Tips to find the right bra size
Wellington February 4 : Most women wear bra that doesn't fit them at all, say experts.
Bra fitting is not just about the cup and band sizes, said Ali Smart, technical designer for Rose and Thorne lingerie.
Smart noted that there are different breast shapes.
While some of us point downwards or at odd angles, some women are soft through their sides, and with the wrong bra their breasts tend to fall outward, she said, according to Stuff.co.nz.
"A bra that pulls that breast tissue from the sides round to the front will be life changing for them," said Anya Merryfield, Rose and Thorne's brand manager.
Ill-fitting bras are not only uncomfortable, they can do serious damage as well.
"They can damage your breast tissue. And if it doesn't support properly, you can get back problems, especially for larger busted girls. They get huge indentations in their shoulders, and the constant pressure can cause migraines," said Ali.
"If you don't support them properly then it can also rip your ligaments inside the breast; they stretch right out and they'll never go back. When they're gone, they're gone," she added.
Smart has provided some tips that can help you find your right fit.
The right bra should fit snugly, but just like with a good fit of collar on a pet dog, you should be able to get two fingers under the band comfortably.
"If the back of the bra is riding up or you're hauling up the shoulder straps throughout the day, then the band size is too big," she said.
Remember you can always adjust the hooks and eyes in the back, but if this still doesn't do the trick then you'll need to go a size down. This is the number - 10, 12, 14 etc.
If your bra cup is moulded, your breasts should fill it completely; you shouldn't have extra room in the cup - that's just wastage. Nor do you want to be spilling out of your cup, if this is the case you'll need to go up a size.
Flap your arms about and wave them around, "If the band rides up and you start to fall out the bottom then it's too big," said Smart.
If this happens, try adjusting the shoulder straps, or make the band smaller. If it's still leaping about then go down a size.
If you're getting back fat when wearing your bra, then your bra is actually too big. Oversized bras ride up and pull your back fat up with it. Choose a smaller bra size that sits in the centre of your back where it's supposed to be and you'll no longer get the back fat.
If you're petite in frame and you can't find a bra that fits, try a Demi bra. A Demi has a shorter wire so you won't be spiked in the armpits.
Your bra should never be painful or uncomfortable to wear. If it's even slightly niggly, ditch the thing before you get to the cashier.
When wearing an underwire, the wire should lay flat against your breastbone. It it's popping up, morphing or riding up, you've got the wrong size.
"Underwires that sit on your breast tissue and not under it can damage the tissue long term," stated Smart, "So tug your boobs up and make sure they are sitting in the bra properly."