9 Things I Learnt As a Bra Fitter

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Isn’t it funny how so many of us wear a bra every single day, but we actually know so little about them? My time as a bra fitter was eye opening, and now I feel like it is my duty to pass on these 9 top tips that I learned during my time as a bra fitter.

A rail of bras hanging on coathangers, with the words '9 things I learned as a bra fitter' over the image.

  1. Everyone has one boob bigger than the other!                                                                                                    Just like feet, we all have one bigger than the other. Some may have more difference in the size of their breasts than others. For example, I fitted many with boobs that had at least one cup size between them. It’s a case of finding the right bra to accommodate (in my experience it was usually a padded full cup). Others may have minimal difference at all. I personally have maybe half a cup difference between mine, but usually I can accommodate this by just adjusting my straps!
  2. Women spend everyday feeling ill at ease because they don’t realise that wearing a bra CAN be comfortable!                                                                                                   
    I honestly lost count of the times women came in wearing completely the wrong size because they self fitted or because they were taught that bras should never be comfortable in the first place. A well fitting bra can be a life changer! I always recommend seeing a bra fitter as they will have seen hundreds of pairs of boobs and can be objective about your boobs needs. Even just to have someone double check the size after self fitting can be a good way to go. Why be uncomfortable when your boobs can be floating on air?
  3. The most common cup size is a FF                                                                                                                             Again, I’ve lost count how many people would come in and say “Oh, you don’t do my size” when it would be the most common size we fitted (and we also would go up to a K cup). For some reason, the cup size DD has a rep for being a big size and this seems to be something we’ve been taught by society/media. I fitted a lot of women who were wearing a DD/E cup when they were actually a GG or bigger.
  4. The band does the majority of the work                                                                                                                 The band does a LOT of supporting! People usually assume it’s the straps. That’s why it’s so important to be wearing the right band size. It should be snug but not tight and you should be able to fit your fingers under it with some resistance. If you can fit your hand under it or are wearing it on the tightest set of hooks it’s time to get refitted!
  5. New bras should be worn on the loosest set of hooks. This way, you can adjust as the bra ages and grows slacker.                                                                                                                                                          Just a little tip that not everyone knows!
  6. Wires poke through fabric for one of two reasons: The felt around the wires shrinking due to being put on a hot wash or the wrong cup size.                                                                                                This seems to be a really common issue in bras! If you even stick your bra on the radiator to dry, this can result in the felt shrinking too. Air drying and cool/hand washes are usually a good way to go to prevent this. Otherwise, get refitted just to double check you’re still wearing the correct size!
  7. Boobs can change sizes fairly often due to a million and one reasons, just like any other part of your body.                                                                                                                                                                        Hormones, stress, lifestyle changesGetting fitted every six months can make sure you’re not wearing the wrong size without realising. I don’t always notice the size change visually, but I certainly do if I begin to get back ache or the if the wire starts digging into my breast tissue!
  8. Bras can be pricey, but they are worth the investment.                                                                                  My favourite brand, Elomi, are generally £40+. They are the most comfortable bras I have ever bought but the price tag sometimes makes me hesitate! Looking after your bras by hand washing (or taking them in the shower with you to give them a quick scrub!) can make them last a lot longer and get a lot more for your money.
  9. Breast tissue goes really far back, which is why the scoop and swoop method is the best way to put on a bra and check if it fits!                                                                                                                                  Everyone has their own method of putting a bra on, but when a wire pokes in under the armpit it’s actually your breast tissue its pressing into. This is why pulling breast tissue forward is so important. It can show whether you’re wearing the correct size (you may get overlap when you pull forward and then know you need to get a bigger cup size) and is another way to be comfortable. 

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