3 Steps to a Fabulous Bra Fit

3 Steps To A Fabulous Bra Fit!

  1. Make sure the bra tacks properly The center front of the bra (called the gore) should lie flat against the breastbone. This is called “tacking” and will help to support the breasts along with the band. Click the photo for an illustration of the problem.

    Solutions:
    • If the center gore isn’t tacking, and if the breast tissue is spilling out of the cup (over the top, underneath or at the sides) the cup is too small: Go up a cup size.
    • Try a bra with a lower center gore (the wire is lower in the center front)

  2. Correct under-wire placement to get the best support The under-wire should sit behind the breast tissue (and not on top of it) to ensure the breasts are fully supported.

    The under-wires should surround the entire breast, with the back end of the wire sitting behind the breast tissue on bone.

  • If the under-wire isn’t behind the breast tissue, go up a cup size
  • Try a “full-figure bra”: The shape of the wires on full-figure bras are more open than those used in average-figure or full-busted bras. Full- figure bras usually have more coverage on the sides to accommodate the additional breast tissue under the arm

  • The band must sit right so it can fit right
    The band should fit snugly around the body (like a good hug). It should be snug enough to stay parallel to the floor, and at the same level around the torso.

    • The band should anchor the weight of the breasts
    • Most of the support should come from the “ body” of the bra, not the straps
    • If the band rides up, it’s too loose, go down a band size.

    • These 3 points working together in the “body” of the bra will lift and support the breast tissue. Too often we depend on the straps alone to do the heavy lifting, but straps aren’t meant to do it all, they’re there just to help. Remember, a strapless bra has to do it all without the straps.
     

    3 MORE Steps To A Fabulous Fit

    Putting your bra on correctly:

    This is just as important as finding the right size and style. If you’re not getting into your bra properly, you might be choosing the wrong size, and you’ll never experience the ultimate lift and support, and most importantly, the comfort a bra should provide.

    Here’s how: We call it ‘Stoop, Swoop and Scoop’.
    1. Stoop: Lean forward from the waist, allowing the breasts to drop into the cups...
    2. Swoop: Then, with the opposite hand gently bring the breast tissue forward from the back towards your cleavage...
    3. Scooping it in front of, and on top of the under wire into the cup...

    You might experience some “fluffing” on top of the cups and between the breasts. Take your two forefingers and separate the breast tissue, smoothing it back into the cups. If you find that you’re still “overflowing”, the cup is too small, and you’ll need a larger cup size (don’t ever be afraid to go up in the cup –even several cup sizes if necessary).

    And beware of the most common mistake: Wearing a band too large, and/or cups too small.

    When the breasts are lifted to where they should be, the point farthest from the chest wall (the apex) should be halfway between the shoulder and the elbow.

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