Oh the headache….. trying to find the right bra to wear.
You know, a bra that holds, lifts, doesn’t dig, and the straps don’t fall down…uugggghhh…
The first thing you have to do is get the right size.
This is not rocket science. All it takes is a measuring tape and a bit of math.
Curvy Gal’s Guide to Finding the Right Bra
A. Step one-Determine your band size
Do this while wearing a standard bra.
- Wrap a tape measure around your torso and just under your breasts or bra line. Hold it taut and record the measurement.
- If you get an even number this is your Band Size.
- If you get an odd number round up one (to 46) to get your Band Size
B. Step 2-Determine your cup size
Take a loose measurement around the fullest part of your bust. Wrap a tape measure around your torso and over your breasts. Hold it naturally and record the measurement.
C. Step 3 Calculate your bra/cup size
Subtract Band Measurement (from Step 1) from Bust Measurement (from Step 2).
If the difference is: then cup size is:
Find the right strap
Falling bra straps can be caused by:
A bra band size that is too large.
- A bra cup size that is too large.
- Sloping shoulders.
- Wrong style of bra for your body.
Once you figure out that problem:
- A bra band size that is too large. Cure- get the right bra size
- A bra cup size that is too large. Cure- get the right cup size
- Sloping shoulders. Cure- consider a racer back or athletic style bra.
- Wrong style of bra for your body. Cure- consider a full-figure, minimizing, padded strap, or athletic style bra.
More common bra issues
The back rider- your bra rides up in the back. This means that the band size, as you are wearing it, is too large. Either tighten the band or get a smaller band size.
Poking wire- This is an indication of an ill fitting cup. Try going up a size. Many push-up style bras have this problem.
Get a new bra!
It’s time to go bra shopping when:
Your bra no longer holds and shapes. They can wear out.
- You bra style is not working for you. There is spillage, straps falling, or even cups that are not full.
- Any weight changes. A weight loss or gain of more than 10 pounds can make a difference in size.
- Your at the end of the straps. Straps do stretch and when they do, it can affect your fit.
- Most women have around 6 bras for everyday use which they rotate. Each bra should last about 9 – 12 months of regular use before they need to be replaces.
Every time you put on a bra, you should:
Check for placement of everything in the cups. Nothing good comes out of random headlights.
Start by hooking the closure at the middle position and adjust as you wear the bra more and more.
Straps should sit just right- not too tight or too loose.