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March 27, 2015

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Mlle Lolita's Fab Bra Fitting Tips

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:

  • For maximum support, make sure your band is firm and sits horizontally across your back. There should be no slack in the back. If your band is rising in the back, your bra is most likely too big.
  • Don’t squeeze yourself into something that doesn’t fit in the dressing room. If you are pulling and tugging in the dressing room, you’re definitely going to fall out of it the next time you drop your iPhone on the floor.
  • Make sure you raise your arms and bend at the waist when you’re trying on a bra. It’s easier to see bulges with your shirt on, so put your shirt or blouse back on to see if you notice a change in the way it fits.
  • Make sure your bra band holds the majority of the weight of your breasts not the straps. It’s important to make sure your band is sized correctly to avoid digging.

  • Make sure all of your breast tissue is in the cup. Be sure to check to see if the underwire is sitting on the breast tissue. That’s really bad! This can cause irreparable damage and it most likely means the band is too big.

Images courtesy of Curvy Kate: http://www.curvykate.com/


        2 Comments

        Devin
        Devin

        March 27, 2015

        Thanks for the advice. I’m about to raise my arms up and bend over. I need to try this tip!

        Pinkie
        Pinkie

        March 27, 2015

        Awesome!

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