After years of wearing bras that are too tight or too loose, or just bras that are generally wrong for me, I finally came to the conclusion that I need to get a proper bra fitting. Fortunately, I ended up working at a store as – you guessed it – a bra fitter, and I was my own first client.
But before I got my first REAL bra fitting, I needed some educating. The easiest way to get a proper bra fitting is to get the assistance of a bra fitter in a store.
You might think “Why do I need this? Why would I want to try on bras in front of a stranger? I can easily tell the size of the clothes I buy, why should it be different with lingerie?”. Well, dear girls, that’s what I thought as well. And I couldn’t have been more wrong.
This is especially true for girls with fuller busts. Our breasts need the right support in order to prevent our backs and shoulders from suffering. Picking the right size bra is important for our posture as well as for the way we feel and look. So many women today wear the wrong size band or cups. We can change that by going to a bra fitter or learning how to measure ourselves the correct way!
Don’t ever be afraid or ashamed to go to a fitter because there is nothing wrong with your body or your boobs. No, they are not too big or too small, or saggy or uneven or whatever you keep telling yourself. Also, the fitters are just like doctors – they’ve seen plenty of bodies and they are not judgmental. Rather than that, they try to help you and find a solution to your need.
How to Spot a Good Bra Fitter
First of all, keep in mind that the staff in some lingerie stores are just sales people and they will try to sell you anything they can (because that’s how they earn a living, not because they are bad people in general). Sometimes the bra sizes they have in most conventional stores might not be enough for you because they rarely have DD+ sizes. So you should specifically look for a professional bra fitter. A good bra fitter should:
- Begin by analyzing the bras you already have (some professionals use tape measures, others may not).
- Check how your band is fitting you around your torso.
- Ask the age of your current bras.
- Check how the cups fit you and bring you several different styles and sizes to try.
- Be attentive and listen to your needs.
- Explain everything and be able to answer all your questions regarding your bra.
- Let you walk around and get a feel for each garment you try on.
It all sounds like common sense, but you may be rudely surprised by how many bra fitters body shame women or give poor service. Be informed of a good bra fitter versus a bad bra fitter.
How to Spot a Bad Bra Fitter
Like in any profession, there are people who are good in what they do and people who kind of suck in what they do. The same goes for bra fitters. Here’s how to spot a bad bra fitter:
- They make you feel bad or ashamed about your body or breasts.
- Cram you into any size available just to get you to buy something.
- They may hint at a breast reduction and even recommend where you can get one.
- Touch your breasts without permission or in a way that makes you uncomfortable.
- Pressure you to buy a bra that you don’t feel fits right or is uncomfortable.
If any of this happens, just leave. Run if you have to. That kind of environment isn’t healthy, and won’t get you a product you want. Do not trust your body and your comfort to anyone who doesn’t know what they are doing.
If you can’t find a good bra fitter near you, you can also measure yourself. Here’s how:
Bra Fitting Yourself
First of all, you might want to ask someone else to help you with this (perhaps a friend or your sister). You’ll need a mirror and a tape measure. Then start by putting on your best fitting bra (not a padded one though!) and follow these steps:
- Measure around your rib cage, right under your breasts. The tape should be level with itself in the front and back. Measure snugly, without pulling it too tight to leave marks on your skin or deform the tissue. Keep in mind that you should measure this much tighter than you would normally measure another part of your body. Note this measurement.
- Measure around your breasts. Measure loosely this time. It might help to lean forward a little for more accuracy. Write down your breast measurement.
- The rib measurement is your band size. Round to the nearest whole number if needed. If it’s an odd number, be sure to try both band sizes around it.
- Now take the breast measurement you came up with and subtract your band size.
- Each number is a cup size, and brands can be slightly inconsistent. Keep this in mind. Some may skip sizes like DD or DDD. In addition, some brands or styles may run large or small and you may have to adjust accordingly.
- If you thought you were one size, and came up with something very different, don’t worry! There’s nothing wrong with your math skills. Many people are wearing the complete wrong size. Women, and really the general population have a horrendously distorted idea of what a “normal” size is. Just give it a try. It’s only a number and plenty of “normal” women are wearing G cups or even larger.
Keep in mind that this is only a starting point and your bras might be different sizes depending on the brand – that’s perfectly normal. Just make sure you get the proper fitting bra using those tips!