Bra Fitting Guide
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Bra Fitting tips...
‣ Most women wear the wrong size, even bra fitters are sometimes limited with what sizes they can supply to you and may have made mistakes with your past bra fittings.
‣ Like any other garment, the sizing on the tag is a guide. Bra brands can use different scales or sizing systems.
‣ The band the runs around the ribcage is responsible for delivering most of the support. This needs to be firm, but not uncomfortably tight.
‣ The shoulder straps are there to help stabilise the breast, they should not take the weight of the breast. Relying on these for support will result in discomfort and the potential for long term damage.
‣ Lots of women think underwire is the most supportive option. In reality the role of underwire is to shape and separate the breast. It is not there to stop the breast from bouncing during activity. High-quality well-fitted non-underwire Sports Bras can offer the highest impact support, even for the G cup+ sizes.
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How a bra should fit...
Common mistakes women make with their bra fit...
Most women wear the band that runs around their ribcage too loose. Because this is where the support is delivered, this will result in a lacklustre support and poor product lifespan.
Often women have the shoulder straps set too firmly, which gives a ‘false’ sense of support and can cause long term shoulder damage.
Some women believe that a Sports Bra must be Racer Back or Cross-Back to offer high impact support. This isn’t the case, as the support does not come from the shoulder straps. Some straight back bras offer just as much compression and control as Racer Back bras.
How to put on a Sports Bra...
Because Sports Bras are often somewhat ‘compressive’ it is important to make sure the breast tissue is sitting nicely within the cup before heading off for a workout session.
When putting on an everyday bra you are generally advised to ‘pull the breast tissue up and inwards’ to encourage it to fall back in to the cup nicely. If we do this when putting on a Sports Bra we may find that you don’t drop back down in to the cup, instead you sit high in the cup and leave a pucker of material at the base of the cup.
To make sure your breast tissue is sitting well in the bra, gently pull the bra strap outwards where it meets with the cup of the bra and gently encourage the breast to fall to the base of the bra. This is only necessary for Sports Bras that are compressive.
Why do you need to wear a bra that fits you?
Put simply, if a bra doesn't fit it has not chance of functioning.
That's because the design elements themselves eg the straps, underwire or cups aren't enough to stop the breast from displacing. These elements need to fit snugly against you so that they can actually function.
The most important part of any bra fit is actually the band that runs around the ribcage. This is responsible for taking most of the weight of the bust and also works to stabilise the breast tissue as we move.
So if the bra is too loose around our ribcage then the bra simply can't function. Likewise of the cups are too small they won't work to hold in and support our breast tissue. And if the straps are too loose they can't contribute to stabilising the bust.