How to Find Your Perfect Bra Size

Anyone with breasts knows that the act of ripping off your bra as soon as you make it through the front door after a long day is a sacred ritual. After hours of sitting in discomfort at work the moment when you get to free yourself of uncomfortable underwire and tight straps feels like heaven. However, this relatable moment that we all have each day can actually be a product of ill-fitting bras. In fact, most women are wearing the wrong bra size. This can be for a variety of reasons. Some of us are not comfortable going into a store and getting sized.

Or maybe you got sized years ago but haven’t gotten an updated measurement to determine if your body has changed or shifted. Regardless of the reason for your ill-fitting bra, there are some things that you can do to help figure out which size is right for you. Keep reading to learn how to find your perfect bra size.

Get Measured

Getting measured at a lingerie store is always a sure-fire way to make sure that you are shopping for the correct bra size. You can go into any shop that sells lingerie and ask to be sized for free. This is a fool-proof way to ensure that you are getting an accurate measurement. It can also be helpful to get measured by a couple different retailers if you want to be extra sure. The professionals will also help you determine your ‘sister-size’ which is your alternative size that you can wear if you have a hard to purchase size or if something you really like is out of stock in your size.

However, if you are not comfortable being measured by someone else or if you plan to shop online then fear not, you should be able to determine your bra size on your own! Let’s take a look at how to measure your own chest to get an accurate size.

How to Measure Yourself

When it comes to self-measurements, you will be looking for two numbers. You will be measuring for your band and bust size. You will want to have a soft measuring tape that you can easily wrap around your chest on hand. When measuring for your band size, start by wrapping the measuring tape around your torso, directly under your breasts. You will want to ensure that the measuring tape is level and snug against your skin. If you fall between whole numbers, round up.

Record that number and then you can move on to measuring the bust. To get this number accurately, you will want to wrap the measuring tape loosely around the fullest part of your chest right around where your nipple is. You will want to take a deep breath in and out once you have the tape in place. This will help the measuring tape to slide into a comfortable yet snug position. Round up to the nearest whole number if you fall on a half-inch.

Once you have your two measurements, then you will be able to determine your bra size. In order to figure out your cup size, you will need to subtract your band size from your bust size. The difference between these two numbers will determine what your cup size is. If the difference between these two numbers is less than one, then you are a double A. If the difference is one you are an A, two means you are a B, three is a C cup, four for a D cup and five for a double D. For example, if your band size was 34 inches and you bust size was 37 inches, then you’ll subtract to get the number three which means you are a C cup.

How to Know if You’ve Got a Good Fit

You will know you have chosen the right bra size by how that size feels when you wear it. A properly fitted bra will sit effortlessly on your chest without you feeling any pulling or discomfort. Your breasts should fill the cups without spilling over or having any gapping. The underwire should surround each breast without pinching you and the center of the bra should sit flat between your breasts without any lifting. The band should lay straight and should not ride up in the back. Straps should stay in place without digging in or slipping off your shoulders.

The Right Fit

Shopping for bras doesn’t have to be stressful, just like wearing a bra doesn’t have to be uncomfortable. With the right tips and tricks, you should be able to have accurate sizing information on hand for any bra shopping excursion. It’s time to stop wearing uncomfortable, ill-fitting bras and to instead focus on making sure that your bra is working well for you Read More

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