Did you know?
- 50% of women have never been fitted for a bra.
- A whopping 37% of women won’t try on a bra before they buy it.
- The average woman owns seven bras but none of them is a good fit.
Here are some signs that you’re wearing the wrong size bra and how to fix it:
The band of your bra rides up your back.
This means the bottom band is too big so try a smaller band size. For example, move from a 36 to 34 size.
Your breasts spill out the cup creating that dreaded ‘double boob’ effect.
You need to wear a bigger cup size. For example, try a C-cup instead of a B-cup.
The underwire lifts away from your body between your breasts.
The cup is too small, so try a bigger cup size. Try a C-cup instead of a B-cup, for example.
The fabric on the cup has wrinkles.
This means the cup is too big, so try a smaller cup size for a smoother look. Try a B-cup instead of a C-cup, for example.
The straps dig into your skin and leave marks.
This means you’re not getting enough support around your body so the straps are overcompensating. Many times the straps are also too tight. Go down a band size to get the lift and correct support you need. For example, move from a 36 to a 34.
So, how do you find your perfect fit? Ideally, you don’t just want a comfortable fit, you also want something that creates a flattering silhouette. This is all possible if you use the handy Playtex sizing chart to find your match.
If you have small breasts that don’t require much of a lift, you can take your measurements while naked. Alternatively, wear a non-padded bra to centre your breasts before taking your measurements.
Find your perfect fit in 3 steps
While you can measure yourself, having your measurements taken by another person is the most accurate way to do it and you’ll find all large Playtex retailers, for example, Edgars and Truworths, offer the service for free. Remember that you will need to remove any bulky clothing to make sure that the measurements are correct.
Step 1 – Your band size
Measure your bottom band size in centimetres by fitting the measuring tape snuggly around your rib cage, just below your bust.
Step 2 – Your cup size
To figure out your cup size, measure your overbust by fitting the measuring tape gently yet firmly around your bust at the fullest point.
Step 3 – The sizing chart
Use Playtex’s online sizing chart to find the merger between your bottom band measurement and overbust size, and it will reveal your best-fitting bra size.
Once you’ve found your true bra size, shopping for underwear is no longer a tiresome exercise in guesswork and you don’t have to worry about leaving the shop with something that’s uncomfortable and unflattering.
Top tip: Be sure to re-measure yourself at least every six months as your bra size may change many times throughout your lifetime thanks to changes in weight and hormonal shifts.
To find the handy sizing chart and more information, visit the Playtex website at www.playtex.co.za
Playtex has been helping women find their perfect fit since 1962. To date, the company employs over 800 South African employees, has a local manufacturing plant and is the largest manufacturer of underwear in the country.
Playtex strives to provide South African women with comfortable, supportive, superior quality underwear that’s both feminine and flattering. Best of all? They’re made in South Africa!