During the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the things that has become common practise is doing all your shopping online. While it was already becoming the most popular way to shop before coronavirus, now online shopping is the only option for many people across the world. Online shopping has its perks – you don’t have to get dressed, leave the house or talk to any other humans – but the downside is that it’s hard to gauge sizing when it comes to buying clothing.
One particularly tricky business is buying bras online. Your bra size can fluctuate month-to-month with your hormone cycle, and can vary widely depending on the store you buy from. In this blog you will find tips on how to shop for bras online this winter!
1. Use a sizing calculator.
If you know you have changed shape since the last time you bought a bra, and are therefore unsure of your current size, use a bra size calculator. This will enable you to get as accurate a size as possible when you are shopping for a bra online.
To measure your bra size you will need a soft measuring tape which can be wrapped around your body. You might ask a friend or family member to help you get the measurement totally accurate, but this isn’t essential. To get the right fit, you need to measure below the breast line – that is where the underside of your bra will fit beneath your breasts – and the measurement at the widest point of your chest.
2. Read brand reviews.
All brands size slightly differently, so when it comes to picking the right bra for you from a particular brand, it’s all about research. One way to ensure you are ordering the right size is to read reviews. Often, helpful customers will comment on whether the bras run true to size, slightly small or slightly large, helping you decide what’s best for your shape.
Additionally, some brands, particularly small lingerie businesses who don’t have an expansive amount of stock, name their sizes S, M, L, XL rather than the traditional number-letter system of bra sizing. This can be even more confusing when it comes to buying a bra. Reading reviews and even contacting the brand directly via social media is probably your best bet before buying.
3. Stick with the brands you know.
If all this still isn’t filling you with confidence on buying a bra without trying it first, why not stick with the brands you know? Even if you have outgrown a bra you own from a brand you like, you can size-up based on the one you already own. This is a good move for people who have particularly tricky bra sizing needs which require more than some measuring tape and a little confidence!
Once the world opens up again and bra-trying opportunities are back in our lives, you will be more free to try out new brands whose designs you have fallen in love with. For now, perhaps it’s better to play it safe, and use all the tools at your disposal before you buy a bra online.