If you’re wondering what Victoria’s Secret really is: it might be that you’re not wearing the right bra size.
As much of the world begins to return to work, school and social gatherings after months away in lockdown, many who have ditched their bras are finding the fit isn’t like it used to be. While some have opted for wireless bras options — or rid the entire concept from their lives like Gillian Anderson — other women are on a quest to help find the perfect fit.
Lingerie model Madison Alexandra has been posting TikTok videos all about brassieres and in a now-viral TikTok video posted in April, Alexandra modeled the way a bra is supposed to fit for those who might forget. As part of a series she calls “Bra School,” she emphasized how women can have different breast shapes yet still be the same bra size because everyone’s bodies are unique and tissue can be distributed differently.
The model also explained the common misconceptions and ways bras are not supposed to fit, depending on breast shape.
Gapping, when there’s extra space in the cup, and spillage, when excess tissue comes out of the top of the bra, are common issues for bra wearers.
Gapping can happen at the bottom of the cups, as shown in Alexandra’s TikTok, as well as at the top of the cups or the sternum where the wires meet. Spillage can happen on the top or sides of the cups, and can sometimes cause the wire to sit on top of the breast tissue, which can damage it.
Alexandra also promoted a Reddit thread that first introduced the DIY “calculator” that promises to ensure the perfect fit.
As a certified bra fitting expert from my days in the retail world, this writer approves of this message. Breasts and chests come in varying shapes and sizes, and no set is exactly alike, which can make it difficult for women to find their Goldilocks fit — sometimes, you have to try a few before you get it right.