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The following steps explain how to put on a bra the correct way. Wearing your bra properly is as important as finding the correct bra to wear. Take these steps:
There are ways to know that your bra sizing is incorrect. Some immediate signs are:
Did you know that most women are currently wearing the wrong size bra? Industry experts say between 70% and 80% of women don't wear the correct size. It is common for your size to change with pregnancy, new exercise programs or weight change. Industry experts recommend that you have a bra fitting every 6 to 12 months. To make sure you correctly determine bra size, check that:
1. The back of your bra does not ride up, otherwise the underband may be too big and you could need a smaller size.
2. Your bra straps are not falling down or digging into your shoulders. If they are, you may need to adjust them, use wider straps or use shoulder savers.
3. You don't overflow the top of your bra. If you do, but the bra feels fine everywhere else, the bra cup size is too small.
4. Your finger can pass under the band in front. Your bra should be comfortable but not tight, otherwise you need a larger band size or you must fasten your bra at the next looser hook.
5. The middle of your bra lies as flat as possible against your breastbone for a comfortable fit.
Wearing the wrong bra size can result in unsightly bumps, bulges, backaches, neck strain, headaches, rashes and more. When your bra does not support your breasts, they pull at the tissue in your chest. This tissue pulls from the chest wall and under your arm, resulting in neck strain. Muscles pulled in your shoulders from drooping breasts cause headaches because of reduced blood flow to the head.
The extra weight from your breast area also puts more pressure on your back. Avoid these problems by using a bra size calculator to get the correct bra fit.
A proper bra fitting takes the strain off your chest wall, shoulders, neck, back, and allows you to breathe and sustain proper blood flow throughout your body.
The process of how to determine bra size consists of two numbers:
Some manufacturers offer a bra cup size in half size options as well as regular sizes to help get the right fit. If you want to know how to measure your bra size, consult with a bra retailer. Most use a measuring tape to get accurate numbers from around your bust area. For added convenience, Playtex® has a downloadable tape measure on their site playtexbras.com.
Remember that by measuring bra size, you get the combination of the right cup and band size -- which is what you need to get a perfect fit.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|