Bra buying can be tricky business. With so many styles and designs to choose from, making sure you have the right fit isn't always easy. If you have a smaller bust, the process can get even more complicated.
Find the perfect fit
If you're currently in a bra-buying bind, let us help. We put together some expert tips to help anyone with a small bust find the perfect bra.
Expert bra-buying insight
To learn more, we turned to Jené Luciani, fashion stylist and bestselling author of The Bra Book (BenBella Books, 2009). "Larger busted women always think their smaller busted counterparts have it so easy, but in actuality, smaller busted women have just as tough a time," she tells us. "While many larger women can't find bras in their size, a smaller busted woman who's a 30A has just as hard a time."
Sometimes, women who are small-busted may not even register on the typical 'size charts' of certain brands or stores, Luciani says. The best thing to do in this case is to go into the store and try on bras that are closest to your size, she explains. "You can always 'fill out' your bra with the help of silicone 'chicken cutlet' inserts or have your seamstress alter it for the perfect fit."
Not all smaller women are relegated to bras with heavy padding, however. "Smaller busted women can actually look for certain bra styles that automatically enhance what they've got," Luciani says. "For example, a balconette style bra or a plunging front-close, push-up can help create cleavage you never knew you had."
Where to start
Smaller busted women often think they don't need as much support which is not true, says Luciani. "If you have any breast tissue at all, you need support." When you're shopping for a bra, look for lines specifically made for smaller busts. Luciana suggests the Itty Bitty Bra Company, the Little Bra Company or LulaLu Lingerie.
The wrong bra fit
There are a few signs that the bra you have isn't the right fit for you. Luciani shares some of the most noticeable.
The right bra fit
If you've found the right fit, other than being comfortable and ideally, not even really noticing you're wearing a bra, these are the signs you've made a good purchase.
From the front:
From the back:
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