Breakout Bras Fitting Guide
Understanding How a Bra Should Fit
How to Obtain Your Correct Fit
Wearing Your New Bra the Correct Way
Customer Before and After Pictures
Maternity & Nursing Bra Size
Understanding How a Bra Should FitBig 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
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 PlacementBelow are examples of different body types featuring proper and improper wire placement.
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:
Breasts pop out bottom
Deep shoulder indentions
How to Obtain Your Correct Fit
Measuring for the Correct FitStep #1: Get a soft measuring tape.
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 a Wal-mart or many other stores for less than a dollar.
Step #2: Take off your bra.
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.
Step #3: Measure around your rib cage.
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.
Step #4: Measure across the widest part of your bust line.
(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.
Step #5: Do a little math.
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 WayOnce you have your bra, follow these simple steps to make your boobs look fabulous!
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.
If you have any questions or need help finding the perfect fit, please feel free to contact our outstanding customer service department by
Toll Free Telephone: 1-866-870-8911
We are here to help!
Customer Before and After PicturesSee for yourself how following the Breakout Bras Fitting Steps can dramatically change the way you look and how your clothes fit.
Maternity & Nursing Bra SizeDetermining 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.
If you have any questions about sizing or bra styles, please contact our Customer Service.
Toll Free Telephone: 1-866-870-8911