Breast and bra fitting – there are no two breast alike. I like to call them fraternal twins. They have a mind of their own. Either one is bigger or fuller than the other or the nipples point different directions. You get my drift. So why is it that women simply skip over regular bra fittings? Over the years, bras have evolved but our mindset has not. Manufacturers have taken advantage of any advances in microfibers, textiles, increased the sizing, and even had studies to determine the best locations for seams.
I’ve had women argue with me that they’ve been wearing the same bra for 20 years, but breasts change as we age. Over the years, most women gain or lose at least 10 pounds, or have had at least one pregnancy or illness. All of these things can affect the size and shape of your breasts. This is why regular fittings are important. Many women actually appear to look pounds smaller just by wearing a bra that fits properly. Bra Fitters strive to find the best solutions for your body type. Whether you purchase your bra from a discount store or a luxury lingerie shop, its helpful to know the best bra styles for your body type.
Remember bra fitting is not a science. It’s more of an art. A bra cup size is not 8 ounces and each manufacturer has a different rule for measuring cup size. That fact alone combined with the fact that there is US sizing, UK sizing, European sizing, Japanese sizing etc., is no wonder most women are wearing the wrong size. (*Note Mlle Lolita uses UK sizing)
US vs UK Cup Size Chart
Therefore, there are things you should look for when purchasing a new bra or getting a bra fitting. Here are a few fitting tips to make sure your bra is sized properly and is providing the most support:
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