Bra Fittings

No matter your size or shape, we are committed to finding you great-fitting, comfortable, lovely-looking underwear.

Our collection ranges from an A to a K cup, in band sizes from 28-50, and with most people wearing an incorrect size, your fitting may surprise you!

Once fitted, every customer gets their own profile; no more struggling to remember sizes or styles that suited you, and no more poorly fitting presents—your wish-list will be every gift-buyer’s dream whatever the occasion.

Size Conversion

The perfect fit

in 5 steps

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Ideally, this should sit flat on your chest, directly on the skin, without digging in or feeling too loose.

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Follow the wire with your finger: it should be sitting closely, but comfortably around your bust to give you the best fit.

If it is sitting directly on your breast tissue or stands away from your bust, the cup is too small and you should try one or two cup sizes up. Similarly, if the wire is loose, try moving down a cup size.

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If you notice the cups digging into the breast or any wrinkling around the cup, the size is likely to be incorrect. Your breasts should be fully encased creating a smooth, clean silhouette.

Assessing the fit of the cups is best done with a non-padded bra.

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Fasten your bra on the first hook. If the back rides up and isn’t sitting horizontally, the band size is likely too loose and you should try going down a size bracket.

Ideally, you should be able to comfortably fit two fingers under the fastening of the band at the back. If more than two fingers fit, the band is too loose. Similarly, if fitting two fingers is difficult, the band is too tight.

Note that if you go down in the back, you will need to go up in the cup to compensate.
For example if a 34C cup is loose, try a 32D cup.

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These should sit firmly on the shoulder without digging in or leaving marks and indentations. Straps help to balance the weight of your breasts with the main support coming from the band.

Bra Styles

At Carvèll lingerie & swimwear, we stock a wide range of bras, including:

  • Seamless non- padded
  • Padded – strapless
  • Padded Heart shape
  • Push-up
  • Push-up removable pads
  • Padded – Round shape
  • Padded- Balcony
  • Balcony padded with seam
  • Nursing
  • Balcony Horizontal seam
  • Full cup wire
  • Soft bra wireless
  • Comfort wire bra
  • Spacer
  • Seamless non-padded bra
  • Strapless non padded
  • Deep plunge balcony
  • Sports bra wired
  • Sports bra non-wired
  • Sports bra padded

Mastectomy Bras

Looking for specialist lingerie after you have had a life changing operation can often seem like a chore, but it doesn’t have to!

Here at Carvèll lingerie & swimwear, we make mastectomy lingerie shopping an enjoyable experience that will leave you feeling nothing less than attractive, comfortable and most of all, confident.

We are specialist trained in the fitting of mastectomy bras.

We have a substantial range by Anita which is available in an array of different colours, styles and designs.

One of our most popular is the beautiful Safina mastectomy bra which comes in sizes B-F.

Frequently asked questions

We all know lingerie is figure-enhancing undergarments that women usually wear. Like any other piece of clothing, pulling off lingerie has some basic etiquettes to follow. You must take care of things like size, fit & colour.

There are many of us that feel confused about many things related to the under garments like bra or underwear. Here at Carvèll lingerie & swimwear we have compiled some FAQs about lingerie to help you.

How do I know the perfect size of my bra?

The quandary could bring any of us to our wit’s end. But finding the right answer seems impossible. The availability of a wide range of sizes in different brands makes it difficult to find the perfect one for you.

You should look in the mirror, what do you see? If the bra looks perfect and feels comfortable its likely to be the perfect fit.

However if this is not the case and the bra is uncomfortable, the back band is riding up, the straps are sliding off your shoulders, the gore, (middle section) between the two breasts is not sitting flat, there is a bulge of breast tissue in any of the following areas;

above the top of bra, to the sides and the back, then the chances are that your bra is the wrong size, style and shape for you.

If your bra is the perfect fit then the gore will sit flat in the middle of your chest, the band will not ride up, the straps will not be sliding off your shoulders.

If the band rides up, one of the reasons for this could be that if you are wearing a 36D you probably need to go down a band size to a 34 C/D depending on whether the gore is sitting flat and the breast tissue is not spilling out over the top, sides and back of the bra.

The solution to this is to visit us here at Carvèll lingerie & swimwear, where one of our team will be able to look at the fit of your current bra and advise you on the best size, style and which brand to suit your body shape.

There are so many different styles, shapes and brands available.

Something to remember when buying a bra is that just because you are a 36G in one brand you will not necessarily be the same size in another brand and most definitely not in a different style.

A plunge bra will fit very differently to a balcony bra, full cup quite different fit to a heart shape bra.

The style and brand you will probably feel most comfortable in will be dependent on the size of your bust.

Smaller busted ladies tend to prefer a padded, plunge/push up or heart shape bra.

Larger busted ladies tend to prefer a full cup bra without moulding.
A note to remember here with moulding, this is quite different to padding, moulding gives a smooth shape, where padding gives extra volume for the smaller busted ladies.

How many times should I replace my bras with new ones?

The replacement of bras depends on your size.

If you are a plus size woman, you would have to replace it more often (6 to 9 months).

For a petite or slim body, you can use them for about 18 months.

How frequently should I wash my new bra? And can I machine-wash it?

After one to three wears you should wash your bra, as the oils from your body can break down the elastin.

A gentle hand-wash is recommended. (At Carvèll lingerie & swimwear we recommend that you use ‘Soak’, which we always have in stock.) If you insist on machine-washing, make sure you use a wash bag on a cold gentle cycle.

Never tumble dry or use fabric conditioner.

Why do I need to be re-fitted if I already know my size?

Finding the right bra size and style is our job at Carvèll lingerie & swimwear. However, it is important to be fitted when you buy a new bra as hormones, weight loss and gain can all affect your bra size and different bra styles will fit differently.

Can I continue to wear an underwire bra while pregnant?

Around three to four months pregnant you will notice a change in your bust. This is when we recommend you stop wearing an underwire bra as it can place pressure on milk ducts and soft tissue, potentially blocking milk flow and leading to nasty infections. Traditional bras also do not have the room for the diaphragm to grow during pregnancy. Increase in weight and size of the breast during pregnancy causes skin to stretch and the breast to drop, therefore it is important to be fitted for your maternity bra.

Can Carvèll lingerie & swimwear still help with bra fitting and advice after breast surgery?

After breast surgery, women have special needs. Carvèll lingerie & swimwear has professionally trained staff to help you with advice and personalised fitting. We can help with mastectomy bra inserts to restore confidence and feminine contours.