Marie Jo is a European lingerie company known its perfect blend of beautifully fitting bras and supreme style. Little sister to lingerie queen Prima Donna, Marie Jo designs and styles its bras in Prima Donna’s likeness, but with special attention to smaller cup sizes. Marie Jo specializes in cup sizes A-F and band sizes 30-40.
When searching for your perfect Marie Jo bra, there are a few more components to consider than just your actual bra size. An understanding of the way your band and cups fit, as well as which bra style best suits your body, is imperative. Understanding these key pieces will lead to a bra shopping experience that is both positive and productive.
Before beginning the quest for a great Marie Jo bra, please refer to our Bra Size Guide for proper sizing. Our Bra Fit Specialists are always on hand to help, so please let us know should you need more assistance. The right Marie Jo bra, all components considered, will create a lift and shape you may have never thought possible.
Step 1. THE BAND
Many women are wearing the wrong band size. Your bra band is quite possibly the most important part of the bra. Over 80% of your support is derived from the band. Before considering any other feature of the bra, pay attention to proper band sizing and positioning.
Correct Band Fitting
A perfect fitting band positions the breasts with the center bridge level with the back of the bra, snug but not too tight.
Band is Level With Cups
A good-fitting band maintains a 90 degree angle on the body. The correct band size is a crucial part of the bra fitting experience.
A Level Band Provides Support
The band should support the weight of the breasts and relieve pressure from the shoulders and straps.
Some very simple DON'Ts
More often than not, women choose a band size that is 1-2 sizes too small or too large.
Band is too Large/Loose
Bands that are too loose can ride up on your back and increase the weight of the breasts on the shoulders.
Cup Sags/No Support
This will create a droopy or saggy appearance, not giving proper support and lift. If this is your experience, move down one band size at a time to find the correct fit.
Excesively Loose Band
When the band can be stretched more than 2 inches from the body the bra is not able to provide any support or lift. The breast's weight will be on the shoulders and cause discomfort.
Band is Too Tight
Bands that are too tight will squeeze or pinch the soft tissue on the sides and back of the women. This can be uncomfortable and leave indentations on the skin and may even constrict breathing. If this is your experience, move up one band size at a time to find the correct fit.
Many women make the mistake of dismissing their correct band size because they believe it is too snug or tight. Keep in mind that most women also wear the wrong bra size for this very fact. After following the size guide and finding your proper size, your new size will feel snug, even “too tight” for its first few wears. With just a few wears, a Marie Jo bra will loosen and moldto your body like a second skin. A Marie Jo bra should be fastened on its last hook when new. Move towards the last hook as the bra ages and loosens.
A good band fit quick guide:
- The back panel should sit level with the center bridge. If your back band rides up, the band is too big.
- The center bridge should rest where the breasts fall away from the chest when leaning over.
- The bra's center bridge must make direct contact to your chest, without any gapping or spacing.
- The bra straps are not responsible for supporting the weight of the breast, this is the bra band’s job.
- You will know you are wearing the right band size when you are able to easily slip one finger between the bra band and your back- allowing just enough room for comfort while supporting and lifting.
- Marie Jo bras have signature design features that make their fit so unique. One of the greatest features is the bra band fabric choice: a firm, non-stretch fabric, much different from other popular companies, who use fabric with too much elastic. Unless incorrectly fitted, Marie Jo bra bands will not dig into skin or create back fat, but lie beautifully against the body.
- Another unique Marie Jo design feature is the curved back band. Instead of a straight-across cut, Marie Jo bra bands are contoured to the shape of a woman’s body, which does a fantastic job of absorbing weight and pressure from the breasts.
If you have back fat, a “too tight” band is typically not to blame. The real culprit is usually a too large bra band. Remember, your band should sit around the slimmest part of your body. A band that is too large will ride up the back and begin to dig into the soft tissue of your back, also known as back fat. The right band size will alleviate back fat and create a smooth silhouette. If you prefer extra coverage, try a bra with wide side and back panels. A slimming camisole can also help.
Step 2. THE CUP
Marie Jo Bras offer a wide range of cup coverage options. The most popular cup styles from Marie Jo are Plunge or Demi. Marie Jo does a fantastic job with designing contour cup bras, commonly known as T-Shirt Bras: smooth, seamless and lightly lined.
Marie Jo’s classic collection offers familiar cup styles, fabric choices and designs. Marie Jo L’Aventure Collections are offer fashion forward design, still with a beautiful fit.
Marie Jo bras have moderately sized back bands, typically with one set of hooks, sometimes two sets. Marie Jo bras come in cup sizes A-F, offering stylish options regardless of size: a wonderful feature that is hard to come by.
Perfect fitting cups sit comfortably in the space provided, making a seamless transition from breast to cup. The bridge for the bra is located in the front between the cups and should make direct contact with the breast bone.
Cup Too Large
Cups that are too large will not properly support and lift your breasts. The cups will gap, wrinkle or sag, creating an unappealing appearance. This puckering will show under clothing.If this is your experience, move down one cup size at a time to find the correct fit.
Cup Too Small
Cups that are too small may pinch or squeeze your breasts, causing them to spill from the top of the cup or beneath the underwire. This buldge will show under clothing. If this is your experience, move up one cup size at a time to find the correct fit.
How do your cups measure up? Here’s a quick check:
- Your breasts should make a smooth transition from the top of the cup into the bra. If you notice bulging from the top of the cup or even underneath the underwire, your cup is too small, and you will need to move up at least one cup size. Depending on how extreme the bulging is, you may need to move up two cup sizes.
- If you notice any wrinkling or sagging from your cups, they are too large. Move down one cup size at a time to obtain the seamless transition for a flawless silhouette.
- If you notice your straps falling off your shoulder, this is most likely because your cups are too big, leaving excess room and pushing your straps right off your shoulders. You can remedy the situation by shortening the straps. Shortening the straps too much will compromise the breasts’ proper 90 degree positioning.
Many women are afraid of their real cup size. Whatever it may be, we urge you to not get hung up on thesize. The fit and positioning on the other side is too incredible to miss.
Marie Jo is best known for their contour cup bras, which are lightly lined or padded to create a rounded shape and conceal the nipple. Unless heavily padded, contour t-shirt bras do not add to your breast size or appearance. Contour t-shirt bras create the most seamless silhouette under close fitting clothing.
Some Marie Jo Bra styles take a cue from sister company Prima Donna Bras, and deliver bras with a soft molded cup. Molded cups are typically lacy and rely on seams for support and shape. Molded Bras create the most natural shape of any type of bra. These seams are quite incredible and actually direct breast tissue into the right place. Multiple seams inside the cup creates panels to lift center and shape the breasts.
Your bra cups can make or break your entire appearance. The right cup size and style will majorly and positively affect the way you look and feel.
Step 3. THE STYLE
Marie Jo Bras are created for modern women, who are on-the-go and need a variety of reliable bras for the many roles plays. Having many bra choices can be wonderful, but also a bit intimidating if you are unsure what to look for. Certain styles work better on certain body shapes and sizes; some styles serve a purpose for certain outfits or events. It is imperative to choose a shape that delivers support with a great presentation. This is what bra styling is all about.Marie Jo offers a great range of styles, just for you!
Full Cup Bra
Demi Cup Bra
No two bras will fit the same way. You should be familiar with a variety of Marie Jo bra styles before selecting the best every day, go-to bra style. Generally speaking, women need at least three basic everyday bras: one black and one nude plunge, one black and nude strapless, and at least two fashion styles to round out your wardrobe.
Here is an outline of the most common Marie Jo bra styles. Read our bra style guide for a more advanced explanation.
- Marie Jo’s specialty style is theSeamless T-shirt Bra. A T Shirt Bra serves multiple functions and is always a reliable choice for a smooth, seamless silhouette under close fitting clothing. T Shirt Bras are comfortable and versatile. It is easy to see why T-Shirt Bras become most women’s favorite everyday selection.
- Marie Jo has perfected the hard to design/hard to wear strapless bra. Marie Jo Strapless bras are beautifully executed and designed to “stay put” and in place without constant pulling, tugging and adjusting. Even slight design features like ridged silicone strips inside the bra band, a wider back band and a solid center bridge make Marie Jo Strapless bras a wonderful choice.
- Every woman deserves to feel sexy and Marie Jo’s line of sexy bras offer feminine, luxurious touches for instant sex appeal. Many popular brands deliver a sexy bra but cannot simultaneously deliver a great fit. This is not true for Marie Jo Bras!
- For a day or an outfit that requires your breasts to be tucked away, try a Full Cup Bra. This is your best bet for full coverage and support.