There is a very important (and often confusing) piece of clothing that every woman wears. A bra. It’s not a common topic, since it’s not outerwear. Unlike panties, bras are not so generic in sizing. Bras are very specific, in fact, the more I understand bras and women, the more specific I realize they are. My interest in bras and bra fitting began a while ago. I am now a certified bra fitter, and I would love to help anyone with finding a better bra. So here are some reasons why I am concerned about bra fitting: Wearing the wrong bra size can cause many problems, including:
- Neck Ache
- Shoulder Ache
- Back Ache
- Skin irritation caused by straps digging in
- Irreversible damage to ligaments can cause breast pain and sagging
- Wires can stick into the breast tissue, causing unnecessary pressure and discomfort
- Bad body image and/or depression
- Clothing not fitting due to the bust being too low
Wearing the right size bra will:
- Be comfortable
- Be supportive
- Lift the bust revealing the waist to give a slimmer appearance
- Fill the woman with confidence
- Create a better posture and a smooth silhouette under clothing
- Often fit her into a smaller size of clothing
- Help prevent chiropractor visits
So what constitutes as the wrong size? Well, anything that looks like the “before” photo here:
Bad vs. Good
and in this one:
Bad vs. Good
Although this look is commonly sought after as “sexy” in the US, all it actually is, is a badly fitting bra:
So called sexy is only a badly fitting bra
And another one:
This is a horrible fit
And she sure looks better!
So much prettier!
For larger women, sometimes it’s hard to know what a good or bad fit is. But here are a couple examples:
Her bust is very low
Her bust is sagging a lot
And now for properly fitted bras:
Wow, that looks nice and very supported!
The one on the right looks so much more comfortable!
Snug on the loosest hook
So here are two links for proper bra fitting! One is a video, the other is written out with photo helps: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daVcDlAWN58 https://www.breakoutbras.com/sizing
Some added thoughts: Most likely your size is made. The most you should ever add to your band measurement is 2-3”. Never more. Never get fitted at Victoria’s Secret, or most other places for that matter. (Nordstrom’s can be ok, but it’s usually hit or miss, so I can’t really recommend it) The price of the bras is definitely worth the better fit, less back ache and neck ache. Always check eBay or Bratabase for some of the best prices. Breakout Bras has free shipping. Her Room has a large selection. Good brands to look for are Curvy Kate, Freya, Fantasie, Panache, Bravissimo, etc… and for nursing bras: Panache, Freya, Hot Milk, Royce, and Anita. I hope this explains why I blog about bras, at least somewhat! If you have any questions or thoughts, please feel free to comment below.
***I do not own any of these photos or videos. I found them via searching on Bing Images***