Bra Fitting Guide

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What bra size am I?

Our boobs are wonderful 3D things and we all have a unique shape, so we don’t find using tape measures much use to find your bra size - how could you measure a pint of milk with a ruler?! Instead, we prefer to arm you with knowledge as when you know what to look for, it’s easy to work out if a bra fits you well or not.

If you’ve got any questions, we’d love to help. You can call us (we’re open 7 days a week), chat to us via Live Chat or pop into one of our shops for a bra fitting.

Is your bra fitting you well?

Firm and comfortable bra underband

1:The underband should be firm but comfortable

Most of the support comes from the underband. It should be horizontal around your body without riding up or digging in. We recommend fastening a new bra on its loosest hooks so that you can tighten it if it stretches over time.

I don’t think my underband is fitting well

Bra wires should be flat against your chest

2:The wires should lie flat against your chest

The wires between your boobs should lie flat without digging in, rubbing or poking out. If you trace the wire with your finger, it should sit on your ribcage (not your boob!) all the way round to your armpit. The wires shouldn’t slip down as you move or lift away if you raise your arms.

I don’t think my wires are fitting well

Your boobs should be fully in the cups

3:Your boobs should be fully enclosed in the cups

Make sure your boobs are fully in the cups – a bit of a scoop, wiggle and jiggle usually does the trick! You should fill the cups without any bulging or wrinkling even in a lower-cut style and there should be a smooth line, with no ridge, where the top and the side of the fabric ends.

I don’t think my cups are fitting well

I don't think my underband is fitting well

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Underband riding up your back?

Try a smaller back size.

Boobs showing underneath underband?

Try a smaller back size.

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I don't think my wires are fitting well

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Wires digging in to your breast tissue?

Try a bigger cup size or a different bra style.

Wires not sitting flat between your boobs?

Try a smaller back size or try a bigger cup size.

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Wires slipping down or lifting away when you lift your arms?

Try a smaller back size.

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I don't think my cups are fitting well

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Boobs overspilling at the front or side?

Try a bigger cup size.

Cups wrinkling?

Try a smaller cup size or a style with stretch lace that will mould to your shape.

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Cups gaping?

Try a smaller cup size or a style with stretch lace that will mould to your shape.

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Other reasons my bra might not be fitting well

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Straps slipping?

Try tightening the straps (this might sound obvious but they do loosen!) or try a full cup style with more centred straps.

Straps digging in?

This could be a sign that your underband is not giving your boobs enough support, so try a smaller back size, or try our bra strap pads.

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One boob bigger than the other?

Fit to the bigger boob or try a style with stretch lace that will mould to your shape.

A few words about shape

It’s not just about the letters and numbers written in your bra labels. A big part of finding bras that fit you well is working out which shapes suit you best – each will do something different for you depending on your own individual shape. We make it our mission to offer a great choice of bra styles to cover the many varied and wonderful shapes of Bravissimo girls!

What to do if your bra is uncomfortable

Let us know! It’s important you feel comfortable in the bras you buy from us. If you wear a new bra and find it uncomfortable, or you’re not happy with it for any reason, please get in touch so we can help.