How To Measure Your Bra Size The Right Way

As a woman, you seek to accomplish a few things by putting on a bra. Comfort is at the top of the list of many women, as well as support and a fitting cover for their breasts. You may have noticed other upsides from wearing a good-fitting bra, like a boost in confidence, improved posture, and a generally sharp focus on daily activities. Unfortunately, for many women, finding the right bra is always a challenge. Statistics prove that between 80-90% of American women and girls wear the wrong size bra. Knowing your bra size is integral in ensuring the best bra shopping experience, whether online or during the visit. Most online lingerie stores have inscriptions of bra sizes to guide buyers. You can visit Cris’ Lingeries link for more info and get to sample a variety of bras and other lingerie. 

How Do I Know I Am Wearing The Wrong Bra Size?

Below are several telltale signs that can show you wearing the wrong bra. 

  • The band is not secured well on the body and keeps moving around your ribcage; alternatively, you may experience pain around the ribcage if the band is too tight. 
  • You experience breast skin spillage on the sides of the cups. This happens if the cup size is small. Alternatively, if the cups are larger than the breasts, they’ll have gaping spaces. 
  • Straps that are too tight and dig into your shoulder skin or so loose that they fall off. 
  • For underwire bras, you may feel the underwire digging into the breast.
  • Wearing the wrong bra size for a long time may cause shoulder and back pain.

You must have experienced at least one of the above signs if you’ve ever donned the wrong bra size. Many, if not most women, regularly experience this, and if you are among this group, it’s time to get yourself new sets of fitting bras. We are here to help you do just that by ensuring you’re equipped with the right information to know your correct size henceforth. 

You should also be aware that determining your correct bra size is not a one-time affair. Some women use measurements from years back yet always wonder why they never get their bras right. Bra measurements should be conducted at least after every 6 months. This is because women’s bodies are dynamic and can change rapidly due to hormonal variations, dietary plans, pregnancy, and weight changes. 

What do you need to measure your bra size at home (or anywhere for that matter)? You just need a measuring tape, a place to record the measurements, and of course, the steps we’ll mention below!  

Step 1: Take Your Band Size Measurement

It would be best if you did this without any bra for the most accurate measurement. If you’re wearing a bra for any reason, ensure it’s not padded. Place the tape measure primly around your ribcage (upper torso), just where the average bra band usually lies such that it is horizontal to the ground. Don’t hold the tape too tight; there should remain a small space that could comfortably fit a pen or finger; also, make sure to exhale deeply. A bra band that’s too tight will make you uncomfortable as it presses directly around the ribcage, more so if you have a thin body. 

Note the measurement and round it off into the nearest whole number. If it’s an odd number, add 5 inches to it to get your band measurement. If it’s an even number, add 4 inches. For instance, if you get a 27, your band size will be 32. If you get a 30, your band size will be 34. It’s not clear why bra manufacturers do this addition, but there are various speculations that you can find online.    

Step 2: Measure Your Bust Size

Again, take your measuring tape and place it in the same style as in step one above but this time across the point where the nipples are located(the fullest point of the breasts). Some breast shapes might be fuller towards the bottom while others might have less visible busts; in such a case, you should bend your waist such that it’s parallel to the ground to allow your breast tissue to adjust and balance(sometimes this is the standard recommended measure as it includes all breast tissue). Alternatively, you can lie on a comfortable flat surface and take your measurement. This time don’t hold the tape too loose(neither too tight), just at a comfortable level. Make sure to round off the measurement to the nearest whole number.   

Step 3: Calculate Your Cup Size

Your cup size results from subtracting your band size(the smaller measurement) from your bust size. For instance, if your measured band size is 32 inches and bust size is 34 inches, the resulting cup size will be; bust size (34) – band size (32) = 2 inches. A cup size of 2 inches (5cm) is rated as B; this will be size 32B. The letter labels on cup sizes vary from country to country. A difference of 1 inch or less is cup size AA both in the US/UK, while a difference of 6 is cup size DDD in the US and E in the UK. You can look out for the international table on cup sizes to learn more on this. 

Knowing your bra size is an important step that will always guide you into getting the best fit cup and band size. But it’s also important to note that bra sizes aren’t as conventional as you might think. A specific size in one store might not be the same size in another. It’s crucial always to try out sister sizes, which means going a size up or down for the best-fit bra. If you need to step down on cup size, it means increasing the band size by a similar factor and vice versa. 


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