We wear them everyday, put them to the test, and expect them to last – often much longer than other items in our wardrobe.
And yet, for many women, shopping for a bra is a rushed and stressful experience – which means we often end up with ill-fitting and poorly thought out underwear.
To help you in your process to buy the perfect bra, FEMAIL spoke with Paula Svoboda, a fitting expert for Triumph, which revealed the seven steps to the perfect fit.
The expert – whose over 15 years of industry experience has earned her the title of “The Bra Whisperer” – also revealed the number one mistake we make when shopping for bras, that is, we are wearing the right size when it is far from the case.
FEMAIL spoke with Paula Svoboda, a fit expert for Triumph to learn about the seven steps to the perfect bra fit (pictured)
Paula also revealed the major mistake we all make when it comes to buying a bra (stock image), which is like wearing the wrong size for most of our lives.
According to Paula, the most important thing that you, as a customer, should know before going out to buy a bra is that it’s not something you can get rid of in a matter of minutes.
“You have to spend some time buying bras,” Paula told FEMAIL. “Don’t try to buy a new strapless bra for your new cocktail dress during your 20-minute lunch break. You will end up being frustrated and disappointed.
She also said that if you’re currently wearing a bra and it’s uncomfortable or the wire is digging in, it’s because it’s the wrong size:
“It’s completely realistic to expect the right bra to be comfortable,” she explained. “These are not instruments of torture to be endured throughout the working day, to be ripped off the minute you walk through the door at night.”
Paula added that if the underwire digs into your front or back, if your bra pulls up your back, or if you have neck or back pain, you may be wearing a bra from the back. bad size.
Paula said if the underwire digs into your front or back, your bra pulls up your back, or your neck or back hurts, you may be wearing a bra from the back. bad size.
Are you wearing the wrong size bra?
* If your bra band is rubbing, your breasts are too big for the bra.
* Likewise, if your band is on the tightest hook and you can still slide it off easily, then your bra is too big
* Check your straps – if they dig into your shoulders or constantly drop and need to be tightened, your bra is not fitting properly.
* Just because you wear one size in one store doesn’t mean you’ll have the same size in all stores.
* If you have a breast bulge, either on the front or the sides of your bra, it doesn’t look good on you.
* Try to get a professional fit every six months and wear your bra tight to ensure the best fit and freedom of movement.
* Increase the shelf life of your bras by washing them in a laundry bag and avoiding the dryer.
So what should you do instead, if you want to invest in lingerie but don’t know where to start?
For Paula, seeing a professional first and foremost, embarrassing as that may be.
“Seek the help of lingerie specialists and remember that no two bras provide the exact same level of support or fit the same, even if they have the same. same size on the label. “
She noted that sizes change between brands and “sometimes even within different styles of the same brand”.
“We all love a beautiful bra, but if it doesn’t offer the right support, it doesn’t help you at all,” she said.
” To make sure the fit is correct, check that the bra is not rubbing or sagging, that the back of the bra is flush with the front, that the frame is flat against your body and that your breasts fill the cup without excess flesh coming out on the top or sides.
“Once that is correct, then you can work to find the perfect fit and balance.”
The ‘bra whisperer’ said it is important to see a specialist, even if it bothers you (stock image)
The seven stages of the perfect cut, revealed by a faucet specialist
1. As a fitting specialist, determine a woman’s height by measuring her or with your eyes.
2. Find out what type of bra she’s looking for, whether it’s a minimizer, bustier, non-wired or sports bra.
3. Put the bra on the woman and adjust accordingly, clipping in the middle and adjusting the straps.
4. Check all areas for a snug fit – make sure the back has enough room, the thread is out of the breast tissue, and the breasts are aligned in the cup in the front (no four breasts, just of them).
5. Explain to the client how the fit is right for her, how she supports and shapes her breasts, and the features and benefits of the bra.
6. Make sure the woman is totally happy and ask her about colors and other styles – and if she needs panties.
7. Invite her to come back for another fitting.
When it comes to the perfect fit, Paula said there are seven stages she – as a fitting specialist – will go through in her head.
“First of all, you need to establish a woman’s height by measuring her or with your eyes,” she said.
Paula confessed that after fitting women’s bras for the past 15 years, she can normally identify a woman’s size at a glance.
“The second thing I’m going to do is find out what type of bra she’s looking for, whether it’s a minimizer, strapless, non-wired or sports bra.”
Third, she will put the bra on the woman “and adjust accordingly, clipping in the middle and adjusting the straps.”
“Check all areas for a perfect fit – make sure the back has enough room, the thread is out of the breast tissue, and the breasts are flush with the cup in the front (no four breasts, just two) “she said.
“Fifth, explain to the client what the fit is for her, how it supports and shapes her breasts, and the features and benefits of the bra.
“Sixth, make sure the woman is totally happy and ask her about colors and other styles and if she needs panties.”
Finally, said Paula, it might be a good idea to invite her to “come back for another try-on”.
All kinds of things, including the stage of your cycle, can influence the size of your breasts on any given day. Therefore, it is worth checking out on another day.
“Ill-fitting bras are not only uncomfortable, but they can also lead to back, shoulder, chest or neck pain,” Paula said (stock image)
Finally, the major mistake we make when shopping is predictable: we buy the wrong bra:
“The most common mistake women make is choosing the wrong size bra,” Paula concluded.
“Ill-fitting bras are not only uncomfortable, they can also lead to back, shoulder, chest or neck pain.
“Worse, not getting the right support can cause your breasts to sag irreversibly. Women believe that sagging is often due to the size of your breasts, but it is not.
“The stress of movement on the chest is what causes fat tissue and ligaments to stretch and sag over time, regardless of your size. Even if you are an A cup, it is as important to wear a bra that holds properly as if you were an E cup. ‘
Triumph is a bra expert, with over 130 years of experience fitting and supporting women of all shapes and sizes.