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You’ve committed to getting a bra fitting (congrats, a huge step!) and now — well, you have a lot of questions. You’re wondering: How long will it take? What should I wear? Where can I get one? What will the experience entail? Right now, your first bra fitting may feel nerve-wracking, but it doesn’t have to be if you’re fully informed ahead of time.

So don’t stress — we’ve covered all the basics on what you need to know about a bra fitting. That way, you can walk into the experience feeling fully prepared.

What can I expect?

Going into a bra fitting armed with some knowledge of what it entails may give you a little reassurance. Fret not: A bra fitting should be a pretty enjoyable experience. The staff member has likely undergone extensive training (and perhaps even a certification program) in order to knowledgeably perform a fitting. For many of these professionals, lingerie is their passion, and they’ll be committed to creating a comfortable environment while also helping you find pieces that make you feel entirely confident. Remember — they see women in their underthings on a daily basis, so there’s nothing to be shy about!

A fitting can take anywhere from 30 minutes to over an hour, so be sure to leave adequate time, especially if you plan to do some shopping for new bras while you’re at it — which is highly advisable. After the professional has determined your correct size, they will be able to recommend new styles that meet your specific needs. Definitely let the staff member know if you’re on a tight budget (and don’t be afraid to let them know specifically how much you’re willing to spend per bra). Still, try to be open-minded when it comes to new styles and brands you may not have previously tried. You may be surprised, for example, that you prefer an unlined bra, or alternatively, that a padded bra is better suited to your needs.

As far as what to wear to your fitting, opt for something comfortable, easy to take off and put back on, and representative of what you typically wear day to day. A T-shirt is a safe bet, but feel free to also bring along any specific garments you’re struggling to find the right bra for, such as a special occasion dress.

Where can I get a bra fitting?

You’ll be delighted to find that a number of retailers large and small offer bra fittings and they’re typically a complimentary service. However, there may be a slight advantage to pursuing one at a smaller local lingerie boutique. These shops typically have staff with specialized expertise (since they only sell lingerie), and may be able to offer more individualized attention than larger stores. Still, if you can’t find an independent store near you that provides such a service, note that many department stores provide fittings as well.

The majority of stores don’t demand that you book an appointment, but if that’s something they do offer, you may want to take advantage of the option — particularly if you know you only have a small window of time to shop or you’re stopping by during a busy time (such as around the holidays).

So, what are you waiting for? Since you’re well aware of all the rewards that come with getting a professional bra fitting, it’s time to seek out a local store and finally take the plunge. Take our word for it: You definitely won’t regret it. With newfound enlightenment on your true size, you’ll be primed to pick out some enviable new bras to add to your collection.

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Mod By Parfait Tattoo Padded Balconet Longline Bra A14315 | Mod By Parfait Tattoo Hipster A1435 in Clematis Blue/Champagne


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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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