Want a bra that fits and feels good? Here are some tips:
Measure Your Bra Size
Visit our Bra Calculator to learn how to measure your bust and get an estimate of your bra size.
Learn Your Shape
Shape is just as important as size when it comes to bra fitting! Here are some common signs that a bra’s shape isn’t working for you.
Floating wires: Ideally, the centre wires will lie more or less flat against your body, between your breasts. “Floating” wires sit away from the body, sometimes even on breast tissue. This can happen in a too-small cup size, but it’s also often a sign that the cup shape is too shallow for your breast shape. Instead, try bras that are described as “projected,” or as having a deep cup.
Wrinkled cup: Notice some wrinkling or bunching in the cup? This can be a sign of a too-big cup, but it also happens if the cup shape is too projected--deep--for your breasts. Try bras that are described as shallow. These will have a wider, flatter shape that’s easier for a shallow bust to fill out.
Slippy straps: When a bra is a good match for your shape, you don’t need to fuss with the straps throughout your day. If straps slip off your shoulders, sometimes they just need to be tightened. But if this is a constant issue for you, or if the straps need to be uncomfortably tight to stay put, you probably have small or sloped shoulders. Look for bras that are described as having in-set straps, and avoid styles featuring wide-set straps like balconettes or demis.
Stabby wires: There are a couple of ways wires attack. If the underwire digs in between your breasts, the bra may be too big for you (wrinkling in the cup can confirm this) or the centre wires may be too tall for your close-set breasts. If there’s not much room between your breasts, look for bras with centre wires that are set close together, or for plunge-style bras. Their lower wires will stay out of your way and feel much more comfy. If the underwire digs in under your arms, the side wires may be too tall. This is a common issue if there’s not a ton of space between your breasts and your shoulders, which we call a “short upper torso.” Folks with short upper torsos do best with bras that have low side wires.
For more on matching your bra to your body shape, read our blog post here.
How to Try On a Bra
Yes, there are right and wrong ways to try on a bra! And the wrong ways can damage your lingerie. Here are the safest options:
1. Do the bra up at the back. Position your breasts in the cups and fasten the bra behind your back. This is easiest to do if you leave the straps off your shoulders at first.
2. Do the bra up at the front and spin it around. Put the bra on backwards, with the cups right side up, and fasten it over your stomach. Then gently spin the bra around your body until the cups are in place. Keeping the cups right side up as you spin is important! If they're upside down when you spin, you'll have to flip the bra to position the cups, which warps the underwires over time. They could even pop out or snap!
(If all that sounds a little complicated, read our blog post and see pictures here.)
Once you've got the bra on, it's time to do a few adjustments to check the fit. First, grab the underwire with one hand and use the other hand to gently scoop your breast into the cup. Do this on both sides. Next, use both index fingers to gently separate your breasts, letting the underwire lie flat between them at the centre. After these adjustments, if the bra fits, the underwire should encapsulate your breasts--there should be no wire sitting on breast tissue, and there should be little to no space at the bottom of the cup.
For more information on how to tell if a bra fits, read our blog post here. To learn how to test a new bra for comfort and function, read this post.
Note: To make sure to stay within our return policy, be careful trying on a new bra. Be sure to remove jewelry that could snag the material, go easy on perfume or other scents, and don't wear the bra for longer than 15 minutes.
Wash your bra frequently - ideally after every 1-3 wears - by hand in cool water, and hang or lay flat to dry. It also helps to have at least 2 bras in rotation, to give your bras a rest between wears.
We do not recommend machine-washing your bra, but if you choose to do this, place your bra in a zippered mesh bag, with the hooks done up, to keep it from tangling with your other laundry. Use cool water and do not put your bra in the dryer.
Infrequent washing, and machine-washing and -drying all shorten your bra’s lifespan. Wires may pop out or snap, material may stretch out more quickly or tear, cups may lose their shape, and more.