It’s been estimated that around 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra size. It can vary greatly from different brands to different bra styles. A lot of women are clinging to the idea of a specific size, forgetting that it's only the fit that matters. In order to know whether a bra fits or not, the following points should be considered when purchasing a bra.
The most important part of a bra is the back, this part should run horizontal around the chest. If it slips up, you should consider a smaller back size. Although it's supposed to be snug, you should still be able to fit two fingers underneath the band.
Is the neckline lying flat on the chest? If the neckline cuts into your breast then it is possible that the cup is too small. If it wrinkles, the cup is probably too big.
Ultimately it is important to examine the straps. They should be tight without cutting into the shoulder. If the straps leave pressure marks they should be elongated. Keep in mind: the support of the cups comes from the underarm band and the back part, not from the straps!
When trying on bras, take your time and keep the bra on for a couple of minutes instead of taking it off immediately. Move your arms, sit down and stand up again. It is like walking up and down with new shoes. Like shoes, bras become more comfortable with time. However, if the bra is uncomfortable, tight or pinches, you should try on a different size or a different bra model.
Not every bra fits every woman and not every style suits everyone. It mainly depends on the material and the shape of the underwire.
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