Feeling uncomfortable in your bra? How to find the right fit

You may not know this, but in all likelihood, you are wearing the wrong sized bra. Most girls go for the look of a bra while buying one. A lacy, frilly, sexy bra is fine, but unless it supports you and fits you well, it will do you no good. A bra that is too small or too tight is sure to give you backache and shoulder problems. A bra that is too big can just sag and make you feel uncomfortable.

Here are some tips to help you find the perfect bra.

  • Measure before you shop

Your breast size and shape is likely to change from year to year. So, your bra size will have to change too. A change in weight, hormonal fluctuations, pregnancy, breastfeeding, menopause – all these factors will affect your bra size. You need to measure your band and cup size before you buy a bra.

Use a measuring tape to measure the band size, which means the area directly below your breasts around your rib cage, and to measure the cup size, which means around the fullest part of your breast. Every inch above your band size equals one cup size. So if your band measurement is 32 inches and your cup 35 inches, your bra size will be 32C.

  • Wear a T-shirt when shopping for a bra

It is best to wear a T-shirt when you are shopping for a bra. In the trial room, you will be able to see what the bra looks like even under the thinnest clothing.

  • Adjust the straps correctly

Once you have the right size, you then have to wear the bra correctly. Most girls don’t give a thought to the strap position. The correct way to determine whether the straps are just right, and neither too loose, nor too tight, is to make sure that your nipples are half way between your shoulder and your elbow. You can always loosen or tighten them further, but this is the standard rule.

  • Ensure your breasts are fitting properly in the cup

If your breasts feel squeezed, or spill over the sides, or bulge up at the top, then you are not wearing the right bra. You need to go one size bigger. You should be able to fasten a bra on the second or third hook. If only the first hook is working for you, then your bra is too small. Shift to a bigger size.

5) Don’t overuse a bra

As with other items of clothing, a bra has a life span. To make sure that it lasts longer, buy enough numbers so that you do not have to depend on just a few.


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