How to Find a Bra That Fits

September 24, 2013

in Fashion

find a bra that fits

There is a good chance a woman you know is wearing the wrong size bra — it might even be you.

I went a few weeks ago to get a new bra. I thought I just needed to get a bra that didn’t show lines because you could see my bra lines in some of my nicer work shirts. Turns out, I was wearing the wrong size!

According to a national fit study by bra manufacturer Wacoal, eight out of 10 women in the United States and Canada over the age of 18 are wearing the wrong size bra. Wearing the wrong size bra can cause clothing to be ill-fitting and can even be detrimental to a woman’s health.

Wearing a bra that is too small can result in scarring of the breast tissue after the bra digs in too much underneath and on the sides of the chest. A bra that is too loose or one that lacks sufficient support may affect posture and lead to neck and back pain.

Women wearing the wrong type of bra are also at a risk for breast pain or damage, say researchers at Portsmouth University. According to lead researcher Dr. Joanna Scurr, after studying hundreds of women, it was discovered that when women move around, their breasts move by as much as eight inches and go from side to side as well as up and down. Bras that encapsulate the breasts from all angles rather than just compress them against the chest like sports bras are the most effective. There are no muscles in breasts, just supporting skin and ligaments that can be stretched and damaged over time.

The fact that bras are widely available at many types of stores and women are able to purchase them off the rack might account for some of the mistakes in sizing. Price is another factor.

Women who go to a specialty bra or lingerie shop can be custom-measured by a bra specialist who will then help them find a bra that fits correctly. Well-made bras sold at many of these stores are more costly than off-the-rack items sold at department stores and discount centers. And the cost of such high-end bras may deter women on a budget.

Another factor also may come into play. Many women do not want to admit that they wear a size larger than expected, so they stick to the size they have always picked. Women with larger bust sizes may settle for the options available at a nearby retailer rather than searching around for a retailer that may offer a larger array of styles and sizes. Women may also be embarrassed to have a stranger take their measurements and suggest bras. Lingerie is personal to many women and the idea of standing in a dressing room with someone else fitting intimate areas might be off-putting.

However, there are many advantages to a properly fitted bra. A properly fitted bra can make you look thinner and taller and reduce pain in your shoulders and back. Clothing may also fit better, and you won’t have the scrunched “back fat” that many women prefer to avoid.

If you’re unsure if the bra you are wearing is not the correct size, consider these signs.

* The straps dig into your shoulders.

* The back rides up.

* There are red marks on your body after you take off the bra.

* You constantly adjust the bra during the day.

* The cups do not contain all of your breasts.

* You have bulges at the sides of the cups or on your back.

If any or all of these signs describe you, it is time to get a proper bra fitting — even if you have had one in the past. Bra size can change depending on hormonal changes or a pregnancy. Bra sizes may even be different depending on the bra manufacturer. Consult with a specialty bra retailer who will measure you and calculate the correct bra size before helping you find styles that meet your needs.

I found my new bras at Aerie. They have tons of different styles to choose from at reasonable prices. Plus, if you are a member of the rewards program, which is free, you get a free bra after you buy 4. Not a bad deal.

Where is your favorite place to shop for bras?

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Lindsey Renuard is a blogger, YouTube beauty expert, and the Managing Editor of the Skiatook Journal.

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