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    No.263: How Should a Bra Fit Me?

    How Should a Bra Fit Me?

    Finding the perfect bra can be a pain in the you-know-what. From uncomfortable straps that always slip, loose-fitting or too-tight bands, or cups that never lay just right, you’re definitely not alone if you’ve asked yourself, “How should a bra fit me?”

    At  AnaOno, we proudly offer a full collection of bras designed to fit those of all body types, different breast shapes and sizes, and support any changes to your body that may occur over time. Read on to learn more about how a bra should properly fit, and our favorite features AnaOnobras offer. 

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    How Should A Bra Fit?

    Finding the perfect bra can be a challenge. Here are a few things to consider when purchasing: 

  • Comfort. There are few things more desirable in a bra that comfort. This is why we love AnaOno's underwire-free, non molded bras that conform so well to your body that they feel custom made. 
  • Straps. Your straps should fit comfortably to your body without slipping off your shoulders or leaving indents on your skin. Adjustable straps should be tightened or loosened depending on what’s comfortable for you. 
  • Cups. Check to see if your bra cups comfortably form to the curve of your breasts. If you’re spilling near the neckline or underarms, it would be best to opt for a larger cup size; however, if there is gaping, possibly move down a size. 
  • Band. A too-tight band is awfully constricting, while a too-loose band won’t stay put. Move the clasp inward as your band stretches out.
  • Underwire. There’s a reasonwhy so many women swear off underwire: It’s stiff, it’s unforgiving, and it can burst through your bra and poke you. This is even more true if you’ve had breast surgery or a mastectomy, as underwire can make scars even harder to wear. This is why AnaOno bras are all underwire-free, prioritizing comfort and quality without giving up support.

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    How Do I Know If My Bra Is Too Small?

    A few signs that your bra is too small include: 

  • Physical discomfort, including upper body pain. If your shoulders and upper body are aching for no reason, chances are thatyour bra may be too small.
  • Chafing or a rash. Irritated skin means that your clothing -- AKA your too-tight bra -- is causing excessive sweating and irritation against your skin. 
  • Your breasts aren’t fitting into the cups. If it feels like your breasts are spilling out of the cups, almost as if you were wearing a max pushup bra, you may want to size up. You should feel secure in your bra without feeling like anything is falling out, or needing to be adjusted constantly.

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    How Do I Know If My Bra Is Too Big?

    While a too-tight bra can certainly be a literal and figurative pain, a bra that’s too big can be equally difficult. Here’s how you can tell if your bra is too big: 

  • There’s a gap between the bra and your breast. If you don’t feel secure in your bra and there’s a bit too much wiggle room, chances are this means your cup size is too big. You may want to opt for a sister size down. 
  • The bra is on the tightest hook. Set the band on the loosest hook, because your band will stretch over time. If you start out hooking it on the smallest clasp, it may be a sign that the band is too big.
  • The band rides up. Take note of the band’s movement as you go about your day. Does it roll up? That’s another sign that you may be wearing a bra that’s too big for you.
  • The bra straps slip. Whether you are standing up straight or bending over, your bra straps should stay in place no matter how you move. If they tend to slip down your shoulder, adjust the strap to a tighter setting, or it may be a sign that you need a smaller band overall.

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    AnaOno: The Best-Fitting Bra You’ll Ever Own 

    At AnaOno, we know that no two people’s boobs are the same. That’s why we don’t make bras that assume everyone has the same breast shape, size, or fullness. Our whole collection is designed to fit every body type and accommodate for whatever changes life may bring.

    Our founder, Dana Donofree,launched AnaOno following a breast cancer diagnosis in 2010. After a long and fruitless quest to find a bra that accommodated her changing body, Dana concepted and developed a line of bras designed to ensure nobody had to go through the same struggle she did to find comfortable and stylish bras that actually fit. AnaOno bras ditch underwires, prioritize ultra-soft fabrics, and fine-tune the fit to accommodate breasts of any size, shape, or surgery type, includingdesigns for mastectomy bras, lumpectomy bras, and reconstruction surgery bras. The result is a bra that’s guaranteed to fit, without tugging at bands or yanking up ever-falling straps.

    Explore the AnaOno Fit Guide to find the best bra for you. Answer the three questions on our fit guide to find the best bra for your body type!

    Dana Donofree

    Dana Donofree

    Founder and CEO of AnaOno. After a diagnosis of breast cancer in her late 20’s, Dana took her own lived experience and fashion design background and (re)designed intimates for those that have undergone breast surgery. Dana’s story has been published around the world in outlets like New York Times, BBC, Huffington Post, The Today Show, and more.