If the Band Don’t Fit…

For many of us, the statistics are familiar — hey we all heard Oprah — 70-85% of women are wearing the wrong size bra. The question is, why?

In this blog, I will seek to uncover some of the reasons why and help shed some light on how to address the issue.

To begin with, many women assume that once they establish their bra size as a young adult, it stays that way forever. In reality, women’s bra sizes change throughout their lives. Every time we gain weight, lose weight, go on or off birth control, or even have our little monthly visitor — not to mention the “biggies” like pregnancy, nursing or menopause — our breast sizes change. A weight fluctuation of as little as 5 pounds can put a woman into a different size. So getting fitted regularly is of the utmost importance. Most lingerie experts will tell you to get fitted by a professional once a year…hey, it’s a lot more fun than that other annual sojourn for us ladies, going to the gynecologist!

Maybe you’re asking why bra fit is so important? For all women, the right fit will have you looking better in your clothes, looking thinner, and preventing sag. For women cup-size D and larger, it can help prevent the physical deformity that comes from wearing the wrong size. Yep, that’s right…physical deformity.

Generally speaking, women wearing the wrong size err by wearing too big a band and too small a cup. When the band is not fitted, it doesn’t do it’s job holding up the girls. So your shoulder straps end up doing all that work. Throw that extra weight on your shoulders day after day, year after year, and you can get the divots next to your collarbone, where your straps dig in. Or you can even a hump in your upper back, as a result of your back having to do too much of the lifting.

Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to figure out if your band is too big. Reach around and slide your hand under your bra strap and pull it away from your back. If you can pull it out more than 2″ then your bra band ain’t doing its job.

Remember…two inches means too loose.

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