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So you’ve decided to go get a bra fitting. First off, congrats! This one-of-a-kind experience can be a real game-changer in regards to finding bras that are the most comfortable as well as flattering. If this is your first fitting, though, you’re bound to have a lot of questions. Knowing what to expect can calm some of your fears and allow you to enjoy the experience from start to finish — which is why we put together this guide: to prepare you for anything and everything that a fitting could entail.

Without further ado, here are some answers to your burning bra fitting questions.

Where do I go to get a bra fitting?

You have several options. Many department stores will do bra fittings in their lingerie sections (note: Nordstrom is known for performing stellar bra fittings). Of course, department stores have a larger inventory and therefore a wide selection of bras to choose from. However, there are some advantages to getting a bra fitting done at an independent lingerie boutique as well — not only will the fitter likely be able to give you more one-on-one attention (making for an extra personal experience), but these stores also tend to carry unique, hard-to-find brands and sizes.

When deciding where to get your fitting done, always call ahead to see if you need to make an appointment. Also, remember to ask what brands and sizes they stock ahead of time so you can be sure they’ll have products that meet your needs.

How often should I get a bra fitting?

We recommend getting a bra fitting done every six months to a year. You’ll want to get re-fitted sooner than that if you’ve lost or gained a significant amount of weight, or if you’re pregnant or recently had a baby.

What should I wear to a bra fitting?

Definitely wear your best-fitting bra in order to get the most accurate measurements. You’re better off wearing a top and bottom than a dress — that way, you don’t have to strip down completely when getting measured. If you’re looking for bras that work with a particular type of ensemble (such as business clothes, a bridesmaid dress, or casual everyday clothes) then make sure to wear those kinds of pieces to the fitting to determine which bras are best suited to your wardrobe. And don’t forget to bring a t-shirt if you’re shopping for new everyday bras!

Related: 5 Reasons Not To Be Shy About Getting A Bra Fitting

When is the best time to get fitted for a bra?

It’s best to get a bra fitting when you have plenty of time so you don’t feel rushed and you’re as relaxed as possible. So don’t go on a quick work break — set aside at least an hour in case you need to wait for a fitter and so you have plenty of time to try on a variety of bras after getting measured. Also, it’s a good idea to avoid getting fitted during your period or right before it starts, because your measurements may not be as accurate due to breast size changes that happen during menstruation.

How will the bra fitter measure my bra size?

Most fitters will use a measuring tape, but some seasoned pros are so experienced that they can tell your size on sight. Note that bra fitters do a lot more than just take your measurements, too. A well-trained expert will also observe your breast shape, distance, and projection in order to address any bra fit issues you’ve faced and suggest the best possible styles for your body.

Do I have to take my bra off?

Good news: If you’re feeling shy, you certainly don’t have to go braless for a fitting. It’s easy for a fitter to take accurate measurements over a well-fitting bra. Don’t forget that a fitter sees topless women all day, every day! So there’s no reason to feel any embarrassment or shame about stripping down.

Getting a bra fitting doesn’t have to be a nerve-wracking experience — at the right store, a fitter will do everything she can to make you feel totally at ease. Ideally, this guide equipped you with all you need to know while calming any concerns you may have had. Now all that’s left to do is set aside some time to finally get fitted! So, what are you waiting for?

Related: Ask A Bra Fitter: What Are Bra Fittings Like?

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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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Rebecca Strong

Rebecca is a Boston-based freelance writer who focuses on style, fitness, food, and travel. She has contributed to such publications as HuffPost, Elite Daily and U.S. News & World Report. When she's not writing, she can be found at home or in the studio working on the songs for her upcoming album. Her favorite bra is a black demi-cup style with all-over-lace — timeless and feminine.

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