common fitting problems
Wearing the right size bra can really change the way that you feel about yourself.
Your posture can improve as your shoulders may be less hunched, your clothes will hang much better and aches and pains can disappear overnight.
Unfortunately, it is a fact that the majority of women are wearing the wrong size bra. Our research found that even when our customers thought that they were in the right size, after being properly fitted, on average most customers were wearing one back size too big and three cup sizes too small. This might explain why 32F is our best selling bra size. Customers often started off wearing a C or D cup before calling our experts at customer services. Here are the common problems explained:
A perfectly fitting underband will feel firm and sit in a horizontal line around your body. Turn around and have a look in the mirror to see where your underband is sitting.
If the underband is riding up your back then it may be too big. The straps may have been overtightened to compensate for the lack of support from the underband.
To test the fit of the underband, face the mirror and lift up your arms. If any breast tissue is exposed under the cups at the front then the underband is probably too big and the cups too small. The band may arch at the back.
To test the size of the underband when fastened on its loosest hook and eye, pull the bra band out from the centre back. If the bra fits correctly then the underband should not pull out more than 4cm. Depending on how far out you can pull the underband, you may need to go down a back size or two. Here's a chart to illustrate how to measure your new size - but remember this is just a guide.
If the underband is too small then it may ride down your body in search of the smallest part of your torso.
|0-4cm||Correct underband size|
|4-8cm||Go down one back size|
|8-12cm||Go down two underband sizes|
|12-16cm||Go down three underband sizes|
When you're confident that the underband fits perfectly you should adjust the straps so that they sit comfortably on your shoulders.
The centre front
The underwires should sit flat against your rib cage and the centre front with no gaps. If the underwiring is dragging down at the front then the underband could be too small causing it to pull the bra down your body.
If the underband lifts away at the centre front then this could be because your cups are too small and the breasts are pushing the centre front away.
A perfectly fitting bra should have no bulging at the neckline or the underarm area.
If the cups are too small then you will notice breast tissue spilling out of the cups. This can happen at the neckline and at the sides of the cups. You may want to consider going up a cup size or two.
If the cups are too big then you will notice creasing or wrinkling on the cups. You should consider going down a cup size for improved support.
It is perfectly normal for women to have breasts of different sizes, some are more noticable than others.
For the best shape and support, we recommend fitting your bra to the larger breast. If you notice any creasing to the smaller cup you can always try adding a gel or foam insert.