The Bra Fitting Guide
A well-fitting bra can change your entire outlook on your body image: it encompasses all your breast tissue so you don’t have boob spillage over the cups or the dreaded uniboob or four-boob, supports your breasts properly so you don’t feel like you’re bouncing all over the place or drooping down to your navel, and, by holding you up and in, can actually make you look less chest-y. My first proper bra fitting changed everything for me, and I wish the same great fit for you, too!
Whatever you do, DON’T follow all the instructions out there to add 4″ or 5″ to your underbust measurement to get your band size. As I mention here, it is a completely outdated practice that started before they used elastic in bras.
Because so many brands slightly differ in cup sizes and band sizes, read the fit tips on retailer sites to see if they recommend ordering down in band size or up in cup size. I often like to order a couple of sizes near what I’m measuring. I’ve even started doing this with brands I’ve been fit in before because fit is just so inconsistent even within the same brand (like the Freya Deco, for example). Lots of online retailers do free exchanges so don’t get too frustrated by the process!
Herroom.com has a helpful comparison chart for sizing differences between brands here.
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