Why not be your own lingerie and professional bra fitting tips from expert after this? While finding a bra is challenging and, often times seems impossible. Wearing it correctly is no cake-walk either!
You need to know about certain facts and tricks to wearing a bra correctly. And because the professional bra fitting details are often alien to use. Unless we buy one from a lingerie shop and speak to a salesperson. This guide will bring to light the flattering ways of professional bra fitting.
So let’s get started!
Bra Fitting Tutorial
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The right fit has a lot do the breast shape. Once you’ve identified your breast shape, can you match it to the right bra?
The most common breast shapes are round, wide-set, side-set, teardrop, and asymmetric. The right bra comes with no shoulder slippage, non-gapping cups, and proper band size.
2 How to measure bra size?
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The first step into professional bra fitting is to find your ideal size. Start with your band size using a measuring tape. Wrap it under your bust keeping it parallel to the bottom of the bra.
The second step is to measure your bust. Wrap the tape at the center or the fullest part of your breasts.
With both measurements, subtract the band size with the bust size. This should give you the right cup size.
3 What is your sister size?
Your sister size is a band size up or a cup size up your actual size. It could either be a size down. To identify your bra can be a hard thing to do. But with a sister size, you’re closer to your ideal size.
Don’t know if you know this but your body keeps changing. So you need a sister size to keep things flexible.
4 Keeping the bra straps on your shoulders
Shoulder slippage is a common problem for most women. Even adjusting the straps don’t work. And a few hours later, the straps slide off the shoulders with a simple gesture.
There are many reasons why your bra straps keeping fall down. It could be that the bra straps are too long even though they’re adjustable. Or you have narrow or sloping shoulders.
5 Sew a bra strap holder
To avoid this from happening, you can use a simple bra strap holder. What you need is a double-fold tape, sew-on snaps, and thread. The function of a bra strap holder is to sew it to your dress. So it doesn’t shift even if as you move.
6 Use a bra racerback clip
Avoid falling prey to flimsy and cheap bra clips. There are differently-shaped clips to change the way you adjust your straps. You need to make sure the straps can be made long enough for this. Clip both straps on the back, a few inches above the clasp.
They make a big difference for avoiding shoulder slippage.
7 Make a bra holder/connector
A bra holder is similar to a racerback extender clip. But the former allows more space between the straps. The different between the two is that a holder can be used in front as well as the back.
8 Extending the bra clasp
You can make your own bra clasp extender if you haven’t got the time to buy one. You can add as many extra hooks you want. You will have to sew the edges of the clasp together. For which you will need a sewing machine. You can also do it by hand, but it’s a much longer process.
9 Fixing an underwire
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Wearing a bra with a broken underwire is as common as wearing a bra. Trust me!
If there’s something poking you as you walk or even stand in one place. It means you have a broken underwire. (The Underwire Myth)
10 Stop sweating with bra liners
If you live in a hot and humid climate, under-boob sweat is inevitable. A bra liner goes under your band that you can wear under dresses and tops. If it’s a thin material, sweat stains are most likely to show.
A bra liner is padding that you need to attach to the underwire. It is highly absorbent and seamless under clothing.
11 Lift your bust with a bra cup insert
Also known as cleavage boosters, a bra cup insert is totally DIY and effective! Women use bra cup inserts for swimsuits to lift breasts. You can take a non-padded swimsuit and make it into a super supportive bra.
The double layer of a swimsuit allows space for a cup insert.
12 Go braless with silicone nipple coverups
You can either buy your own silicone padding. Or make your own DIY nipple covers so there’s no nippage. Nipple show-through is a common problem when you wear thin fabrics. And with low support bras and sports bras, this is all the more common.
Silicone nipple coverups are easy to make and effective.
13 Find the ideal nude bra for your skin tone
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A nude color bra is neutral and goes well with everything. Out of all sorts of shades, shopping for a nude bra can have many benefits. For starters, you can wear lighter colors and thinner fabrics. It looks flattering under white plain tees.
14 Know when to wear a black bra
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Just like nude bras, a black bra is neutral and flattering. It has no-show and sweat-free qualities. If you want to flaunt your bra strap or side, black is the best color to do it with. It doesn’t show sweat stains and looks flattering all the time.
15 A t-shirt bra has molded cups
Buy molded cups if you want a seamless bra shape. Molded cups have a smoother appearance and offer enough coverage. Plus, they look good under plain tees, thin dresses, and flattering cleavage lines. (How to Find the Perfect T-Shirt Bra)
16 A heavier material offers more support and lift
For women with bigger boobs or sagging breasts, a thicker bra fabric is ideal. It offers plenty of lift and support. And you don’t feel any pressure even if you wear it all day long.
You have to choose between cotton or synthetic bras. For big boobs, synthetic fabric is ideal. It holds correctly an underwire and has a perspiring-friendly fit.
17 Wear bras with boning in the side
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A good way to add more support to your bra is by boning. It also helps to prevent side bulging in case you wear a padded bra.
Attaching a boning case to each side is simple and fun. You either have to stitch it by hand or machine. And it gives you incredible support at the edge to prevent side slippage.
18 Know the swoop and tuck trick
It makes all the difference to know how to wear a bra. The famous ‘swoop and tuck trick’ is one of them. This technique also helps in finding your ideal bra fit. Here is how it goes.
Wear your bra and tilt slightly forward. Your chest should be parallel to the ground. Gently pull the band toward the ground. And make sure your breasts slide in each cup comfortably. Now stand up straight to see if the cup size is okay.
19 Choose wide straps
Wider straps are not only good for bigger breasts. But they’re also the best remedy for hiding bra straps. For bigger boobs, they give your shoulders better support and posture. To not only carry the weight of your bust. It’s also good for reducing back pain and preventing skin irritation.
20 Lengthen your bra for backless dresses
Want to make your current bra work for any situation? Try this simple trick for a professional bra fitting. You need a bra extender to lengthen any bra strap.
Use an extender or a bra slider to join two straps. When both edges are hooked on the slider, you can shorten or lengthen as per your liking. This makes sure you can wear backless dresses without showing the clasp.
21 Know how to avoid a quad-boob
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A quad-boob is when your breasts don’t sit well inside the cup. So some part of your breasts gets squeezed out of the cups from the top. This spilling out from the bra is a common professional bra fitting problem.
To avoid it, you need a bigger cup size with the same band size. But don’t completely go a size up on all accounts. Try new ways to try on bras to get the right cup fit. Once you wear the bra, a gentle tuck in can go a long way!
Every woman should know this! When you want to wear the right size, professional bra fitting is essential. Along with these tips and tricks that will get you through the day.
Having said that, the struggle to finding the best bra is real. So don’t be disheartened because this informative guide will help you save the day.
These 21 tips for professional bra fitting will restore your faith in lingerie. And you no longer have to feel the frustration that comes with trying on new bras.