The Perfect Bra Fitting: Why You Need to Experience Anna Bella Fine Lingerie

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The Perfect Bra Fitting: Why You Need to Experience Anna Bella Fine Lingerie

I must confess. I love to wear a beautiful bra. There is just something about wearing pretty lingerie that makes my day feel a little more special. Yes, I realize that no one sees it but me and that’s OK. It is something that I do for me. Now what goes along with that is the perfect bra fitting. The bra can be oh so pretty, but if the fit isn’t right it doesn’t help me feel good about the way I look and feel. I have read more than once that 80% or more women are walking around wearing the wrong size bra.

I think that all of us have done that in our lifetime. Probably more than once. A few months ago, I noticed that some of my bras just didn’t look right under some of my tops. At first, I thought maybe the elastic was wearing out. I didn’t think that my body had changed, but I was wrong. So let’s dive into why we should make sure our bras are fitting properly and how to make sure they are doing what they need to do.

You can read about some of my favorite bras here and my favorite sports bras here.

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Why It’s Important to Have a Bra that Fits

A good fitting bra is key to making whatever we are wearing look just right. What it also does is make sure that your breasts are totally supported. No matter your size, having the right amount of support is important. Wearing a bra that doesn’t fit correctly can cause us some issues. If it is too tight, then it can cause skin irritations. On the opposite end, if your bra is fitting too loosely you won’t have enough support and it can lead to sagging. I don’t know about you, but gravity and sagging are not the look that I am going for even in midlife.

What most of us are guilty of (me included) is just buying the size/brand that we have been wearing in the past. Well, just like everything else these days sizing is not standardized in the bra industry either. There are so many different styles, shapes of cups, and band widths and you have to take all of that into account.

When you are wearing a perfectly fitting bra you will feel empowered and comfortable. Yes, those two things can go hand in hand. You will be able to go about whatever you need to do in your day in comfort. Not having to worry about it being too tight around your back, your straps slipping down, or the girls not being where they should be is a great feeling.

What to Expect At A Perfect Bra Fitting

For the perfect bra fitting you shouldn’t worry about what is going to happen. The process is easy if you have a good, properly trained fitter. They will take two measurements to get started. The first will be your ribcage or just under your breasts. The next will be the fullest section of your bust. From their they will calculate approximately what size you will wear.

THAT is when their training kicks in. They have the measurements to go by, but then they need to match the bra to the shape and size of your breasts. Yes, they are sort of a matchmaker. At this point they should bring several bras in your approximate size and that is how you will know that you have had a perfect bra fitting. Let the fitter make adjustments to the straps and then you will know how your bra should look and feel on your body.

How Often Should You Get Fitted

Most fitters will tell you that you should stop in for a fitting check up at least once a year. Think of it like your annual mammogram. Just making sure that all is good and OK.

As humans we are also ever changing. If you experience weight loss or gain, then stop in and just make sure that you are still wearing things from your previous perfect bra fitting that work for your body. Also, if you have major hormone fluctuations it might be time to double check your fit.

Now that we have gone thru the whys and whats of a perfect fitting bra I want to introduce you to the best place in the metro Atlanta area to go for a fitting. We are so fortunate to have such a great resource here in the northern suburbs of the city.

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Pam McKinzie, owner and me chatting prior to my fitting

Let’s Meet the Owner of Anna Bella Lingerie

Tell us a little about you, the owner, and why you opened this beautiful boutique in Alpharetta.

Coming from a family of large busted women, lingerie (and bras in particular) presented a challenge.  I was nearing 50 before introduced to an entirely new world of bras that actually fit.  That was the beginning of my passion for the industry and my delight in spreading the news to family and friends.  When I decided to open a business of my own in 2014, I was advised to “follow my heart”.  I followed this recommendation and am delighted to now be able to share the same excitement experienced years prior with customers that walk through our doors every day!

What can customers expect to find in your store when they walk in the door? 

Anna Bella believes that women of every economic sector should have the opportunity to indulge themselves in lovely intimates.  For that reason, we offer exclusive pieces for those that want the very best.  We also offer a variety of options for those on tight budgets.   When it comes to bras, we stock over 120 different sizes & are well stocked to ensure all our customers can find a great fit at the time of their visit.  The majority of our bra inventory is held in the stock room.  After an initial measurement, our sales associates bring a selection of bras for consideration that should be a good fit for the customer.  This makes the process much easier for the customer & eliminates trying on product that isn’t a good fit.

What can a woman expect when she comes in for a bra fitting in your store.  What sets you apart from the department stores here in the metro Atlanta area which is where most women go for a fitting.

Anna Bella is best known for exceptional service.  Our employees serve as partners with customers in their quest to select intimates best suited to their taste and style.  Fitting rooms are private and well appointment with plenty of space for associates to assist in the try on process.  Our goal is to have every customer leave our store confident in their selections and extremely satisfied with their shopping experience.   It is commonplace to see customers hugging their fitters when they leave Anna Bella.  We don’t see ourselves as a store – – but rather as a valued part of the community through empowering their women.

What are the top 3 most common sizes of bras that you sell?  What sizing can women expect to find at your store?

The most common size sold is a 32F. However the most important thing to expect is a bra that fits your unique body.  You will never be the exact same size in bras from various manufacturers. We don’t focus on size but rather on fit points on the body.  In addition to getting the best size, getting the right STYLE of bra is equally important.

What is the thing/feeling that you like a woman to take away from having a fitting at your boutique?

When a customer enters Anna Bella Fine Lingerie, they enter a relaxed environment. You are greeted by friendly staff in an environment that is visually appealing.  Customers generally comment on the wonderful scent that greets them (thanks to Scent Air) and the upbeat music contributing to a relaxed yet uplifting mood.   Categorized in sections to help in locating the intimates desired. 

Personally, what is your favorite color of bra to wear and why?

RED!  That is red with blue undertones.  No, it’s not witchcraft.  This color red is considered to be a neutral and can be worn under light clothing without being detected.  So when selecting between a nude or red, there is no contest.  For me Red wins every time.

My Experience At Anna Bella Lingerie

From the moment you walk in the door you feel welcomed. You can tell that the staff is there to help you and they want to make sure that you find something that you fall in love with and that fits you properly. In my opinion, that is something that is not easy to find this day and time.

My Perfect Bra Fitting Experience

The day that I was there to meet with Pam for my fitting. She came over and apologized for running late. The person before me just needed more time than she had anticipated. She wanted to make sure that the woman was taken care of and had a positive experience. While I waited for my fitting another employee of the store showed me around the boutique. She educated me about all of the different lingerie that they carried in the store.

Turns out I was wearing the correct size bra. I measure for a 26DD, but that size doesn’t exist. Pam found 28 and 30 DD bras in her stock room for me to try. Some worked better than others. That shows that not all bras are made alike. If at first you don’t succeed in finding the right fit, then you move on to another style or brand. We were able to find several that fit my body beautifully.

Honestly, it was so nice not to have to roam around a large store looking for an employee that may or may not be able to help you. You can tell that all of the staff is trained to help you find what you are looking for. They want to make sure that you have a wonderful shopping experience. They want to you to be that repeat customer who pops in from time to time. Even if it is just to say hello and check out the latest new merchandise that has arrived.

You can find their exact location and operating hours on there website and you can also follow them on Instagram here.


Thanks for stopping by today. If you are in the metro Atlanta area, I hope that you will stop in and check out Anna Bella Fine Lingerie for your next perfect bra fitting. Also, please share this with anyone that you think would enjoy reading about my experience and enjoy the service that they provide. Every read and share means the world to me.


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  1. jodie filogomo says:

    I wish more women would read that sentence: “We don’t focus on size but rather on fit points on the body”
    I know so many that focus on their size and think a bra isn’t right if their size doesn’t fit.
    We need more education about how to focus on fit.
    It’s funny because as I’ve gotten older, I don’t like the compression from a strap anymore. So I’ve changed to the non-clasp ones and I can wear them all day without annoyance.
    At first I thought it was that I was in the wrong size, but I’ve tried so many different ones, that I think it’s just me.

    1. Yes, it was so nice to go somewhere for a fitting where the staff was truly educated about fit. I agree. Sizes are just numbers when it comes to any and all garments. Just give me something that fits and flatters my body. Comfort is key too.

  2. What an enlightening post. I do wish she had a shop closer to me. It’s inspiring to read about someone who clearly loves what she does and is good at educating others.

    1. Debi,
      Yes, it is such a wonderful experience and you can tell that the owner is so passionate about making women with all sizes of chest feel beautiful.

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