Wednesday 20 February 2019

Fit to bust: sizing is everything when it comes to the right bra

Sizing is everything when it comes to the right bra, and Arnotts' latest lingerie range has something for every shape and size, writes our Fashion Editor

Arnotts. Picture: Barry McCall
Arnotts. Picture: Barry McCall
Panacheemerald green full cup bra, 30FF- 36GG, €48 matching brief, €23, available sizes 10-18; InWear cream mohair mix cardigan, €140, sizes S-L
Wacoal, navy full cup bra, 34C-38E, €62 La Maison Lejaby, softwear cotton grey leggings, S-L, €71 TC Mathews at Arnotts, aran mocha rug, €295
Freya, meadow blue plunge bra, 30E- 36FF, €40 Ralph Lauren, blue striped nightshirt, XS- XL, €92
InWear cream mohair mix cardigan, €140; Gina sage green contrast panel chemise, €140, available in sizes 8-14
DKNY grey pyjama top, sold as set in sizes XS-L, €78; Fantasie Forrie print bra, €53, available in sizes 30E-36G, matching brief, €29, sizes XS-XL
Ginia navy silk wrap pyjama top, part of set, €230; Fantasie white lace bra, €53, available in sizes 30E-36FF, matching brief, €29
Bairbre Power

Bairbre Power

The fashion world can be so sizeist, so this week we decided to look at the topic from the inside out, so to speak.

Our lingerie shoot explores a selection of really beautiful pieces that are for women with larger busts who may feel that they can't find something that is both stunning and supportive. The lingerie comes from Arnotts and the Dublin department store stock 20 lingerie brands where back sizes start at 30 and go to 44 and cup sizes cater from an A right through to K.

"The first thing everyone notices when they get correctly fitted is that they slouch less and stand taller. In addition to how you physically feel, as your silhouette is often lifted clothing tends to drape better and many women comment on how they feel like they have a waist again," reports Rachelle Hanley, the store's lingerie and accessories buyer.

The main issue that the expert fitters in store come across is customers wearing a back size that is just far too big for them.

Rachelle recommends a useful guide is to equate the band size of your bra to your dress size. "For example, a 36 back is equal to a size 14. Therefore if you wear a size 10 in clothing and wear a size 36 back then you can be relatively certain that you need to go down at least a size in the back. There are always exceptions to this rule but it's a guide that I find rings true for most customers. The other thing to take into consideration, especially once your bust size is above a B cup, is that the majority of the support your bra is giving comes from the band. Therefore if you are wearing a back size that is too big for you then you are not giving your bust the support it needs," Rachelle says.

Another mistake she regularly comes across is women fastening their bra at the tightest hook but she says "when you first buy a bra it should be fitted to the loosest hook in order to give your bra longevity."

InWear cream mohair mix cardigan, €140; Gina sage green contrast panel chemise, €140, available in sizes 8-14
InWear cream mohair mix cardigan, €140; Gina sage green contrast panel chemise, €140, available in sizes 8-14

All items available in Arnotts lingerie department on the first floor where you can avail of a complimentary fitting service. 

Photography: Barry McCall assisted by Dylan Madden

Ginia navy silk wrap pyjama top, part of set, €230; Fantasie white lace bra, €53, available in sizes 30E-36FF, matching brief, €29
Ginia navy silk wrap pyjama top, part of set, €230; Fantasie white lace bra, €53, available in sizes 30E-36FF, matching brief, €29

Styling: Catherine Condell assisted by Kitty McLaughlin

Model: Dioni Tabbers at Models 1

DKNY grey pyjama top, sold as set in sizes XS-L, €78; Fantasie Forrie print bra, €53, available in sizes 30E-36G, matching brief, €29, sizes XS-XL
DKNY grey pyjama top, sold as set in sizes XS-L, €78; Fantasie Forrie print bra, €53, available in sizes 30E-36G, matching brief, €29, sizes XS-XL

Hair: Stephen Kelly for Zeba at Arnotts

Makeup: Lesley Keane for MAC at Arnotts, assisted by Samantha Ryan

Wacoal, navy full cup bra, 34C-38E, €62 La Maison Lejaby, softwear cotton grey leggings, S-L, €71 TC Mathews at Arnotts, aran mocha rug, €295
Wacoal, navy full cup bra, 34C-38E, €62 La Maison Lejaby, softwear cotton grey leggings, S-L, €71 TC Mathews at Arnotts, aran mocha rug, €295

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