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Getting the perfect fit

 



There are four key areas to focus on when shopping for
a new bra. M&S lingerie expert Julia Mercer provides
her step-by-step tips for getting the perfect fit every time.

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GETTING THE PERFECT FIT

KEY FIT AREAS

1 UNDERBAND

The underband should be horizontal across your back. It should be snug but with enough room to fit two fingers underneath it.

2 WIRES

The wires at the front should sit flat at the breastbone between your breasts.

3 CUPS

Your breasts should be fully enclosed in each cup and there should be a smooth line where the cup ends.

4 Straps

The bra straps should be secure, but not tight. If you drop the straps, the bra should stay in the same place.

Problems & Solutions

  • Go up a back size if:

    • The breast tissue under your arms is bulging over the underband

    Go down a back size if:

    • Your breasts are showing beneath the underband
    • The underband is riding up your back
  • Go up a cup size if:

    • The wires are digging into your breast tissue
    • The wires are lifting away from your breastbone

    Go down a cup size if:

    • The wires are slipping down your body, towards your waist
  • Go up a cup size if:

    • Your breasts are spilling out of the cups at the front or under the arms

    Go down a cup size if:

    • The cups are wrinkling or gaping
  • Loosen your bra straps if:

    • They are digging into your shoulders
    • They feel tight and are causing the cups to dig into your breasts, creating a 'double busting' effect

    Tighten your bra straps if:

    • They are slipping off your shoulders.
    • If you have narrow shoulders, avoid balcony bras as these have wide-set straps

caring for your bra

Looking after your bra will help maintain its fit over time.

  • Wash at 40°C
  • Wash light and dark colours separately
  • Use a whites detergent with brightening agents to prevent greying
  • Wash your bras in a delicates bag or pillowcase
  • Line dry padded bras to avoid distorting the cups
  • Re-shape padded bras while damp so they dry in the right shape
  • Store bras upright to avoid crushing. To help the cups keep their shape, twist one cup inside the other