News / January 30, 2013
Every lingerie brand fits a bit differently—just because you wear a 34B at Victoria’s Secret doesn’t mean you’re a 34B across the board. Plus, a woman’s bra size changes at least six times over the course of her life (not including pregnancy and weight gain). So always try on a few sizes from a new company to find the right fit—or ask someone in the store to measure you.
Avoid the No.1 Mistake
Band size and cup size are interrelated, so if you go down a band size, you usually need to go up a cup to get the same volume. (For example, a 34B has the same amount of cuppage as a 32C.) Push against the underwire on the side of your bra, right under your armpit. You want it to press into your ribs, not delicate breast tissue—increase your cup if that’s the case. Also, the center of the bra between the two cups should be flush against your sternum. If it’s popping out, that’s another sign you need a bigger cup.
Many women carry way too much of the weight of their breasts in their shoulders. But straps aren’t intended to bear weight; they should be just long enough to keep your bra in place without slipping off—so lengthen those straps. Your band should be what’s supporting the load.