The Fitting Room

The fitting room at Posh Lingerie is designed to help ensure that you are wearing the proper bra size by offering suggestions on fit.  In addition, with all the different bra and panty styles to choose from, we provide you with tips on which style to choose based on what look you want to achieve from your lingerie.  All Fit Guides listed on Posh are in U.S. sizing.  Please also reference the Fit and Tips information on each product page for additional sizing recommendations specific to each brand. 

Bra-Fitting Tips

Most women already have some idea of their bra size.  However, many do not.  To find your approximate fit measure yourself around the band just below the breasts.  Then measure at the fullest part of your breasts.  Subtract the band size from the fullest measurement size.  For each inch it will be a cup size.  For instance if you measure 34” at your band and your full measurement is 37” you would be a “C” cup since there is 3 inches difference in the two numbers.  If you are in between even numbers such as a 35” band measurement round up to the next even number and that will be a 36” band.  Using a tape measure is only a guideline, so trying on bras to determine your size is, of course, the best way.

Putting on a bra

Always hook to the loosest set of eyes. This will allow you to adjust and tighten the band as the bra loosens. When the band is secure, lean forward and gently lift your breasts into the cups so that they sit higher in the bra cup and do not get caught behind the wire in the armpits, then adjust the underwire to fit in the crease without pinching. Adjust the straps and make sure they are not too tight or too loose. To ensure proper fitting, you should be able to slide two finger widths under the strap. Remember, all the support comes from the band-not the straps. Only 20% of lift comes from the straps while approximately 80% comes from the band.

Proper-fitting bra

To determine whether you are wearing the proper bra size, make sure your bra fits as follows: 

The band should sit horizontally across your back and parallel to the underside of the bust. The band should fit snuggly without riding up.

The straps should sit parallel or slightly V-shaped and they should not dig into the shoulder (though some very full breasted women may experience digging, a properly fitted bra will greatly decrease this).

The underwire and center front should sit flat against the breast bone. The underwire should also fit under and around the natural crease of each breast. The wire on the side of each breast should rest on skin and not the “fleshy” part of the breast tissue.

The cups should have no bulges or gaps. The breast tissue should be completely supported by the underwire and fit comfortably within the cups.




Lingerie Styles

Depending on how you want to express your sensuality – whether it be in a daring, classic or discreet manner – here are some tips for choosing your lingerie styles.

How to choose a bra style:


Demi and Balconnet:

To achieve the classic décolletage choose a demi or balconnet style– perfect for those plunging necklines. For a seamless, subtle lift with an invisible fit, select a contour cup. For a discreet, yet tantalizing effect, choose a lace bra with embroidery detailing on the cups. Allowing a little lace to peek through will add a touch of sexy elegance to any outfit! Demi styles work best on small to moderate sized breasts with a shallower top tissue, while balconnets work for all shapes and sizes, and balconnets are frequently called the "busty gal's demi".


Plunge or Push Up:

For maximum curves choose a padded push up bra, which will deliciously lift and add a rounded fullness to your figure while exposing the upper-side of the breasts.  The Push Up Bra works best for women with smaller tissue with a less full top, as the push up is designed to give your breasts a fuller, rounder look.  For bustier women, a balconnet bra will have the same effect without adding bulk.  Plunge bras and Push Ups are also excellent for that daringly low top or dress!  Choose the push-up to give unbeatable cleavage, or choose a lace plunge for that sexy peak of sheer lace!

fullcoveragemoldedFull Coverage, Molded, and Seamed Bras:

The full coverage style is great for women with average to fuller busts, providing excellent lift and seperation while controlling the top of the tissue, eliminating slippage and bouncing.  A seamed bra features anywhere from one to four seams in the cup and can be either a padded or loose cup style.  The seams are designed to improve the fit of a bra with verticle seams adding lift, and central and side support seams bringing in the tissue to project the breast more central and forward.  Seamed bras can come in any style at all.  Molded cup bras are designed to have no seams at all for a completely smooth silhouette.  They can be either padded (with a foam, rounded shape) or loose cup and can also come in any style at all.





Bikini, High Waist Brief, or Standard Brief:

The Classic Brief style offers full rear coverage in the traditional style and mid-rise waist support.  A High Waist Brief style offers the same full coverage rear with a fuller coverage top typically ending just under or above the belly button.  The Bikini cut brief offers the same front cut as a standard brief while allowing for a bit of cheeky fit in the rear.  Versatile, this style perfectly compliments any outfit!


Tanga, G-String or Thong:

The thong offers front coverage while daringly exposing the rear.  Invisible under clothing-no need to worry about panty lines! Tanga styles typically have a fuller coverage in the rear than a traditioinal thong and the back piece is almost always made of stretch lace, while a g-string style typically has a string for the side and/or rear piece.  Excellent for a sexy night in or for eliminating annoying pantylines under snug clothing!

boyshorts22222Shorty, Hipster, or Boyshort:

These styles of panty typically have wider sides and a fuller coverage rear and front. They are particularily flattering on more curvaceous figures either in hip or rear.  Boyshorts and standard Shortys tend to be slightly more full coverage than a typical Hipster panty, but they will vary from brand to brand.  Boyshorts are usually fuller coverage in the rear unless specified as "cheeky", while Hipsters and Shortys most often cover the full rear, but not as far down onto the thigh as full boyshorts.  Excellent for comfort, coverage, and everyday wear!






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