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There´s a very good chance that you´re wearing the wrong bra size. A 2008 survey that was carried out by bra manufacturer Triumph and published in the Chiropractic & Osteopathy journal showed that an estimated 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra size. 70% of women wore bras that were too small and 10% wore bras that were too large.
Many women prefer a smaller band size and prefer to stay away from the larger band sizes. It sounds just like shopping for clothes. How many of us try to squeeze into one size in a shop (because it´s my size), even though the next size up fits much better!
And as for cup sizes, did you know cup sizes do not equal the size of your bust. The cup size on your bra only refers to the difference between the size of your bust and your rib cage. Someone with a bra size of 34C might put on weight and go up to a larger band size, a 36, but find that the C cup is absolutely huge.
“Some women wear band sizes that are too big due to feeling it should be loose for comfort—but 80 per cent of support comes from the band so a bra should fit snug and still feel comfortable at the same time.” – Edita Solak – Retail Manager at Victoria Secret
The band size should be comfortable when you put it on the largest size setting. Bras stretch with age. Bras are expensive and no one sees them, so many women don´t buy new bras that often. Your bra will stretch with age so eventually, you´ll end up using the 2nd and 3rd hooks. When you´re trying on a bra, you should only be able to fit two fingers between the band and your back.
Your bra strap shouldn´t dig into your shoulder. If it does, try going down by band size.
If you´re coming out at the sides or top of the bra, see what happens when you go up a cup size.
Do you have lumpy back fat when you wear your bra? Try going up a band size. Bra back fat makes it seem like the bra is too small, but sometimes it can mean that the bra is actually too big. If the band is too loose and goes up your back, it may push the back fat down and give you a bulky look.
When you put on your bra, bend over to make sure it all stays in the cup.
If you have a large bust and back pain, common sense will tell you that you´re not being supported properly and you´re wearing the wrong bra size.
A fitter once told me never to wear underwire in a bra as it cause sagging. Well, they´re going to sag with age anyway so I don´t know how important this one is.
Did you know that wearing the wrong bra size can actually affect your posture because your body will have to do the support work that your bra should be doing.
On the plus side, have you ever heard that underwire bras can cause breast cancer? Luckily, that´s a complete myth, and a very common one. A 2014 study showed that there is absolutely no link between underwire bras and breast cancer.
The most used fitting method for measuring yourself is to measure under your bust and then add four but this method fails most people.
Another method is to measure under your bust and then buy a bra band in that size, although this doesn´t suit some women either.
I came across one calculator that I definitely want to try to see if it´s accurate. http://www.abrathatfits.org/calculator.php It´s very detailed and there´s a very thorough visual guide to help you so fingers crossed for this one.
Or go to a professional fitter who has had good recommendations from other women. If you know a good fitter in Madrid, please tell us in the comments section below.
Your bust is your friend for life. Give it all the support it needs.