10 Secrets From a Celebrity Bra Whisperer By Ariel Wodarcyk March 13, 2020 Style Getty Images SHARE Sheri Greenspan-Blake has been helping stars like Chloe Sevigny, Salma Hayek and Cindy Crawford find their perfect bras at the Greenwich Village lingerie shop La Petite Coquette for more than 10 years. Here are 10 of her top tips for finding a well-fitting bra that lasts. Getty ImagesOne of the most common mistakes Greenspan-Blake sees women make? Wearing bras that are too big for them. “So many women show me their bra, and I can see their whole breasts going underneath the underwire because the bra isn’t tight enough! Or there’s a lot of gapping in the front,” she says. Your bra should fit snugly on the loosest hook, she says. The band will stretch the more you wear it—so if the bra only fits on the tightest hook, it will loosen up too fast and you won’t get the most bang for your buck. Getty ImagesThis one might come as a surprise to those who do their lingerie shopping in department stores. If an employee approaches you wearing a tape measure around their neck, Greenspan-Blake says that’s a sure sign that person doesn’t know what they’re doing. That’s because “there’s no standardization among bra sizes,” she says. “One company or bra style’s 32D will fit differently than another company’s 32D.” The only way to get a true fit is by trying on styles, not relying on an arbitrary set of measurements. Getty ImagesMore often than not women come into Greenspan-Blake’s shop wearing a B, C, or D but leave in a bra with a different cup size. “Some people come in with a 34C and leave in a 32DD,” she says. “People are really surprised.” Bras are just like jeans—the size doesn’t matter, as long as you have the right fit. Getty ImagesAs much as we love pretty, lacy straps they’re not the most practical for everyday wear. Greenspan-Blake recommends buying ones with fully adjustable straps to get the best fit. “If the strap has decoration, you’re limited with how tight they can be,” she says. Getty ImagesA good bra can be expensive, so you want to make sure to give it lots of TLC. That means not tossing it in the dryer with your jeans. “I’ve seen bras that look like they’ve been through wars,” says Greenspan-Blake. She recommends that you take all your bras into the shower with you at the end of the week and hand wash them with shampoo. “Just get the bras a little sudsy in the shower, and hang-dry them by the window,” she says. If handwashing is too much effort, get yourself a lingerie bag and wash your bras on the gentle cycle with mild detergent, she says. Getty ImagesAnother way to make your bras last is by wearing the same one no more than two days in a row. “The elastic in the band needs time to rest,” Greenspan-Blake says. That means you should have at least four bras to cycle throughout the week. Getty ImagesThe elastic in your bras will stretch over time. So it’s smart to do something Greenspan-Blake calls the “two-finger test” every so often. Just slide two fingers under the band at the back of the bra and tug a bit. “If the band is snug but you can still fit two fingers underneath the band without any stress, then the fit is correct.” Getty ImagesIf a gorgeous bra you really want isn’t available in exactly the right size, you can buy it in a so-called “sister size,” says Greenspan-Blake. Take your true size and either go up a cup size and down a band size, or down a cup size and up a band size (so if your real size is a 34A, try a 32B or 36AA; or if you’re a 32D, you might be able to fit a 34C or 30DD). Getty ImagesOnce you’ve got your bra on each morning, before getting dressed, slip your hand into the side of each cup, scoop the breast up, and drop it to let it rest in the middle, says Greenspan-Blake. This keeps your pair as perky and supported as possible. Getty ImagesIf you’re wearing a bra band that is too big, your torso will appear shorter. “But if you get fitted properly, the breasts will sit higher and your torso will look longer,” Greenspan-Blake says. So if you’ve never been fitted by a pro, look for a bra shop or high-end lingerie department in your area and pay them a visit. You don’t have to buy the bras they have you try on, but the info you glean will be priceless. Getty Images Style MORE TO READ RELATED Everything You Need to Know About Buying Hoop Earrings Make your hoop dreams come true with these stylish pairs. READ NOW RELATED Beanies to Keep Your Whole Body Warm The key to making sure every part of... RELATED Stylish Turtleneck Sweaters for Women The perfect addition to your cold-weather wardrobe!