A bra is a bra, right? Wrong! A bra is an undergarment that not only has the ability to make you look great, but it can make you feel (mentally and physically!) terrific as well. Yet 8 out of 10 women wear the wrong size bras. Take the quiz below to find out if you are one of these women.

Is your bra uncomfortable?

Do your bra straps fall off your shoulders?
Does the underwire in your bra poke or bother you?
Does the back of your bra ride up?

Wearing a bra does not have to be even slightly uncomfortable. If you answered yes to any of the questions above then it's time for a fitting. Women should have a fitting once a year, and it is especially important to check that you are still wearing the correct bra size if any of the following occur:

  • You gain or lose 5 - 7 lbs
  • You start or stop an exercise program
  • You get pregnant or have just given birth

These pictures will help you determine if your bra is too big or too small.

If the band is too small the weight of the breast tissue will cause the bra to ride up in the back.

Also, the breast tissue will spill over the cups, the straps will dig into the shoulders, and the wings will collapse under the weight of the breast tissue when a bra is too small.

Finally, a bra that is too small might cause discomfort because the underwire will poke the breast tissue.

If the bra band is too big it will ride up in the back.

The cups are likely to gap because they are not filled out completely.

Also, the breasts will sag because they have no lift or support.

A bra must lift, support, contain, and provide comfort.

These pictures show a perfect fit!

Back of bra anchors low and snug on the body. The shoulder straps adjust to a length where they are not digging into the body and still supporting the cups and the breasts.

All breast tissue is completely contained in the cups. Wires lay flat against the chest wall and do not touch breast tissue. Center gore of the bra tacks to the chest wall. Straps are adjusted and correctly aligned on the body.

There are no gaps or wrinkles in the cups. The breasts are lifted and supported for comfort and a great look.

An in-store appointment with a fit specialist will only take 15 minutes, yet the wonderful effects you'll feel will last a lifetime (or at least until it's time for another fitting!). See our Store Locator. If you are unable to get to a store for a fitting, you can use the Fit Guide on our website to help you determine your correct size in the comfort of your home.


Of course, women's bodies come in all sizes too; mostly they fall into the categories of petite, average, and full figure. Bras come in a wide variety of sizes and styles to meet the needs of all women, so you just have to figure out which category best suits your body type, determine your correct size, and then have some fun shopping for the bras that match your needs and your personality.

You should always try a bra on before purchasing it. Different designs and characteristics influence how bras fit. When you order online, you might have to buy and return a few bras before you find exactly the one that you want. At Wacoal, we make the process simple because we guarantee satisfaction and make returning garments easy. See our return policy.

The good news is, once you are properly fitted in a Wacoal bra, you won't want to wear anything else ever again.