One thing is certain: the balconette bra is one of the most popular bra designs, and for good reason. It's a design that flatters a variety of body shapes and sizes, can show off some cleavage without being too revealing, provides adequate support despite less coverage, and looks great with low-cut tops and dresses. Did we mention it's insanely sexy?

Of course, selecting a balconette bra that fits properly is essential to looking and feeling your best. As a result, here are some top-fit suggestions to remember while shopping for new balconette bras.

The Cups

Because the balconette bra barely covers the bottom part of your breasts (to just above the nipple line), leakage is one of the biggest fit difficulties with the cups. So, if the top of the cups appears to be cutting into the breast tissue, or if your breasts are not contained by the cups (spillage can go out of the sides or bottom, too), you should probably move up a cup size. But first, lean forward and adjust your breasts inside the cups to ensure perfect positioning. Also, there should be no gaping at the top of the cups – this is an indication that the cups are too big.

Is there a space between your bust band and your body? This usually means you need to move up a cup size.

The Straps

Wider set straps are another distinguishing element of the balconette bra. They may fall off your shoulders if the bra does not fit correctly since they are situated farther out. If they're falling off, it's usually a hint that you should get a larger band size.

In contrast, if the straps dig against your shoulders, the band may be too broad. That's because when the band is too big, it can't give appropriate support, therefore you have to tighten the straps to compensate. The straps should be tight on your shoulders (no more than a finger or two should fit underneath them) but not uncomfortable.

The Band

Because the band provides the majority of the bra's support, it must fit precisely. Check in the mirror that the balconette bra is level around your torso. Also, make sure you can slip two fingers beneath the band in the back and one beneath it in the front.

You'll know you need a smaller size if the band rides up in the back.

The Center Gore

The center gore is the panel that runs between the cups at the center front of the bra. This panel should be positioned flat on your skin. If the central gore is lying on top of the breast tissue, or if there is a gap between your body and the panel itself, you should consider a larger cup size.

These easy fit tests can help you locate a balconette bra that fits your unique form and size. Of course, if you haven't been fitted by a professional in the previous few months — especially if you're trying out a new style for the first time — it's always a good idea! A professional will not only help you establish your right size but will also recommend special balconette bras that are match your needs and tastes.

By Blakely