Wearing the wrong bra size can ruin an otherwise perfect outfit. Its not rocket science, but so many women wear the wrong size. Do you have wrinkling in the cups, underwire poking the sides of your breasts, a band that rides up, cup spillage, slipping straps, or a bra that hikes up when you lift your arms? You may need a new size. You should be measured every year or two since, sadly, things change, don’t they, Ladies? Weight gain or loss, pregnancy, a new workout, and aging all play a factor.
Step One: BAND SIZE
While braless (or wearing a non-padded bra,) measure around the bottom of where the band hits – directly under your bust. The measuring tape should be level and very snug. Round to the nearest whole number. If the number is even, add four inches. If it’s odd, add five. Your band size is the sum of this calculation. (So if you measured 32 inches, your band size is 36. If you measured 33 inches, your band size is 38.)
Step Two: CUP SIZE
Wrap the measuring tape somewhat loosely around the fullest part of your busy (at nipple level). Round to the nearest whole number. Subtract your band size from your bust measurement and refer to chart. Example: 37 inches (bust) – 34 inches (band) = 3 inches. That’s a 34C.
|Under 1 inch||AA Cup|
|1 inch||A Cup|
|2 inch||B Cup|
|3 inch||C Cup|
|4 inch||D Cup|
|5 inch||DD Cup|
|6 inch||DDD or F Cup|
A few more tips:
Adjust the band. The back of the bra should be level with the front.
Make sure the bra is not too tight. Slide two fingers underneath the straps and under the band.
Put on a close-fitting shirt over the bra. If the cups are puckering or your breasts bulge, you need to try a different size.
If you need to go down a cup size for fit, go up one band size, and vice versa. For example, if a 34C is too big for you, move to a 36B.
Choose a bra that fits perfectly when secured on the outermost hook. Then when the bra loosens over time, you can make the band taut by moving towards the tightest hook.