I know most of you are familiar with the tape measure method for bra sizing. We believe in the visual fit technique. What does this mean? Simply stated, it means that the bra will “show you” if you are properly fitted. We have developed seven simple steps to check your fit.
Take the bra size you already have in your drawers, or whatever you currently have on as the guide for the following seven steps. Please use seamless, non-padded bras that have full coverage and try not to use enhancement bras such as push ups or padded bras for this fitting exercise:
- Check to make sure that all the breast tissue is in the cup from where your arms hang down on the sides of your body to the center of your chest wall.
- Check to see if you can fasten your bra comfortably in the middle or the second hook of the bra, or if you need to go the first hook only, or if the bra is too big and you’re on the third hook. There is nothing wrong with fastening on the first hook, but you should be able to fasten the bra in the middle. The last hook is normally used only when the bra has matured and you need a tighter fit because it is giving you less support.
- The band of the bra should be resting around your body comfortably. It should not be too tight, too loose, or need any adjustments throughout the day.
- If the cup puckers but the back is fine, then you need to go down in the cup size that you are currently using and just keep the back size. For example, if 34C is puckering, you would go down to a 34B. if you are a smaller cup, then you wil need to make sure that you are not wearing the wrong cup size entirely. If you are an “A” and it’s still puckering, then you might be an “AA”. There are plenty of bras in this category as well. Do not wear the wrong size in order to compensate as it can throw off your whole body proportion and shape.
- If you have breast tissue spilling out of the bra, and the bra is too tight in the back, then you should move up in the cup. For example, you might think you are a”C” when you are really a “DD”. All of the breast tissue should be in the cup. If you are still coming out of a double “D”, then you should proceed to check yourself with a triple”D”. Again, make sure the back size is correct once you make the adjustments in the cups. You should be able to fit the bra properly as suggested in step two. Many times people go up in the back to make the adjustments for the cups. If you do this, the bra will then not give you the support you need, and your breasts will be sagging have no lift.
- You should always make sure you have separation in the center. This will also add lift to your overall appearance when fully dressed.
- If your bra is hiking up in the back and providing no support, but the cup size looks and feels correct, then you should adjust the back. For example, if you are wearing a 38B and it fits in the cups, then you should go down to a 36B.
If you could relate to more than two of these steps that were incorrect by checking your own fit, then you need a new size bra. Feel free to also get fitted by a specialist in your area. Valmont Bras offer great support and style at an affordable price.