Most of us don’t realise we’ve been wearing an ill-fitting bra until we finally put on one that actually does the job. Suddenly all the little faults that you’d become used to – the digging in straps, the not-quite-as-lifty-as-you’d-like support – are emphasised and you wonder how you ever coped or accepted it.
Reassuringly though you’re not alone. In fact, experts say that up to 80 per cent of women are wearing an ill-fitting bra.
Fortunately there are a few giveaway signs to look out for that your bra might not be, erm, supporting you as it should. And if any of them sound familiar, it’s time to get yourself to an expert fitter at the Myer Fitting Event to get sorted.
1. The straps dig in.
Uncomfy straps that leave dents on your shoulders are a surefire sign your bra isn’t giving your boobs the support they need, leaving it up to the straps alone to do the heavy lifting. In fact, straps should really only be doing 10 per cent of the work, with the band responsible for the rest.
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2. You’re constantly readjusting.
If you’re constantly having to attempt to sneakily fix your bra, whether at the band or the straps, it’s likely a sign it’s either too big or too small. If adjusting the straps to tighten doesn’t fix the problem, it’s time visit a bra fitter to fit you in the right bra.
3. You’ve got over-spill.
Boobs are great but no-one wants more than two. If your bra is giving you double boob (or a uni-boob) by cutting into your breasts, it’s time to move on. A great way to test this is looking at your chest closely when you’ve got a t-shirt on - any unwanted breast bulges will be immediately noticeable.
4. Your boobs are south facing.
An expertly fitted bra is almost like an instant boob lift, minus the needles. If your boobs are south facing no matter how much you tighten the straps, replace it with one that supports and shapes.
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5. The back band rides up.
Take a look in the mirror at the band of your bra - is it sitting flat and horizontally across your back? If you find it keeps riding up, it means it’s too big and you should probably consider going down a band size.