Finding the perfect outfit for any occasion can instantly lift spirits, but there's one main concern so many of us struggle with: How to measure bra size and choosing the right bra to wear underneath. Get it right and you can instantly look slimmer and more streamlined, get it wrong and a day of fidgety anxiety ensues as we worry whether it's visible, ill fitting, or doing an injustice to our shape.
I worked as a bra fitter for five years so it’s safe to say I know a thing or two about how to measure bra size. During that time I fitted women of all different size and learnt that for every shape, there is a bra. No matter how much you may have struggled to find the right bra size - there is a perfect bra for you out there. It may be that you suit a balcony or a plunge shape, or that you need padded rather than non-padded. But no matter what suits you, if you know the right way to check you’re wearing the right bra size, every woman can create a smoother, slimmer silhouette simply by investing in the right bra and taking time to find out how to measure bra size and finding the right bra. You'll instantly smooth over any lumps and bumps that appear from ill-fitting underwear, but most importantly, your posture will improve impeccably, making you appear taller and slimmer.
No two women are the same, and that your bra size is never set in stone. A measurement and a professional fitting are two very different things. One of the most common misconceptions I came across was that it's fine to get measured, buy a bra in that size and leave the shop as quickly as possible. Realistically, the only way to ensure that your bra is giving you the correct support is by putting some time aside to spend for a fitting with a professional whose trained eye will know exactly what style suits you best.
Taking your top off in front of a complete stranger may seem like a daunting process, but let me assure you: there is absolutely no reason for it to be scary. Lingerie retailers and department stores across the country have fabulous trained bra fitters who will spend time understanding your needs and making you feel comfortable. Put your trust in them, and I promise the result will be a fabulous silhouette that you'll be happy to show off.
Click through now for tips from me, plus more lingerie advice on finding your perfect bra, thanks to Chantelle and Rigby & Peller...
Purple set available from Debenhams