Bra shopping: Finding the Right Fit

Certified fitter's tips for finding the right bra

When it comes to bra shopping the choices are endless, but if you ask most women many end up with the wrong one leaving them frustrated and often in pain.

“So many women don't have a clue what size bra what size they wear,” said Andrea Barbera, board certified bra fitter and owner of Bras ‘n Things in Delray Beach.  “They can be too loose, too tight, and the wire can dig into their side.”

Barbera said a major problem with the search for support is that sizes are not universal.

“If you’re a 36 C in one brand, in another you could be a 38 D,” she said. 

That is why Barbera said professional fittings, by a board certified fitter, are crucial. 

“I think it’s one of the most important things you can do,” Barbera said.  “Your shoulders stand better, your whole entire being, it’s not even a matter of just feeling good about yourself, it’s looking a lot better.”

Barbera said once you’re measured, and try on a bra, fitters know exactly what to look for.  Some of the most common problems she said are the straps being too tight, the back portion riding up and the wire cutting into your flesh.  Not only can that be painful, Barbera said, but it can also rob a woman of her confidence.

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