Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bra-Vissimo! We've Been Told Countless Times, but Many of Us Are Still Wearing the Wrong Size Bra. Let Katie Wright Hook You Up with Some Expert Top Tips

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bra-Vissimo! We've Been Told Countless Times, but Many of Us Are Still Wearing the Wrong Size Bra. Let Katie Wright Hook You Up with Some Expert Top Tips

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Byline: Katie Wright

IT'S an oft-repeated claim that two-thirds of women wear the wrong size bra, and while that research isn't iron-clad (it was based on a self-reporting questionnaire), an uncomfortable or ill-fitting bra shouldn't be ignored.

"Many women guess their bra size and some stick with the size they've always had, even though their body may have changed shape over the years following pregnancy, losing or gaining weight, or simply because they've got older," says Karen Stottrup-Thomsen, assistant lingerie buyer at John Lewis.

How can you tell if your underwear isn't optimal? Kelly Dunmore, chief lingerie stylist at Rigby & Peller, recommends using the 80:10:10 rule.

"Eighty per cent of the support comes from the band - so you need to make sure it is firm but not tight, 10 per cent comes from the straps, which need to be secure but not suffocating, and 10 per cent from the cups, which need to be secure against your body."

Whether it's too loose or digging in, if your bra doesn't measure up, it's time to take action. Follow our guide to get your best bra fit ever...

SIZE MATTERS ONLINE bra shopping offers a world wide web's worth of lingerie brands and often a larger size range, so it's good for very large or small busts, but you'll need to get handy with a tape measure before you start clicking.

Begin by breathing out and measuring horizontally underneath your bust, and making a note of the measurement in inches. This is your band size. Next, measure around the largest part of your chest, but don't pull too tight. This is the bust size.

Debenhams.com/lingerie, where has a step-by-step measuring guide and table for working out your bra size.

However, you shouldn't automatically start shopping for that size alone.

"The most common fault is wearing a bra that has been too loose on the under-band, therefore your new band size will feel tighter," says Zoe Norman, lingerie buyer at Figleaves.com.

"Try different shapes to see what suits you and what feels comfortable."

Figleaves.com has a troubleshooting tool that uses your current bra size as a starting point to identify the cause of any niggles and suggest a different size that will correct the problem. …

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