Research says that 80 percent of women are buying the wrong bra size, though anecdotal evidence alone could tell you that the sheer act of shopping for your body type is a mystery in itself. "I think this fits" becomes "my new go-to bra style" and the cycle of ill-fitting straps and underwire discomfort goes on and on.
Here, we illuminate the process of bra shopping for you, with suggestions on the right bra styles and why they work for your body type. (You can thank us later).
Since petite ladies with a smaller bust don't need as much support for their breasts, a soft triangle bra or wireless bra is a good everyday option. For ladies who want more of a lift, look for a molded bra with push-up cups and underwire.
Women with an athletic build often tend to have wide-set breasts, which is where demi bras with spaced-out cups and plunge bras can be super accommodating. A sports bra with a separated chest area and solid support (without being too tight) should also be a staple for any sports activities.
Having bigger breasts is problematic at best in the shopping and dressing department but it *can* be done if you're wearing a bra with comfortable wide-set straps and fuller coverage. A great balconette bra can provide support, lift, and separation all at once.
Women with a smaller build up top can get away with rocking bandeau bras underneath their tee-shirts (which, like, more power to you). For a strappy bra, look for bras with tapered straps that won't slip off of shoulders.
Buying bras for curvier shapes can be a nightmare if you're not finding bras with more support in the siding and the straps. Seek out bras with a wide band for extra comfort and to help prevent spillage around the sides. An inner cup sling can also be a nice touch if you're looking for extra support and shaping.