Finding the correctly fitting bra is essential. It’s a fact that around 80% of women wear a wrongly fitted bra, creating not only a bad foundation for your clothing, but in some cases causing discomfort and pain. Wearing a correctly fitted bra will make a huge difference to how you look and feel as well as how your clothes look. Having the correct foundation garments helps you put your best image forward every day!
Some common fitting problems are:
The Bra Rides Up Your Back - This is a sign that the bra is too big for you. The bra has either stretched out with age or is simply too big, even though the cup may fit. Here's an example: You have on a 20DD and the cup fits fine, but the bra rides up your back; you need a size 18E instead. Remember, if your bra is riding up the back, this means that your bra will be dragging on your shoulders as the bra is not providing any support from around your body. This ill fit can lead to sore shoulders and back.
Cup Spilling Over – A sure sign that the cup size is too small for you. If the back fits perfectly, but you have cup spillage, try going up one cup size. If lumps appear at any time on the top sides or bottom when you are wearing the bra, then the cup size is too small. Here's an example: You have a 20DD and the back feels great, but you have spillage. You need to try a 20E.
Wires Sticking Out at the Front - This is a sign that the cup size is too small for you. The breast is pushing the cup forward and, hence, the underwire is traveling with it and protruding. If you go up at least one cup fitting, the wire will fit closer to your breast bone.
When purchasing a bra, make sure that when you are deciding the correct fit, you try on the bra with the clips on the loosest hooks setting on the back of the bra. Most bras have 3 rows of hooks, so getting a proper fit at the last hook will allow you to correct the fit as the bra stretches with age (and it will, all bras do). This will give your bra more longevity, as the material relaxes over time you will be able to move the hook setting accordingly.
Measuring for a proper fit can be tricky as there are many brands to choose from and each brand differs on cup size and band measurement across sizes. The bra size (the band size), however, is fairly uniform, so that can be measured with confidence.
Below is a general guideline for establishing a good starting point, sizes will vary depending on what style of bra you are wearing.
- Find Your Band Size. Always take your measurements whilst wearing a bra, preferably your best fitting bra (unpadded and not a minimiser or sports bra). Hold the measuring tape snug (but not tightly) while measuring. Measure around your back, under your bust, which gives you your band size.
E.G. 42" minus 22 = 20 (ie. size 20)
- Finding Your Cup Size. - Measure around the high point or fullest point of the bustline (around your back and across your nipple) while wearing a bra.
If you measure 52 Inches subtract this from your band measurement for.
Example Band Size e.g. 52"- 42” = 10 Inches = H Cup Size (refer chart below).
||Standard Cup Size
Our Professional Fitting Service:
Lisa’s Lacies has professional fitters in-store at Seaford who are exclusively trained to fit a curvy body. All our fitters are plus-size themselves, and thus truly understand the challenges and benefits of a well fitting undergarment.
If you live outside of Melbourne, please feel free to contact us or call 1300-662-160 for over the phone assistance.
Care of your Bras & Undergarments:
Careful care of your bras, undergarments and lingerie will prolong the life of the garments. Most manufacturers recommend that bras are hand washed only, and with good reason. If the care label says to hand wash only then this will be how the bra has been wash-tested. Always read the care label first and follow its instructions.
Hand Washing: Always wash in cold water. Choose a delicate detergent (such as shampoo or wool wash) and gently wash. Rinse the washed bra in cold water thoroughly. Hang the bra to air dry.
Machine Washing: If you chose to use a machine, always ensure that your bra is firmly closed at the clasp, this will prevent any unnecessary damage by snagging the fabrics or other garments. Choose a lingerie washing bag, or a pillow slip tied at the end will protect the garment. Always wash in cold water on the delicate cycle. Once washed, hang to air dry.
Tumble Drying:Never tumble dry. Even on a low heat setting, the temperature may still damage any elastane in the fabric. Irreparable damage to your bra can be done if you apply heat.
Life expectancy of your bra and undergarments: Accurately following the manufacturers washing & care instructions will ensure the longevity of your garments. An everyday bra should last 1-2 years, but we recommend you rotate your bras, not wearing the same bra more than a day in a row to give the fabric time to recover.
Storage of your bras: Storing your lingerie properly will help it to look good for longer. Moulded bras can be folded in half with one cup inside the other otherwise they are prone to denting. All bras can be folded in the centre and stacked vertically beside each other. Lingerie bags are available for more delicate garments (especially with lots of lace or hosiery) and are designed to store lingerie safely.