Breakout Bras Fitting Guide
Understanding How a Bra Should Fit
Big or small, any shape or size, you can look phenomenal and feel great with the right bra! In this section, you will find all the information you need to obtain the perfect bra fit.
A bra properly fitted will be centered across the back with the straps adjusted to the tops of the shoulders.
You may have any of the problems below if your band is too large.
1. The band is too big. Even though the straps are tightened, the band rides up the back causing the breasts to hand down in the front.
2. The band is too big. The band is pulled down low on the back. The strap can not be tightened because it will cause the band to ride up. Many women pull the band down int he back to try to lift the breasts in the front, but this does not work!
3. The band is too big. The straps slide off the shoulders because the band size she is wearing is designed for a larger ribcage, which sets the straps too far apart for her body.
Front Underwire Placement
With a bra fitted properly, the band will be snug enough around the rib cage to support the weight of the breasts. The underwire will go around the breasts and will rest where the breasts meet the ribcage. It will also lie flat against the chest. You will have two separate, round breasts instead of one uniboob. The "Bad" picture above is an example of cups that are too small. The underwire slides down on the body; the breasts sit low against the ribcage and push the underwrite away from the body.
In the "Good" picture, the snug band and the tightened straps poportionately lift the breasts and create a full, round effect within the cups. This is because the underwire is large enough for the size resulting in complete containment and excellent support. In the "Bad" picture, the band is too large and the cups are way too small. The weight of the breasts hangs in the cups putting all the pressure on the shoulder straps (a). The underwire digs into breast matter on the side causing extra "stuff" under the arms and sides of the breast to overflow outside the bra (b). The breasts are flattened down against the body, and the underwire sits too low on the ribcage (c). Not only are these problems unattractive, they could potentially cause future health problems.
Side Underwire Placement
Below are examples of different body types featuring proper and improper wire placement.
In the "Improper" pictures, much of the breast is exposed. The underwire is pressing into breast matter causing the breasts to look misshapen and the body's appearance to be more fleshy and unattractive. In the "Proper" pictures, the entire breast is contained within the cup. The underwire goes far enough back to enclose the entire breast allowing the band to be snug enough around the ribcage to hold the breasts in place.
Just remember that your breasts have to go somewhere. If the band is too big and the cup too small, breast matter will overflow anywhere it can. You know if you band is too big and your cup is too small if you've had any of these problems:
- When lifting hands over head, breasts pop out bottom
- "Muffin tops" or humps on top of breasts
- Flesh hanging outside of the bra
- Deep indentations in the shoulders
- Band rides up the back
- Underwire digs into breasts
- Breasts smashed together in the center
- Infections/Rashes underneath the breasts
Breasts pop out bottom
Deep shoulder indentions
How to Obtain Your Correct Fit
Measuring for the Correct Fit
This is the only type of measuring tape that can be used for accurate measurements. If you do not have one, you can get one at Wal-mart or many other stores for less than a dollar.
The measurements you take will be much more accurate if your bra is off. Almost all women wear cup sizes that are too small which smashes the breasts down causing the measurement to seem smaller than they really are. If your breasts hang or sag, just try and get someone to help you so that you can prop your breasts up while measuring. If you really need to, just take the measurements with a bra on. The size will still be a lot closer than anything you have been wearing and the fit a whole lot better. And if you need help or feel the numbers are just not making sense, just take BOTH measurements, one with the bra on and one with the bra off and call us and we will help you determine the best size.
This measurement will help you determine your band size. So measure right underneath your breasts where a bra band would normally sit. Make sure that you keep the tape level all the way around and pull the two sided together until they meet and lie flat against your body. Do not pull too tightly but it does need to be somewhat snug. Whatever number you get here, in almost all cases just needs to be rounded up to the nearest even number. So if the measurement is 33 than you would just round up to 34. Very easy. But there is one exception to this rule. If you measure 34 1/4 or een 34 1/2, you should round down to 34 instead. The reason for this is simple. Bras lose elasticity every time you wear them so the fit will only get less and less supportive the longer you wear the bra. So when you first purchase a bra it needs to feel snug but not too tight on the LOOSEST hook. Then as the bra stretches from wear, you can move the hooks in tighter to maintain a higher level of support longer. If you buy a bra, and need to wear it on the tightest hook from the start, you have nowhere to go but to buy a new one when it starts getting stretched out. For a bra to be supportive, you must wear the correct band size.
**So for the above example, the band size is 34. I will use this measurement again below to determine the final size needed.
(NEVER MEASURE UNDER YOUR ARM PITS AND UP OVER THE TOP OF YOUR BREASTS AND NEVER ADD INCHES)
Just measure across your nipples at the widest part of your breasts. Nothing at all needs to be done to this number except rounding it up if the measurement falls between two numbers. So if you measure 41 1/2 just round it up to 42. This is it. Nothing else.
Now take the number from step 4 and subtract the number from step 3. This then gives you a cup size to go along with the band size that was determined earlier. The band size we had earlier was 34 and for the above example the bust measurement was a 42. So you have 42 - 34 = 8.
So you have a band size of 34 and an 8 inch difference for the cup size so your bra size is a 34H. Each number represents a cup size as the chart below details.
Now you have a size that will fit you so much better and support you so much better and make you look so much better than anything you have ever worn before.
Wearing Your New Bra the Correct Way
Once you have your bra, follow these simple steps to make your boobs look fabulous!
You most likely won't be able to snap the bra in front and twist it around your body as you always have. Instead, place the underwire under your breasts where they meet your ribcage then pull the band down to hook it on your back. It will be a little difficult the first few times until you get the hang of it. It should fit snugly on the loosest set of hooks. A bra stretches every time you wear it, so you will get much longer use out of it if it is snug at first. A few months down the road, if the bra feels like it's riding up a bit then you take in to the next set of hooks to get the same great fit you had when you first got the bra.
Once you get the bra hooked, put your arms through the straps and tighten them as snug as you can stand them. Most of the weight of your breasts is supported by the band, so the snug straps are simply shaping the side of your breasts forward and rounded into the cups. Even though the straps are snug, your breasts are not hanging on them (like a sling) as they would if you wear the incorrect size.
Once the bra is on and adjusted, be sure the underwire is directly under your breasts where they meet the ribcage, not tugged down where your old bras used to sit. Place your thumb on the underwire to hold it in place and scoop/pull as much "stuff" on the sides of your body into the cups. The more you can pull in, the better it feels and the better it looks, especially if your breasts aren't as full on the tops of if you have more "stuff" on the sides. Scooping in makes your breasts look more plump within the cups and there's no stuff left hanging over the side.
Well-rounded, nicely shaped, and lifted breasts. Your clothes will now look and fit much better than you ever thought they could!
Keep in Mind...
The coverage on the sides of your new bra will be much fuller (higher on the sides under your arms) than you are accustomed to; however, this is the proper fit. It will take only a few days to adjust to the correct fit. Just like a new pair of shoes needs to be broken in, a new bra will take a little time to mold to your body.
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See for yourself how following the Breakout Bras Fitting Steps can dramatically change the way you look and how your clothes fit.
Maternity & Nursing Bra Size
Determining which size to order in a nursing bra can be tricky. Most women want to order bras before they deliver and before the milk actually comes in. This is the first mistake.THE BEST TIME TO MEASURE FOR A NURSING BRA IS ABOUT 2-3 WEEKS AFTER DELIVERY.
That way your milk is in, your swelling is gone, and your size well-established. You want to use the same method detailed above. If you do, the size you measure will most likely fit very well throughout the duration of your breastfeeding.
If you are measuring before you give birth, you need to take into consideration the fact that most pregnant women gain between 1 and 4 cup sizes during and after pregnancy. It is a guessing game trying to order before your milk actually comes in. Normally the cup size and the band size increase during the middle to late parts of pregnancy. In most cases, the band size will go back to the pre-pregnancy size after the baby is born because the baby is no longer pushing your organs up into your chest. The cup size, however, almost always increases right after birth and even more so if you nurse. Because there is no way to determine what your body will do ahead of time, we suggest you get a transitional bra. A transitional bra is a moderately supportive bra that allows for fluctuation of your body's size. It will take you through pregnancy, labor, and the first few weeks of breastfeeding. Transitional bras will be great sleep bras regardless of your final size; that way you are not investing a lot of money on bras that will most likely not fit in the end.
Whatever you do, DO NOT buy a bra that fits perfectly while you are 9 months pregnant. It will not fit after the birth. If you have to buy a size specific bra before you deliver, just make sure that the band fits tightly and the cup size is a little large. That way, when the baby is out and your rib cage gets smaller again, the band will be comfortable and the cup will be large enough so that when the milk comes in, you will have a big enough cup to accommodate the change. Your breasts will get bigger. Count on it.
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