Not Your Mother's Bra _ Part 3 of 5

What Your Looking For

You've been fitted, you've picked out the prettiest one and now you're trying it on, so what should you be looking for?

The first thing you should be looking at and fitting is the band.

The bottom of the cup should be contouring the bottom of your bust line and the band should be sitting straight across your body from front to back.

The hooks at the back shouldn't be riding up between your shoulder blades. They should be in line with the straight band traveling across your body.

As the cup should be contouring the outside of your bust the gorge (center front where the two wires or cups meet) should be sitting flat against your rib cage.

Once the band looks good more on to looking at fitting the cups properly.

They're easy, the cup should form smoothly around the curves of your breast tissue. You shouldn't have any gaps (it's too big) and your bust shouldn't be spilling over (it's too small).

The wires or the where the cups meet is called the gorge, as this part should be sitting flat on your ribcage, the wires shouldn't be  poking into your bust. The wire contours the entire bust line from center to the sides. Women with broader chests will sometimes need a wider set cup however the wire should never be poking into your underarm. (because that's not where your boob is! unless you're sleeping on your back, lol)

All of your breast tissue should be sitting in and filling up the cup.

If these things look good, face the mirror in the change room and lift your arms above your head.Your bra shouldn’t pull away from your body, ride up or expose your bust from under the bra line. If you can see under the bra line either the band or the cup is too big creating a loose bra which will lower your support. Or the cup is too smalland pushing the bra away from your body. 

Below I've included some fitting tips to keep an eye but in the next series we'll look at cross-fitting and adjusting your bra size to keep the support you need.  


Fitting Tips

- Straps are digging in or slipping off?

Both scenarios are the result of a band that's too big. Try sizing down.

- Are there gaps or are you sagging?

Your cup should hug your curves. Try going down a cup size.

- Is your underwire digging in?

The underwire should fit flat against your ribcage, try a bigger band size or deeper cup.

- Is your band riding up or digging in?

Your band should be comfortably snug. Try a bigger band size if it's digging in and a smaller band size if it's riding up.

- Are you popping out?

If you're overflowing at the top or sides, try a larger cup size.

  • The wire should be sitting in the fold of the bust tissue (not on the stomach, not away from the body and not on the bust tissue itself)

  • The cups should sit flush with the bust tissue, nice and smooth (no gaping or spilling over)