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10 Bra Tips You Should Know

Written on 15 October 2022

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As the wearer of a bra, you probably feel like you already know quite a lot about bras, right?

But the truth is, there's always more to learn. The more you know, the better fit you can get. And let's face it - there's nothing better than a well-fitted bra!

In this guide, we'll talk you through our top bra tips, giving you the insider scoop on how to get the best out of your bras and ensure the ultimate comfort and support that you deserve.

1. Know How To Put A Bra On

Ok, so this first one might sound obvious, especially if you've been wearing a bra for more years than you can remember. But there's more to putting on a bra than simply fastening the back clasp.

You'll start by fastening the band of your bra. A new bra should fit perfectly on the loosest hook (you'll gradually move to a tighter hook as the material stretches over time).

Then, ensure that the underwire of your bra is pulled right under your breasts, as high as it can be without pressing on your breast tissue. It should be right in the crease under your breasts.

Once you've got your bra positioned correctly, it's time to 'scoop and swoop'. This means using your opposite hand to reach across under your armpit and scoop all of your breast tissue so that it sits inside the cup of the bra.

Now, tighten your bra straps until you can fit just two fingers underneath. Many people make the mistake of over-tightening their straps to give better lift. However, this often leads to pain in the back, neck and shoulders, so avoid over-tightening. A good bra that is well-fitted shouldn't need tight straps to give great uplift.

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2. Get Fitted Regularly

Many people assume that their breasts finish growing when they become an adult. The truth is, your breasts will continue to change in size and shape throughout your life, depending on your age, weight and hormones. In fact, they can even change on a daily basis, as your hormone levels fluctuate!

We're not going to suggest that you measure your breasts every day, but it is important to keep a check on how your bra feels to wear. If the wires are digging into your breast tissue or the bra feels uncomfortable, it's worth re-measuring to ensure that you're wearing the right size.

If your cups are too small, you might find that the underwear digs into your breast tissue, which could lead to damage. On the other hand, if your band is too loose, it can cause back pain due to the added strain on your shoulders.

To ensure you're always wearing the right size bra, we'd recommend that you measure at least once a year. You can do this at home - you don't need to go to a shop (unless you want to, of course!)

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3. Know Your Fit

If your bra doesn't fit properly, you might find yourself with underwires that are digging into your breast tissue or back pain, so it's essential that you know how to check if your bra fits right.

If your bra fits correctly, the underwire will sit flush against your ribcage without digging in. All of your breast tissue should be contained within the cup - it shouldn't be spilling out over the top of the cup or under your armpits.

The centre gore of the bra (where the underwire and cups meet) should lay flat on your breastbone, with no gaps or bulging at the sides.

The back band should sit straight across your back, without riding up or dropping down. It should also feel comfortable - it shouldn't be digging in or feeling like it's too tight.

The straps should not be slipping down, but also not so tight that they dig into your shoulders.

4. Don't Just Buy Based On The Number-Letter Combo

Different brands have different sizing, so don't be afraid to try on multiple sizes in the same brand. For example, you might find that you fit a 34E in one brand but a 32F in another.

Understanding how to check whether your bra fits properly is the best knowledge you can have, rather than relying on the size printed on the label. After all, a comfortable and supportive fit is what you're looking for!

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5. Know Your Sister Sizes

Your sister sizes are other bra sizes that will give you the same cup volume, even if they have a different band size. For example, a 34F and a 36E have the same cup volume, as do a 30DD and a 32D.

Understanding your sister sizes can come in handy when you're shopping for bras. For example, if you find that the band of your usual size is too tight, you can go up by one band size, as long as you drop down by one cup size.

6. Invest In Good Bras

While it can be tempting to buy cheap bras from fast fashion stores, investing in high quality bras is worth it in the long run. Not only will they last longer (saving money in the long run), they will also offer better support and comfort.

It's worth spending a little bit more to ensure that you have bras that fit well and make you feel confident. 

7. Care For Your Bras

Taking good care of your bras will ensure that they last longer and continue to provide support and comfort. Here are some of our top tips for looking after your bras:

·        Always hand wash or use a delicate cycle on the washing machine, using a gentle detergent.

·        Place your bras inside a laundry bag before washing to help to protect them in the washing machine.

·        Avoid using fabric softeners or putting them in the dryer, as this can damage the elastic.

·        Make sure to store your bras properly - folding them or hanging them up on a padded hanger can help to maintain their shape.

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8. Don't Ignore Discomfort

If your bra is causing discomfort, such as digging in or causing back pain, don't just ignore it and hope it goes away. If you're experiencing discomfort, the chances are you're not wearing the right size bra.

Try remeasuring and following the tips above to check that your bra fits properly. If you're still uncomfortable, use our live chat function to speak to an expert - they'll be able to talk you through the fitting process and help you to get to the bottom of why your bra is not comfortable.

Remember, a good fitting bra should feel comfortable and supportive - never painful! Don't settle for anything less than the perfect fit. Your bra should make you feel confident and comfortable all day long.

us vs uk cup sizes

9. US VS UK Cup Sizes

The US and UK have different sizing systems, so make sure to check the size chart when shopping for bras online.

The chart below shows how US and UK bra cup sizes compare.





































10. How To Put On A Bra

You might be surprised to learn that there is no right or wrong way to put on a bra.

Many manufacturers will advise that you place the bra over your breasts, put your arms in the straps and then fasten the bra from behind, to avoid stretching the band. However, this just simply doesn’t work for some people.

Other people may prefer to put on their bra backwards, fasten the band at the front and then swivel it round before lifting it up to their breasts and putting their arms in the straps.

However you choose to put on your bra, the most important thing is to remember to scoop and swoop your breasts into the cups, ensuring that all of your breast tissue is contained within the cups. This will help to ensure that you get the best possible fit for your bra.

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Now that we’ve given you our top tips, let’s answer some of the most commonly asked questions about bras.

How Do I Make My Bra Fit Perfectly?

The most important thing is to ensure that you have the right size bra. Remeasure using our tips above and make sure to take into account any changes in your body, such as weight loss or pregnancy.

Try on a few different styles and brands to find the one that fits you best, as every brand can have slightly different sizing. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from a bra fit specialist, who can offer expert advice.

How Often Should I Replace My Bras?

This really depends on how often you wear them and how well you take care of them, but a good rule of thumb is to replace your bras every 6-12 months. Pay attention to signs that they may need replacing, such as stretched out bands or frayed straps.

Where Should Your Breasts Sit In A Bra?

Your breasts should sit comfortably within the cups, with no overflow or gaping at the top. The centre panel, also known as the gore, should lay flat against your chest.

If your breasts are spilling out of the cups or the gore is not lying flat, it’s likely that you need to try a different size or style of bra.

Can You Sleep In A Bra?

There is no right or wrong answer to this question, as it ultimately comes down to personal preference. However, some experts believe that wearing a bra while sleeping can restrict blood flow and may even contribute to breast discomfort and pain.

If you do choose to sleep in a bra, make sure that it is comfortable and not too tight. We'd recommend sleep bras, bralette styles or non-wired bras for use during sleep.

How Often Should You Change Your Bra?

How often you should change your bra is down to personal preference. Whilst some people choose to wash their bra after every wear, others may wear a bra multiple times before washing it. As long as your bra is cleaned properly and not showing signs of wear or damage, there isn’t a set rule for how often you should change it.

Which Bra Is Good For Daily Use?

This will depend on personal preference and what you’ll be wearing on a daily basis, but some options for everyday bras include t-shirt bras, plunge bras and balconette styles.

Make sure to choose a comfortable and supportive option that fits well and suits your outfit choices. It's always good to have a variety of bra styles to suit different outfits and needs.

How Tight Should A Bra Be?

Your bra should be snug and supportive, but not uncomfortably tight. Pay attention to the fit of the band, as this provides the majority of support for your breasts. The band should feel secure without digging in or causing discomfort.

If you find yourself constantly adjusting or readjusting your bra, it’s likely that you need to try a different size or style.

Remember, every body is unique and it’s important to find the right fit and style for you. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different options and ask for help from a bra fitting specialist if needed.

How Do I Know If My Bra Is Too Small?

If your bra is too small, you may notice overflow at the top of the cups, discomfort in the band or straps, the underwire digging into your breast tissue or difficulty clasping your bra on the loosest hook. Consider getting remeasured and trying on a different size to ensure a comfortable fit.

Final Thoughts

It's not easy finding the perfect bra, but it's definitely worth it when you do.

We hope that these bra tips have helped you feel more confident in finding the perfect fit and style for your unique body. Remember to remeasure regularly and experiment with different brands and styles to find what works best for you. Happy bra shopping!

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