Riding up. Spilling over. Hitching up. Peeking out. Popping out. If any of these descriptions fit your relationship with your bra or your boobs, then chances are you’re wearing the wrong size.

It may be a size you’ve always worn but did you know that weight loss and gain, our menstrual cycle, medication, fitness training and menopause all affect the size of our breasts?

Fabric wear and tear also affects a bra’s support so it’s important to assess and resize regularly. The ones we wear daily need to be replaced every six months while lacy numbers reserved for special occasions will last up to three years.

Here are some practical tips on how to choose the right size bra:

  • If you find yourself hitching the straps up during the day or if the back strap rides up, then the band is too big. The right bra should fit snugly around your body with a two finger space under the band.
  • Wave your arms around. If your breasts fall out from under the cup, then the band is also too big. Go down a size.
  • Your breast should fill a moulded padded cup completely. If it doesn’t, go one size down. Nor should anything spill out. If this is the case, go a cup size up.
  • Back fat may not be a weight problem. It could mean that your bra band is too big. Oversized bras ride up thereby pushing back fat up with it. Opt for a smaller size that sits in the centre of your back.02 Bra tips

Above: JT One padded push up R180 and Distractions lace balconette R220, Woolworths; Sloggi printed t-shirt bra R199,95 and blue multi strap R199,95, available from Triumph online or at selected Edgars and Truworths stores.

  • If your bra is giving you back fat, then it may actually be too big. Oversized bras ride up, pulling your back fat with it. Choose a smaller bra size that sits in the centre of your back.
  • Petite frames may benefit from a demi or balconette bra. A demi has a shorter wire so you won’t get stabbed in the pits.
  • An underwire should sit flat against the breastbone. If it isn’t, try a different size.

Did you find these tips helpful? Pop a comment below or, if you have any questions which we could try to help you with or, if you have advice for our readers, please share. We always love hearing from you.

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