Did you know that 80% of women wear the wrong bra size? It’s true.
Some of the common mistakes are getting a bra that is too small in cup size, or a band that is too loose.
Couple that with the fact that as your weight fluctuates (due to age or pregnancy) so too does your bra size, and you can see why bra size is a big big problem for women.
Following are 5 simple steps for finding your true bra size.
Trust me, you’ll feel more comfortable (…and you might even save some money in the process).
How To Find Your True Bra Size
Here are 5 easy steps to find the right bra:
With a tape measure, measure the area all the way around just beneath your breasts. Your arms should be down, and the tape measure should be snug.
NOTE: The number on your tape measure is not your band size though. Once you have the number, if it is odd you will want to round up to the next even number and if it is even, you will still want to round up to the next even number.
This is best accomplished by looking at the cup size you’re presently wearing.
NOTE: Since cups are sized according to band size, every time you go down in number on the band size, you must increase your cup size by one as well. What this means is that if your band size is 33 inches and you started out with a 32A cup, then your cup size will be 34B.
3. Try on some bras.
Using the cup and band size you’ve determined from steps 1 and 2 above, you’re now ready to start trying on bras.
NOTE: Keep an open mind and don’t get too focused on one particular size though, because different brands may require different sizes. So the formula above gets you close, but it may not be your perfect size just yet. It’s just a ballpark figure to get you started.
The perfect band size is the tightest that you can comfortably wear but which will still support you without feeling as though your shoulders are being weighted down.
NOTE: If your shoulders feel as though they are really being pulled on from below then you’ve gotten a band size that is too tight.
The perfect cup size is one that your breasts fill up with no space left inside, and there is no fabric wrinkling. Also check for bulging anywhere. If there is bulging at the top, sides or even under your arms then you need to try a different size.
NOTE: You want to be certain that the underwire encloses your entire breast and lays flat against your ribs.
And that, my friends, is how you find your “true” bra size!
The Bottom Line…
If you’ve done any of the following, then you probably need to adjust your bra size:
- Lost or gained 5 to 7 pounds
- Experienced childbirth or menopause
- Changed your diet or exercise regime
More Great Tips To Use When Bra Shopping
In addition to the links I’ve included above, here are some other resources to help you find the right bra size:
- Bra Size Calculator
- The Quest To Build The Perfect Bra
- Bra & Undergarment Questions
- Common Bra Problems & Solutions
- Bra Measurements In Various Countries
- How To Measure Your Bra Size
- Bra Q&A: Sizing & Fitting
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