St. Augustine Woman's Journal - Educational Resource to the Women of St. Johns County Since 2009

By Susan Detar CFm
Owner, The Pink Door 

Are You Wearing the Right Size Bra? Did You Know 80% of us ARE NOT?


August 1, 2017 | View PDF

Before.............and After

Here are a few things that will tell you that you should be fitted for a new bra.

- Your bra rides up in back

- Straps fall off or leave indentations

- Under wire cuts into tissue

- Back tissue spills over the band

- Breast tissue spills out the top or pushes out the bottom

- You have gained or lost l0 pounds

- You purchased a different size top

A good fitting bra should be snug around the rib cage as that is where 90% of the work is done. This is where the lift happens. The straps are only to hold the fabric in place, not to hold up the tissue. Usually, decreasing the band size and increasing the cup size resolves most issues. Often, it takes a little time to become accustomed to the new "feel", but once you have discovered what a proper fit does, you will be so much happier. A good fit makes you stand tall and confident. And your clothes look better.

While every woman should wear the right size bra, after mastectomy or lumpectomy, when a prosthesis is added to the equation, the fitting becomes even more important to ensure the "system" is completely in balance. Not replacing the lost tissue can create misalignment of the spine which after time can create shoulder droop or head and neck pain. These same chronic health conditions can also be caused by heavy breasts not being supported.

Often women have purchased a bra they feel fits well and when they go shopping for new garments they purchase a different style or manufacturer in the same size without trying it on. This garment usually stays in the drawer because there is no standardization in the lingerie industry. So you can't count on a 36B being a 36B. You must know what a proper fit looks and feels like and you must try it on.

To care for your lingerie, hand or machine wash (in a lingerie bag) in cold water with your regular laundry soap. Do not use detergent with bleach. Always hang dry your bras. It is recommended that at a minimum every woman should have three new bras at each purchase- one to wear, one to wash and one for a spare. And if you can, an entire wardrobe of bras. The life span of even the best bra is no more than 12 months. The fibers have begun to break down and will no longer be able to do the work. As a rule, you should be fitted annually.


"For years I've just grabbed an armload of the biggest bras I could find and hoped for the best. My size was way off, and the regular stores don't even carry what I need. Even the plus-size shops. Don't suffer another day with less than adequate support!! Do your girls a favor and go see Susan at the Pink Door!!" - Robin

"I was fitted for new bras to compensate for my disparate sized breasts. I couldn't have asked for better service. This shop is a local treasure. Much better than having to drive out of town." - Linda

The store is a little farther than others, but Susan has given me a very personalized service and she goes out of her way to find what I need and fits me well. - Leticia

I was overwhelmed with the service given to me, and the selection of bras. - Marilyn

Susan Detar is a Certified Mastectomy Fitter. The Pink Door is an accredited post-mastectomy care center. Our mission statement: "The Pink Door will be recognized as the preferred provider of foundations to women affected by breast cancer. We will offer a wide selection of products in a knowledgeable and caring environment. Our goal is to fulfill 80% of our customers' needs on the first visit." This mission extends to all women who walk through the door. You will be served in a warm, inviting boutique occupying a home in the south historic district of Palatka. Our job is to provide products that will make you look and feel better.


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