Ask Linda: How Often Should I Get Refit?

By Linda the Bra Lady on November 3rd, 2011

Usually, in my “Ask Linda” posts, I will pluck an email or comment with a great question to share with my loyal readers. This time, I have to tell you… I couldn’t choose just one. This question gets asked almost every single day. I mean it. So, it’s about time that I answered it, huh? Today’s “Ask Linda” question is: How often should I get refit?

You’d think this would require a single sentence to answer, right? Not so fast. This is a complicated one and lots of myths are flying around out there. I’m determined to bust them!

Myth 1: “I’ve been a 34B my entire life!” Yeah, right! Women who come into my shop for the first time often say “I don’t need a fitting. I already know my size- I’ve been a 34B my entire life”. Sorry ladies, but it’s just not possible. You may have been wearing a 34B your whole life, but that doesn’t mean you should have. We are women, and our bodies change all of the time! And, even if your body has stayed about the same (lucky you!), bra manufacturers often change how they fit. Lots of things affect your bra size: pregnancy, menopause, weight gain and loss, illness, medications, hormonal shifts… the list is long! Believe me, there are so many reasons that your size can change. Keep reading!

Myth 2: My breasts won’t change that much during pregnancy. Here’s the truth – during pregnancy your entire body will change. Breasts are one part that will change drastically. Many women notice a big difference in their first few months! It’s not uncommon to change both back and cup sizes during pregnancy. And, of course, once you give birth and the milk engorges your breasts they will seem to change overnight! It’s so important to get refit while you are pregnant. I suggest getting a few “transition” bras when you first start to notice that you are outgrowing your bra. That means two or three good bras that can keep you supported until it’s time to get refit and get a brand new bra size. Believe it or not, you may have to do this a few times during pregnancy. If you plan on nursing, wait to buy nursing bras until about your 8th month of pregnancy. It’s easier to estimate what size bra you will need once you are ready to start breastfeeding.

Myth 3: After I’m done breastfeeding my breasts will go back to how they used to be before I had kids. I don’t want to burst your bubble, but this is not the case. Pregnancy takes a toll on delicate breast tissue. Nursing makes your breasts work even harder. It’s up to you if you want to nurse. But, either way, your breasts (and body!) have gone through a lot of changes, and will not be exactly the same as before. C’mon, you created a new human life! In the scheme of things, I’d say it’s worth it. And, a new body shape is even more reason to make sure you wear the right bra size.

Myth 4: It’s better to wait until I’ve lost the weight to get new bras. I hear this in the fitting room all the time! As adult women, it seems we’re almost always trying to lose that extra 15 pounds. But, if you’re not on a serious weight loss plan, be an adult and get real with yourself. Are you uncomfortable in your bras now? If so, then get new bras now! You don’t have to buy 20 or anything. Just don’t put things off until it’s too late. Get a few great bras to rotate and if you do lose the weight (good for you!) come in and get your new size! And if you don’t (just saying!), come get duplicates or more styles to add into your rotation. At least you were more comfortable during the weight loss process. And, here’s a great tip: If you’re uncomfortable with that extra 15 pounds and don’t feel like you look your best, a bad bra is only going to make it worse. Wearing the right bra size can even help you look slimmer! Don’t wait to lose the weight. Get fit now!

Myth 5: Holiday eating and stress won’t affect my bra size. We all love to indulge in our favorite holiday foods, but those extra calories can affect your bra size. Usually I suggest getting refit after you have gained or lost 10-15 pounds. If you are a very petite person, you should do so for every 5-10 pounds. Just like you may have those post-holiday jeans that are ::cough cough:: really worn in (read: one size bigger), you may need to see if you bra size has changed. The same goes for those who are sick or stressed and lose weight. Keep an eye on your weight. If you feel like your clothes are fitting differently than before the same may be true for your bra!

Myth 6: Once I’ve been fit, I know my size for good! Women are often surprised when they come back to my shop for a second visit and we ask them to take their top off for a fitting. “But I’ve already been here. I know my size now!” But, do you really?  It’s important for fitters to recheck your measurements and start fresh each time you try on bras. Remember, you may be in between sizes, some brands will fit differently, and your body may have changed! With all of the styles, brands and cuts out there, would you dare buy a new pair of jeans without trying them on and expect them to fit perfectly? Of course not! And, even if you want the same style you bought before, I always suggest to get refit about every 6 months to a year. Get a bra check up and have a professional make sure that your tried and true favorite is still the best size and style for you!

Fittings are key to finding your right bra size. And wearing the right bra size is key to feeling and looking your best. Don’t wait for the holiday season and its mayhem to arrive. You have parties to attend, family to impress, and new clothes to unwrap! Start the holidays right with new bras in the right size. Make an appointment today! Can’t make it into my stores for a check up? Try my Bra Calculator to get an idea of your current size.

Happy refitting!