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10 Bra-Fitting Secrets Professional Bra Fitters Want You To Know

Ask any bra fitter about their favorite part of their job and they’ll likely say it’s the moment of joy that comes from helping a woman find a bra that truly fits. Bra fitting is one of the most rewarding jobs out there, but it does come with its own unique set of challenges.

Every day, hundreds of thousands of women visit lingerie stores for new bras. On any given day, you can find bra experts fitting women who have never been fit before and offering style and fit solutions for the most challenging bra problems.

As a fit expert, it’s a bra fitter’s job to help women find the best bras for their body shape and budget. They spend countless hours learning the new products, memorizing the brands, size ranges, price points, and key differences between styles, and, most importantly, teaching women about bra fit and bra care.

While providing a fun and seamless shopping experience is near the top of their list, bra fitters also want you to feel beautiful and comfortable in your lingerie. After all, lingerie stores are stocked with the prettiest bras and panties for a reason!

Whether you’re getting your first bra fitting or your twenty fifth, here are 10 bra-fitting and lingerie store secrets professional bra fitters want you to know:

1.  Get to know the sales associates at your favorite lingerie store.

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They’ll take note of your bra size, budget, and the brands you like and call you when a style goes on sale or when they get a new bra in that you’d absolutely love.

2.  Sign up for the lingerie store’s email newsletter and be sure to follow them on social media.

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By subscribing to the email newsletter, you’ll be the first to find out about sales, store events, new shipments, and coupons and promotions. It’s also a good idea to follow the social media pages of your favorite specialty stores and department stores, like Nordstrom and Macy’s, so you’ll never miss a thing.

3.  Call ahead or check online for the store’s hours before visiting.

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Since the hours of operation can vary from store to store, you’ll be able to plan your day better if you know when they’re open. Many stores also offer extended hours during the holiday season, so it’s smart to plan ahead.

4.  Appointments for bra fittings aren’t mandatory, but they’re helpful if you’re shopping for a special occasion, bridal lingerie, or a new bra wardrobe.

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With an appointment, you’re guaranteed scheduled one-on-one time with a bra fitting professional. If you’re making plans to visit the store in a few days or weeks, why not call ahead and schedule an appointment?

5.  Wear something comfortable for a day of shopping. 1 - 10 Bra Fitting and Lingerie Store Secrets Professional Bra Fitters Want You To Know

Pick clothes that are easy to take on and off (like t-shirts and leggings or a comfy dress and flats) so you won’t waste precious time adjusting your outfit in the fitting room.

Related: What To Expect At A Professional Bra Fitting – And What To Bring

6.  Bring a favorite t-shirt with you on your next bra fitting or lingerie shopping trip.

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Not all stores sell t-shirts, so it’s best to bring your own. By trying on a potential bra under a t-shirt, you’ll be able to determine if you like the shape of the bra under the shirt and if the bra is seamless enough to wear underneath. If you’re shopping for an event, be sure to bring the top or dress that you plan on wearing. This quick tip helps a lot with reducing the amount of bras you return!

7.  Don’t be shy in asking for a second opinion.

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In addition to helping you find the best bras in the store, checking the fit of the bras you try on is a big part of a bra fitter’s job.

8.  Bra fitters can help you find a replacement for a favorite worn-out bra.

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Don’t be afraid to bring a favorite old bra with you. Bra fitters will do their best to find a close match or introduce you to a new bra that’s even better.

9.  Lingerie stores host the best Ladies Nights.

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Ladies Night is a special event organized by lingerie specialty stores to educate and inspire. Most Ladies Nights take place after the store is closed, so you have the whole store to yourself.

An added bonus? Many offer exclusive promotions and deals at the event, feature well-known lingerie experts as speakers and hosts, and serve champagne, small bites, and delicious dessert treats. Clear your schedule, bring your girlfriends, and enjoy!

10.  Yes, you can absolutely wear your new bra out of the store!

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Just don’t forget to remove the store tags after purchase!

Related: Where To Get A Professional Bra Fitting

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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!

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Katie Donnelly

Katie Donnelly is a full-time freelance writer, content manager, and founder of Katie Rose Creative. An experienced bra fitter, Katie has helped hundreds of people shop for lingerie. Her favorite bra is the Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra.

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