Bra Shopping: Rules of Thumb

Wearing the right bra that properly fits your back and bust will visually slim and trim your waistline. It’s as easy as getting the right measurements and remembering to tighten your straps. Most of the support should be coming from your bra band and the cups shouldn’t wrinkle or dig into your skin. You’ll be amazed by how much a well-fitting bra can transform your figure, posture, and confidence.

If you haven’t measured your bra size in over 6 months, pull out your measuring tape. Measure the fullest part of your bust, then right below your chest. The number of inches around your rib cage is your band size. Subtract your band measurement from your bust measurement to find your cup size in inches. A 1 inch difference means an A cup, 2 inches is a B cup, and so on. For example, if you are 36 inches across your bust and 32 inches below, your bra size is 32D. A good bra-fitter at a lingerie shop or some great advice from lingerie blogs can help you learn more about sizing and fitting bras.

For C cups and above, underwires help support the weight. Padded and push-up bras can help boost cleavage in smaller busts. Demi-cup bras are perfect for medium bust sizes. Women with big busts now have more options for gorgeous and supportive lingerie than ever!

In the right bra, your breasts should be held between the elbow and shoulder. This will bring out your waist by separating the bust and hip. Well-constructed shapewear can slenderize and elongate the waist by lifting and cinching. Shapewear companies like American Shapewear offer a huge selection of supportive lingerie and foundation garments in a wide range of sizes. For curvy women who need functional, fashionable underwear, it’s a great place to shop!