So you found the perfect outfit for a night out with friends. Great! Your next mission is to choose the perfect-fit bra to go with it.
Although people won’t see what you’re wearing underneath (unless you’re wearing a sheer top or something similar), it helps to choose your undergarment wisely. Your choice of bra can make or break your outfit.
No matter what outfit you choose, make sure you wear a properly fitted bra underneath. Here are some tips that will help you find the perfect bra for you:
How to find the perfect bra for you.
Take Your Correct Measurements
Two things you need to know when taking your bra measurements are band size and cup size.
To get the band size, measure your underbust (the part directly under your breasts) with a tape measure. Make sure the tape is snug and level to get the correct measurement. Round the measurement to the nearest whole number and add five inches if the number is odd (four if it is even).
With your arms at your side, take the tape measure around the fullest part of your bust and round the measurement to the nearest whole number. For the cup size, subtract the band size from the bust size and refer to a cup size chart below.
For example, 36 inches (bust size) – 34 inches (band size) = 3 inches. That makes you a 34C.
Get a Professional Fitter’s Help
If you’re still not sure about your measurements, get the help of a professional. You can find professional fitters in almost all undergarment boutiques and department stores. Aside from giving you your correct measurements, a professional fitter can also recommend bra styles that would look great on you. Take note that your bra size can change depending on a number of factors (weight gain or loss, hormonal changes, etc.). Make sure to get a professional fitter’s help at least once a year.
Try it On Before You Buy
Bras are like shoes—you need to try them on to make sure they’re a perfect fit. Since no two bras are the same (even if they’re from the same brand), you need to try on each one to make sure they fit you perfectly. The straps should be snug but won’t cut through your skin. I
f your breasts are spilling out to the sides, it means the bra is too small. If there’s a gap between the cups and your breasts, it means the bra is too big. If you’re rocking a strapless, make sure that your bra doesn’t slide right through your waist. Watching out for these key concerns can save you from potential discomfort (and embarrassment!) in the future.
Now that you know your measurements, all that’s left to do is find the bra that will complement your breast type. HerRoom.com has created an infographic that shows the best bras for different breast types.
Shopping for a bra can be a big pain for women, but once you know your correct size and the best type that complements your body type, then you’re good to go. Whether you’re looking for full coverage or something that works well with plunging necklines, there’s surely a bra that’s a right fit for you.