2. Get the right band size
Contrary to popular belief, it’s the band that carries most of the weight, not the shoulder straps. Say goodbye to constantly tightening your straps to get any kind of lift in your breasts! Most women tend to wear a band size that is too loose, and so they overcompensate by shortening the shoulder straps thinking that support and lift should come from there. In reality, 80% of bra support actually comes from the band.
The right band size should lie flat horizontally or parallel to the ground. That means the band should not shift when you lift your arms. So if it rides up even a centimeter or two, or it doesn’t stay absolutely parallel to the ground, then it’s too loose or the material is too rigid to allow any kind of give. Allow two fingers to fit comfortably underneath the straps.
3. Avoid having your breast overflow
This is called the “double boob” effect where your breasts are spilling out over the top of the cup. Related to the band sizing issue, women with bigger breasts tend to be wearing a cup size too small. For example, if you’re wearing a 34E and the band feels supportive and snug, but your breasts are not properly covered by the bra cup, you should consider trying on a 34F. Also, don’t be afraid to try on different brands and styles of bras as different cup construction works better for different shaped breasts.
4. Have 3 of your favorite bras on rotation
Clothing fibers, including those used to construct bras, need enough time to rest and pull back after every wear to maintain its shape and functionality. Experts recommend that you have at least 3 favorite bras to alternate on a daily basis, and that you should also consider replacing your often-used ones every six to twelve months due to normal wear and tear (just like your favorite pair of shoes!)
5. Consider your breast shape
If you have a full bust, unlined bras can round out the shape of the breast. If your breasts are round shaped, a demi or balconette style can create a comfortable cradle. And for teardrop-shaped breasts, a plunge bra or triangular silhouette helps to cover and pull in the breast tissue on all sides.