the shoulder or cut into the shoulder, adjust the straps or try a different size bra.
- Wider and padded shoulder straps will help to keep weight stress dispersed over a larger area for greater comfort.
- Adjustable shoulder straps will accommodate your individual needs, depending on your height and the weight of your breasts.
Wear bras that are best suited to your individual needs.
Full Figure Bras:
- The fuller the breast the more support is needed, so look for a bra that has both encapsulation and light compression so that you still have full range of motion but have less strain and sagging.
- Great support means a bra that encapsulates the breasts.
- Compression is helpful to prevent your breasts from bouncing. Remember — breasts move in more than one direction, up and down as well as side to side.
Maternity or Nursing Bras:
- It is even more important to have support at this time because the breast changes size with the advance of pregnancy and when it is either full of milk or not – when nursing, your breast can change size many times a day!
- Look for just the right amount of compression so that your breasts do not bounce. Too much compression will not be comfortable because breasts are more sensitive during pregnancy and nursing.
- Stay away from cups that have added material or features that can cause irritation on sensitive breasts or nipples.
And always remember to replace your bras when they are worn out and no longer provide the support you need.