The One Thing You Should Never Do When Getting Fitted For A Bra, According To Experts

September 1, 2017 by Samantha Peters
shefinds | Style

Finding the perfect bra can be a headache-inducing task, so it's no surprise that many women make crucial mistakes when trying to choose the right fit. But before you decide to throw in the towel completely, we're here to take some weight off your shoulders (literally). Click through the gallery to see how to correct these common errors you're probably guilty of...


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Choosing A Bra By Cup Size

Turns out, you shouldn't be looking for your bra based on cup size. Cup sizes aren't standard, meaning you may be a B with one band size, and a C with another. Moral of the story? Know your band size, and be able to let go of whatever size bra you think you are. "It may shock you, but it might be a better fit/style than you had before," expert bra fitter and blogger Kimmay Caldwell tells us. 


She suggests wearing a non-molded bra, like this one from Warner's, for both natural shaping and strong support. 

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Wearing A Bra That's Too Small

Many women may be self-concious about going up a bra size in order to get a smaller band size. But sometimes, it's necessary to achieve the best fit. For all you busty babes out there, embrace your size with a bra that's actually beneficial to your curves!

bra fitting too small

Fastening Your Bra On The Tightest Hook

While we all want maximum lift and support, fastening your bra on the tightest hook isn't the way to go. Caldwell recommends wearing a bra with a snug band on the loosest hook. That way, you can move to the most snug setting as the bra begins to stetch out over time.  

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Choosing A Bra That's Not Actually Supportive

To tell if a bra provides you with the best support, check the underwire. Your underwire should be flat against your chest, and your breast tissue should all fit in the cups. You'll also want to make sure your straps are adjusted so that they only lift half an inch to one inch above your shoulder. "And of course, [the bra] should always feel great!" says Caldwell. 


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