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What to Look for in a Bra

We’re always saying that bra fit is critical, and that it plays a huge role in how you feel in a bra, what a bra can do for you and even your health. But what should you be looking for in good fit, exactly? Now is a great time to revisit what you want to look for when you try on bras. These are the elements that tell you whether the bra you’re trying is in the right size, and whether it’s the appropriate fit for your body. Say goodbye to ill-fitting bras, and say hello to knowing exactly what you want in a bra!

What to Look for in a Bra
Eveden Fit Specialist Frederika Zappe sat down with us and told us exactly what you want to look for when you try on bras. Forget what you think you know, and keep these things in mind the next time you go bra shopping:

Look for a band that fits properly on the loosest hook.
When you’re shopping for a bra, you should always look for a band that fits properly on the loosest hook. Even the best bras stretch over time, and you can prolong the life of your bra by getting a snug fit on the loosest hook; then you can close it on the middle hook and the tightest hook as the bra ages. Proper fit will have the bra band flat across your back; if the band rides up, it’s too big. You should be able to get one or two fingers under the band, and it should feel firm and snug, but not uncomfortably tight.

Look for a cup that fits around the breast.
You want your breast encapsulated by the bra cup. If you’re spilling out over the top of the bra or around the sides of the cups, the cup size isn’t correct. Alternately, if the cup is puckered or loose on top, it might be too big. An underwire, if your bra has it, should lie flat against your rib cage and wrap up and around the back of the breast tissue where it meets the chest wall. If the underwire is too far forward or is lying against breast tissue, the cup isn’t big enough.

Look for a center gore that lies flat against your chest.
The center gore; the part of the bra between the cups; should lie flat against your chest. If there’s a gap between the center gore of the bra and your chest, most likely the cup size is too small and the band size is too big. Try a smaller band size and a larger cup size.

Look for straps that stay put, but aren’t too tight.
In a properly-fitted bra, the straps don’t hold the weight of your breasts; the support should come from the band. So if the bra straps are digging into your skin or are uncomfortable to wear, the bra isn’t the right size or the right style for you. Look for straps that don’t slip off the shoulders and drive you crazy, but also straps that aren’t too tight. If they leave red marks or have you feeling uncomfortable, you either need to try a different size or a different bra.

For more details on common fit issues and finding the best fit, check out our fabulous Testing a Bra for Fit page!

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