Does it seem like there is not a single bra out there that fits you perfectly? Do you often see something protruding near your chest when you stumble upon a mirror/glass door – and are mortified? Trust me when I say this, I know exactly how you feel, I’ve been there, done that! But, to be honest, I did not have my basics right. Hey, better late than never! After my last bra shopping disaster, I did some research and had a revelation. So, everything I (thought) knew about bras was wrong.
But worry not, I have it all sorted out now! Let’s take it from the top, unlearn, and relearn. Together!
How To Measure A Bra Size
There is not one hard and fast rule that says one size fits all – not all bra types, I mean. It is worth mentioning that you must try a bra of every type before you are sure of the size. There would not be a radical difference in the sizes for every type/brand, but there would, most definitely, be some. Research shows that 80% women are oblivious to their true bra size. And for all you know, you might be wearing an incorrect one as we speak. The most obvious aspect we all go wrong with is the band size, amongst several others. So, here’s what determines your size.
Step 1 – Measure Your Band Size
- Wrap the tape around your chest, where your band sits, and ensure that it is snug, but not too tight or loose.
- Round it off to the next even number if it’s an odd measurement or in fractions. For example, if the measurement is 33 or 33.5 inches, the size will be 34. Or, for 35, try both 34 and 36, again depending on your cup size.
Make a note of this final number.
Step 2 – Measure Your Cup Size
- Wrap the tape loosely around the fullest part of your breast.
- A simple option is to measure it at the nipple level – this invariably gives an accurate number.
- Round it off to the nearest or next whole number.
- Make a note of this final number.
Step 3 – Calculator
Subtract the cup size from the band size. The difference in the inches will correspond to your cup size.
Things To Remember
- The numerical part of the size is your band size, and the alphabetical part is the cup size. So, for example, if your size is a 34D – ‘34’ is your band size, and ‘D’ is the cup size.
- Go braless or wear a non-padded bra while you get your measurements done. Or, wear something light like a T-shirt and avoid sweaters, hoodies, jackets or anything that is thick.
- Be vigilant while getting your measurements, especially if you having sagging or larger breasts. I would say, go one step further and get a second opinion if you want to be extra cautious. There have been instances where the difference of the sizes was rather alarming the second time around.
- Get a one-time professional fitting done, and they will help you go through everything we just discussed. Plus, the experts say that the measurements are generally more accurate when you let someone else do your fitting.
Choosing the right bra is nothing but knowing your exact bra size for every type. However, we can’t just magically arrive at this number. We need to work backward and connect a few dots to get there. So, before we deep dive into learning how to measure and understand other aspects, let’s go over a few pointers.
- Move your arms around like a windmill to see if your breasts are falling out or hanging from the bottom, your bra is riding up, etc. In that case, try adjusting the straps first. Otherwise, you will need to go with a smaller cup size.
- If your bra straps are pinching or digging into your shoulders, or there is spillage of breasts, making the two of them look like four, you need a bigger size.
- Bend forward and wear your bra so that everything goes into the cup and nothing hangs under the wire.
- Make sure the cup is taut, and there is no extra room.
- Always hook your bra at the closest (first) eye and run your two fingers along the breadth. Your fingers should slide comfortably. The bra will loosen up with time, and you can hook it on the next eye then.
- If your bra is riding up your back and you’re always pulling it down, you need a smaller size (band).
- The center part of the bra should just sit perfectly, it should not stick out, neither should it poke your skin.
Things To Remember
- As a rule of thumb, your bra should fit snugly around your body. It should neither be too tight nor too loose.
- When you go up or down your bra size, the cup size also differs. For example, if your size is 34B, a bigger size for you would be 36A. Or, if you want a smaller size, then you choose 32C and vice versa.
- It is easier to determine your band size first, and then map it to your cup size.
- Remember that your breasts should be approximately midway between your elbows and shoulders.
- The cups will do the heavy lifting and the straps will support them, so do not forget to adjust them the first time around.
Now that you know how to choose the right bra that fits you perfectly, what are you waiting for? With the number of options out there, bra shopping should not be that bad. There is one for everyone. Here’s hoping this article helps you. Save the link and skim through it again before you actually go on a shopping (bra) spree. If you have any questions, please post them in the comments section below.
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