Tips for getting the perfect fitting bra

Is there a bra ‘season’? A particular ‘time of year’ for underwear? If there isn’t then why am I seeing bra promotions wherever I go? I’ve bought no less than three bras in as many days and I think it’s down to the weather. summer fashion - underwear tips for getting a perfect fitting bra_-12Just the thought of last-year’s bra strap poking out from under a stappy cami top has sent me running to the shops to buy some new summery sets of underwear. Do you find you start thinking about new bras when the sun comes out too?

I headed to BHS for my new smalls as they currently have an offer on bras to get £5 off when you buy any two bras – hence my stocking up at this time of year. I rarely buy underwear online as I can never be sure of getting the right fit without a proper trying-on session so I headed into town and for my nearest BHS shop.

I was actually quite surprised by the selection available in store, their range has grown and the bigger bras section is looking better than ever. There was a massive collection of really pretty bras in all shapes and sizes so it was easy for me to pick out a few summery designs that I liked the look off. I headed to the changing room and was offered help from their bra fitting team to get the right fit.

I’ve never really known how bra-fitting works (it all seems rather mathematical for me!) so it’s always been a case of trial-and-error in the past but this time I found out my proper measurements and actually went down a band size! The in-store bra fitting service is free (I spotted the sign just before heading into the changing room) but if you’d rather shop from home here’s BHS’s video of how to measure yourself to get the best fit:

Their top tips for checking the fit include:

  1. Is the underband is riding up at the front or back of the bra? If so you’ll need a smaller band size.

  2. If you’re spilling out the cups at the top or sides you should try a bigger cup size or a different style.

3. Check the underwire is sitting close to the body and if there are any gaps in the centre or digging in at the sides you’ll need a bigger cup.

  1. If the straps are digging in this means that the underband is not supporting you properly so you may need a smaller size.

After finding out how to get the perfect fit I decided on a shortlist of favourites including a pretty pink floral bra and a cute t-shirt bra in a fresh mint lace for only £12. Even though neither of these bras were currently in stock in my new size I was able to order them online and they were delivered to my home this week.

I’m ready for summer now – bring on the strappy tops! Do you also love to buy new underwear for the summer season? What style do you go for to wear with camis and vest in the summer? Have you ever had a bra fitting and found out that you were a completely different size?? Let me know by leaving me a comment below 🙂

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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