Bras should be supportive and comfortable, not irritating
Taking off your bra after a long day is something most bra wearers anticipate with joy. Although you likely have a few go-to bras you wear on repeat, there is probably more than one you wear begrudgingly on laundry day that just doesn’t fit right. Heck, you might be tempted to go braless.
Not only can wearing the wrong size bra be uncomfortable, but it can also be bad for your breasts. Finding the right size bra that’s flattering and fits doesn’t have to be complex. (If you’re working out, be sure to choose one of the best sports bras.)
Check out the signs you’re wearing the wrong size bra and how to use our bra size guide to find one that fits, according to lingerie experts.
How should a bra fit?
After wearing the wrong size bra for a while, you might not recognise or know exactly how one should fit. A well-fitting bra is one you don’t feel or think about during the day as it keeps the breasts in place and does not need readjusting, according to Josie-Anne Le Diouron, French lingerie brand Empreinte’s bra fitting expert.
Helena Kaylin, founder of MINDD Bra Co, adds that we all feel and interpret support differently.
“It’s about comfort, and comfort is also about a feeling,” she says. “Your bra should feel good, and it shouldn’t be something you’re thinking about.” It should be flexible and adapt or conform to your shape.”
Does my bra fit?
You can evaluate if a bra fits well. Try it on with a close-fitting garment on top like a simple white stretch T-shirt, Le Diouron suggests. “It makes it easier to self-evaluate if the actual shape that the bra gives to your breast meets your expectation.”
Le Diouron and Genelle Beyer, an image consultant, personal stylist, and bra fit specialist, both say there are four main things to check if your bra fits well – the band, the straps, the cups, and the centre of the bra between the cups (called the gore). Here’s what to look out for and how to fix these common bra fit woes.