Our boobs are more than different shapes and sizes. They’re different angles, widths, lengths and positioned differently on our bodies. We all know this – it’s why that bra that your best mate absolutely loves will for some reason not sit right on you at ALL! So, it’s clearly not all about bra size. If that’s the case then, how on earth do you find the bra that fits like a dream? And is it too much to ask for a well fitting bra to look great too?
Bra sizes of old
In theory bra sizing is simple – measure under your bust and measure the fullest part of your bust. Then enter into a complicated series of sums to hopefully arrive at a bra that fits depending on where you’re shopping! In not too distant history you’d work out a band size by taking the measurement under your bust and then adding 3 or 4 inches depending on whether the number is odd or even. Then your cup size reflects the difference in this measurement and that of the fullest part of your bust starting at AA for less than 1 inch, A for 1 inch, B for 2 inches and so on.
How we measure now
The tricky part is that despite growing up with this method of measuring your bra size, bra technology has changed. Most bra brands use much more responsive fabrics with a good amount of stretch. So in actual fact, you probably don’t need to add any inches at all to your band size. In fact, most current guides to bra sizing specify that you shouldn’t add inches other than rounding up. If you find that your bras tend to ride up at the back or sides, then your band is too large.
A sister size means going either up or down a band size and then do the opposite with the cup size. So if you are normally a 38D, you may find a 36DD or a 40C could actually fit quite nicely. It’ll all depend on the manufacturer, the fabric and the style of the bra itself. In all honesty, the only way to find out if a sister size is a bra that fits is to try one on.
Matching bra style and boob shape
Obviously, the bra style that you choose will depend on what you want to wear it with, your mood and your lifestyle. This is why it’s a good idea to own a range of styles of bra. What works under a work shirt might not be ideal under a clingy dress. In addition, your boob shape will play a part in how well fitting you find a bra.
Side Set / East West
With a wide gap between your breasts, you should look for a bra with side support. Plunge styles are ideal to centralise the breasts a bit more.
There’s no requirement for extra shaping for round breasts – it’s all about support! Make sure you size correctly, and look for wider straps if your breasts are large as this will ease the pressure on your back.
With the main weight of the breast at the bottom, bra styles with lift work well. Try balconette styles for lift, or full cup underwired for every day.
When you’re sizing, work to the larger breast. Style wise, though, you don’t necessarily need specialist gel filling. Try a bra with removable padding, and place both inserts in your smaller side.
These breasts are soft and longer in shape. Underwire is great here as it will scoop the tissue into shape and prevent any spillage. Try a full coverage underwired style.
When it comes to the pretty bits, that’s entirely up to you! Bras are a fab way to indulge in a bit of gregarious flair. From animal print to neon, why not have fun with your bra?! It’s a balance with practicality of course. Love lacy detail but need the support? Look for firm support elasticated lace styles for the best of both worlds. The look of a bra can actually affect how we feel wearing it, so why compromise here? If you’ve not found your perfect bra yet, keep looking – it’s out there and will bring you joy!