1. Bra band
A bra should be level from front to back. Too many women wear their bras riding up at the back, which means that the bra band size is too big. Another sign that the band is too big is when your breasts are falling out from the bottom of your bra. If the band is too tight, so that it digs into your flesh or is just plain uncomfortable, it is too small.
2. Bra cups
Our bra cups should be large enough to prevent the breasts from bulging or falling out from the neckline or sides of the bra. If your bust overspills at the front, creating the ‘extra boob’ effect, your cup size is too small. If your bra has a creased effect across the cups, then they are too large, and you need to go down size. After fastening your bra, try lifting your arms. Is any part of the breast visible from under the bottom of your cup? If so, your cup may be too small or your bra band may be too big. If you are wearing the correct bra there should be no movement at all.
3. Underwired bras
An underwired bra should rest comfortably flat against your ribcage. If the underwire is too small it will be dig into the breast, meaning that you need a larger size. If the underwire is too large, it will dig into your armpit, which means you need a smaller size.
Do your straps cut into your shoulders, causing discomfort throughout the day? If so the fit of your bra is wrong – the straps should not be doing most of the work!
5. Hooks and eyes
When you first get your new bra, the ideal is for the bra to be secured on the first setting, ie the loosest it can be. As you continue to wear your bra, the side panels will stretch and you will need to move to the middle, and eventually the last set. Try to avoid buying a bra where the best fit is already the bra’s tightest setting, if you want it to last as long as possible.
And finally, washing instructions: hand washing whereever possible is best. There are two golden rules - underwired bras should never be put in the washing machine, and don’t ever put your bra the tumble dryer, as it will completely lose its shape!
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