When we find the perfect bra, we think our problems are all solved! Not really…
The Perfect Fit is not a one time thing. It is a continuous process, and just like anything that we have, it needs to be maintained periodically, just like our cars or computers.
Our bras are working pretty hard everyday to help uplift our breasts, shape them properly (when wearing the correct bra for our body type), as well as make us feel beautiful.
What I’ve often seen is how tight the shoulder straps are adjusted by our customers to give their breasts what they feel is the appropriate lift. This creates great discomfort, and incorrect shaping.
It’s not the shoulder straps that actually lift your breasts, rather it is the bra band!
I would say that 80% of the bra support actually comes from the bra band, and the shoulder straps are secondary.
The optimum position for the bra band is to be positioned parallel to the floor or slightly lower in the back.
It is only when you place the band as described (parallel to the floor) which gives you your main support, that you can then adjust your shoulder straps for comfort and a little bit more support.
When the back of the band is riding up, the front of the bra goes down which will result in sagging breasts. Most try to adjust this sagging by tightening the shoulder straps even more. This will give you shoulder and rib cage discomfort, and as I said before, more importantly, incorrect shaping.
It’s just as simple as that.
I have trained all my Fitters at Belle Forme to always make sure that the bra fits at the loosest or at least middle hook when they are fitting you. This allows you to move the hook tighter as your bra stretches, so as to maintain the correct band position.
When your bras fit at the tightest hook, then we invite you to bring in your bras and come see one of our Expert Fitters for a complimentary fit and bra check-up, as well as a complimentary in-store alteration.
This 5 min alteration renews your bra support so your bras will once again fit you, support you, and shape you as they should.