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Bras: Getting a Good Fit

Easy ways to make sure your bra fits well, so it's comfortable and supportive.


You may have to try on many different bra styles and brands before you find the perfect fit.
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Most women -- an alarming 85% -- are wearing the wrong size bra, according to Susan Nethero, bra fit specialist and founder of Intimacy Boutiques.

If you purchase all your bras based on measurements alone and think you're always buying the right size, I'm sure many are close. But, I'll bet you have at least a few bras in your lingerie drawer that could fit better. Maybe some are a little uncomfortable, or not as supportive as they could be.

Why Should You Care?

When your bra fits properly, you will instantly look better in all your clothes.

When a bra isn't the right style for your body type, you may suffer from backaches and premature sagging. You may even look like you've put on a few pounds.

Isn't it as simple as knowing your size?

No! Size aint' nuthin' but a number.
Knowing your size is just a starting point to finding a bra that fits well. Most women stick to always buying the same size -- and end up with too many bras that aren't right for them.

Actually, many of your bras should be different sizes, because the fit is so much more important than the number on the tag, and varies among different brands and styles.

The Real Secret To A Good Fit

Trying bras on! Pretty obvious, huh?

All kidding aside, the more bras you try on, the quicker you'll be able to recognize when a bra fits well -- and how it should look when it's most flattering to your body shape.

Start with the size closest to your measurements, and then try on more. (Here's how to tell whether you need a different band size, cup size, or both.)

Use these 6 ways to tell if your bra fits to compare and assess the fit of every bra you try on.

How to Assess the Fit

Look at the bra you're trying on in front of a mirror, while standing and sitting.

Why sitting?
"Our rib cages tend to expand when we are seated, so your bra will feel different," says Tomima Edmark, founder and CEO, HerRoom.com.

It also helps if you try on a few different style tops with your new bra. If you ordered online and you're trying on bras at hone, this will be easy. If you are out shopping, wear a form-fitting T-shirt with a button-down blouse on top -- and try on the bra with each separately.

With a little practice, you'll become your own bra fit expert -- and you'll have a lingerie drawer filled with more comfortable bras.

Happy shopping!

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