Bra Fitting Advice

A good fitting bra, will lift your bust, enhance your waist, making your figure look slimmer.  So finding the right fitting bra is worth doing, as it will make all the difference to how you feel and how you look.

Below are a few advice tips to help you find the perfect bra for under your clothing. Although our advice  is just a guide if you find that you have a bra that feels nearly right but not perfect , perhaps these tips could help you find the perfect fit.

  • Before you do anything else, you have to check if you’re wearing the right size.
    So put on your best fitting bra, (it is best to use a non-padded bra) find a decent sized mirror and follow these easy steps.
  • The wires at the front, in the middle of your chest (called the centre-front) should lie flat against your body.
  • The wires should sit flat against your rib cage in the crease of your bust with absolutely no lifting away.
  • Breast tissue should be encased completely by the wire. The wire should sit behind breast tissue, under your arms.
  • Cups should fit with no bulging over or gaping at the top.
  • The back-band should sit horizontally cross your body, in line with the wires at the front of your bra.

Your back-band should be nice and snug. You should not be able to pull it more than 2 inches from your back. Your straps should be adjusted in length to give support to the cup but should also be comfortable.

Common Problems and their solutions

  1. Extra fabric at top of bra, your bra should fit perfectly without any puckering of the fabric.  If there is any visible creases in the bra cup the cup is too big (try a smaller cup size).
  2. Shoulder straps digging in, the support from a bra comes from your back band if shoulder straps dig in it is a sign that the back band is too big.  Try a smaller back band (remember if you go down a band size you must go up a cup size).
  3. One of the most common problems is the back band riding up,  If your back band rides up you won’t be getting enough support.  If you can pull the band more than 2 inches you need a smaller back size.
  4. Your band back band should be firm but comfortable.  If your back band hurts and is uncomfortable your back band is too tight, go up a back band but down a cup size.
  5. Do the wires on your bra sit behind your breast, not on it.  The underwire should encase the bust completely and not sit or dig into the breast if it does try a bigger cup size.
  6. Are your busts bulging out over the top and sides of the bra cups, if so try a bigger cup.


The general rule is that if you decide to choose a smaller back size (e.g. from a 36 to a 34) then your cup size goes up by one size (e.g. a D cup becomes a DD cup), therefore if you usually wear a 36D but the back is feeling a little loose, then try a 34DD.

Likewise, if you’d prefer to choose a larger back size as it feels too tight, then your cup size will go down by one size, therefore if you usually wear a 36D, then try a 38C.

If your back size feels fine, but your cup size is too large or too small, then keep with the same back size but just choose a different cup size

Still feeling unsure watch the – bra fitting video