The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Perfect Bra

When you try on a bra, connect the row of hooks that is farthest to the right (that is, the loosest setting). Depending on the material, the base band can stretch up to 5 cm. That’s when you’ll need the remaining rows of hooks.

How the perfect bra should look: a checklist

The base band

90% of the support that a bra provides comes from the base band and only 10% from the straps. The base band should firmly reach around the ribcage but not cut into your skin. Lift up your arms and bend your spine from left to right – the base band should stay in place. The center of the bra should firmly hold the ribcage.

You should be able to fit two fingers underneath the clasp, but no more, otherwise the base band will ride upward after about half an hour of wearing the bra. It should lie completely horizontal across your chest. When you first try it on, it might seem a little tight – this is normal.

The cups

A bra should not only support your bust but also raise it up. There’s a simple test you can carry out to help you determine whether your bra is the right size. Find the middle point between your shoulder and your elbow. This is where your bra should protrude out from your chest the most. If it is lower than this point, tighten up the straps. But remember that they shouldn’t cut into your shoulders or stretch the base band.

Make sure that there isn’t too much weight falling on the bra straps. Lower them from your shoulder slightly; the cups might fall down slightly, but the base band should remain in the same position.

Remember also that you should check the length of the bra straps each day.

One other point: the height of your bust shouldn’t be lower than the lower edge of your bra. A bra is meant to defy gravity.

A correctly chosen bra will help you to appear as though you’ve lost 3-5 kg.

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