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Did you know that 70-80 percent of women are currently wearing the wrong bra size? Shocking, right? As women, we think that finding the right bra is as simple as trying on various sizes until we find the one that seems to fit best. But, there’s a little more science to it than that, which is why you can only truly determine your bra size from a professional bra fitting.

Knowing your bra size is empowering, and it’s something every woman should know. Here’s why:

1.  Your bra has the power to boost your confidence.

I bet you wouldn’t look to your bra for a confidence boost, but you should. Wearing a bra that’s your size will make you feel great. It looks good under your clothes and when you take them off – no adjustments necessary. If you feel a little lackluster in your bra, it may because it’s not the right size and fit for you.

2.  Wearing the wrong bra size is uncomfortable.

A bra that’s not your size can be uncomfortable and even painful. A bra that’s too small may squeeze your breast tissue, back or ribcage. This can attribute to your breasts feeling sore when you remove the bra. And, it’s certainly not comfortable to have underwire cutting into your boobs while wearing it.

On the other hand, a bra that’s too big can’t support you fully. This may cause discomfort if you have bigger breasts and rely on your bra for lift and support. For women with smaller breasts, a bra that’s too big may be more annoying than uncomfortable.

Related: 3 Signs Your Bra Is Too Small and How To Fix It

3.  The wrong bra size can create an unflattering silhouette.

Whether your bra is too big or too small, it will likely make you dislike the way you look in your bra and clothes. Bras that are too big leave gaps between your breast and the cup, and the gaps can be visible through your shirt. And, bras that are too tight can cause skin bulges, which are also visible through your clothes.

However, the right bra hugs you in all the right places, creating a smooth silhouette that will make you feel fabulous.

4.  A bra that’s your true size will feel comfy and effortless.

I bet you’ve heard yourself or someone else say that “bras are uncomfortable.” Contrary to popular belief, bras shouldn’t cause discomfort – unless they’re the wrong size. The right size bra will feel comfortable, giving you the support, lift or shaping you desire. It will also feel effortless, requiring no adjustments or manipulations. If you’re someone who feels like your bra is a nuisance, I guarantee you’re not wearing your true size.

5.  Knowing your bra size ensures you’ll find the best fit.

Buying the wrong bra size has its setbacks. You’ll have to take time to return the bra and try on new ones. Or perhaps you tear off the tags and wear the bra, only to realize later it’s not the best fit. Then, you’ve wasted time and money. However, knowing your size when bra shopping lets you buy the best bra for you – the first time. You’ll find the right fit that makes you feel empowered.

Knowing your bra size allows you to find a perfectly fitting bra. A slight discrepancy in band or cup size is enough to cause discomfort or annoyances. And, when your comfort and confidence rely on wearing the right size bra, there’s no reason not know your size. To determine your bra size, visit your local lingerie store for a bra fitting from a professional bra fitter. (Wondering how a bra fitting works? Check out this article for what to expect at a bra fitting!)

Related: 7 Things To Expect At Your First Bra Fitting

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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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Lauren Hamilton

Lauren Hamilton is the founder of, a lifestyle and relationship blog offering relationship advice and encouraging women to be the happiest, most confident version of themselves through positivity and self-love. She's also a freelance writer and communications strategist. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter, and check out some of her accomplishments on her portfolio.

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