How to Buy: Bras

Wearing a bra in the wrong size can be a real pain the neck, back and shoulders. Plus, it can cause shortness of breath! Buying the bra that's right for you isn't as easy as you may think, but we're here to help you find the bra that's right for you.

How can you tell you're wearing the wrong size?

 There will be signs:
 · You are literally busting out! Unless you're wearing a demi bra,    most of your bosom should be inside the cup. If not, you should try    a larger cup. It will be a lot more comfortable.
 · The band rides up your back. When this happens, it means that the    bra is too loose around your body. You can tell if the band size is    right for you by placing two fingers under the back of the bra band.    If you can comfortably fit more than two fingers, it's too big.
 · There's wrinkling in the cups. Stretchy materials will form to the    shape of your body, and if there's wrinkling, the cups are too big.    Try a bra with smaller cups, like a demi.
 · The center of the bra isn't lying flat against your breastbone. The    bra should be flat against your skin without gaping. If it's not, you    might not be getting the support that you need. Try a bra with a    smaller cup size.


Sizing is everything!

The most important factor in buying a bra is knowing your exact size. This can be determined by taking a few easy measurements.

Step 1. Take a tape measure and measure the diameter of your rib              cage directly under your bust.
Step 2. Measure around your chest over the fullest part of your bust.

Step 3. Determine your cup size by taking the difference between the two above measurements (subtract the measurement of Step 1. from the measurement of Step 2.)


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