Petite Bra Shopping 101: Things You Didn’t Know

For many women, scheduling a root canal treatment seems less daunting than buying a new bra. Indeed, it is notoriously difficult to find the perfect fit, especially for petite women or those with smaller than average busts. However, the process doesn’t have to be embarrassing, frustrating, or painful when women follow the tips outlined below. Hopefully, these tips are helpful enough to have women ready to stock up on several bras to have on hand for different occasions.

Body type is just as important as height

It’s fairly easy for women to determine their bra size by circling their breasts with a soft tape measure or having a salesperson do it for them. Knowing your chest and body shape can be a little trickier, according to Today Style’s Lee Stabert.

For example, one woman may be tall and have breasts that form a flat silhouette while another is short and full in the chest. The most important thing women can do when choosing a new bra is to make sure it flatters their bust. Women with a generous breast do not want to choose a bra with excess fabric. When worn under a shirt, it is likely to bunch up and attract unwanted attention.

Remember that boobs change

One thing women often overlook is that their breasts change over time. Pregnancy, breastfeeding, and the normal aging process can dramatically change the size and appearance of breasts. After trying and buying a bra, Stabert recommends wearing it on the loosest hook available. Continued use causes the bra band elastic to stretch, meaning the woman wearing it may eventually select hooks that allow for a tighter fit.

Women should be willing to replace a bra when it starts to feel uncomfortable rather than trying to force a bad fit. Although she may not realize it, the size and shape of her breasts may have changed since she first bought the bra. Fuller-figured women may need to replace their bras as often as every four months, while those with a B or C cup can often go up to 18 months between new bra purchases. (Source: Style Today)

Pay attention to the materials of the bra

All women want to know that the bra they just bought will fit them well, especially when they made the purchase online. An important factor to keep in mind is that the fabric the bra is made from makes a big difference in fit and comfort. If the fabric of the bra band is inflexible, women may assume that they need to buy a bra at least one size larger. In addition, each bra is made with a different fit. If it is more lacy or designed to show off cleavage, it will have a different fit than what is appropriate to wear to work. (Source: Blog LuLa Lu)

Finally, bra shoppers should remember that each brand sizes their bras differently. Someone who wears a 36B from one brand may need to purchase a larger cup and bust size bra from another brand.


1. Today Style, “8 Things No One Told You About Buying a Bra: A Guide to Support”, one-ever-told-you-about-bra-shopping-2D80177922

2. LuLa Lu Blog, “Bra Shopping 101 For Small Busted Women – Does this bra fit the size?”, small-busted- women’s size/

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