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Bra Fitting Tips
Bra Fitting Tips
This page is designed to explain all things ‘bra fitting’. Check out our easy to follow steps and handy before and after images to help you find the perfect fit. Find out what boob type you are and what bras will work for you. Learn about ‘sister sizing’ and what it really means as well as having some of those pesky ‘technical terms’ broken down by our Jargon buster. Overall a very very useful page.
This is where your boobs are heavier on top and tend to spill out of bras. The best style is a balcony bra with a slightly higher gore to help contain your girls.
This is where your boobs head east and west and may be slightly further part in the middle. To counteract try a plunge style that will bring them back into the centre.
In bra fitting there are 3 variables.
- The cup size (the letter on the label) i.e 30GG
- The band size (the number on the label) i.e. 30GG
- The physical volume of the breast. i.e. How much tissue there is.
“Sister Sizing: Refers to bras that hold the same volume of breast but differ in the back size they fit.”
The variables determine the size you wear and also how each size relates to one another. Below is a diagram displaying how changing the variables affects the how bra sizes relate to one another.
It’s useful to know your ‘sister sizes’ for times when you may need to try a bigger/smaller back. I.e. the sister sizes to a 32F would be 30FF and 34E.
The second diagram shows how breast volume increases by one ‘size’ every back size you go up, even though the letter stays the same. It shows that ‘FF’ cups are only the same proportionally to the body they are teamed with.
This diagram shows that if the back band stays the same and you increase the cup size, the volume of breast goes up accordingly.
This is the strap that runs around your back. It does 80% of the work when uplifting your boobs so it’s very important!
This just refers to any part of your chest which is classed as ‘boob’.
The section of the bra that holds your boobs.
This refers to the tightness of the straps, you should comfortably be able to fit two fingers under your straps, one on top of the other- no more, no less. They shouldn’t fall down or dig in.
This refers to where your breast joins on to your torso and the area that takes up.
The bit of the bra in-between the cups. This should touch your chest and sit flat.
Scoop & Swoop/Jiggle
The act of pulling all your breasts into the cup to ensure the perfect fit.
These are the wires that run around the underside of the cup. They help to give the bra structure and give maximum support. They should never hurt you or be uncomfortable- if they are you probably need a different size.