16 October 2015

How to know if your bra fits properly


Since I was 18 I have been working on the Lingerie department for one of the countries leading department stores. Aside from the bottomless bra and knicker draw I have acquired since working there for the past 5 years, I have managed to develop a rather strong knowledge on bra's and the importance of them fitting correctly. So as part of my Breast Cancer Awareness campaign, this week I wanted to talk to you about correctly fitting bra's and how you can tell if you're wearing the wrong size.

First up, did you know 80% of women are wearing the wrong sized bra? True fact, throughout the 30 hours I work every week I probably do on average 20 - 25 bra fits and the amount of them being from people who have never been fitted before is quite overwhelming.

A wrongly fitting bra could: 
  • Cause uncomfortable back, neck and shoulder pain.
  • Cause you to develop Mastitis, where the breasts become inflamed, lumpy and painful.
  • Stretch the tissue, ultimately leading to droopier, less perky breasts. 
  • Cause red marks and bruises.
As a teenager, it was never made apparent to me how important it was to be wearing the correct size bra. It wasn't until I got my first part time job that I learnt how to bra fit myself and mustered up the courage to get fitted by a professional. And might I say it was quite the life changer. Honestly though, what a properly fitted bra can do to your confidence and posture is incredible, especially when you haven't got great body confidence! 

I went from wearing a 32C to a 28E, which granted sounds like more than it is but the effect the support from the correct size has on your shape is a huge confidence booster. And it wasn't until wearing a bra that actually fit that I realised how horrible and uncomfortable my old bra's were.

So for those of you who haven't been fitted or think you might be wearing the wrong size here is a little questionnaire that will tell you whether your bra is fitting the way it should:
  1. Can you pull the band more that 1.5inches (3 fingers) away from your back?
  2. Does the band rise up your back?
  3. Does the breast bulge or swim in the cup?
  4. Are the straps digging into your shoulders?
  5. Do the straps slide off your shoulders?
  6. Do the wires on your chest rest on your breast tissue?
  7. Do the wires poke you underneath the arms?
If you said yes to any of those questions, however minor they sound I urge you to go and get measured because the bra you are wearing doesn't fit the way it should be. It could just be the style of the bra isn't right for you but it could be the size too and a professional opinion will be able to guide you in the right direction! 

If you're a little shy or not yet convinced, I've put together a checklist of the 5 things you need to look  for to ensure your bra fits perfectly when purchasing new ones, that will be up this time next week so be sure to look out for that. In the meantime, if you haven't already you can check out last week's post about Breast Cancer Awareness here. If you would like to donate to aid research and support for those struggling with Breast Cancer, you can visit the official Breast Cancer Awareness website here.

Love always,
Melissa


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  1. Love this post! I always get measured every time I go to buy a new bra as my size seems to constantly fluctuate with my weight and I've never felt more supported and better than when I wear something that fits properly. x

    Megan | http://www.meganjean.co.uk

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