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Should Bralettes Be Tight?

The ideal fit for a Bralette

Belle Lingerie05 February 2021

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Should Bralettes Be Tight?

Firstly, no lingerie should be so tight it’s uncomfortable! If you are uncomfortable in your current lingerie consider buying something new. Here at Belle Lingerie, we have such a wide range of lingerie and sizes you will definitely find something that’s comfortable.

February 2021 is 100% the season for Bralettes! 2020 was the year for them and the start of 2021 doesn’t look much different. Staying at home, all you want is comfort and this typically non-wired bra is the ideal solution to comfort. The bralette will still give you support and look cute if you need to nip to the supermarket or jump on a Zoom call. The lightweight garment is probably your current go-to underwear but does your current bralette fit properly?

From fashionable Calvin Klein bralettes, Wonderbra lacy bralettes to the Sloggi Zero Feel Bralette range and so many more, there are bralettes to suit everyone no matter, style, age or size. Bigger busted? Curvy Kate has bralettes for you!

On Belle Lingerie, bralettes can come in 2 different types of sizes the normal bra sizes (e.g., 32D) or standard UK clothing sizes (e.g., 12-Medium). So how should a bralette fit? We know trying to pick the right sizes is going to be trial and error so if it’s not the right size don’t give up! Belle Lingerie has a simple returns system, and you can grab yourself a different size easily. We would recommend when you are buying a bralette, start with your normal shopping size and go from there. If you need help with your bra size check out our bra-fitting Guide.

How To Fit A Bralette

When you get the bralette there are three parts of the lingerie piece to check when you try it on. No matter your size, whether you are a GG cup or an A cup; the cups, straps and underband should all fit well and be comfortable. To answer the initial question: Should Bralettes be tight? When your bralette is new it should feel snug but never uncomfortably tight. As the bralettes are designed to stretch and twist with your body, they will slightly grow over time. Even if it grows slightly you still want to be supported after some time so that’s where the snug/tight rumour comes in when you first get it.

The Cups

The cups of a bralette can differ, from triangles to bandeau style so depending on your style preference this may differ. However, one vital thing when it comes to the cups fit is, you shouldn’t be spilling out of the cups and there shouldn’t be much gaping. Whether the cups are padded or non-padded, they should wrap your breasts and feel like they are giving your bust hugging support. So, if you are noticing your boobs falling out or spilling out at the seams try going up a size. If you could fit your hand in the cups as well as your boobs, then you should go down a size as the bralette is too big.

The Straps

The straps are commonly adjustable so the easiest part to find the perfect fit. Adjust the straps so they are still giving you a firm support but not digging in! You don’t want to be left with huge indents on your shoulders at the end of the day. Make sure you can still fit 2 fingers comfortably under your bralette straps.

The Underband

The band that runs around your body is the main part of the bralette to consider when you are looking at the ideal fit. Most bralettes underbands are elasticated so will stretch over time. When you first get your new bralette the underband should be a snug fit and if it has an eye and hook fastener it should initially fit perfectly on the tightest hook. This gives you room for it to stretch over time and to give you plenty of wear. When you have it on, the band should sit flat against your torso, with no gaping but like the straps, it shouldn’t dig in and leave indents. The band should also not rise up if it rides up you should try a smaller size.



We hope this bralette size guide helps you find the perfect bralette for you. Let us know below if you’ve already found your perfect bralette.


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