I’ve spent most of my life believing that I was in my correct bra size. How off could I be? Turns out, very.
I had myself marked as a 40D. I came to that conclusion after trying on a collection of bras in a changing room and not asking too many questions about what I was experiencing or the details that I should pay attention too.
I always heard the statistic that 80% of women wear the wrong bra size, and I would think to myself ‘yeah that sounds about right’ not considering I may be a part of that percentage! After my afternoon with Frederika Zappe, the National Fit Specialist for Eveden Group, I am starting to think that 80% stat is too low. Eveden and I don’t want you to be left in the dark anymore so here are the 3 Steps to a Fabulous Fit.
After an afternoon with Freddy I learned that my correct bra size is a 36DDDD (UK 36F). Since I have made this adjustment in my life my body has taken on a new and better shape and clothes fit me so much better. This is something that I encourage all of you to do.
Eveden has bra fit specialists throughout the country.
3 Steps to a Fabulous Fit!
1. Make sure the bra tacks properly.
The center front of the bra (called the gore) should lie flat against the breastbone. This is called “tacking” and will help to support the breasts along with the band.
If the center gore isn’t tacking, and if the breast tissue is spilling out of the cup (over the top, underneath or at the sides) the cup is too small: Go up a cup size.
Try a bra with a lower center gore (the wire is lower in the center front)
2. Correct under-wire placement to get the best support
The under-wire should sit behind the breast tissue (and not on top of it) to ensure the breasts are fully supported.
The under-wires should surround the entire breast, with the back end of the wire sitting behind the breast tissue on bone.
If the under-wire isn’t behind the breast tissue, go up a cup size.
Try a “full-figure bra”: The shape of the wires on full-figure bras are more open than those used in average-figure or full-busted bras. Full- figure bras usually have more coverage on the sides to accommodate the additional breast tissue under the arm
3. The band must sit right so it can fit right.
The band should fit snugly around the body (like a good hug). It should be snug enough to stay parallel to the floor, and at the same level around the torso.
The band should anchor the weight of the breasts.
Most of the support should come from the “ body” of the bra, not the straps.
If the band rides up, it’s too loose, go down a band size.
These 3 points working together in the “body” of the bra will lift and support the breast tissue. Too often we depend on the straps alone to do the heavy lifting, but straps aren’t meant to do it all, they’re there just to help. Remember, a strapless bra has to do it all without the straps.
3 MORE Steps to a Fabulous Fit
Putting your bra on correctly:
This is just as important as finding the right size and style. If you’re not getting into your bra properly, you might be choosing the wrong size, and you’ll never experience the ultimate lift and support, and most importantly, the comfort a bra should provide.
Here’s how: We call it ‘Stoop, Swoop and Scoop’.
1. Stoop: Lean forward from the waist, allowing the breasts to drop into the cups…
2. Swoop: Then, with the opposite hand gently bring the breast tissue forward from the back towards your cleavage…
3. Scooping: Scoop the breasts in front of, and on top of the under wire into the cup…
You might experience some “fluffing” on top of the cups and between the breasts. Take your two forefingers and separate the breast tissue, smoothing it back into the cups. If you find that you’re still “overflowing”, the cup is too small, and you’ll need a larger cup size (don’t ever be afraid to go up in the cup –even several cup sizes if necessary).
And beware of the most common mistake: Wearing a band too large, and/or cups too small.
When the breasts are lifted to where they should be, the point farthest from the chest wall (the apex) should be halfway between the shoulder and the elbow.
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