There are 14,000,000 monthly searches on "How is a bra supposed to fit." That's a staggering number considering we women have been wearing bras since puberty.
The claim in the lingerie industry is 80% of us women are wearing the wrong bra size right now. But before you start blaming your body, it's time to consider the different shapes and styles of bras and how that impacts how the bra fits.
How should a bra fit?
Bras have become a meme of wanting to rip the uncomfortable thing off at the end of the day. But I'm here to tell you that your bras don't have to be painful. It all boils down to the bra needing the proper shape, style or feel for you!
The secret to finding the right bra fit is ensuring your breasts fit entirely into the cup, the band is supportive without being restrictive, and your straps only do 10% of the work. Sounds simple. Ha! You and I know it is hardly a simple task because each brand produces something different, and our bodies are different in density, shape and size.
Bra shopping, online or in person, is an emotional experience. It's a time of our lives when we need to 'see' our body, and for most of us, this is a task to avoid because self-criticism runs high. As women, we've spent our lives reading articles about how our body is supposed to look… I think my next blog post will be about agism because, damn, it's hard to live up to these standards. Eat this, wear that, lose weight in 10 days, and apply this face cream to look 5 years younger. It's exhausting and expensive.
The curse and the cause of the beloved T-shirt bra
Since the beginning of time, women have been purchasing and wearing t-shirt bras. We've been conditioned to think that smooth lines and nipple coverage is ideal. Although it's the most popular style, it's also tricky to fit because it means your body has to fill a pre-shaped cup, and we're simply not all built the same. Ideally, all bras would be designed to mould to your natural shape. Something Modern Match prides itself on. (a little shameless plug)
How to tell if your bra fits correctly
- Your breasts fit entirely inside the bra cup without gapping and bulging.
- For underwire bras, the gore, the bra's center, fits flush against your chest without discomfort. If you feel like the underwire is poking you between the middle of your breasts, it means the underwire comes up too high for your body.
- The straps do minimal work and don't slip off your shoulders. They should sit flush with the skin without digging. If they start to fall, look for bras where the bra straps are kicked in slightly on the back.
- The band is supportive and doesn't cause you any discomfort. It should be snug enough for you to feel supported but not too snug that it causes pain. This is where the majority of your support comes from.
How to find your perfect bra fit from home
1. Find Your Brand Size
Using a soft measuring tape, measure around your rib cage under your bust. Make sure the tape is snug but not too tight and parallel to the floor.
2. Find Your Bust Size
Measure around the fullest part of your bust, making sure the measuring tape isn't too snug (or too loose). If you measure in between inches, round up.
3. Find your fit
Use our size chart to find your perfect fit here.