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five simple steps to finding the
right bra size…

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Follow our easy step by step guide to finding the perfect fit for you without the tape measure! Here’s what to look out for.

STEP ONE - GET YOURSELF COMFORTABLE IN YOUR BRA

First off, make sure your boobs are fully into the cups by lifting them as best you can with the opposite hand and placing them correctly into the cups to make sure they are sitting as they should.

*Now you’re ready for your size check list.

STEP TWO - THE CUP COVERAGE

Signs to look out for if the cups are too big or even too small…

The top cup shouldn’t cut into your breast and there shouldn't be excess spillage out of the cups. You will see that it is too small if you can see a bumpy shape under your top when wearing the bra.

Also, if the bra isn't fitting smoothly against you and there's a gap between you and the under-band at the centre front, try the next cup size up and back size down.

Example: If you’re wearing a 34A you may need a 32B (going up a cup and down around the ribcage)

A) Too Small

Too small 1 Too small 2

B) Good Fit

Good fit 1 Good fit 2

STEP THREE - HOW WILL I KNOW IF THE SIZE IS TOO BIG FOR ME?

You will see that the cup is too baggy. Look out for gaping, extra fabric or wrinkling on the top or bottom cup. This is a sign that you are wearing a bra that is too big in the cup.

*Try the next size down.

A) Too Big

Too big 1

B) Good Fit

Good fit 3

STEP FOUR - CHECK THE BACK OF YOUR BRA! IS IT ADJUSTED CORRECTLY?

If you look in the mirror from the side, you will see if your under-band is riding upwards at the back. Your band should be at the same level all the way around and fit nice and snug on the middle hook. If it is riding up at the back, it's too big and not giving you the support you need.

A) Too big around the back

Too big 2

B) Good fit around

Good fit 4

*TIP
Try sizing down for example; from a 34 back to a 32 under-band or moving your hook up a notch to tighten your band.

The under-band should feel level and secure and you should be able to get two fingers underneath and one at the centre front.

If you can’t fit any fingers underneath and it feels tight, you may need to go up a band size.

STEP FIVE - BRA STRAPS SHOULDN’T DO ALL OF THE WORK!

The support comes from the band, not the straps. If your band size is too big, you'll end up tightening your straps to compensate, which will result in too much pressure on your shoulders. If your band size is too small, your straps may be slipping off your shoulders.

A) Strap incorrect if over adjusted and pulling.

Over Adjusted

B) Strap incorrect if tight and lacking adjustment.

Lacking Adjustment

C) Strap correctly adjusted and under-band sits in the correct position.

Adjusted Correctly

Regularly check your bras to be sure they are fitting you the way they should be and giving you the support that you need.

Remember, as a teen or as you are entering into your teen years, your body will be constantly changing so make sure you check your fit again in 6 months time from when you bought your last bra.

A woman's body changes over time and bras stretch and lose their shape with repeated wear and washing. There are so many reasons your size can change over time- and so it's important to check your fit often.

It may be time to stock-up again, soon!

For more information on bras check out Redwood Girls.



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Strawberry 3

Thanks Emily! I have written a note and now my mum said that she will have a chat about getting a bra. I'm nervous but excited. Thank you so much x

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I shop 🛍 at Boux Avenue. Their bras are great quality.

To Strawberry 3:

Hi, you could write her a note and put it in a place that you know she’ll see, like her purse or her phone. You could text her or send her a pre recorded message, you could even just try and be brave and go up to her and see if she will go and buy one with you. Hope this helps. From Emily.

Strawberry 3

How do I ask my mum for a bra? I think I need one but me and my mum don't talk about that stuff. How do I start the conversation off?? Pls help - Strawberry 3 xx

Re Nene

I don’t know if you will see this but anyways, periods will come between the age of 8-18 so at the age of ten this is normal, hope this helps😊

gradygirl

This is truly the best information I have ever seen on how a bra should fit. I wish I this had been available when I was younger.!

Joey

Is it okay wearing sports bra all the time?

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