Finding a bra that fits does not have to be stressful! Whether you’re an A or an F, here’s how to find the perfect bra for you.
1. You should have more than one everyday bra. Aside from the fact that not all bras go with all shirts, it’s important to rotate your fave bra with at least a few others to make it last longer. Wearing the same bra for more than three days in a row can stretch it out.
2. Your bra size WILL change. Even just a five pound weight loss or gain can affect your bra size, and your cup size can change as you grow. Don’t assume the size you were freshman year is the same size you’ll be heading into college.
3. Wear your bra on the loosest clasp. As it stretches out over time, you can tighten it so it continues to fit correctly.
4. When you lift your arms, your bra shouldn’t move Try it. Put your arms over your head. Does your bra ride up? If it does, your cup may be too small and your band may be too big.
5. The center of your bra (called “the gore”) should be totally flat against your sternum. Poke the center of your bra towards your chest. Does it sit easily against your sternum, or does your entire bra move? If it’s the latter, you probably need to go up a cup size.
6. If your cups are wrinkling, the size is too big. You should fill out the cups enough to eliminate any wrinkles or gaping.
7. If your bra leaves dents on your shoulders, you need a smaller band size. Don’t assume your chest is too heavy and you have to live with those annoying shoulder dents! It’s actually your band’s fault. Straps are only supposed to carry 10 percent of the weight of your chest. Dents mean your straps are working too hard, and a smaller band size will give more support.
8. When your straps slip down, your band is too large. It’s the same idea as your straps working too hard—if your straps are slipping, they aren’t supporting. Try going down a band size.
9. If there is any spillover at the top or sides of your bra, you need to go up a cup size. QBS, or Quadruple Boob Syndrome, happens to the best of us! When your bra is too small, it cuts your breast in half, creating what looks like four boobs. Eek. Let them breathe and go up a cup size.
10. If your band rides up in the back, go down a band size. Stand to the side and look in the mirror. If your band is riding up at all in the back, it’s probably too big and you should size down.
11. Go up a cup size if your underwire pokes you or rides up. Underwire should NOT be uncomfortable! If it’s poking you, go up a cup size, and it’ll feel a lot better.