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Everyone wants to learn from an expert, so learning about lingerie from a bra fitter is a natural fit. Aside from being experts on bra fitting, bra fitters are excellent bra match-makers and brilliant shopping partners. Their intimate understanding of the intricacies of bra design coupled with their experience fitting people of all shapes and sizes makes bra shopping fun (and much easier than it would be if you shopped on your own.)

While we recommend getting regular bra fittings every six to twelve months to make sure you’re wearing the best fitting bras, you don’t have to get a bra fitting every time you shop for bras. Bra fitters are great personal shoppers – they can hand pick bras for you to try that work for your bra size, breast shape, style, comfort preferences, and budget. They know the fit of all the styles in the store and can speak to the size and fit variances from brand to brand. Whether you have a full bust, petite bust, small cup size, big cup size, asymmetrical breasts, pendulous breasts, or another of the myriad of breast shapes, bra fitters are your best bet for finding bras that feel incredible and fit amazing.

Here are just a few things a bra fitter can teach you:

How to determine if you’re wearing a bra that fits well

You might be trying on the bra size that you normally wear, but that doesn’t automatically mean the bra will be a good fit. Bra sizes can vary from brand to brand, so it’s not uncommon to wear a different size in a new-to-you brand or find out that one style works better for you than the others.

When you’re judging the fit of a bra, there are four key components you should pay attention to: the fit of the cups, the fit of the band, the fit of the straps, and the fit of the center panel, or center gore. Of course, unfortunately, with some breast shapes, you may have trouble finding a style that tacks well against your sternum or a plunge bra that doesn’t push your breast tissue out the center (which can be very frustrating). But a bra fitter will take your unique shape into account and show you what to look for in a bra that fits well – no matter what your bra size or breast shape is.

Why it’s important to choose a bra based on its fit and not its size

A good bra fitter will take the time to educate you on bra fitting. She might even tell you to not look at the tag when trying on bras. Why? Rest assured it’s nothing personal. She’s more concerned about the fit and wants you to pay attention to that above all else. A 34DD in one brand may fit completely different from a 34DD in another. Your bra size is meant to be more of a guide than a set rule. You might find that a bra fits you better in your sister size than the size you’d normally choose. The size becomes irrelevant when you find a bra that fits like a glove.

Related: Bra Sizing Explained: Here’s How Bra Fitting Works

Which styles work best for your bust (and which ones don’t)

Ever walk into the fitting room with a dozen bras and walk out wondering why none of them fit? You’re not alone. Bra shopping is a challenging, stressful, and frustrating experience for so many people. But bra fitters get it. They spend a lot of time learning about how each brand’s styles fit and how they look on different breast shapes, so they know exactly which bras to recommend for you to try. No need to bring a bunch of bras into the fitting room and hope for the best. A bra fitter will hand pick them for you.

Pro tips

Bra fitters are lingerie experts, so it makes sense that they would be our number one choice for help with bra fitting and bra shopping. As a fellow bra fitter, nothing makes us happier than sharing our knowledge and educating people on lingerie. It’s something we’re very passionate about.

Next time you’re shopping for bras at your local lingerie boutique, get to know the bra fitters and don’t be afraid to ask them your lingerie questions. They’re there to help you!

Related: 5 Reasons Why You Should Shop Local Lingerie Stores Instead Of Victoria’s Secret

We Highly Recommend

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, 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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