So you get a proper bra fitting, find out you’re a 38C, and then you’re good to go shopping for bras. If that’s what you believe, then we hope you read until the end because there is so much more that you can consider if you want to find the perfect bras. On #ShopNTL, we discuss the benefits of wearing a bra that fits correctly continuously because they are important for you to know, and we know that so many women still go without wearing the proper fitting bra for so many reasons. So once you know what you’ve been measured at in terms of your bra size, here are some more things you should consider as so much more than your bra size is important to know before lingerie shopping.
First of all, not everyone knows how to break down the measurement you are given during a fitting to understand what it means. The number in your bra size represents your band size, and measures from under your bust all the way around to your back. Your band should never dig into your back, should never sit higher than the front of the bra, and plays a more significant role in support than you might think. The letter in your bra size is your cup size, which reflects, for the most part, the depth of your breast. What it doesn’t reflect is the diversity in breast shape, which we’ll discuss in a bit, which can influence what type of bra you need. Sometimes you might measure in between cup sizes, or might find the cup size you’ve been given by a fitter feels a little to small. When in doubt, try a size up, as it’s never okay to have a bra cup feel too tight.
Your breast shape plays into your breast size and is important to know and acknowledge before shopping for a bra. What that means is because you can find a 40DD in every single style you could imagine, doesn’t mean you should buy every single style because they may not be built with the type of support you need for YOUR unique breasts. For example, a woman’s breasts may be bottom heavy, meaning she has more weight sitting in the bottom of her breasts. This means that a good underwire (or underwire substitute) is crucial to help lift them up, and a balconette or full cup bra with some sheer elements on top can help make them appear balanced. Alternatively, a bralette or a triangle bra may not be the best choice for a bottom heavy breast as those two styles don’t tend to push up the breast and distribute them evenly.
Where a bra is manufactured or where a lingerie company’s country of origin is can play a significant role in which size you may need as well. This is a complicated science that can take a while to learn and remember, but many of the same rules apply to lingerie that apply to clothing. For example, North American companies tend to reflect the way that North American women are built, which tends to be a bit larger, or true to size by the standards of the land. Asian and European sizes tend to run a bit smaller on our bodies (our meaning North American) on us, and often times, we have to go up a size. This means you should try on every single bra you are interested in before just purchasing them because they say your size. Know the return policy of each boutique you deal with, especially when shopping online, as you can’t really try before you buy. When on #ShopNTL, you can contact our #BraDoctor if you have a question about a particular style and find out return policy here.
We hope this information helps you when you go on your next bra shopping excursion, but if you have any other questions or concerns, be sure to leave us a comment below and we’ll chat with you about it. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter, where we can also chat and you can learn more information that’s helpful as we share it. You can also find more tips and tricks on our Pinterest and YouTube channel.