Picking the right bra is not as simple as it may seem. If statistics are to be believed, up to 80% of women in Britain are still wearing the wrong bra size, a situation that can cause a great deal of discomfort so make sure that you make use of a bra size converter. As Ruth Fox, Design Director at Freya lingerie puts it, “A good fitting bra should be comfortable, supportive and give you the best shape under clothes.” Yet still, a great deal of women seem unable to recognise that they aren’t getting this ideal situation from the bras they currently wear. So how do you recognise if you’re wearing the wrong bra size?
According to Freya’s guide to picking a good fitting bra, the bra should “sit firmly but comfortably around the body.” The underwires, should you choose an underwired bra, “should lie flat against the rib cage, and contain the whole breast”. Overall, “the breast should be contained within the cup with no puckering or bulging in the cup fabric.” Most women don’t realise that the consequences of wearing the wrong bra size over a long period of time aren’t limited to discomfort – it can also lead to bad posture, affect your confidence and affect the look of your overall outfit. Here are some key things to look out for to identify what is wrong with your current bra fitting:
• If you’re wearing a bra with the back size too big, the underband around your body may ride up at the back whilst the support structure of the bra, as a result, becomes unbalanced. This can tip your breasts forward, straining the shoulder straps as support is not being given where needed. The underwires of the bra may stand a short distance away from the body, possibly even digging uncomfortably into your breasts.
• Wearing a cup size too small may force your breasts to spill out of the bra cup, creating an unappealing “double breast” effect also known as “shelving”. The underwire may be too small to contain each breast so is squashed against the breast itself, offering very little support.
• Wearing the right bra should mean that the underband is firmly anchored around your body and at a level height at both the front and the back. Each breast should be fully contained by the support of the underwire and in each cup of the bra, with no puckering of the fabric or overspill on top. This type of bra will be comfortable and supportive and you will really feel the difference.