Bra Q&A: Your Biggest Bra Questions Answered

Bra Q&A: Your Biggest Bra Questions Answered

You’ve got bra questions, we’ve got answers: Introducing our very first Bra Q&A, where we tackle the biggest concerns you have when it comes to buying, wearing and caring for your bras.

Frequently Asked Bra Questions

Q: How do I know if my bra fits right?

bra questions

A: There are several ways to tell if your bra fits. Start with these:

Cups: Breasts should sit comfortably in the cups. There should be no overflow at the tops or sides. There should also be no extra space in the top of the cup.

Band: The band is where most of the support comes from in a bra—not from the straps—so making sure this part fits is very important. The band should fit snugly (but not tightly) on the outermost set of hooks. That way, when your band stretches out, you can wear on the tighter set of hooks.

Gore: The gore is the piece of fabric in the center of the cups. When the bra fits correctly, the gore should lay flat against your skin. If it doesn’t, the gore will be raised and away from the body.

Straps: The straps shouldn’t pinch or hurt, and they should not be supporting most of the weight—this is the job of the band. They also shouldn’t slip or fall down. Look for bras with wide-set straps or a U-back—this will help them stay in place. Textured or pleated straps will also help keep the adjustment from slipping.

Q: How do I measure to find my bra size?

how to measure your bra size

A: Here are instructions on how to measure yourself for a bra:

Step 1: Wearing a non-padded bra, stand in front of a tall mirror so you can see everything clearly.

Step 2: First take a measuring tape and wrap it around the fullest part of your breast and record the measurement in inches. Be sure not to pull the tape measure too tight—comfortable fit is all you need.

Step 3: To get your band measurement, wrap the measuring tape around your ribcage directly under your breasts, all the way around your body. Again, try not to pull the tape too tight.

Step 4: To calculate your cup size, subtract your band size from your bust measurement and refer to chart. Find the difference in the chart below to determine cup size.

bra size measurements

 

Q: I have a larger bust/cup size. Can I wear a strapless bra?

full cup strapless bra

A: Yes!

There are many strapless bra options out there that will support a larger cup size. The key is to look for a style with a wide, sturdy back band and non-slip silicone trim along the interior neckline. Extra boning at the sides will also help keep your full cup strapless bra in place.

bra questions strapless bra

Elila Molded Strapless Bra, $67 Available up to size 46I

 

Q: Can I put my bra in the dryer?

lingerie care

A: Typically, the answer is no.

Bras tend to be delicate—soft, light materials like lace and embroidery should always be laid flat to dry. Even sports bras should be air dried since sweat-wicking fabrics can lose their abilities if they’re exposed to high heat. When in doubt, always check the care tag and follow the manufacturer’s suggested washing instructions. No tag? Hand wash in cool water with a gentle detergent and lay flat to dry. Follow our how-to washing instructions here.

Q: How often should I replace my bras?

bra questions

A: It depends.

The longevity of your bra can depend on the quality, frequency of wear, and how well you take care of it. Look for common signs of wear. Does your band feel loose and stretched out? Is the material dirty or stained? Is the underwire poking out of the cups? If you answered yes to any of those questions, it’s time to buy a new bra.

 

Have any questions we didn’t cover? Share them with us in the comment below!

 



7 thoughts on “Bra Q&A: Your Biggest Bra Questions Answered”

  • I am a bigger gal with smaller breasts and have a hard time finding bras that fit. And I wouldn’t mind a little padding to look better in my clothes. Also, any other instructions I have seen for measuring said for band size measure snugly around the back but above the breasts. If I measure according to your instructions I wear a 38B, but that size isn’t big enough around. In the past I have bought bras and then tailored them to fit. Any suggestions? Please reply privately to my email.

  • My biggest problem with bras is the straps slipping off my shoulders, mainly on one shoulder (I think it’s lower than the other one). I’ve tried a couple of yours, but they didn’t work. I’m looking for one that has good elastic straps, I think. Any other solutions, suggestions?

    • Hi Cheryl,

      We’d love to recommend a few bras for you! If you have time, please give us a call toll-free at 1-844-443-5021. Our bra experts will gladly recommend a few bras with good elastic straps for you in your size.

      Thanks,
      The Brayola Team

  • I love the warners no side effects bras. The problem I have is when I shorten the straps as soon as I put it the straps go right back to normal. Any ideas to stay in place when I shorten the strap?

    • Hi Cathy,

      Thanks for the comment! Sorry to hear your straps aren’t staying put. Have you had the bra a while? Sometimes the straps can get stretched out over time. If it’s a new bra, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our customer service team at 1-844-443-5021. In the meantime, a touch of double-sided tape might do the trick 😉

      The Brayola Team

  • I just ordered 3 bras from you and although I love them, they do not fit well…I ordered 40c because my bras I had, were 40d cup and we’re huge on me. I am so confused on what size I need…your c cups are too small for me…

    • Hi Rebecca,

      Thanks for commenting! So sorry to hear the bras didn’t fit right. Would you be able to give us a call (toll-free) at 1-844-443-5021? Our Bra Experts are standing by to help you with any size-related questions and also to help recommend the styles and/or brands that would fit you best.

      Look forward to hearing from you,
      The Brayola Team

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