The Importance of Bra Fitting
The Importance of Bra Fitting
The bodies of women come in so many unique shapes and sizes, it is important to find clothing and undergarments that make you feel comfortable. The month of October is dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness and a time for women to really consider what makes them feel comfortable in their own bodies! When it comes to choosing the right bra, it can be overwhelming, especially due to the changes women see in their bodies throughout their lives. Breast cancer survivors in particular may experience drastic changes in breast size. Finding the right-sized bra can make you feel empowered.
Your Changing Cups
Though there is no scientific evidence that supports a correlation between breast cancer and wearing a bra, breast cancer survivors are among those who experience size changes in their breasts. You may experience changes based on your menstrual cycle, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or any surgeries where your breast size is reduced or increased. More than 70% of women wear the incorrect bra size, which can cause them to have the wrong bra fitting and lead them to feel uncomfortable and have a negative body image.
How to Measure
In order to find the right size for you, you need to take two measurements. Many department stores typically have a specially trained fitter that will take your measurements for you. Like most garments, bra sizes will vary depending on who makes them. The two measurements you must take for a good fit are your band measurement, around your rib cage and under the breast tissue, and the breast measurement that includes your breast tissue. The breast measurement will tell you your cup size. Bands range everywhere from 28-56 inches and cup sizes range from AA cups to L cups.
Your Cup Measurement
Calculating your cup measurement is simple! Once you measure your band and your breasts, simply subtract! When you subtract the breast measurement from your band measurement, the difference is how we get the cup size. For example, if the difference is 0, then you have an AA cup. A 1-inch difference is A, a 2-inch difference is B, and so on.
What is a Good Fit?
During a bra fitting, finding the right fit is a matter of knowing what to look for when trying them on! Here are a few signs of a good-fitting bra:
- The band fits on the loosest set of hooks. Bras have numerous hooks in the back that allow you to make it tighter. The elastic in the band is designed to stretch over time and the hooks allow you to tighten the band as the elastic wears down.
- The cups should stay in place as you move your arms above your head.
- The cups should hold all of your breast tissue without any spilling over
- The shoulder straps should not be digging into your shoulder.
- The under band should be level and should not be higher in the back
Bra fitting is just one part of being self-aware when it comes to your breasts. Knowing your body is important in the fight against breast cancer. You can perform self-breast examinations at home as a way to protect your breast health. According to the Mayo Clinic, even though self-examinations are not the most accurate way to detect breast cancer, many women report that the first time they realized something was off was when they discovered a lump on their own. Talk to your doctor about any abnormalities you may feel.