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How-to shop for bras can be a foreign concept to some.

How to find a good fitter

A good fitter is very important.

Scoop and swoop

Main article: scoop and swoop

Make sure to use the scoop and swoop when trying on bras.

What to look for in a supportive bra

Seamstyles

These bras by Curvy Kate illustrate different seam-styles. Left: vertical seams. Right: diagonal seams.

There are several features which can help identify a supportive bra.

  1. Seams. In a maximally supportive cup, there will be seams. Seams running either vertically or diagonally provide increasing support for larger, heavier breasts, with diagonal seams considered the most supportive.[1] And with advances in production technology, seams now provide an excellent, natural-appearing shape, meaning aesthetics do not necessarily need to be sacrified for function.
  2. Well-joined back straps. The best bras for larger busts have back straps which are not simply "tacked on" to the band, but continue along the band all the way to the closure.[2] This type of strap join is called a leotard strap, and helps distribute the weight of the breasts throughout all regions of the band.
    ThinAndCurvy-BraBandSizeComparison

    Thin and Curvy's comparison of two sister sizes to her correctly-fitting bra.[3]

  3. Snug-fitting band. The importance of a snugly-fitting band cannot be emphasized enough, as the band is where the most support comes from. Sister sizes may do in a pinch, but for complete support, the proper-fitting bra is unmatched.

See also

References

  1. The Gleaner: "Find The Cup That Fits"
  2. The Lingerie Addict: "What Should Busty Ladies Look for in a Bra?"
  3. Thin and Curvy: "Where to find 26 and 24 band bras, and a review of Ewa Michalak/Effuniak"
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