Bra Fitting Guide

The power of a well-fitting bra should never be underestimated, and at Sense Intimates we want to make sure you get the best fit possible so you feel well supported, confident and empowered in your lingerie.

We recommend you book an appointment to be fitted professionally, however, below are some helpful tips to help you find the best fit for you.

Find Your Perfect Fit

When determining how well a bra fits you, there are 3 key areas of your bra we need to evaluate. Follow the checkpoints below to see how well your bra is fitting and what, if any, changes need to be made.

If you have had a mastectomy, the bra should be fitted to your natural breast. 
Quick tip: Stand in front of a mirror so you can see exactly how your bra is sitting.

Bra Fitting Guide - Stage 1 The Band

1. The Band

The band is where 80% of the support comes from so we need to make sure we get this right!

For new bras, you should always fasten on the loosest hook and eye setting. As you wash and wear your bra, it’s normal for it to stretch a little, so starting on the loosest setting allows you to adjust your bra over time to ensure the back band remains firm – and your boobs remain well supported and secure!

Once your bra is on and fastened, the band should fit firmly and securely (without being restrictive) and run horizontally around your back.

If the band rides up at the back, you should try a smaller back size but remember to go up a cup size for your bra to fit the same in the cup.

Example: If the bra you’re currently wearing is a 36D but band is riding up, we suggest trying a 34E next.

Bra Fitting Guide - Stage 2 The Cups

2. The Cups

Once you have your bra on, it’s important to adjust your breasts to ensure all the breast tissue or prosthesis is fully encased in the cups. Simply lean forward slightly, put your hand into the cup and from the side, scoop your breast from under your arm and under your boob to lift it into the cup toward the centre of your body.

The cups should fit smoothly with no bulging at the to or sides, and the wires (if wearing an underwired bra) should go right around the contour of your breast sitting flat against your ribs without digging into your breast tissue. If wearing a wireless bra, the same checkpoints apply, and the seam where the cup connects to the band is your guide.

If the wires at the centre of the cups are sitting away from your body or are sitting on top of your breasts, then your breasts are pushing the bra away meaning the cups are too small. Try going up a cup size but keep the same band size. For wireless bras, the centre of the bra will lift slightly away from the body at the centre but this is ok.

If there is some wrinkling of the cup or gaping, this suggests that the cup size is too big and you should try going down a cup size. Alternatively, the shape of the bra may not be best suited to your shape and it may be worth trying some other styles.

Bra Fitting Guide - Stage 3 Bra Straps

2. The Straps

As the band is the main source of your support, your straps only need to rest on your shoulders but we still need to make sure that they are adjusted properly for optimum support.

Before putting on your bra, adjust the shoulder straps to the half way point – ideally, this is where the straps should sit when on the body and should only need minimal adjusting for a proper fit.

If the straps are digging in or causing discomfort, they should be loosened little by little until you feel comfortable. If they are loosened but you feel like you have lost some support, this may mean that your under bust band is too big and is not giving enough support. Try a smaller under bust size and a cup size bigger.

If the straps are slipping down your shoulders, they are too loose and not giving you the extra support you need. Adjust the straps to a point where it is comfortable for you to run your thumb under the straps and lift them away from your shoulders slightly. If the straps, after being adjusted, are still slipping down your shoulders, this suggests that your band size may be too small. Try going up a band size and down a cup size to compensate.