Research has shown that 8 out of 10 women are wearing the wrong size bra.
To find out if you are one of them, answer the following questions. If you answer, "yes" to one or more of these questions, you're wearing the wrong bra for your shape.
Do your bra straps dig into or slip off your shoulders?
Does your under-wire poke into your breast tissue?
Does your bra ride up in the back?
Do your breasts sag under your clothing?
Do you feel like taking off your bra before the day is over?
Do your breasts spill out of your bra's cups?
Have you recently gained or lost more than 6 kilograms?
When a bra is not the correct style for your figure, you may suffer from backaches and premature sagging or look like you've put on a few kilos.
A bra that fits properly should be so comfortable, that you feel like you don't have one on.
You will instantly look better in all your clothes when your bra fits flawlessly.
Even if you have been wearing the same size for years, the style as well as the fabric used to make the bra will have a big impact on the comfort, support and final fit the bra offers. Look at the bra you're trying on in front of a mirror, while standing and sitting. Our rib cages tend to expand when we are seated, so your bra will feel different.
Check the top edge of your bra cups for any signs of 'spillage'. Make sure your chest doesn't 'bubble' over the top edge of the cups. Check all angles, looking at your side view in a mirror. You shouldn't see any spillage there, either.
A bra that fits well should be fastened on the middle hook. If adjusted properly, that dreaded "back bulge" will be minimized because the bra will be even in the front as well as the back. When a woman wears a band size that is too large, the bra rides up, accentuating back bulge. The same goes for wearing a band size that is too tight.
The straps are key -- even if the bra band and cups fit properly the straps will slide off your shoulders if they are not adjusted correctly.
Lift your arms up to make sure your chest isn't falling out from the bottom of the cups.
It also helps if you try on a few different style tops with your new bra. If you are out shopping, wear a form-fitting T-shirt with a button-down blouse on top -and try on the bra with each separately.
Just remember - don't ever trust the size on a tag, and don't settle for anything less than a perfect fit.
Copyright Sooz 2014.