Bra Fitting Guide

Lumingerie bra fitting guide

When fitting a bra, always check whether the bra is sitting correctly. The wrong size bra will feel painful during the day when you have to correct bra and breast position. The wrong size bra do not support the breast properly. When fitting a bra you should keep in mind three things: the right size in the band, the right cup and right shoulder strap tightness. Correct bra size and fit is especially important for large breasts.

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Tässä meidän vinkkimme hyvän istuvuuden tarkistamiseen:

The right size band

Always first check that the band of the you trying on is correct: tight enough, but not too tight. If the bra of climbing up the back, the band of the bra is too big. Try a smaller band size, but please note that when the band size decreases, the cup size should increase, ie try the sister size.

When trying on a bra, put them always on the first hook. This leaves you room for tightening as the bra will loosen in use. If you put the bra straight to the tightes position the band is too big.

When you lift your hands up and the bra comes off the chest and breast tissue drops under the wire, the band is too large and the cup size too small. The bras do not give any support and in addition you will have to correct the position of the bra multiple times during the day. The right size bra sits agains the breast bone bautifully, even if you lift your arms and move about.

Tip: To check if the circumference is too large. Put your hand underneath the band behind your back. Then, lift the band away from your back. If you can gently lift the band over a palm-width from the body, it's necessary to choose a smaller circumference

Oikeankokoinen rintaliivien ympärysmitta istuu napakasti vaakasuorassa kehon ympäri. Kun ympärysmitta liiveissä on oikea, myös kaarituet istuvat oikein kehoa vasten.

Correct: Bras are horizontal around the body; The front and back are just as high. The underwire is sitting agains the chest against the entire length.

Jos rintaliivit nouse ylös selästä, on liivien ympärysmitta liian suuri. Ympärysmitta on liian suuri, jos rinnat valahtavat kaaritukien alle nostaessasi kädet ylös.

Incorrect: The band is too large, if the bra riding up the back. The band is too high in the back, the breasts will flash under the wire when lifting your arms up. A band that is too loose does not provide support and the bra hangs on with the shoulder straps..

The right cup size

Next, check that the cup size is correct: the whole breast tissue must fit inside the cup without bulging over and the wires must be seated against the skin all the way around

If the breasts are bulging from the front or sides of the armpits, the cup size is too small. The breasts simply do not fit into the cups. If you need to shake or position the breasts during the day to fit into the cups, the cup size is too small, even if you manage to fit the breasts momentarily. Try at least one cup size larger bra.

The wires should sit flat against the chest the entire length. The wires should encase the whole breast tissue and not press on top. The boobs should not bulge under the wires either. The underwire should not stick forward between the breasts, but the wires and the bra should sit flat agains the chest between the breasts.

If the cups are empty at the top, it is a sign of a cup size that is too large. Try a smaller cup size. If however there's room in the center of the cups the nipples should settle down the cup size tends to be too small and not too large as one might think at first. When the cup size is too small, the large bust simply "bends" and fills the cup, so the cup "nose" remains empty. Probably the breast bulges over the sides, front or under the wires.

When the bra size is the correct, the wires to do not feel, squeeze or chafe.

Kuppikoko on liian pieni, jos rinta pursuaa kupeista tai sivulta tai joudut korjailemaan liivien asentoa useasti päivän aikana.

Incorrect: The cup size is too small, if the chest is bursting out of the top or side. If you have to position and shake your breasts into the cups several times during the day, it is usually a sign that cup size is too small. Try 1 to 2 cup size that is bigger.

Properly adjusted shoulder straps

Incorrectly adjusted straps can chafe or they can fall off during normal use. Straps sinking into the skin is often a sign of a band size that is too large, which is tried to correct by tightening the straps. We recommend trying a smaller band bra. Bras can also be fixed by a seamstress if the cup size is otherwise suitable and the bra fits.

It is said that 90% of the supper should come from the band and only 10% of the weight of the breast should be held by the shoulder straps. If the band size is wrong, the majority of the weight of the breast remains on the shoulders, causing painful indentations. If the problem is not corrected by correct size bra, find bra, where the shoulder straps are wide. Bras which are designed to big busted women, in general, the width of straps taken into account. Pain may also relieved with shoulder paddings, which are found in silicone or fabric.

If the straps are sliding off of the shoulders, the cup size is probably too small and the band too loose. Too small a cup size has been attempted to correct by loosening the straps so that we wouldn't have "double breast" phenomenon, where the breasts bulge at the top of the cups. The bra is not supporting the breast, as they are supposed to. Check teh band once again and try a bra that is 1-2 cup sizes larger and tighten the straps to a comfortable tension.

Oikeankokoisissa rintaliiveissä

Correct: Cup size and band are correct, when the breast fits into the cups without bulging and bra sits against the chest. The shoulder straps are properly adjusted do not squeeze or press and leave marks on the shoulders.

There are differences in bra styles

Also remember, that the sizes of different manufacturers differ somewhat from each other, so try bras in different sizes, if you have any reason to feel that the bra might not be just the right size. If the manufacturer or model is new to you, you can always order 2-3 different sizes and compare them at home.

Our online store will tell you if the bra is using EU or UK-cup sizes, and we try to tell in the product descriptions is the sizing is somehow different from the usual. When asking fitting tips from us, be sure to mention some of the manufacturers and sizes you are currently using. Send also under the bust and around the chest measurements and if there are fit issues with your current bras.

D-cup illusion can be misleading

Too often we hear women say, "I have always been a B-cup" or "I can't be a D-cup, it's so terribly big." In bra sizes, the letter does not always mean volume of the same size cups. 65D and 90D, for example, are quite different in size, although both are D-cup sizes. Cup size - or rather the letter the cup size - tells the volume of the cup in proportion to the band size. Holding on to a cup size is not worth it. Size varies very easily over the years, and especially in kilos and the size also varies from manufacturer to another. It's always important to fit the bras before the final purchase decision.

Unfortunately many size guides say erroneously that bra sizes are A, B, C, and D, and nothing else. In addition, this delusion fueled by size charts, stating, "A small, normal B-, C-major, D-large" and then the sizes run out. This gives the impression that all should fit in the A to D cup sizes and D cup is already something quite huge and it is the largest available.

Such advertising will ofter lead young girl to get a larger band size, when really should increase the letter of the cup size. For example, 75D bra is small, next one might try a 80D and then 85D, when you actually should have increased the cup size and rather than band size. From 75D you should first move to a 75DD or E cup and then 75F. The volume of the cup is basically the same in sizes 85D and 75F, which are sister sizes, but important support for a large bust is lost when the bra band is too large.

Fortunately, however, alternatives and sizes are found. The bra sizes don't end at D-cup after D-cup in EU-sizing we have least E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L and M - and even larger sizes are available. In UK-sizing D-cup is followed by DD, E, F, FF, G, GG, H, HH, J, JJ, and K. Also, KK and L-cup sizes are available on some models.