How to Know if a Bra Is the Right Fit for You

We all know the agony of wearing the wrong bra – Rashes, angry red marks, nipple chafing, and so on! But not many women know when the bra is the right fit for them, and they end up wearing the wrong size because that feels more like the right size to them. In this article, I will be explaining a few signs that indicate the bra is the right fit for you. 


Bra cups

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The first thing to know that your bra fits is that the cup of the bra encloses the entire breast. There should be no spilling from the top, the bottom, or the sides of the cup. The breasts should not be pushed towards the armpit either. If you experience any of these problems, that means your cup size is too small, and you will need to get a bigger cup size. If you experience gapping on the top of the cups, or the cups start wrinkling, that means the cup size is too big, and you will need to get a smaller cup size. 


Underwires

If your bra has underwires, make sure that the wire is able to support your breasts without squeezing or pinching your breasts. The wires should also sit flat against the body, and they should stay in between the breasts without poking them so the breasts are kept separated. If the wires ever feel uncomfortable, then the type or size of the bra you chose is the wrong one for you. 


Band

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The band of your bra should be straight and not pulled up at the back. If the band is pulled up, the problem may be the straps, and you can loosen the straps to make the band straight, but if you feel that the bra isn’t giving enough support after the straps are loosened, you can try putting the bra on the tightest or second tightest setting. If that doesn’t work, then that means the band size is too big or the band has loosened. You will need to get a smaller band size or a new bra with the same band size as before. 

The band should also not make you feel suffocated, and it should not leave red marks on your skin after wearing. If this happens, that means the band is too tight, which you can normally solve by loosening the band, but if that doesn’t work, then you will need to get a larger band size. 


Bra straps

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The bra straps are supposed to fit snugly on your shoulders, but not too tight or too loose. Did you know, a bra strap is supposed to function the way a shoelace is meant to function on a shoe? A shoelace is meant to make sure a shoe can fit snugly on you, but if the shoe is too big, a shoelace can’t make it fit well. This is the same for a bra strap. It’s meant to make sure the bra can fit snugly on you, but it’s not meant to hold up the bra. That’s what the band is supposed to do. If you find that the straps are leaving red marks or they are rubbing against your shoulders, that means the bra straps are far too tight. You will need to loosen them. If you feel that the bra isn’t supporting you once you loosen them, that means the band is too loose, and you will need to tighten the band or get a new bra. On the contrary, if the bra straps are too loose, it only means that the straps are too loose and you will need to tighten them. 


A little wrap up 

So the things you should look out for to determine if the bra is the right size is to make sure that the bra cups can encase the breasts without the breasts spilling out or the bra cups wrinkling, the underwires should not be squeezing or pinching or poking you, the bra band must be snug and straight against your body, and the straps should be snug against your shoulders but not too tight. 

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