(Closed) Best NYC Bra Fitting?

posted 6 years ago in New York City
Post # 4
6350 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

I can’t help re NYC, but some general tips are:

Always, always always look at the fit, NOT the label. A shop might put you at a certain size, but this doesn’t mean you’ll be that same size everywhere you shop. I’ve been measured as a 34C, but I can wear either a 36B, 36C, 34D, or 34Dirty Delete, depending on the make and style, so I always bring a range of sizes into the changing rooms.

A well-fitting bra should fit snuggly on the loosest setting: this is because the elastic gives as you wear them, so if you buy one that fits snuggly on only the tightest setting, it will soon loose elasticity and won’t fit so well.

The strap across the back should sit below your shoulder blades, and sit snuggly without digging in, or creating ‘back fat’.

The straps should be snug and secure, but again not dig in; if you’re bigger busted, go for thick straps. I would also look at bras with a triple hook and eye fastening at the back, rather than the more standard double, as this will give more support.

The cups should sit perfectly across your skin; they should not gape, or be too tight (creating a ‘four boob’ effect). Always bend over, and check the profile from the side.

Style-wise, I tend to go for comfort. My favourite are bras that offer good coverage, as they give more support, and a better shape under clothes IMPO. I would avoid plunge styles as these aren’t as supportive generally speaking. You might also want to consider a long-line bra, as again these offer more support, or a body. Also, buy for your style of dress eg a low back will require something backless or multiway.

Hope This Helps

Post # 5
2316 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Old Stone House in Brookyn

I used to work there, so this isn’t entirely unbiased, but try Linda’s Bra Salon. The Murray Hill location is much bigger and has D+ swimwear too, so I would recommend that location over the UES one.


Post # 6
2362 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

Bra tenders is THE place to go for this! Mrs hamster wrote a post about it, and I went as well

Post # 7
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I have heard lindas is the place to go. I saw a coupon on gilt and grabbed it. Have my appointment for a bra fitting this Saturday(Murray hill location they told me was better than the yes one as another bee noted already) so I will give results after ( I’m also very busty and am hoping they can get me a hardcore longline bra that secures me….we shall see! )

Post # 9
277 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Bra Tenders was good.  The lady knew my size just by looking at me.  I also went to a place on Atlantic Ave in Brooklyn called Iris Lingerie becuase I thought the bra tender place can’t be right but they confirmed. Bra Tender requires a appointment but Iris doesn’t need one.  FYI Iris is  located downstairs of a clothing/accesory shop. 

Post # 10
29 posts
  • Wedding: October 2012

My favorite place is this tiny, semi-sketchy looking, orthodox family-owned slice tucked into the LES called Orchard Corsets. Read the reviews on yelp to get a feel for it, but if you are looking for a no-frills, no-overhead charge, expert fitting and bra reccomendation, this is it. It is like the Ollivanders of bra shopping! (Yes I am throwing in a Harry Potter reference!)



Post # 11
699 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I like Town Shop on the UWS.

Post # 12
1917 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I second Town Shop.  Some old lady will go into the dressing room and will help you get fitted.

Post # 13
97 posts
Worker bee

@sarahbabs:  did you end up going to any of these places? can i ask how much they charged?

Post # 14
18 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

I took my future mother in law to Linda’s the other week and granted Future Mother-In-Law IS crazy, but not crazy enough to merit how the staff at Linda’s treated her. It was two younger ladies (I would say mid 20’s) and they constantly ignored her questions, went on with their own conversation and at one point one of the sales staffed asked someone I assumed to be the manager for money out of the register to go buy some ice cream. what?! Honestly they couldn’t care less about getting it right let alone their customer service level. 


Hand’s down the BEST place to go is Bra Tenders. I have an appointment there on the 17th to pick something up for my first fitting. They may not have the sexiest choices but which would you rather on your wedding day, something that looks sexy and feels uncomfortable or something that really holds your shape and is somewhat comfortable to wear?

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