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5 Pointers for Finding a Bra That Fits

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Eighty-five percent of women wear the wrong bra size. Here's how to pick the perfect one.

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Seek Expert Help

"The biggest mistake is not getting a professional fitting," says Intimacy bra-fit stylist Dee Binyard. And go twice a year: Weight changes and pregnancy can impact breast size.

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Watch Your Back

Women often get a band that's too big. "The band has to be snug—it provides 90 percent of the support," says Kim Caldwell, director of marketing at Linda's Bra Salon in New York City.

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Give It A Rest

"Avoid wearing a bra two days in a row," says Binyard. Rotating a few bras a week allows each to snap back to its original shape and prevents it from getting stretched out too quickly.

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Handle With Care

Caldwell recommends laundering bras with a detergent made for silk or lingerie, such as Le Blanc Silk & Lingerie Wash. After five wears, soak the bra for 30 minutes, wash it by hand, and hang dry.

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Know When To Quit

Bras can last up to 12 months, but ones worn by women with bigger busts work harder, so they don't last as long, says Caldwell. A bra is past its prime if it becomes uncomfortable or misshapen or starts fraying.

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