Find Your Fit in 60 Seconds. Take the Fit Finder® Quiz.

How to Buy A Bra

How to Buy A Bra

portrait of Tricia Ismail
Tricia Ismail
Senior Editor

Woman modeling ThirdLove's 24/7 Pima Cotton Plunge Bra in the color white.
Elle in ThirdLove’s 24/7 Pima Cotton Plunge Bra in Sea Salt.

 

What do we usually expect bra shopping to be? For most of us, it’s an unpleasant, time-consuming, experience that leaves us uncomfortable, confused, and unhappy with everything we have purchased. 

For me, it’s always not knowing what size I am, and the inability to get a clear answer on it. Every time I ask at the store, I am always answered with a note of condescension of how could I possibly be this unaware of the size of my body. And it doesn’t help that every time I get measured, it’s a different size.

Then, there is actually trying on the bra. I’m topless under fluorescent lights with an unflattering undergarment that digs in to me to create fat rolls that I thought were being reduced with a semi-regular workout routine. 

A harrowing pursuit to say the least, but here’s a secret: bra shopping doesn’t have to be this way. 

Start with an open mind when finding your bra size.

It all starts with a change of perception, specifically when it comes to thinking about our actual size. Bra size is not indicative of weight or your perceived mass. When you go up in the band, you actually go down in the cup (and vice-versa) so while you might be seeing a higher number, it doesn’t mean you are a larger person. Additionally, the actual shape of your breasts can be a factor in determining your size.

We’ve all tried to squeeze into a size smaller dress for the sake of ego, but with bras this will do you zero favors. Remember, this is a wardrobe piece that is primarily built for function and the wrong size (big or small) will not work – literally.  

Another thing to understand is that with bra shopping, you always have options. Everyone is different and there is no reason that you should do bra shopping one way just because it works for someone else. 

And ThirdLove is all about options. 

Figuring out “What bra size am I?”

First, ThirdLove created the online Fit Finder® Quiz that can help you find your correct size by answering a series of questions pertaining to fit issues and breast shape. Additionally, each of our products includes customer-provided, ThirdLove reviews that you can sort through by bra size so you can get an honest opinion of how the bra works for your cup and band. 

You have options when bra shopping.

If online isn’t your thing, ThirdLove also has a brick-and-mortar location in Soho, NYC where you can have an in-person fitting with a Fit Stylists (aka bra-fitting expert) to help size you in fitting rooms that give you multiple lighting options so you can find your best light.

See ya fluorescents! We’ve found something better. 

Whether you find that your size is larger or smaller than you expected, or somewhere in between (ThirdLove has half-cups!), there are more options than ever for finding your perfect bra and you should never settle for anything less than a bra that fits you perfectly. 

Looking for some inspiration for your perfect bra style? Here are some of our best sellers: 

 

ThirdLove Logo Mobile Nav