Wondering how to make your bras fit better? Here’s how to feel more supported right now:
1. First, figure out what’s wrong with the fit
Before you start adjusting your bra, you’ll need to determine what exactly is wrong with the fit. Are your straps falling off your shoulders? Does your bra band ride up your back? Is your breast tissue spilling out of the cups? Or is your breast tissue not filling the cups completely?
The straps, cups, and band are core components of any bra – and common areas for fit issues. You’ll want to start here and really take a moment to assess what’s going wrong with the fit before you can fix it.
If you’ve recently been measured for a bra and you know you’re wearing the right size, the issue could actually be related to the style – maybe it’s just not the right one for you.
On the other hand, your bra may simply need a quick adjustment to give you the lift you’re looking for – and that’s what we’re going to help with today.
2. Make adjustments to the fit
Now that you’ve determined what’s going on with the fit, it’s time to make some adjustments.
Let’s look at the band first. Your bra band should fit comfortably snug and hug your ribcage while sitting parallel to the floor. If you raise your arms in the air like you’re stretching – and the bra band lifts up with your arms – you need to tighten the band. Try moving it to the middle or innermost hook to get a more secure fit.
Once your bra band is in a good place, you’ll want to address the cups next.
First, make sure your breast tissue is completely encapsulated within the cups by doing the scoop and swoop. If your breast tissue is spilling out of the cups, you’ll need a bigger cup size. On the other hand, if you’re noticing a significant amount of empty space in your cups, you’ll want to size down a cup size or more for the best fit.
Lastly, you’ll want the center panel of the bra (the part of the bra between the cups) to lay as flat as possible against your sternum. This may be difficult to achieve if you have full on bottom, full all over, close set, or augmented breasts, so don’t worry if it doesn’t tack perfectly.
Related: Everything You Need To Know About The Scoop and Swoop
3. Check the straps
Adjusting the straps can have a major impact on the fit of a bra. Tightening them too much can cause the bra band rides up your back, while not tightening them enough can leave you with straps that fall off your shoulders.
So how do you find the perfect balance? Here’s how: With your bra band positioned parallel to the floor, adjust your straps to the point where you can fit 2-3 fingers between your skin and the strap.
While you’re making the adjustment, consider this: The bra band provides the majority of a bra’s support, while the straps are designed to keep the cups in the right place. So if you’re relying on your straps to do the heavy lifting, you’re not getting the best fit possible.
4. Get a bra fitting
Finally, if you’re not getting the lift and support you need with steps 1-3, it might be time for a bra fitting. A bra fitter can determine your bra size and help you find bras that fit well and feel amazing. Life is too short for ill-fitting bras. No one likes having to constantly adjust their bra throughout the day. Why not make a change and find a local bra fitter near you?
Related: How To Find The Right Bra For Your Breast Shape
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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!