A very important point. ( Did you Know? )

While selecting on your correct bra size, it’s better to first find your best band size, then adjust your cup size till you find the one that fits best. Here’s why. Going up or down a band size is a 2 inch circumference adjustment. Going up or down a cup size is a 1 inch adjustment. The point here is that changing your bra's band size is a significant size change. Changing your cup size is more of a fine-tuning change. So, get your band size first, and then adjust your cup size to further refine towards your perfect bra size.

Wrong bra size Sign

Common Bra Mistakes

Back rising up

If the bra rides up at the back, it’s too loose: you need a smaller back size. The underband should sit around your body as tight as is comfortable, as this is where the weight of your bust is supported.

Straps digging in

If your straps dig in to your shoulders, your bra isn’t giving you the correct support around the underband and the weight of your breast is being carried by the shoulder straps: you need a smaller back size.

Boob effect

If you’ve got 4 boobs, the cups are too small and your breasts are spilling over the top: you need to increase your cup size.

Wires lifting up

If the underwiring lifts away from your rib cage, the cup are too small: you nedd to go up a cup size - the centerfront of the bra should sit against your chest wall and the wiring should frame the breasts and never dig in.

Wrinkled cups

If the cups are wrinkled or baggy, they’re too big: you need a smaller cup size

Bra Fit Check List

Sometimes it's immediately obvious that a bra you're trying on doesn't fit right. But sometimes there are less obvious signs that the bra you have on is doing little to optimize your shape. Even if a bra may "feel right," it may not be giving you proper support or enhancing your assets.
We at Godinattire are here to rescue with our Bra Fit Check List below. A perfect fitting bra will pass all these checks. So, take a few minutes to understand what a perfect fitting bra should look and feel like. Then, you’ll be able to easily assess whether you’re wearing the wrong size or wrong style.

  • Smooth Fitting Cups

    If you don't fill out your bra cups - wrinkling, or gapping - you need a smaller cup size. If you’re "overflowing" in your cups, or the top of your bra cups are cutting into your breast tissue, try a larger cup size or a style with a fuller cup design. The edges of the cups should also lie flat against your breast. Some women complain the cups look "pointy" (when the bra design is not meant to look this way). This too can be another sign that you are not fully filling out your cups and need to go down a cup size.

  • Center panel lays flat against your breastbone.

    If your bra’s center panel is not resting on your sternum, this could be a sign that your cup size is too small. If the underwires are pointing outward and away from your body, this too is a sign that your cup size could be too small. Also, how far apart your breasts are from each other can affect how your center panel rests on your sternum

  • Bra band is parallel to the floor or slightly lower in the back.

    The lower edge of your bra band should anchor below the shoulder blades. The lower the back fits, the better the support.

  • Bra band is parallel to the floor or slightly lower in the back.

    The lower edge of your bra band should anchor below the shoulder blades. The lower the back fits, the better the support.

  • Straps stay put and don't dig into your shoulders.

    Only 10% of your bra's support should come from your bra straps. If your straps are working harder than this, you probably need a smaller band size. Women with sloping shoulders need to look for specific bra styles and features to keep their straps up and on their shoulders.

  • Cup fabric is stable.

    The cup fabric should give support as well as a good breast shape.

  • Underwires encircle your breasts.

    Underwires shouldn't poke, protrude or pinch. If your wires bend away from your chest in the center, this usually means your cup size is too small. However, your unique breast placement, shape and size can also impact how bra underwires will fit you.

  • Good breast uplift.

    The apex of your breasts should be mid-way between your shoulders and your elbows. Uplifted breasts look more youthful and give a slimming appearance.

  • Breasts point forward; do not sag or fall to your sides.

    The correct bra style for you will have your breasts pointing forward so that you may freely swing your arms forward and backward without obstruction.

  • A finger can be run under your front band.

    Your bra should be snug, but not too tight. If you find it difficult to get your finger between you and your bra band in front, you need a larger band size or a looser hook position in back.

  • Feels comfortable when seated.

    Our ribcages tend to expand when we are seated. If you're not sure your band is big enough, sit down while wearing your bra.

Bra Fitting Problems & Solutions

  Symptom Reason Solution

The Bra cups pucker.

Your cup size is too large

Go down one cup size (e.g.: from a D cup to a C cup in the same band size) or tighten your bra straps.

Breasts are "bulging" out over the top of my bra cups.

Your cup size is either too small or cut too low for the size of your breasts.

Try going up a cup size (e.g.: from a B cup to a C cup) or choose a bra style that has more fabric in the cup for example, a full coverage cup rather than a demi cup orbalconette cup.



One cup fits fine - the other cup puckers.

One breast is larger than the other (very common condition).

Almost all women have one breast larger than the other. Sometimes the difference is noticeable (more than one cup size difference); most often it's not. No matter your size difference there are simple and easy solutions. 
• Purchase breast enhancers and put one along the bottom of the cup of your smaller breast.
• You can purchase a bra with stretch fabric in the cup. The size difference will then be less noticeable and both cups will fit.
• Padded bras and contour cup bra will hide the size difference.
• Try adjusting the straps so that the larger breast cup is looser than the smaller breast cup.

Correct size, but breast tissue near underarm is falling out

You have the wrong style bra.

Demi bra styles and other styles with smaller cup coverage are probably not for you. Such styles are more for women who don't need much bra support. Remember, not all bra styles will work on your figure - even if they come in your size. Instead, select a bra with taller sides.

Underwires pop out of bra.

• Your band size is probably too large. If your band is moving around your body, this friction wears down the casing covering your underwire and ultimately causes a hole for the wire to pop out. In a really bad fit, this hole can occur within a matter of hours.
• The fabric sewn over underwires inside a bra, called channeling, is sometimes made of cotton. Washing in hot water can shrink the channeling and force the underwire to pop out.

Try a smaller band size and a larger cup size (e.g. go from a 36B to a 36D) and see if your bra stays in place better. Never wash your lingerie in hot water or put in a dryer. If your wire popped out due to a sewing error, it can be fixed with an alteration.

Underwires tip away from body between the breasts.

• Your bra cups are not deep enough and/or the center panel is too narrow at its bottom.
• The underwire is not sitting in your "breast crease" and therefore is not laying flat against your chest. 
• Your bra may be a minimizer.
• You have close-set or " touching breasts."

Try on a larger cup size or select a bra with a different shaped center panel. Your breasts may also be unusually wide and not rest in underwires well. Consider wearing a Soft Cup / Wireless bra.

Sagging Breasts

• Your bra does not have enough support.
• Your cup fabric is too stretchy and flimsy for your breasts. 
• Your band size is too large. 
• You may also have heavy breasts that are becoming pendulous due to lack of proper support.

The apex of your breasts should fall half way between your elbow and shoulder. To get there, you need a bra with good support. Features of great supporting bras include a 3-section cup, support panels built into the cup, a band all the way around the bottom of the bra, and 3 or more hooks in the back. Avoid single layer molded cup bras. Going down a band size and up a cup size may also solve this problem (e.g. 38C to a 36D).

Bra rides up in back.

Your band size is too large

Try hooking your bra on a tighter setting and loosening the straps. If this doesn't work, your band size is too big and you need to buy a smaller band size (e.g.: from a 36C to a 34D- when you go down a band size, you need to go up a cup size to maintain the same cup volume).

Shoulder Straps keep falling off shoulders.

• If tightening the strap is not working, the problem could be that your cup size is too big - You're not filling out the top of your cup (probably because you have shallow upper breast fullness and this is causing your straps to slide down your shoulders. 
• You’re using bra extenders which move the bra strap placement closer to your shoulders’ edges. 
• When putting on your bra, you are not making certain your bra's back is pulled down and under your shoulder blades.
• Your band may not be tight enough or a size too large and the straps in the back are thus too close to the edge of your shoulders. 
• Your bra style could be the problem -wide-set straps are very popular, but if you have small or sloping shoulders, this style is not for you.
• Your bra straps are attached to a ring either in front or back. This ring allows your straps to swivel and thus contribute to them falling off your shoulders.
• You were born with narrow or sloping shoulders.

Here are several solutions: • Try your bra style in a smaller cup size or select a different style bra with straps sewn closer to the neck
• Look for bras that have center pull straps – straps sewn directly above the cup’s apex rather than over towards the side.
• Look for bras where the straps are sewn close together in the back; also called kicked in or set-in straps.
• Racer-back bras and leotard back bras are great solutions for falling straps. 
• If you're using bra extenders, remove them and buy the bra in a larger band size and one cup size smaller to maintain the same cup fit. those bra extenders are placing your straps farther apart and exacerbating strap slippage. 
• Go down a band size and up a cup size and see if your bra fits better.

Shoulder Straps dig into shoulders.

Your bra is not giving you enough support, so your shoulder straps are being forced to do too much work, or your straps are too tight or too narrow. Straps should carry no more than 10% of the breast's weight.

If you drop your shoulder straps off your shoulders, your bra should stay in place. If this is not the case, your band size is too large and you should go down a band size and up a cup size - if your cups fit correctly (e.g. from a 42D to a 40DD or 40E). Bra straps should never create dents in your shoulders; straps should carry only minimal breast weight. A wider bra strap is also a good idea for breast sizes larger than a D cup. Buying a bra with a band in its design under the underwires will give you the greatest support – if your band size is also the correct size.

Right way to wear a Bra

How a Bra Should Fit

Bra Styles & it’s benefits

There is a Bra Style That’s right for you

  Bra Name Detail Good style for
Convertible Bras

The straps either come off or are detachable on one end so that you can configure your straps according to your top. For example, a convertible strap can be one-shoulder, crisscrossed in back, halter, kicked in and strapless.

• Wearing under unusual/asymmetrical tops.
• A great travel bra because of its versatility
A convertible bra describes any bra with some form of detachable straps. These detachable straps can either crisscross, one shoulder, halter, kick in or be removed completely to become strapless. A great choice if you are traveling and want to take only one bra with you.

Bustier style bras

Generally a longline strapless bra where the bra band can be cinched in by laces or multiple rows of hooks & eyes. The cups are usually demi cup styled to show off your upper breast tissue.

• A strapless solution for full and/or large breasts.
• Creating mounding and cleavage.
• Women looking for back support.
Corsets and bustiers are very structured and form-fitting undergarments extending from the bustline down to the waist or hips. These garments can have boning, garters, removable straps and lavish embellishments. It is not unusual to wear these garments as outerwear.

Demi Bras

Demi Bras – The cups have shorter underwires, less upper-breast coverage, and wide-set straps.

• Settling breasts and shallow breasts will probably get some mounding.
• Petite women with large breasts will enjoy the shorter underwires and reduced cup coverage.
• Shorter wires up the center make this style a good choice for women with symmastia.

Front Closure Bras

Front Closure Bras – Bras where the closure is in front instead of the back.

• Women with limited hand movement, or who cannot get their hands behind their back.
• No hook/eye bumps makes for a smooth looking back.
• Wide-set breasts will find that most of these bras have wider set cups.

Padded Bras

Any bra with some kind of padding in the cups is called a padded bra. Padding added to a bra gives definition, can add size, and eliminates any nipple definition. A padded bra can have light, medium or heavy padding, but can also have built-up padded areas at the bottom and/or along the sides of a cup. These pads are referred to as bump pads. Padded bras with removable pads called "cookies" can be a great solution for a woman who has one breast larger than the other. The padding can be fiberfill or a molded foam.

• Small cup-sizes desirous of a larger profile.
• Uneven breasts – especially if there are removable pads.

Plunge Bras

A bra with a low center panel to allow for plunging necklines.

• Someone wanting the appearance of more cleavage.
• Looking for a bra that doesn’t show under plunging or button-down necklines.
• Wanting cleavage without padding.

Push-up Bras

The cups have various pads to push your breasts up and inward to optimize cleavage and breast size. Straps are usually wide-set. A push up bra is great to give the illusion of a larger breast size. The padding, if removable, is known as a "cookie". Push-up bras are padded bras with additional padding at the bottom portion of the cup to lift the breasts, creating the illusion of a larger breast.

• Shallow (but supporting) breasts and semi-supporting breasts.
• Creating a more youthful and/or sexy appearance under strapless dresses or low cut tops
• Smaller breast sizes wanting to look larger and fuller.

Racerback Bras

Racerback bras are also called T-back and sportback bras. A racer-back bra is any design for the back that allows maximum movement of the back and arms. An added advantage is that such a design hides straps under sleeveless and tank-style tops. A racerback bra can have a high curve near the neckline with a T-strap down the center back; have bra straps attached close together on a back with a center back panel; or have cut-outs around the shoulder blades.

• A great solution for sloping shoulders and/or narrow shoulders.
• Creating cleavage if the racerback is also underwire.
• Easing back pain for those who find traditional straps painful.
• Hiding straps in sleeveless and cut-away tops.

Seamless (molded) Bras

The cups are of a single piece of fabric without seams that have been molded and shaped over a pre-determined breast form. They give a natural round look to your breasts without any seams showing. If you like wearing clingy knits or form-fitting clothing, a seamless bra will be almost invisible underneath.

• Not adding any additional fullness to breasts.
• Breasts that are self-supporting or and therefore do not need a lot of breast support.
• Smooth and natural look under form-fitting tops.

Sports Bras

Bras without underwires. Sports bras are specially designed bras to minimize breast movement during exercise. A sports bra minimizes breast bouncing. Its design includes wider straps, and broad cup coverage.

• Specially designed bra to minimize breast movement during exercise. They come in a variety of impact levels.
• Any woman wanting support during any exercise activity.
• Great coverage and support
• Minimizing breast bounce

Strapless Bras

A bra without straps. Many convertible bras can also be strapless bras.

• Strapless tops and dresses.
• Firm and self-supporting breasts.
• Breast sizes smaller than a G cup.
• Necklines where other bra styles won’t work.

T-Shirt Bras

The T-shirt bra is actually a name given to what the industry calls a contour cup bra. This bra is a combination of being a seamless bra and a lightly padded bra. There is a thin layer of foam or padding in the cups to give a nice shape and modesty so that the contour of your nipple does not show. The public started calling them T-shirt bras because they are the perfect invisible solution to wear under t-shirts and other clingy or form-fitting clothes.

• Camouflaging erect nipples. • Uneven breasts, shallow breasts, thin breasts, or conical breasts.

Underwires Bras

Bras with underwires for breast support and definition.

• Almost everyone will benefit from a well-fitting underwire bra. It gives great definition to the bustline.

Lingerie Wardrobe

Essential for your lingerie collection

How to create the quintessential lingerie wardrobe

"Have you ever bought a last-minute outfit on the day of a big soiree only to discover that you don't have the right bra? Every one of us, at one time or another has not had that "right" piece of lingerie just when we need it. Lingerie Essentials is a comprehensive lingerie check list. If you have all these items, you should be covered for any situation, so to speak. We at Godinattire, are not suggesting that you have to own all of these items – we simply offer our list to compare with your wardrobe needs".

 

The 9 Bra you need for a complete Bra wardrobe:

  Bra Name Detail
3 to 6 Everyday Basic Bras

A woman should have a collection of bras that she draws from for everyday. Instead of wearing the same bra for a few days, alternate two or more bras over a week. The reason? A bra should have a day off between wearings. Body heat tends to relax the fabric. It needs time to return to its original shape. Also, an extra day lets the bra air out and feel fresher the next time you put it on. Everyday bras can be seamless or seamed. The important point is that they support you, look good under your clothes and are comfortable.

A Versatile, Convertible Bra

A convertible bra has modifiable straps that can be transformed into a halter, racer-back, one-shoulder, or strapless style. A convertible bra is a great versatile bra, and handy to have in case you need a quick solution without time to go shopping.

A Strapless Bra

As the name implies, this bra has no straps. Rather it has wide sides and sewn in silicone stitching to keep it in place. This style should be worn with strapless tops, evening gowns, or outfits where a normal bra would show.

A Comfy Contour or T-Shirt Bra

Contour bras have cups that maintain a breast shape whether on or off. This is achieved by having the cup molded out of a thin foam. Besides giving your breast a great pre-determined shape, a contour bra totally eliminates any nipple show-through

A Sexy, Demi Cup Bra

The truth is, men love demi bras. This contoured, underwire bra has cups partially cut away to expose the top of the breast. This bra style almost always has wide set shoulder straps as well. It's a very flattering style and comes in handy when you find yourself with a low cut, wide scoop or square neckline where your every day bra will show. Not to mention... it's a great date bra!

A Form Enhancing Push-Up Bra

A push-up bra is designed with additional padding at the bottom portion of the cup, which lifts the breasts to give the illusion of a fuller bust-line. This type of bra comes in handy when an outfit calls for a more filled-out look. It is most frequently used with eveningwear.

A Quality Sports Bra

Even if you're only moderately active, a sports bra is a must in your wardrobe

A Beautiful Lace Bra

It's tempting each morning to grab one of your everyday bras to wear. But if you're feeling blue or less-than-feminine, there is no better way to lift your spirits and make you feel great about yourself than putting on a beautiful lacy bra. Every woman needs a pretty lacy bra... and by-the-way - men love them, especially in black.

 

The 7 panties you need for a complete panty wardrobe:

  Panty Name Detail

Everyday Basic Panties (7-14)

Every woman should have a one to two week supply of everyday panties. They can be any style as long as they are comfortable and non-binding. Once the elastic is shot, they look dingy, or they become stretched out and no longer stay in place, they should be replaced.

Bikini

This style of panty has a waistband that rests below the navel and on the hips. It usually has a high-cut leg line and back coverage. The bikini panty style is not just for the young. Try one and see if you don't become a convert...

Boyshort

The boyshort style has quickly become the new panty silhouette. It is replacing the thong because it's more comfortable to wear, yet doesn't have the obvious panty lines. It is also a cute solution under skirts - if someone sees your panties, it's not as big a deal because they look like hotpants

Briefs

Briefs are the "comfort food" of lingerie. When you want to be just plain comfortable and know that what you're wearing won't show panty lines, briefs are a girls best friend. Briefs also come with hi-cut legs for a little sexier look should you be "caught" wearing a pair.

Thong

A thong is a bikini panty with a high-cut leg and a 1/2" to 1" strip of material running up the back and flaring out into the waistband. Many women find this more comfortable to wear than a g-string. It too reduces visible panty lines.

Shapewear Panties

Shapewear panties are usually styled like briefs, with a high waistband, at least to the natural waistline. Leg openings sit at the top of the thigh or longer,

Period Panty

Best partner of Sanitary Pad. Period proof panties is a new category in the panty department. They are specifically designed to be worn during menstruation time to avoid leakage despite using sanitary pad. 

Panty Fitting Guide

Let's be honest, if your underpants don't fit right, you're going to be miserable all day. The dreaded panty ride-up can be one of the most distracting situations to suffer through. It will affect your comfort level all day.

Therefore, it almost goes without saying that underpants need to fit your contours without creeping, and feel natural if you don't want to spend all day tugging and squirming.
Well, you never have to experience this again if the next time you go shopping for underpants, you purchase the size that's right for you.

Finding Your Personal Underpants Size

Determining your proper panty fit requires that you know two components: waist measurement and hip measurement. If possible, recruit someone to take your measurements. It's faster and tends to be more accurate.

Waist Measurement

Measure your waist by placing the tape measure around the natural indentation or break in your waist. If you need help locating this indentation, bend to the side; the crease will be the location of your waist.

Hip Measurement

Measure the fullest part of your hips, making sure the tape measure remains parallel to the floor. This is your hip measurement. If your measurements represent two different panty sizes, choose the larger of the two sizes.

Perfect Panty Fit Checklist

Are you sure you know how panties are supposed to fit? Take a quick look at our checklist to make sure you have the best fit possible.

Natural fitting crotch

A panty crotch should fit naturally against your body. There should be no excessive fabric in the front or back, and should definitely not be binding. If your panty has a front horizontal crotch seam, it should be visible from the front and not slip backwards. If it does, check to see that your panty isn't on backwards.

Waistband is snug but not binding

If your waistband keeps bunching up and rolling over in the front, you have the wrong size. Try a smaller size. The right size means your band stays in place and is comfortable.

Legs are snug but not binding

Panty legs should not be so tight that they cause grooves along your thighs. Leg openings should be evenly arched on both legs and the fabric should not be bunched or twisted. If you are still having trouble with binding legs, try a panty with a high cut leg style such asFrench cut.

Buttocks is cupped

Assuming you are not wearing a thong, the proper fit around the buttocks is balanced, symmetrical, covered and cupped. If not, you need a bigger size. Also, if some of your current panties are riding up, the elastic is probably shot and they need to be replaced.

Final Thought on Panties

We all know it's easy to keep panties for years without getting rid of it. After all, most of the time it's covered up by our clothes and no one else sees them. However, it's probably not a bad idea to take a look at your current panty wardrobe. If the leg or waistbands are stretched out, the back consistently rides up, the seams or the body is frayed, it's probably time to toss. And never dismiss what your mother warned you about--you actually could end up in an emergency room or dressing room wearing the underwear you never intended anyone to see.