You'd think this would be self-explanatory, but we've worn ill-fitting bras for so long many of us need a refresher. One of the top bra fit experts in the industry says you can tell if a bra fits properly by checking three things. The gore, the portion of the band between the cups, should fit flat against your chest wall between your breasts.
One side effect of the obesity epidemic in America is rarely noted: Women's chests are expanding nearly as fast as their bellies. Poor eating habits, as well as breast implants and the estrogens in birth-control pills, have led to an increase in the past 15 years of more than one bra size for the average American woman—from a 34B to a 36C. For many women, this has been a burdensome trend.
When you have large breasts, it sometimes feels like your bra options are severely limited. It can be really challenging to shop for bras without underwire for big boobs that aren't just another sports bra, and imagine this come in more colors than white, tan, black, beige, and "nude," whatever that means. The perpetual search for quality, comfort, and style is enough to make you want to give up and never wear a bra again.
Finding the right bra size for you can get really tricky especially because bra sizing is not perfectly standardized. This means bra sizes may have slight differences from one style to the next and from one brand to another. You also need to consider the sizing system used by a particular lingerie brand — whether they use US, UK or EU bra sizes. There are two main measurements being considered when fitting bras: 1 the band size and 2 the cup size.
I did a little experiment to illustrate this. I took my measurements above, at, and under the bust and plugged them into a variety of calculators. I followed the instructions, and came up with 33D.
Finding the perfect bra is not easy, so the experts in the Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab put dozens of popular styles to the test. These winners — designed specifically for larger cup sizes — are durable, comfortable, supportive, and look great under clothing. Looking for something on the smaller side?
Our signature chemises, camisoles and sleep bralettes are available in up to 13 bespoke cup sizes. We recommend purchasing a size that equates to your most comfortable and well-fitting bra. Please see our cup size table below to help you find your perfect option.
For many people, bra shopping falls somewhere on the emotional scale between flat-out disappointing and totally traumatic, and the same could be said for the actual wearing of said bras. Many women are wearing uncomfortable bras that dig into their skin, slip off their shoulders, and create awkward spillage situations—and then rip them off their bodies the minute they get home. To make sure you get the most out of this experience, I reached out to three stylists and bra fitting experts who gave a detailed rundown of tips you should consider when buying a bra.
In a properly fitted bra, your breasts should look lifted, upright and perky no matter your age. If a bra doesn't give you this look, it's time for a new bra! While sagging breasts are a natural part of the aging process, the right bra can lift your breasts for a much more flattering look.