Your new bra arrived! Does this bra fit?
HOW TO TRY ON A BRA
Yes, there are right and wrong ways to try on a bra! And the wrong ways could damage your purchase or make it ineligible for exchange. Follow these tips to stay on the safe side:
- Leave all tags attached.
- Make sure your body is clean, dry, and free of scents, lotions, or cosmetics that could transfer to the bra. (Watch out for deodorant marks! It’s often best to try on your new purchase after showering, but before applying deodorant.)
- There are two ways we recommend putting on a bra. To fasten the bra 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. To fasten the bra at the front (a great choice if you're not bendy!) 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!
- Don’t wear it for more than 5-10 minutes — just long enough to check the fit and comfort. (More on that below!)
- If it’s not a good match for you, gently pack it back up and contact us at [email protected] to set up an exchange.
HOW TO TELL IF A BRA FITS
First, remove any rings or other jewelry that could snag the fabric of the bra. Next, you'll make a few adjustments to ensure you're totally "in" the bra.
- Gently grasp the left underwire with your left hand, and use your right hand to gently scoop your breast up and fully into the cup. Do the same on your right side, using your right hand to hold the wire and your left hand to scoop.
- Next, use both index fingers to gently separate your breasts, letting the underwire lie flat between them at the centre.
Now that you've done these adjustments, you're ready to check the fit.
- Check the band. A new bra should lie straight across your back when fastened on the loosest set of hooks. To check this, turn to the side in front of a mirror. The bra band should lie parallel to the floor, rather than forming an arch climbing your back.
- Check the straps. Straps should feel secure, but not dig into your shoulders. If the straps feel too tight or too loose, there are a couple of ways to adjust them. To adjust the straps while wearing the bra, tip one strap off your shoulder and pull your arm through it. Using both hands, reach under that arm and gently adjust the strap. Put your arm back through the strap and pull the strap onto your shoulder. (You may need to do this a couple of times to get it just right.) Do the same thing on the other side. Another option is to remove the bra entirely, adjust the straps, and put the bra back on. This is the most trial-and-error approach, and you’ll probably have to do it a few times, but it’s definitely the easiest method!
- Check the underwires. They should encapsulate your breasts — there should be no wire sitting on breast tissue, wires should lie flat between your breasts at the centre, and there should be little to no space at the bottom of the cup.
- Check the cups. The top edge of the cups should lie smoothly along the top of your bust, rather than digging in (creating a "double boob") or wrinkling and pulling away from the body.
You can learn more about how to tell if a bra fits here, and learn how to test your bra for comfort and function here. And as always, feel free to contact us at [email protected] for more information!