4 Shopping Tips For Finding The Best Plus Size Bras
Shopping for new bras? You’ve come to the right place. Today, plus size customers have more lingerie options than ever. Now, you can find beautiful bras at your local lingerie boutique in sizes that include 38-54+ bands and A-K+ cup sizes. With lingerie brands focused on designing inclusive lingerie, women of all sizes are finally able to experience just how amazing finding the right fit is.
If you’ve struggled with bra shopping before, you’re not alone. To make it a little easier, we’ve compiled a list of our top tips for finding the best plus size bras.
Read on for everything you need to know:
1. Shop your local lingerie store
You’re not alone if you have a hard time finding your size at stores like Victoria’s Secret. For an even better option, check out your local lingerie boutique as it’s a great alternative to Victoria’s Secret. You can expect the same prices for bras (typically $30-$60+), but the service at a local lingerie boutique is stellar and the bra fitters all go through extensive bra fit training.
Plus, you won’t have to worry about your size not being available. Local lingerie boutiques stock anywhere from an A cup to a K cup, with some brands going up to an L or M cup. The band sizes are also inclusive, with bras available in anywhere from a 26 band to a 46 band and beyond.
2. Get a bra fitting
Bra fittings are an essential part of bra shopping. During a bra fitting, a professional bra fitter determines your bra size and selects bras that she believes will fit your bust best. Bra fitters typically take two measurements during a bra fitting – your underbust measurement and your overbust measurement. The underbust measurement is key for determining your band size and the difference of the two is key for determining your cup size.
In the past, bra fitters would add 4 or 5 to the underbust measurement to get the band size. Unfortunately, this often results in a bra with a band that is too big.
Now, many bra fitters use a +0 method, meaning they don’t add anything to your underbust measurement. So if you measure 36 inches under your bust, you’ll wear a 36 inch band. Plus size customers often follow the +0 method when bra shopping because it results in a snug and supportive bra band. But, remember: the number is more of a guide than a set rule. If you find that a 36 inch band feels uncomfortably snug, but the cup feels just right, opt for your bra sister size (go up in the band size and down in the cup size) instead.
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3. Bring a few bras with you into the fitting room
Bra sizing is tricky. You may have to try on a 2-3 sizes in a style in order to get the best fit. Don’t get discouraged if it takes a while to find a bra that fits. But do make note of the brand and the style that looks amazing on. Every brand sizes their bras differently – this brand might become your new go-to.
4. Get to know your favorite lingerie brand
Once you find a lingerie brand you love, check out their social media. You could also follow them on social media so you’re always in the know. You’ll be the first to find out about new colors, new styles, sales, and promotions. If you’re a savvy shopper and want to take it a step further, find a local stockist and get to know the staff. They’ll call you when new products come in and keep you updated on sales and discounts. Many will also even pull the items for you so you can shop at your convenience. Perfect!
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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!