Alright people, let’s talk about bras for petite women. I know, the thought of shopping about them makes me cringe too. The experience is usually frustrating and involves some strange lady getting a little touchy, feely to help measure you. I usually avoid the trial of finding new bras at all costs, wearing my bras probably far past the suggested time frame.
Bras can often be expensive and finding ones that fit perfectly especially when you are petite is almost as bad as trying to find the perfect pair of jeans. Disappointing and makes you want to drink. Well, pour yourself a glass of wine because I am about to help walk you through the easiest way to find bras for petite women, and take all the frustration out of finding everything from comfy T-shirt styles to great date night numbers.
Finding The Right Bra Fit
First things first, is I know it’s uncomfortable but getting measured is a super important first step in finding the correct bra size. If you don’t feel cool with someone at the store doing it for you, and friend, tape measure and a guide to what measurements you’ll need can get the job done. My best friend in college finally convinced me to let her measure me and good lord did it change my life! I had been wearing the wrong size band all this time! You might be surprised by what size band you actually need, and disappointed because it might mean finding companies that carry specialty sizes that go down smaller than Victoria’s Secret or department stores. But don’t worry, I’ll help with that too!
Once you know what size you need it’s important to understand sister sizes. Going down a band size means up a cup size. Going up a band size means going down a cup size. This may also help in the search for the correct bra size. Just be aware that depending on what band size you wear and the brand this may sometimes not provide the optimal fit.
After I got measured by my friend in college I discovered that the best band size for me was actually a 30! Yikes! Most stores won’t carry sizes that small, however, with sister sizes, I was able to work around this issue. For reference, I am 4’10” and about 109lbs. Cup sizing was also tricky for me but again using the measuring tape and a friend I was able to figure it out.
Armed with all this new information obtaining the right size bra should now be far less challenging than it once was. I know once I finally took some time to learn about how my bras should fit and the mistakes I was making along the way not only were my bras more comfortable
Now for those of us who are struggling with needing specialty sizes like smaller bands or are in between cup sizes, the bra industry has come a long way in catering to our needs.
Best Places To Buy Bras For Petite Women
Adore Me is an awesome online underwear site that offers a great selection of bras in smaller sizes for those of us who need them. Everything from soft Cotten T-shirt bras to strapless and more can be found in 30 band sizes and expanded cup sizes as well. I have bought several bras from this site and while I was nervous at first the quality is amazing and the fit was great. It might take some trial and error to figure it out perfectly but once you do this store is amazing.
Victoria’s Secret actually offers expanded sizing online. While the selection isn’t the best true do offer many styles in 30 band size. If you are ride or die for a vs style but have struggled with it not fitting just right check to see if they offer it in the right size online because you might be able to find it. Also, keep in mind your sister sizes that might make it easier to find the right size in your favorite styles.
Third Love is a great place to shop for bras especially if you are struggling with being between cup sizes. Third love offers half sizes that are in between traditional cup sizes making it easy to find the perfect for you no matter what. Their bras are super comfortable and with so many options to help you find the right size you won’t have to guess anymore, you can trust you’ll love the way it fits!
Of course, Amazon never fails to have options in their massive marketplace. Type in the size you need and you will be able to find a variety of styles that are sure to fit great. While shopping online especially for bras can be nerve-racking, these sites have return policies making it easy to return or exchange if you need to.
More Bra Tips
Your bra should never be on the tightest setting right away. If it is that’s a sign it might not fit right. They are meant to be tightened as the material relaxes over time.
Taking care of your bras is important. Rotating through 3-5 good bras helps prevent over-washing making sure that they will last for years to come. Always wash them in a mesh bag to keep them from getting tangled or catching on other clothes and hang them out to dry so the cups don’t get ruined.
Hopefully, all of this has helped you along your quest to find your favorite bra. Bras for petite women can be tricky and it took me years to figure it out. Now I am sharing this knowledge with the hope to help you avoid the mistakes and pitfalls I made along the way!
Have a great week