Finding the right bra can be quite a challenge. A shocking 80% of women wear the wrong bra size. That's a pretty horrifying statistic.
In my opinion, it's definitely worth it to go in for a bra fitting and spend a little more cash, than to find a cheap bra that almost fits.
Here are a few common mistakes women make while bra shopping:
Choosing Comfort over Support
Can you fit more than two fingers underneath the band of your bra? If the answer is yes, you need a smaller size. A bra that makes your breasts look lifted and full must have a snug band. (Most of your bra's support should come from the band, not the straps.)
Settling for the Wrong Cup Size
Many women think that bras max out at a D cup. In fact, you can find bras today that come in everything from a AAA to an N--yes, really. The right cups won't wrinkle or gap or let your breasts spill over the top or out the bottom of the bra.
Buying the Same Size You Wore 10 Years Ago
Your bra size will change multiple times over the course of your life—weight loss, weight gain, pregnancy, hormonal changes and aging all affect the size and shape of your breasts. Get a bra fitting once a year to make sure you're still wearing the best size for you.
Making Bra Shopping a Biennial Event
Even the highest-quality bra won't last more than 12 months. Over time, the elastic wears out and the bra no longer offers strong support. To get the longest life out of your bra, hand wash it in lukewarm water and mild detergent, and hang it to dry. If you wash your bras in a machine, use the gentle cycle and hang them to dry. Never put a bra in the dryer; the heat damages the elastic. When you store your bras, don't bend one molded cup into the other. Instead, lay them flat, one on top of the other, to preserve their shape.
So make sure to take your time when shopping for bras and don't compromise!