We’ve all been there; struggling with a rising back strap, yanking at pinching cups and tugging at wires determined to dig in. So how do you find the right bra size and shape for you?
'A bra that fits correctly is the backbone of a great wardrobe'
Of course, getting the right measurements are essential, but it’s also worth considering the shape and style of your bra. If your breasts are fuller on the bottom than the top for example, a half-cup bra can be more flattering than a full-cup.
Luckily, our George lingerie expert, senior buying manager Charlotte Ratcliffe is on hand to help. She said: 'Your body and bust size are constantly changing, so you need to check the fit of your bra every six months,’ she advises.
‘A bra that fits correctly is the backbone of a great wardrobe. It should make you feel confident and comfortable – in fact, you should feel like you’re not wearing a bra at all!’
The underband should be flat
Also known as the back strap, if you’ve found the right size bra the underband will lie straight and smooth across your back, pressing against your skin without pinching. Charlotte says: 'Wires should sit flat on your body and not dig in. I’ve seen many women wear the wrong cup size. If it’s too small, you get a “double-bust” effect, or bulges under the arms. The solution is usually to go for the next cup size up. If there’s excess fabric in the cup, however, go down a cup size.’
The straps shouldn’t dig
The straps are there to give the underband a helping hand, rather than to take on the full weight of your boobs. Charlotte says: 'These are key for support. Adjust each strap while wearing your bra and tighten if it slips off.’
The front should lie flat
The centre front of a good bra should lie flat against your sternum (breast bone), without digging into your boobs. 'This should sit flat against the ribcage,' Charlotte says. 'If the wires dig into your breasts, go for a bigger cup size.'
The cups are smooth
The right size cup is above all, comfortable. There shouldn’t be any ‘side boob’ spilling over the sides, and your boobs should fit in the cup without bulging over the top. 'Your boobs should sit fully in the cups,' Charlotte tells us. 'If they spill out, get a bigger cup size. If the cups gape, go smaller.’
The wires don’t dig
If an underwired bra is digging into your skin and boobs from under your arms, it’s often the cause of a too small wire pushing your boobs forward. Try swapping the bra for a different style, until you find one that ticks all the boxes.
The shape is flattering
Balcony, plunge, strapless, full-cup, half-cup; not every bra shape works for everyone. While it’s a good idea to keep trying on lots of different styles in the right size to find what works for you, another great tip is to pop your clothes back on while testing a new bra. Look at the shape of your boobs in a mirror from the front and the side, to see if it’s flattering and giving you the profile you want.
Every year in the UK, around 55,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer; however, early diagnosis can result in around a 99% chance of survival. That’s why we have committed to donate £500,000 from the sales of George bras to Tickled Pink, our campaign that helps fund two UK charities, Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now. Over the past 22 years, £60 million has been raised but there’s still time to add to that. Learn how to check your own breasts here.