Most women wear a bra every single day. I’m one of them. Yet when it comes to what size I am and what kind of bra I should be wearing, I’m completely clueless. I decided to take action.
To help me into the world of proper fitting bras I sat down with Paula and Tammy, bra fitters with over 16 years of experience between them to learn the ins and outs, dos and don’ts of bra fitting, wearing and buying. There were some valuable life lessons that I uncovered and what I learned was extremely useful.
Having never been fitted for a bra myself (they were appropriately shocked when I told them this), there were many questions that I had for my fairy godmothers of brassieres. I wanted to start with the basics, so that next time I was shopping for a new bra I would be a seasoned expert that didn’t settle for something that just got the job done. As well as answer all of my burning questions that I had about this unknown world of extra support and comfort.
1. Why is getting fitted so important?
Getting fitted for the right size bra is often undervalued because we think that no one is going to see it, and we just need something to keep our boobs in place. However, it’s not enough to wear just any old vaguely fitting size.
Tammy and Paula tell me that wearing the wrong size can actually lead to a sore back from lack of support, shoulder indentation from the straps, chaffing around the bust and tearing of the breast tissue. And that’s just the beginning. More importantly they both stress wearing a bra that is the incorrect fit can lead to wire on breast tissue – which just sounds uncomfortable.
The last thing we want is an uncomfortable bra. Image: Dreamworks Pictures.
All uncomfortable feelings aside, the wrong size bra can also leave you feeling a bit off. I know that when laundry day rolls around and I am left wearing the sad, old bra stuffed at the back of my drawer that I don’t embrace the day with confidence. The right bra however, can make a world of difference. Comfort, support and making whatever you’re wearing look that little bit better.