I genuinely believe that having a correctly fitting bra is of absolute importance to all women. Not only will it provide comfort and support but will make clothes hang much better. See my previous post on this subject to see the difference it made to me.
It is also important to check regularly that your bras still fit. Not only does body shape change over time and also with any gain or loss of weight, but elastic stretches and regular washing affects the bras. So this is today's mission for me, having lost some weight my bras are just not fitting right anymore so it's off to the shops for me. And whilst on this subject I would like to publicly complain about the lack of shops which cater for smaller band sizes. I am very limited in where I can look for bras because of this. However, big praise for M&S who do stock a fantastic range of sizes.
So use the following tips to make sure you get the best fit.
1. measure under your bust this is your band size - you don't need to add anything.
2. measure around the fullest part, the difference between this and your band size is your cup size.
3. keep trying on lots and lots of different styles and sizes until you find one which fits perfectly. Each different brand has it's own shapes and sizes and you will probably find that there is a brand which works just right for you.
4. you should only be able to get 1 or 2 fingers under the band. It will feel tight if you have been wearing a larger band size - this is fine the band is where the support comes from.