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parfait charlotte padded bra 6901 - Answer These Questions And We'll Tell You If You Need New Bras

Chances are you’re wearing the wrong bra size right now. Yes, you. How do I know? Studies show that 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra size. While that exact number is debatable, most women have at least one bra in their wardrobe that is uncomfortable, worn out, ill-fitting, or unsupportive. Sound familiar? Maybe you received the bra as a gift and can’t bear to part with it. Maybe you haven’t had a chance to clean out your closet yet. Or maybe you’re just not sure what to do with your old bras (we have a few ideas).

As a bra fitter, it’s my mission to help you find bras that fit well and feel good. Since I need a little help from my friends to make this possible, I’m personally referring you to a lingerie store to get a professional bra fitting. The wonderful bra fitters at these stores can help you finally find bras that fit in addition to saving you time and money. Plus, by shopping at one of these stores, you’re supporting (pun intended) a small business in the process and directly benefiting your local community.

Don’t have a lingerie store near you? Here’s how to check the fit at home in four easy steps.

Before you buy another bra, ask yourself these questions first:

1.  Have I had a bra fitting in the last 6 months?

bra fitting

Parfait Ellie Unlined Wire Bra P5082 in Pewter/Nude | Parfait Ellie Hipster P5085 in Pewter/Nude

If you answered no, or if you’ve never had a bra fitting, it’s time.

Other signs: you’ve recently lost or gained weight, you’ve become pregnant or had a baby, your bras are uncomfortable and don’t fit properly, your breast tissue doesn’t feel supported when you’re wearing a bra, you’re experiencing back pain, or you’re just not happy with any of your bras.

2.  Do I know my bra size?

bra sizes

Parfait Elissa Strapless Contour Underwire Bra P5011 in Nude | Parfait Elissa Bikini P5013 in Nude

If your answer is no and you’re filling up your shopping cart with multiple sizes in the hopes that one or two bras will fit, you need a bra fitting. A bra fitter can take the guesswork out of bra shopping and show you exactly what you need.

Related: 10 Telltale Signs You Are Wearing The Wrong Bra Size

3.  Do I know which styles work best for me?

bra styles

Parfait Elissa Strapless Contour Underwire Bra P5011 in Black | Parfait Elissa Bikini P5013 in Black | Parfait Darlene Unlined Wire Bra P5172 in Summer Blue

If you answered no, it’s time for a bra fitting. Believe it or not, every woman has a few bra styles that work better for her than others. Bra fitters can match the right bra with your breast shape and size and body type.

4.  Do I know how to properly care for my lingerie?

how to care for lingerie

Parfait Matilda Contour Plunge Padded Bra P5311 in Bisque | Parfait Charlotte Bikini 6905 in Bronze | Parfait Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra P5351 in Cameo Rose

If you answered no, you’re probably in need of new bras. Consider this: Are you too hard on your bras? Do you wear the same bra every day? Do you wash them in hot water or throw them in the dryer? Maybe the reason why you’re replacing your bras so often is because of how you’re washing and storing them. Your bras will last a lot longer than 1-3 months if you’re rotating them (never wear the same bra too days in a row), washing them with care, and storing them properly in a closet or in drawers.

Related: 10 Bra Fitting and Lingerie Store Secrets Professional Bra Fitters Want You To Know


These are just a few things to consider before buying new bras. You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on bras in order for them to last. As long as you buy the right size, start with a few (minimum 3-4 bras), and take good care of them, they should last you approx. 6-12 months.

Featured image lingerie:
Parfait Charlotte Padded Bra 6901 in Dusty Rose, Wild Pink, Icy Blue, Purple Wine, Red/Black

What’s your favorite local lingerie store?

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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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