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Bra Fitting FAQs


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BRA FITTING

How to find a good fitting bra?

Finding a good fitting bra is essential for achieving your desired fit, shape and level of support. Getting the right fit involves paying attention to your underbust, center panel, cups & wire, and straps.

  • Underbust: This is the primary support for your bust and the anchor for your bra. When sizing yourself, be sure to fasten the underbust on the loosest, or middle hook. This means you can tighten the bra as it wears down the track. You should be able to fit two fingers between the band and your bust, no more no less. This ensures it is firm, but not too tight.
  • Centre Panel: This is the piece of material between the cups, that determines the shape and placement of your breasts. Under most circumstances, it should lie flat against your rib cage.
  • Cups and Wire: These are the secondary support of your bra. They should encompass your breasts, and give you the desired shape, ideal lift and volume. Every woman has one slightly larger than the other, and you should always fit for the larger one.
  • Straps: Straps are the third support for your bust. They should rest on top of your shoulder without digging in. You should be able to fit no more than 3 fingers between the shoulder straps and your body. Adjust the shoulder straps as required.

Once you know your true size you will always be comfortable no matter what the tag says. Better still, you'll be eager to try on new styles and enjoy the confidence each brings. Watch our bra fitting video if you need more help on how to fit your bra properly or find a store and get fitted.

When to get fitted for a nursing bra?

In the lead up to pregnancy, your body is getting ready to produce milk.

At approximately 8 months of pregnancy, your breasts are stabilised enough to be fitted for a nursing bra. This is also likely to be your standard nursing size when you start expressing milk.

Your nursing bra should be stretchy, because your bra size can increase by 2-3 cup sizes within this period. Your bust size will also fluctuate according to your babies feeding amount and patterns.

How to find the right bra for your breast shape?

You can choose a bra that best suits your bust size, and shape. Here are some tips for what style of bra to wear for your breast shape.

  • Breast fullness: Top heavy women should wear full coverage bras to avoid bulge. Try this one.
  • Shallow Breasts: Wear wide balconnet styles if your breasts are spread out and don’t project forwards. Try this balconnette bra.
  • Width: This is where the breasts start on the torso. If it is narrow, you need a small underwire. If it is wide, you need a bigger underwire.
  • Gap between your breasts. If your breasts are close set, the middle section of your bra should be small. If they are wide set, it should be wider.

How to find the right bra size?

Finding the right bra size essential for achieving your desired fit, shape and level of support. Getting the right fit involves paying attention to your underbust, center panel, cups & wire, and straps.

  • Underbust: This is the primary support for your bust and the anchor for your bra. When sizing yourself, be sure to fasten the underbust on the loosest, or middle hook. This means you can tighten the bra as it wears down the track. You should be able to fit two fingers between the band and your bust, no more no less. This ensures it is firm, but not too tight.
  • Centre Panel: This is the piece of material between the cups, that determines the shape and placement of your breasts. Under most circumstances, it should lie flat against your rib cage.
  • Cups and Wire: These are the secondary support of your bra. They should encompass your breasts, and give you the desired shape, ideal lift and volume. Every woman has one breast slightly larger than the other, and you should always fit for the larger one.
  • Straps: Straps are the third support for your bust. They should rest on top of your shoulder without digging in. You should be able to fit no more than 3 fingers between the shoulder straps and your body. Adjust the should straps as required.

Watch our bra fitting video if you need more help on how to fit your bra properly or find a store and get fitted.

Where to go to get fitted for a bra?

A bra that fits you perfectly makes you feel confident, empowered, and comfortably feminine. Getting fitted properly so you'll always find the styles and sizes that are ideal for you. Always remember you could have more than one size, depending on the brand or the style of bra you wear.

You can watch our bra fitting video online or visit a bra fitting specialist in one of our Bendon Stores.

Three simple steps for fitting yourself into the perfect size bra:

  • The under band – ensure it is level at front and the back
  • The cup size – make sure you are fully contained within the cup and wires
  • The straps – fully adjust them to fit your body

How to choose the right bra shape?

You can choose a bra that best suits your bust size, and shape. Here are some tips for what style of bra to wear for your breast shape.

  • Breast fullness: Top heavy women should wear full coverage bras to avoid bulge.
  • Shallow Breasts: Wear wide balconnet styles if your breasts are spread out and don’t project forwards.
  • Root Width: This is where the breasts start on the torso. If it is narrow, you need a small underwire. If it is wide, you need a bigger underwire.
  • Gap between your breasts. If your breasts are close set, the middle section of your bra should be small. If they are wide set, it should be wider.

How to fit a bra?

Fitting your bra correctly is essential for achieving your desired fit, shape and level of support. Getting the right fit involves paying attention to your underbust, centre panel, cups & wire, and straps.

  • Underbust: This is the primary support for your bust and the anchor for your bra. When sizing yourself, be sure to fasten the underbust on the loosest, or middle hook. This means you can tighten the bra as it wears down the track. You should be able to fit two fingers between the band and your bust, no more no less. This ensures it is firm, but not too tight.
  • Centre Panel: This is the piece of material between the cups, that determines the shape and placement of your breasts. Under most circumstances, it should lie flat against your rib cage.
  • Cups and Wire: These are the secondary support of your bra. They should encompass your breasts, and give you the desired shape, ideal lift and volume. Every woman has one breast slightly larger than the other, and you should always fit for the larger one.
  • Straps: Straps are the third support for your bust. They should rest on top of your shoulder without digging in. You should be able to fit no more than 3 fingers between the shoulder straps and your body. Adjust the should straps as required.

Watch our bra fitting video if you need more help on how to fit your bra properly or visit a bra fitting specialist in one of our stores.

How to measure your bra size?

Measuring and fitting your bra size correctly, helps to ensure you have the right support, fit and shape.

  • Underbust: Measure around the body, directly below the bust. This measurement will help you to determine your band size.
  • Overbust: Measure across the fullest part of the breast. This measurement will help you to determine your cup size.

When using the measuring tape, ensure that it sits firmly, flat and straight around your body.

View our online bra size chart to help you measure your exact bra size.