Finding the right bra or swimsuit for your needs can be tricky which is why we’ve created this guide which offers hints and tips on things to consider to help make sure you know your bra or swimsuit fits correctly.
Adjust hook and eye closure to tighten, loosen straps or try a smaller band size (38 instead of 40).
My band digs in?
Order one band size larger (40 instead of 38), this may mean you need a smaller cup. Alternatively, opt for a bra with a wider band. Choosing a larger cup size may also help.
The sides bulge?
Order one band size larger (40 rather than 38) or choose a style that provides more cup coverage.
Order one cup size larger (E to F) or one band size larger (38 to 40). Choose a full cup rather than a half cup.
If cups wrinkle at tip?
Opt for a larger cup size.
Shorten straps and avoid stretchy fabrics. Choose a firmer support style with rigid straps and cups with more sections as this will give more support.
Order one cup size larger (E to F) or try a non-wired soft cup style.
Loosen bra straps or opt for a bra with wider, or padded straps. Tighten the band to take pressure off the shoulders.
If you have narrow shoulders, choose a bra style with straps closer to the neck. Alternatively, choose a bigger cup size.
What's the best way to try a bra on?
Put the bra on the loosest hook to start with so that it can be tightened as the bra starts to give after been worn a few times. Adjust the shoulder straps to ensure they are neither too loose nor too tight. If the band feels too tight then try going up a size (38 to 40). If the cups feel too small then try a larger cup size (E to F). When trying on a new bra always wriggle the shoulders to ensure the straps do not slip.
If you are pregnant then your breasts will experience some changes through your pregnancy and after the birth during the nursing stage and it is important that you are wearing a well fitted bra. It's advisable to have a professional fitting at about 3 or 4 months into the pregnancy and then again at about 7 months. During pregnancy, breast become fuller, heavier and more sensitive. The bras that you wear through pregnancy need to be: * Comfortable. * Flexible. * Provide good support. * The cups should provide good coverage. * A cotton cup lining is preferable. * Bras should not have seams that irritate the breasts or nipples. * The back of the bra should not ride up. * Have comfortable soft straps that don't dig into the shoulders.
At what stage should I buy a nursing bra?
Sometime close to the birth. Your rib cage will expand during pregnancy and contract after birth so your bra size is likely to change. It is important to wear a well fitting bra during nursing.
What should I do if my bra size is not shown (DD, FF, GG, HH, JJ)?
If your size is not shown then please choose the next size up.
When should I have a bra fitted?
Experts recommend that women should have a bra fitted regularly. There are a number of occasions in a women's life when you should consider having a bra fitting:
- During pregnancy.
- After pregnancy.
- When you lose weight.
- When you gain weight.
- When undertaking an exercise regime.
- After any type of surgery that may increase or decrease the size of your breasts.
- When your bra feels too small.
- When your bra feels too big.
If you would like any help and advice about having a bra fitting then you can contact the AmpleBosom.com office and one of the team will be more than happy to advise you.
A Guide For Swimsuits
I'm very tall
Opt for a bigger band size and a smaller cup.
I'm very short
Opt for a smaller band size and bigger cup.
Please note: swimsuits sold by bra size are for people who are 5'5". Don't ask me why, they just are!
I am looking for a swimsuit that will hold in my tummy and make me look slimmer
Tweka Swimwear have a colourful range of slimming swimsuits.
Miraclesuit manufacture the swimsuit which makes you ‘look 10lb less in 10 seconds’. These swimsuits slim and sculpt your figure for a smooth silhouette. Miratex fabric is used in many of their collections and this has three times the lycra of normal swimsuits.
I'm a regular swimmer and looking for a chlorine resistant swimsuit
Tweka produce chlorine resistant swimsuits.
My swimsuit doesn't give a good fit around the bottom
We recommend that if this happens then you can try choosing a smaller back size and a bigger cup to accommodate the bust and give the bottom a snug fit.
We hope these tips about swimwear help you find swimwear that is comfortable and supportive.