Let’s get personal. When was the last time you had a bra fitting? According to lingerie giant, Triumph, recent research conducted globally revealed 78% of women were wearing an incorrect size and shape bra. Sound like you? I’ll even admit to giving up on bras all together over the last few years, as I just couldn’t find the right bra, or be bothered booking myself in for a fitting. Which brings us to the burning question, how do you find the right bra?
We’ve gone to Triumph bra fitting experts, Paula Svoboda and Tammy Pownall to help you source the right support, so to speak. So without further ado, here are the top 10 tips for finding the right bra.
1. Get fitted professionally
Unfortunately, there are a lot of women out there wearing ill-fitting bras. In fact research shows 78% of women across the globe are wearing an incorrect size. It’s important to know what bra size you are, to ensure that your bra is doing its job and offering you the support that you need. One fitting three years ago doesn't mean you necessarily know the size you are now. We recommend getting professionally fitted for a bra once to twice a year. This may sound like a lot, but your body is constantly changing, and without a properly fitting bra, you compromise your comfort, and the way your outfit looks.
2. A professional fitting is not as scary as you think!
We have been fitting bras for over ten years and can tell a women’s size, shape and the most appropriate bra style to suit their shape, just by a simple glance. We have seen women’s confidence transformed by a simple bra fitting. Some have even been reduced to tears of joy. So don’t be shy! When coming for a fitting, be sure to wear your best non-padded bra and then let us work our magic.
3. Fit first, style second
We all love a beautiful-looking bra, but if it’s not offering the right support, it’s not helping you at all. To ensure the fit is right, check that the bra isn’t rubbing or digging in, the back of the bra is sitting level with the front, the underwire is lying flat against your body and your breasts are filling the cup with no excess flesh coming over the top or sides. Once this is right, you can then work towards finding the perfect fit and style balance.
4. Look for special features
Bras have some amazing innovative features these days, which make them more comfortable than ever. Comfort wires, non-metal wire, wire-free designs, moisture management fabrics, comfort straps and overall shaping designs are all going to impact how the bra caters to your needs.
5. Remember the ‘Middle Hook Rule’
When purchasing a bra, do it up on the middle hook. This gives you flexibility and longevity in the bra. As time goes on the bra may slightly give to mould to your body, and if it’s on the third hook from the beginning, it may become too loose. On the other hand, your bust might fluctuate and you might need to move to the last hook for some more room.
6. Invest in quality
Women can spend $300 on a single occasion dress, but can scrimp on the piece of clothing they rely on every day. Your bra is the foundation to any great outfit, and the right bra is going to keep you comfortable and happy, so don’t be afraid to spend money on a good bra. Building a good bra wardrobe helps to make sure you aren’t wasting money. It’s worth the investment!
7. A correctly fitted sports bra is even more important!
Women believe that sag is often due to the size of the breasts, but it’s not. The stress of movement on the breast is what causes the fatty tissue and ligaments to stretch and sag overtime, irrespective of your size, and it doesn’t go back. Even if you are a double A, it is important to wear a correctly supportive bra.
Your sports bra should fit tightly around the under-band, as this is where the majority of the support comes from. This should feel tighter than an everyday bra. Look for good coverage at the side and top of the breast. The fabric should be tight over the bust.
8. Curvier girls need more support
If you have a larger bust, then finding a supportive bra is even more important. Go for styles with thicker straps and a wider band with more hooks. Three band hooks or more will help to keep your bust in line, and the thicker straps will provide increase leverage.
9. A minimiser is not a dirty word
People tend to believe minimiser bras are made for older ladies who don’t want to flaunt their bust, but that’s certainly not true. The minimisers of today are stylish, pretty and can do so much more! They are like shapewear for your boobs, with different styles that can enhance your bust in any way you want – fuller at the sides, fuller at the bottom, no cleavage or some cleavage. They are made to reduce bust projection up to one-cup size, so they are great to wear with button-up shirts or with high, round neck tops or dresses.
10. Six essential bras that every woman should own in their bra-robe:
• A t-shirt bra
• A magic wire bra
• A multi-way bra
• A push-up bra
• A soft cup wire-free bra
• A high supportive sports bra
So with these tips in mind, go forth and conquer! Your breasts will thank you for it.