Believe it or not, most women are wearing their incorrect bra size, and it’s likely you are too. Cups that are slightly too big/too small, straps that are too loose or too tight – sound familiar? Finding the perfect fit can be tricky, but it’s something that can be easily fixed with help from a professional bra-fitter! We sat down with Alexandra Vaissière owner of Alexandra Lingerie in the Adelaide Arcade and asked her top-tips on ensuring you’re wearing the right fit…
3 STEPS TO FOLLOW WHEN TRYING ON A BRA
STEP 1: Back
Fasten the band on its loosest hook. It should sit firmly and level around your body.
STEP 2: Shoulders
Adjust the straps. They should feel firm but comfortable.
STEP 3: Cups
Make sure your boobs are completely inside the cups. The wires should lie flat against your ribs and your boobs shouldn’t try to escape from the bottom, the top or the sides of the bra.
HOW TO CHECK IF YOU’RE WEARING AN ILL-FITTED BRA
The under band should not ride up
If the under band is riding up, the back size is too big. To see if the band is firm enough, you should be able to slip three fingers between your back and the band. If you can slip a hand in between, it’s definitely too big.
The straps should be comfortable but not too loose
The straps should be adjusted so that they feel firm but comfortable. If you can put two fingers between the shoulder and the strap, the adjustment is perfect.
The breasts should be totally encased within the wire. The wire should not sit on the breast tissue
If the cup is cutting your breast at the neck edge and the underarm, then a larger cup size is needed. If one breast is bigger than the other, always fit the bigger one.
The wires should sit close to the chest
If the wires stand away from the body at the centre front and dig in the underarm, a larger cup size is needed.
Image Credit: Panache Lingerie
A BIT ABOUT ALEXANDRA
How long have you been working in lingerie?
I’ve been working in Lingerie for the past seven years. Starting out France, I worked for different lingerie companies including the biggest French lingerie-chain before moving to Adelaide and opening my own business in 2015.
What made you want to start your own business?
Lingerie has been my passion since I was 15 years old. Since I was a teenager, I’ve always struggled to find bras in my size.
While I was working in lingerie in France, I was frustrated that the bras I was selling all day weren’t available in my size.
When fitting people, I discovered I wasn’t the only one with bigger breasts. There was a demand for D+ sizes but no where to find them. So I asked myself, why not opening my own shop dedicated to D+ cup?
My husband and I decided to visit Australia and we fell in love with Adelaide.
From a business perspective, I encountered the same problem as I did France where lingerie stores were focused on B to D cup.
So it was the perfect place to open Alexandra Lingerie.