I spent a morning with Jen of Alluring Lingerie who showed me her gorgeous range of bras. Even though I’ve been fitted for bras over the recent years, we decided to do another fitting – and guess what – my rib cage has shrunk! Having kids expanded it a bit, but since that’s been a few years, it seems to have reduced in circumference.
So how should a bra fit?
- The band should be horizontal around your rib cage – if it rides up, go down a size (or two). It needs to be firm – most of the support of a bra comes from the band, not the straps.
- The breasts should fill the cup but not spill over – if you get indentation in your breasts from the edge of the bra, try going up a cup size (or two).
- The underwires should sit firmly on the chest, the whole way round, if they dig into your breast under your arm, the cup size may be too small, or it could be that this particular bra is not the right shape for your rib cage. If they don’t sit firmly on your chest at the cleavage, you’ll get a monoboob and not much in the way of separation. This is a real trial and error situation, brands differ and even within a brand some will fit better than others.