- The top of the cup should sit against your skin. If your bra cup is gaping, leaving a gap between your breast and the cup itself, this generally means you are
wearing a cup too big. Try sitting down when trying on a bra as this will let you see if your cup will gape. If your breast is bulging over the cup, your cup size is too small.
- The wire sits under the cup and is in between the gore and the band. The wire should always hold the entire breast and not sit on any breast tissue. Scoop your breast
into the cup to ensure you aren’t damaging your breast tissue.
- This centre front gore should sit flat on your chest between your bust. This is one of the indicators of a well fitted bra. The gore can vary in height depending on the style
of a bra. A full cup bra tends to have a larger/ higher gore than a plunge or balconette bra.
- The front straps are not adjustable. Straps are used to hold your bra in place but they should not be used to create all of the support from the bra.
- The back strap is adjustable. This allows you to make your straps sit firmly on your body without them being too tight, or too loose.
- The band of the bra is where most of the support should come from. Most women do not like the band to be too firm, but the support should be from here and not the straps on your shoulders otherwise the pressure can create back and neck pain. The band should sit flat against your skin and should not ride up your back. If it does ride up your back then the band is too large.
- This is the fastening of the bra. The hook option allows the wearer to get the best fit from their bra. They are there to make adjustments if the elastic in your bra stretches out. Begin hooking your bra on the loosest hook and work your way onto the tightest hook as the bra becomes more worn.
How to measure yourself
To Determine Your Band Size:
For an accurate measurement, it is crucial that you have a flesh to rib cage measurement. To do this correctly, bend over slightly and locate where your breasts naturally fall away from your chest wall. Snugly wrap the tape measure around this part of your chest. This is your rib cage measurement.
If you measured an odd number we recommend you round up to an even number. ie: 31 = 32
To Determine Your Cup Size:
Put on your best fitting, most supportive bra (Refer to above notes on how your bra should fit). Stand with your elbows slightly out and wrap the tape measure across the fullest part of your breasts. This is your bust measurement.
Subtract your rib cage measurement from your bust measurement. The difference between the two measurements determines your cup size.
You may find it helpful to get a friend or partner to help measure you accurately. Remember when measuring your band size, your tape measure must be flat all the way around the band and should not sit up or down on your back.