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If you decide to do your shopping online, there are certain special strategies you’ll need to keep in mind to help ensure you’re happy with your purchases.

Here are some foolproof tips for finding your dream lingerie with a mere click of a button:

Make sure you know your size

First and foremost, it’s crucial that you know your accurate lingerie sizes. So, have you been fitted by a pro within the last six months? If not, it’s time to get measured. You’ll need to know both your cup size and band size. Also, it’s incredibly helpful to know your “sister sizes.” What’s that, you ask? You can find your sister size by going up one cup size and down one band size, or up one band size and down one cup size. For example, if you typically wear a 36D, your sister sizes would be a 34DD and 38C.

Sister sizes are useful for several reasons. If an online store is sold out of your size, you don’t have to give up hope on that stunning bra you’ve fallen for — you can simply buy your sister size. Also, you may be able to solve certain fit issues with your sister size. For example, if you find you’re slightly spilling out of the cups in a particular style, you might try going down a band size and up a cup size. Or, if the band feels just a tad too snug, you can try a larger band size and smaller cup size.

Remember: Unfortunately, not all brands fit exactly the same. So just because you buy a certain size in one brand doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed to wear the same size in another. That’s why it’s a good idea to scope out that particular brand’s size charts online to determine how their particular products will fit you. It can also be beneficial to have some brand loyalty where bras are concerned. Once you know your size in a particular line, it’s far less risky to buy from that brand online since you already know how their products fit you.

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Figure out your breast shape

Beyond your size, you should also take your breast shape into account when shopping for the best bras online. That’s because there are particular bra styles that are suited to each breast shape. For example, balconette bras work well for wide set breasts, while molded cup bras are ideal for asymmetrical breasts. Not sure what your breast shape is? That’s just one more reason to get fitted. A pro fitter can help to determine your shape, and even make suggestions for which bra styles may best meet your needs.

Always read the reviews

Many websites allow customers to write reviews. Take advantage of this feature! Hearing from real women how particular bras fit them may help guide you toward smarter shopping choices.

In some customer reviews, you’ll even see their height or bra size, which can make those reviews even more insightful. For instance, if a woman with your same bra size found that the band ran a little tight or the cups a little roomy, that’s some knowledge that could come in hand when you’re deciding what size to purchase.

The site Brayola takes things up a notch: their innovative system creates a personalized shopping experience based on your preferences. You start by telling Brayola about your favorite bra. Then the site searches for other women with the same go-to bras as well as size. Ultimately, you get to browse through your own carefully curated shop where everything on the page caters to your needs and likes. Plus, Brayola offers photos of their products on real women, not just models, so you can get a visual sense of how a bra might fit your body.

There’s hardly anything more thrilling or rewarding than buying a new bra — and you can do that from the comfort of your own home. Keep these tips in mind on your next digital shopping excursion and you’re sure to find some stellar pieces to add to your collection that not only make you look fabulous but also fit your figure flawlessly.

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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion this holiday season, 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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