Do you know how often to get bra fitting? Do you even remember the last time you measured your bra size? Chances are, it was more than a year ago, if not longer - and that’s why you’re probably wearing the wrong bra size.
According to lingerie experts, if you're not getting fitted at least every six months, you're doing something wrong, because even if you swear your breasts don't change in size or shape, they do.
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Sharon Bell, Head of Product & Design at Ultimo, a quintessentially British lingerie brand, told us: ‘We recommend that you get professionally fitted every six months’.
Why? Because your breasts, like the rest of your body, fluctuate with weight changes. 'Breasts can alter in size due to hormonal changes, or through weight gain or loss,’ she says.
How often to change bras
Debby Duckett, Buying Director at Boux Avenue adds that you should also be looking at how the fabric of the bra ages.
She says, 'Colour and shape are the two main areas that tell you when it’s time to replace a bra. If the underband is too loose on the tightest hook or the straps are no longer staying in place, your bra is no longer giving you the support you need. If the colour has started to fade and the fabric has gone a little frayed, you have the perfect excuse to treat yourself to some new lingerie!'
How to calculate bra size
The easiest way to get your bra measurements is by going in for a bra fitting, however if you don’t have time, or would rather do it at home, then you can do it by standing in front of a mirror with the centimetre side of a measuring tape facing outwards. And keeping the tape measure straight, level and tight, measure the circumference of your body, just underneath your bust.
Then compare it to the conversion chart on any lingerie brand site to see what size you need to order from them.
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