3 March 15

BRA FITTING FOR BIG BUSTS SIZES

 

Everything you need to know to help you find the perfect bra for larger cup sizes.

There has been much debate over the years about using a tape measure to find your bra size. In my experience using a tape measure is accurate on an A-D bust size up to a size 16, after this it becomes difficult to ensure the exact fit. Personally I have found if you have a bra size between 8 to 16 and a cup size of DD to H that going up in the cup and down in the back is more accurate. After that it is much harder to measure your bra size with guaranteed success.

I would recommend using it as a guide or a starting point to finding the right bra for you. Know exactly how your bra should fit and you will know if it’s right for you.

Choosing a bra within different brands, styles, colours and fabrics can all add to a difference in size…. Just like our clothes differ in size, so do our bras. Unfortunately.

Women with bigger busts and larger cup sizes often have to sacrifice their bra size, bra shape and bra comfort due to the limited range unavailable. You need to know it can damage your breasts, cause you discomfort (I know you already experience this… as do I) and make your breast sag.
It is my mission to see that there is a bra for everybody.

What is a great fitting bra? 
You need to look for:-
• A bra that fits snugly on the loosest hook around the back and sits evenly from front to back. (look in the mirror side on with your hands on your hips.)
• Underwires must sit flush against your chest, no digging in and no popping out.
• Your entire breast must fit in the cup with no spillage or gapping.
• You should be able to fit two fingers under the straps.
• The SHAPE of the bra is just as important as the fit… I cannot stress this enough.
• Quality is crucial and price doesn’t always equal quality. Look for good quality materials, they not only look great, but also ensure optimum comfort and support and a longer lasting bra. They also feel great on your skin.
• The correct shape bra is incredibly slimming and it improves your posture. (As soon as I found bras that work for me my back pain decreased big time!)

Different shape bras are- 
BALCONETTE BRA- My all time favourite bra for bigger busts. It sits in between a balcony bra (1/2 Cup) and a Full Cup Bra, I always say it’s like a sweetheart cut neckline. It’s the go to bra for larger cup sizes; they give great shape, lift and will give you comfort and support. They’re gorgeous bras you can wear everyday. (Can you tell I love them?)

 

balconette bra

FULL CUP BRA- Is generally your everyday work horse bra or t-shirt bras, your whole breast is in the cup. It gives great support, lift and comfort for fuller cups. It’s a handy bra to have.

Full cup bra

PLUNGE BRA- Are triangular shaped bras and the underwire stops near the base of your breasts. They are great for those tops that have a plunging neckline. Personally I find over the course of the day my breasts come out of plunge bras a little so I often need to re adjust the girls.

plunge multi way bra

 

Do you pass the mirror test?

Your nipples are supposed sit half way between your shoulder and your elbow when you’re wearing a bra. If they aren’t, you’re girls need a lift and therefore a new bra and some readjusting.

 

Common Bra Questions

 

Why do underwires ALWAYS cut into me? 
Often it means it’s the wrong shape and common for larger cups to feel it under the armpits. Try a different shape or go up in the cup and down in the back.
Why is one breast bigger than the other? 
The majority of women do have one side larger than the other, it just depends on how great the difference is.
However, when you are getting fitted for a bra you MUST always get fitted for the larger breast, otherwise you will get double boob.

Rashes under your breasts? 
If the rash is directly under your breasts you are not getting lift from your bra then it will rub and It is because there is no air getting through. Adjust the size and straps to ensure you get the lift you need.

How long should a bra last? 
That really depends on how many bras you own and how you care for them, are you wearing them everyday or just on special occasions? A good quality bra that fits you well AND is looked after should last you at least six months, after this time if it has been worn regularly it will start to lose it's firmness.

Your body shape does and will change so you should always be aware of that. If you are going up and down in weight, then your bra size will change as well.

Are the straps digging into your shoulders and leaving indentations? 
You may need to loosen the straps. Or, the cups may be too small, pulling the bra downward and creating tension in the straps, and you may need a larger cup size. If it’s fitting well then I would question the quality of the bra.

Straps falling off your shoulders? 
Try tightening the straps and if that doesn’t work the band size is too large and you will need a smaller band.

Is the band riding up your back? 
Super common for bigger busts to go up the back to allow more room in the cup. The band is either too large or needs to be tightened. Adjust the band so it’s not so loose or you may need a smaller band size. You may want to go up in the cup to accommodate the girls.

Why do the wires keep coming out of my bra? 

You may be wearing the wrong size and shape or  the bra has been machine washed or placed in a dryer.
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