During your lifetime, your bra size will change a number of times. Find out how to make sure you're always getting the perfect fit
With so many factors affecting breast size (excess weight, medication, contraceptive pills, menstrual cycle, weight loss, weight gain, pregnancy and menopause to name a few!) it's important to buy new bras every year to make sure you're wearing the correct size for your current shape.
When you're buying a new bra, check the following:
Underband is sitting horizontally around the body - you should be able to fit two fingers under the band comfortably
Centre front of bra should sit flat against the chest
Bust is contained fully within cup
Seams or wires are not digging into/resting on any breast tissue (front or under the arm)
Straps are secure but not tight. If you remove bra straps, bra continues to support the breast
All Marks & Spencer bras are machine washable at 40°C. If your bras were purchased elsewhere, please follow the care instructions on their labels.
Wash light and dark colours separately.
Whites need a specific whites detergent (containing brightening agents to prevent greying).
To minimise buffeting in the washing machine, try putting your bras in a washbag or pillow case.
Padded bras last longer if they’re line dried. Tumble drying can distort the foam structure. Re-shape while damp.
Store bras flat in a drawer and for foam bras twist the cups so they sit one cup inside the other, which avoids turning one of the cups inside out.
For best support and elasticity, bras usually last for one year.