Bra fitting cheat sheet
Putting it on
Do it up on the widest size
The elastic will give over time, being able to do it up tighter means you can still have it fit you.
- If you think you will gain weight
- If it’s a convertible bra that also does strapless. You will probably wear it tighter for strapless than you would normally. Fit for strapless at a tighter setting so you can let it out at other times.
Sweep your breasts into the cups
Put your hand inside the bra, under your breast and sweep it into the middle. Do the same to the other side. This makes sure your breasts are completely inside the cups.
Adjust the straps
They should be taut but not digging in.
Check the band size
The band should be horizontal
If it’s riding up in the back…
Check if the shoulder straps are too tight and pulling it up. If it’s not the straps then it’s too loose – try going down a band size.
If it’s digging in…
It’s too tight – try going up a band size.
As you move down a band size,
move up a cup size
As you move up a band size,
move down a cup size
Check the cups
There should be no bulging
Move up a cup size (you may need to move up a band size as well – check the band)
And no gaping or sagging cups
Move down a cup size (you may need to move up a band size as well – check the band)
- Will it still look good with clothes over it?
- Walk in it, is it too bouncy?
- For low cut bras: lean forward to make sure you don’t fall out the front when you bend over
- For a sports bra: jump, stretch, move in it
- Is it comfortable?