Find Your Elli Bralette Size with These Simple Steps
If you’ve ever wondered why no two mediums fit the same, here’s the truth companies don’t tell you: Brands create their designs using different pattern blocks, otherwise known as the base or foundation of a pattern, which determines the ‘average’ size and shape of their line.
Why is this important to note? Because when a company uses a pattern block designed to fit a women’s size 8 with more of an athletic shape as their basis, but you’re a curvy size 2, trying on clothes is going to be very frustrating.
It’s not that you don’t fit into the clothes. The clothes weren’t made to fit you. For this reason, among many others, we’ve designed the Elli Bralette without pattern blocks. In fact, each bralette is knitted on a seamless knitting machine, creating a ribbed fabric made of a pliable, Nylon/Spandex blend that’s meant to stretch and move with you and, thus, capable of fitting a broader size range.
Your body is unique, not average, and finding the right fit shouldn’t be so dang difficult. To make things easier for determining your size in our seamless, nipple concealing bra collection, we’ve broken down a comprehensive guide so you can find the Elli Bralette that fits you best.
What You’ll Need
1. A soft measuring tape. If you don’t have one on hand, they can be found at Walmart, craft stores like Joann Fabrics and Hobby Lobby, or of course, on Amazon. This probably goes without saying: do not use the spring-loaded “builder’s” tape measure that comes with your tool kit. It will not ‘do just fine’.
2. A mirror or a helping hand. When measuring your under bust and over bust, you’ll want to make sure that your tape measure is both laying flat and at an even level all the way around.
It’s easiest to do this with some help from a friend, but if no one’s around (or if you just can’t be bothered with asking), you can always use a mirror.
How To Take Your Measurements
Your Elli Bralette measurement consists of two components: your under-bust and over-bust. It’s best to not wear a bra when taking your measurements, and if you must wear a bra, make sure it’s not padded.
Measuring your under bust
Your under-bust is just below your breasts, where the bralette band rests. When measuring your under-bust, ensure the tape measurer is even all the way around; pull the tape measurer snug against you without it being tight and exhale. Round down to the nearest even number.
Measuring your over bust
Your over-bust is the fullest part of your bust. Just as you did while measuring your under-bust, you want to make sure that your measuring tape is even all the way around and pulled snug, not tight. You do not need to round this number.
Once you have those measurements, find the point where your under-bust measurement intersects with your over-bust measurement on our Elli Bralette size chart to determine the best fit for you.
If you’re still unsure, our size chart also includes images of bras, showing the difference in sizes.
Subtle Differences in Sizes
If you’ve taken your measurements and still aren’t quite sure which size you should get, don’t worry! It’s common to be in-between sizes. We’ve heard from customers who are a 34C with implants that they love how the Medium fits them, but they could also wear a size Large. Some customers choose to wear a Medium or Large depending on their outfit or to accommodate how “puffy” they’re feeling since breast size tends to fluctuate throughout the month.
The Elli Bralette is designed to fit a range of sizes so you can decide which is most comfortable for you. There are two key differences between the Large and smaller sizes: Band width and Strap width. Our size Large has slightly more coverage with a deeper chest band and ¼ inch wider straps. If you prefer slightly less coverage and more narrow straps, go with the Medium! It really comes down to what you’re most comfortable in.
If you have any questions about sizing and fit, or if you’ve had breast reconstruction, have implants or are generally uncertain, please feel free to contact us at anytime!