Buying a Bra – What to Look For
Shopping for a new bra? It's essential to consider a few key factors to ensure you find the perfect fit. Many bra challenges stem from wearing an ill-fitting bra – and yes, you've likely heard it before: most women are wearing the wrong size bra.
If you've struggled to find the right fit with other bras, don't worry – we're here to help.
First and foremost, getting the right fit starts with knowing your measurements. Whether you measure yourself at home or visit a certified bra fitter, understanding your band size (34, 36, 38) and cup size (A, B, C, etc.) is crucial. Once you have these numbers, you can begin the process of selecting the perfect bra for you.
To measure, 1) start by taking your midriff measurement (below your breasts) and record this number. (This is the band number - the number that you say before the cup size.)
2) Then take your bust measurement (across the apex of the breast where the nipples are). This gives you the measurement you will use to see which cup size you are. Depending on the style of bra, you make take a different bra size for different styles. When you have these two numbers, write them down, noting which is band size (step 1) and which is the measurement for bust (step 2).
When you look at a bra size chart. Find your band size (left column in our bra charts), and then find your cup size (look horizontally across the chart to the right of your band size) and see which bra size for that style is appropriate for you. When you see there could be more than one option, choose the smaller band size if you like a snug fit; choose the larger option if you like a bit of give. Our Size Chart has a video demonstration.
Our bras are available in sizes 28A to 44KK. Pink, Black, and Beige. Our Tab bras have a medical license, so if you have a doctor's prescription, your third-party health plan might reimburse you (check before purchasing).
What's Important in a Bra?
When choosing a bra, it's crucial to consider your specific needs and preferences. Here are a few factors to keep in mind:
1. Support: Are you looking for full support? Our Diagonal Seamed Bra and Vertical Seamed bra are excellent options for maximum support.
2. Comfort: If comfort is your priority, our Tab bras are designed with your comfort in mind.
3. Seamless Design: Do you wear a lot of T-shirts and want a bra that won't show under your clothes? Our Seamless Bra is the perfect solution.
4. Coverage: Concerned about nipple visibility? Opt for our Seamless Bra for discreet coverage.
5. Post-Surgery: If you've undergone surgery and wear a prosthesis, consider a pocket bra like our Diagonal Seamed Bra to keep it securely in place.
Are your bra straps constantly slipping? Pay close attention to the straps – they play a vital role in providing support. With the law of gravity, heavier breasts can strain elastic straps, leading to shoulder, neck, and back pain. Our bras feature durable cotton straps designed to withstand stretching and maintain their shape, ensuring optimal support and comfort, especially for larger bust sizes.
Say Goodbye to Underwire Discomfort
Tired of underwire bras that pinch and poke you? Say goodbye to discomfort with our wire-free bras, designed for superior comfort and support.
If you've experienced pinching or poking with underwire bras, it's likely due to wearing the wrong size. Many women unknowingly wear bras that are too large for them, leading to ill-fitting underwire that can cause discomfort and compromise lymphatic drainage.
Our bras are crafted with innovative design features to provide optimal support without the need for underwire. Unlike traditional bras, which rely on underwire for structure, our shelf-type bras offer unparalleled comfort without compromising your lymphatic drainage system.
Experience the difference with our wire-free bras and enjoy all-day comfort without the pinch and poke.
Say Goodbye to Bra Riding Up
Tired of constantly adjusting your bra because it keeps riding up? Say goodbye to this common frustration with our specially designed bras.
If you prefer a bra that stays in place, it's essential to choose a band size that fits snugly. While the bra may initially feel tight, it will gradually adjust to your body, providing a secure fit that prevents riding up. A snugger band not only ensures the bra sits lower on the back but also distributes the weight of your breasts more evenly across the mid to lower back, reducing strain on your shoulders and neck.
Our bras feature four hooks in the back, providing extra support for cup sizes E and larger. With a properly fitting band, less weight is placed on the straps for support, ensuring all-day comfort and confidence.
Say Goodbye to Underarm Puffiness
Are you tired of dealing with puffiness under your arms? It's time to address the root cause and find a solution that works for you.
If you're a fan of minimizer bras to conceal your breasts, it's important to consider the consequences. When you wear a minimizer bra, the breast tissue is compressed and forced to redistribute, often ending up under your arms. However, keeping your breast tissue where it belongs – in front – is crucial for maintaining proper circulation and overall breast health.
Our bras feature directional guides that ensure your breast tissue stays where it's supposed to be, promoting good circulation and minimizing underarm puffiness. Say goodbye to discomfort and hello to confident, comfortable support with our innovative bras.
Comfort and Support for Every Situation
Whether you've undergone surgery or experience skin irritations, finding the right bra is crucial for your comfort and well-being.
Our Tab Diagonal Seamed bras are designed with your needs in mind. Each cup features a hidden pocket, providing a secure space for your prosthesis or filler. With cotton fabric next to the sensitive breast tissue, you can enjoy unrivaled comfort and relief from irritation.
Experience the difference with our specialized bras, crafted to offer comfort and support tailored to your unique needs.
Unlock Potential Coverage with Your Health Plan
Did you know that your third-party health plan may cover some of our products?
Our bras are licensed medical devices by Health Canada, granting them the following codes:
• CODE 87: Orthopaedic
• CODE 79: Post-surgical
Discover the comfort you deserve with our range of bras designed to meet your needs:
• Everyday & Special
Find the perfect bra for you and explore the possibilities of coverage with your health plan.
Finding a comfortable bra with optimal support is easier than you think. Whether you're in Ottawa or browsing online at obconline.ca, I'm here to help.
Call me today to discuss your bra challenges, and let's find the perfect solution together.
Michele Bourque Certified Bra Fitter / Owner Ottawa Bra Clinic OttawaBraClinic.com and BraClinic.ca
T. 613-400-9101 (not toll-free)