Okay, so what exactly is the two finger rule?
In bra fitting, you’re supposed to check the tightness (and/or looseness of your band) in a handful of ways. One of those ways is the two finger rule. As a general rule, you should be able to fit no more (and, no less) than two fingers under the band in the center of your back where the fastenings meet.
If you can simply slide your whole hand under there….band too big. If you can’t squeak even one finger in under there, band is too tight.
Okay, so that’s the two finger rule. Nothing to really complain about here, right?
Let’s keep moving….
So, another rule is that the band should be “comfortably snug, but not digging into your back”
I don’t have pictures, but if I could show you right now, I have on my Elomi Hermione size 40HH….Let’s check the fit real quick:
- Two finger rule: I can fit 4 fingers under the center of my band at the back, and I have it hooked on the tightest hooks (I know, I know… I need a 38…)
- Digging in: Kind of? According to this picture, my band is digging in….BUT I do still have back fat, regardless of what I wear. I’m so ridiculously short waisted it’s not even fair…
I’ve seen it said that if the band rolls up (the material on the lower part of the band flips up/does not lay flat on your body) that this means that the band is too tight.
Let’s continue with the assessment of the fit of my Hermione bra
- Band rolling up: Yep. It flips as soon as I put the dang thing on.
I mean….the bra is actually too big in the band. I’m always tugging that sucker down my back, even on the tightest hooks. So, if some people say that if the band flips it means the material is pulled too tight… I just don’t even know how my bra is supposed to fit me then!
Here’s what I think about flippy bands:
- In some situations, yes, a flipping band may be the result of a band being too tight. BUT before you go and buy a new bra, double check the fit of your band with the other “rules” mentioned here (see: suggestions….) and the overall fit of your bra in general.
- A flipping band when all other signs of a good fit are present may be related to being short waisted
- A flipping band can be the result of just poor quality elastics in a bra
- OR, a flipping band is the result of your band being too big, and the elastics not properly tacking to your body…..
I’ve found that with my all of my bras except for my Curvy Kates (that I used to own….), bands that have the thick piece of elastic at the bottom tend to flip on my body. Anything that doesn’t have this wider band sits where it is supposed to. I also have only 2-38 band bras to really compare, so I can’t speak as to having a tighter band not roll. However, if you want a great representation of what my body looks like, check out XL Hourglass’ post from a few months ago about this very same topic….
***What about you? Have you ever had problems with your bra band rolling? What do you think of the two finger rule???***