So you just bought a new outfit and something just doesn’t look right. Or you’ve had a baby and you weren’t as big-breasted before as you are now. Or maybe things are just starting to feel a little bit uncomfortable. If this is the case, you are one of the 80% of women who aren’t wearing the correct bra size and you should probably get fitted.
But what is a bra fitting exactly? If you’ve never been for one before, your head is probably harbouring worrying myths about having to expose all or getting felt up by a sales assistant.
Well, girls, it is time to put these myths to rest.
First of all, why should we get fitted? Well, the breasts are like elastic that doesn’t bounce back. If you’re wearing a bra that is too loose, your breasts will move too much, the skin will stretch, and they won’t go back. On the other side of the scale, if you’re wearing a bra that is too tight, you can damage the fragile tissue in your breasts, and also make the prettiest of outfits look out of proportion.
And here’s another fun fact: did you know that if you don’t wear a bra while you run, your breasts bounce about 8cm?! Even if you do exercise wearing a bra, always wear a sports bra, as most normal bras are not made for strenuous activity.
So, what does a bra fitting involve? First, you approach a sales person and ask for a fitting – remember, they do this every day, so don’t be embarrassed to ask. If they are a qualified fitter, they will take you into the changing room (if they’re not, they will refer you to someone in the store who is). Then they will measure you around your back under your bust, and then around the biggest part of your bust. But, rest assured, you don’t have to expose all for this – you can keep your bra on, or even a light top to get the measurement because the measurement is not usually accurate anyway, it’s just a guide.
Then, they will either find a selection of bra’s they think would suit your shape and size, or let you choose what you want and get you to try them on until the fit is right.
You will be amazed at the difference when you’re wearing the right sized bra. Even if you’re one size off, wearing the right size can change the way you feel about yourself, boost your confidence, and even take some strain off you back if you’re big busted.
So please, take care of your most precious assets and give them a good home.