I always wondered if I was wearing the right size, so, I decided it was time to put the girls to the test by meeting with Fredrika Zappe, the Eveden National Fit Expert.
Arriving in her office, the willowy former dancer told me that we’re going to go through all the steps of a proper bra fitting, which meant inspecting the bra I was currently wear. Lordy, let’s hope the elastic isn’t fraying!
Didn’t matter. Within seconds Freddy was telling me everything wrong with the one I had on.
“The band is too loose on your back,” she declared. “It should fit snugly across the back and be parallel to the floor, at the same level all around the torso. If it rides up in the back, you probably need to go down in band size. It should anchor the weight of the breasts to give the best support possible.”
Freddy wasn’t done. Not even close.
“Here,” she said, pointing to the side seam of my cup, “This should be hitting bone, which means the underwire should sit behind, not on top of, the breast tissue, ensuring that the breasts are fully supported.”
As for the middle of the bar, Freddy declared, “the center front of the bra should lie flat against the breastbone. This is called ΓÇ£tackingΓÇ¥ and will help to support the breasts along with the band. If the breast tissue is spilling out of the cup, whether over the top, underneath or at the sides, the cup is simply too small, and we need to go up.”
Freddy announced that I needed to go down in band size and up in cup, which usually makes me freak out. But seriously girls, it’s nothing to fear.
“At 32D is actually equivalent to a 34C and a 36C and so on,” Freddy explained, adding that having the correct band size means more emphasis can be placed on having the breast tissue distributed in the right fashion for maximum support and shaping.
It was then time to try on my new smaller band/expanded cup size. Freddy pulled out the cutest pink and green bra. After fastening the back, she instructed me to “Scoop your breast with your opposite hand to get it properly placed. Then windshield wiper the front so there’s no unsightly cleavage bulge.”
Placed in a 30E, yes, E. It fit perfectly.
Want to know more about wearing a properly fitted bra? Check it out this handy online guide at theholyfit.com.