This little trick is the only way to know if your bra really fits….

We understand that bra fitting can be tough. There are a lot of different adjustments and techniques to getting a great fit and it can be hard to remember all of them. However if we were to give one tip to anyone struggling to find the correct bra then this would be it….


This is the method used to pull all the breast into the cup. Breasts tissue starts much further under the armpit than most people think and by making sure you pull all this forward into the cup you can ensure that the cup your wearing is the correct size for all your breast. Below we demonstrate how a bra can appear to fit at first glance but it may not be the case once adjusted….


Our Model wears a 32FF before adjusting.

This image shows a bra that has been put on but the ‘Scoop and Swoop’ hasn’t been carried out. To the untrained eye this bra would appear to fit – the wires are sitting flat and all the breast tissue looks to be encased in the cups however its just not the case. As you can see below….


Our Model wears a 32FF after adjusting.

See! Now all the breast tissue has been pulled forward from under the armpit and in to the cup it now shows that the cup is too small. The breast tissue is spilling out of the top and the wires are no longer sitting flat in the middle.

See again below:

Before ‘Scoop and Swoop’:


32FF before adjusting…

After ‘Scoop and Swoop’:


32FF after adjusting

Next up well show you a bra in the cup size up, it looks too big at first but once this nifty trick has been carried out….it fits like a dream!

The model is now wearing a 32G and before scooping all the breast tissue into the cup, it looks like this:


The cups look too large and are gaping at the top.


Again, the cups are gaping at the top..

However once our model ‘Scoops and Swoops’…


All the breast tissue is now contained…


…And now she has the perfect fit!

 Basically this post is here to show you that a bra can appear to fit at first glance but until you have made all the adjustments – specifically the ‘Scoop and Swoop’ you won’t know if you have the correct size.

The images below demonstrate this with a more severe sizes change…



This bra is a 36E, to a professional bra fitter it is clear that this isn’t the correct size however it is understandable that some women would assume this fits and wear it. The breasts looks to be contained, they’re not spilling and the back band looks ok, however when the model ‘Scoops and Swoops’ just see what happens…



Now this bra clearly doesn’t fit. The weight of the breasts are pushing on the cups and not containing them at all. There’s a large amount of spillage from the front and sides and because the back is too large the bra won’t be supporting as it should.

Below is a diagram showing how a bra sits before and after adjustments are made….

Scoop and swoop Landscape

 In the first instance the cups are ‘sitting on’ the breasts rather than encasing them. The breasts are laying against the body as they would if there wasn’t a bra there and the wires aren’t sitting under the root of the breast (where the breast sticks out of your body). It means the bra is pushing the tissue down and in towards the body rather than lifting it up and out. If you were to perform the ‘Swoop and Scoop’ in this bra you would find that the cups are much too small. The wires need to sit further back under the arm and sit all the way round the root of your boob, flat against your rib-cage, the cup also needs to have enough volume to allow for all the breast tissue to fit perfectly.

The second image shows how a correctly fitting bra looks on a breast. The wire is far enough back that it encases all the tissue. The cup is large enough to allow the breast to be projected and lifted up and outwards. The back band is parallel with the floor and is tight enough to pull the wires flush against the body. Overall the breast look much perkier and rounded, by being lifted they expose the waist and the secure back band will result in a much more comfortable fit. Scoop and Swoop= Happy Boobs!

Have a watch of our video to see the technique in action and prove what a difference it makes…

A Blogger we love, Bras and Body Image shows some more examples of this technique – plus some handy tips about how to put on a bra. So check her out for some inspiration here and to see lots of different shapes and sizes doing the Scoop and Swoop! Hooray!

So if you’re trying a bra and you think it fits then before you buy then just try the ‘Swoop and Scoop’ – you may be surprised!! Who else uses this method? Have you tried it and realised you need a new bra? We’d love to hear from you. Tweet us @CurvyKate using the hashtag #ScoopandSwoop.

Big love x

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  • May 26, 2016


    An actual video demonstration of the technique would helpful.

  • May 26, 2016


    all well and good
    unfortunatly trying this takes me over HH which is the biggest i can find anyplace where i can try them on

    I am not going to order a whole load of bras just to send back most of them, especially as they will change size over a couple of months or release underwire to kill my washing machine

    this means i will continue to wear bras that don’t quite fit with shirts that don’t fit and dresses that don’t fit

  • May 26, 2016


    I agree with Sherita – a video would speak volumes.

  • May 26, 2016


    …..sooo how does one perform this necessary technique? You sold us on it but then never gave it to us…

  • May 26, 2016


    What brand is the brand of the blue bra is this model wearing?

  • May 27, 2016

    Stella Lee @Purfylle

    This is really well written and so many women need to know how important this step is in getting a good fit. I don’t see a need for a video, sliding your hand from armpit to bra cup is a pretty straight forward motion.

  • May 27, 2016

    Chantelle Crabb

    Thanks for the comment Sherita, we agree that a video would be helpful- so I guess we should make one!! Watch this space x

  • May 27, 2016

    Chantelle Crabb

    Hi Kelly, Thanks for your feedback- we’re definitely going to make a video to support this so watch this space! x

  • May 27, 2016

    Chantelle Crabb

    Hi Jill, the bra is by Curvy Kate and is called ‘Cascade’ – It’s available in 28-40 D-K and 42-44 D-G, follow the link below to purchase:


  • May 27, 2016


    What about older ladies with floppy boobs, I have more volume underneath than on top, making it difficult to decide what size cup I am. I do the scoop n swoop but my boobs are not comfortable

  • May 27, 2016


    I do this every day, without having been told to. i was recently fitted ‘properly’, however all the bras that ‘fit’ me pull my boobs out and down, and have underwires digging into my armpits. My incorrectly fitted bras leaves my boobs sitting as shown in your ‘correct’ image. I’ve never suffered the stereotypical “can’t wait to get home and take off my bra” untll i was put into a “properly fitted” armpit digger, and I can’t get anything else now. Aa a larger busted woman, I get sick of bras that want to pull them sideways, instead of front and centre.

  • May 28, 2016


    For everyone asking for a video of how to do the scoop and swoop, the Busty Resources Wiki has some linked here:

  • June 13, 2016

    Liz May

    The problem is that no matter how much you adjust your bra like this when you first put it on, once you start moving around, all the bits you scooped up will return to their original position! Are you suggesting we perform this “Scoop and swoop” procedure regularly throughout the day (every time we visit the loo maybe!) ?

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  • June 22, 2016


    I learned this from which was done in 2011 and has the scoop and swoop technique discussed and then demonstrated.

  • June 25, 2016


    Very good advice for a woman with large breasts like me. Congratulations

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