No bra calculator or fitting method will work for everyone, and when I’ve had emails from readers who ask about how they get painful red marks from their new snug-fitting bands or find their bras are now far too tight to be comfortable, I need to remind them of this simple fact: you can read all the fitting guides in the world but at the end of the day you need to listen to your body – it will tell you if something’s not right.
Only you can tell if you’re comfortable, a blogger, bra fitter or well-wishing forum user can only offer advice.
So, if you’ve read up on fitting yourself from home and have found yourself in this situation, you need to remember that there are so so many body shape factors that affect bra fit, including: ribcage size and shape, breast size and shape, breast tissue firmness, your own personal fitting preferences, bra shape, wire placement, gore placement, I could go on.
It’s also an absolute minefield when so many bras and brands fit differently, and we have to guess the best size when ordering online. It’s a nightmare but you need to know when ‘snug’ becomes far too tight.
So, how do you tell if your bra band is too tight? Read on…
Straining hooks and eyes
Distorted cup shape
A band that digs in painfully
Painful red marks/grooves in the skin
Remember, whether you’re using the +4 method, using an online calculator like those offered by A Sophisticated Pair or Butterfly Collection, or simply following my ‘How to Measure Your Bra Size Yourself’ guide; your body will tell you when a bra doesn’t fit right. And remember – no bra will ever fit the same – brands, styles, even colours can affect bra fit (yes really – the dye can affect fabric tension!), so never assume that all bra sizes are created equal.