As a great man once said,"There's a shortage of perfect breasts in this world. It would be a pity to damage yours."whilst we're not plunging daggers into our chest like The Princess Bride, we certainly don't want to cause ourselves horrendous discomfort by wearing the wrong size bra.
These days, the lingerie industry is much like the fashion industry, bra sizes are all over the place and it can often be hard to make sense of where to shop for the right bra for you. With some retailers ignoring some sizes altogether, and others not quite grasping what exactly makes one size different to the other, it can often be a minefield just getting what may be near to the right size for you, let alone a comfortably fitting one at that.
Thankfully, there are some ways that you can 'ahem' take matters in your own hands to make sure that you're getting the right size for you. First things first, you'll need to get the right measurement for your bra size, not all of us like the idea of being strapped in and sized up by a high street bra fitter (that's often than not, not trained on how to do it correctly), but thankfully there is a way that you can do this for yourself.
Sites like Wiki How have a handy step by step guide, and one that can help explain how the right bra should fit and feel, alongside Invest in your chest, both of which show handy step by step tips to measure to find your size.
Whilst it's important to stress that measuring yourself may not be an exact size, as we all know too well, most sizes actually vary from shop to shop, but it gives you a great starting point for that all important fitting, trying bras on to see what fits you best.
Whether you try on in a shop, or order online to try at home, always try before settling on one bra. The right bra should be snug but comfortable, if it's wired they shouldn't dig in and there should be no side spilling from the armpits, this of course can make finding the right bra a bit of a mammoth task, but persist, as it'll be worth it for the right fitting bra.
The only other problem then is with sizing stocks, some companies like What Katie Did for instance rarely make their bras in A cup sizes, or above a DD, restricting the choice a little if it's a reproduction bra that your after. It's best to check the sizes in stock first, to see if there's a selection around your measured size before ordering and trying them on, so it can often be best to venture on the high street and try at a few shops first to get an idea of what fits you best.
Above all, try, try, try, and if it's not comfortable, don't buy it!
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