Did you know that up to 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra size?
Many women just don’t know how to measure their bra size. Some simply pick a bra that feels okay, and they keep buying the same size for years. Others keep buying the same size even after weight gain or loss and end up in an ill-fitting bra.
Are you guilty of just picking the first bra that seems to fit? Have you been using the same bra size for years? If so, it’s time to learn how to measure your bra size.
Read on to learn all our tips for figuring out your bra size!
Are You Wearing the Right Size?
If you’re not sure if you’re wearing the right size, there are a few telltale signs to look for:
- Wrinkling in the cups
- Underwire poking your skin
- The band rides up (especially when you raise your arms)
- Slipping straps
- Cup spillage
In addition, if you’ve recently gained weight, lost weight, changed your exercise routine or diet, your breasts might have changed size. Likewise, if you’ve recently gotten textured breast implants, you might consider measuring your new size.
Figure Out Your Band Size
To figure out your band size, use a measuring tape around your torso, just under your breasts. It should go where your bra band would sit. Make sure it’s level and snug around your chest.
If you’re in between inches, round to the closest number. Then, if your number is even, add four. If your number is odd, add five.
For example, if you measured 34 inches, your band size would be 38. But, if you measured 35 inches, your band size would be 40.
Figure Out Your Cup Size
The next step is to measure your bust size. Use your measuring tape around the fullest part of your chest. It should be somewhat loose.
Again, round to the nearest whole number. Using this number, you can calculate your cup size.
Subtract your band size from the bust measurement to find the difference. For example, if your bust measurement is 38 inches and your band size is 35 inches, you have a 3-inch difference.
The difference in your measurement corresponds to your cup size like this:
- 0 – AA
- 1 – A
- 2 – B
- 3 – C
- 4 – D
- 5 – DD
- 6 – F
- 7 – G
So, in the same example above, the three-inch difference corresponds to a C cup with a 35-inch band size. The bra size would then be 35C.
Trial and Error
Unfortunately, different brands and types of bras can be somewhat inconsistent with their sizing. Once you have measured your bra size, you have a great starting point. But, you’ll have to try a few bras to make sure they fit well and are comfortable for you!
With this simple guide, you should be able to start getting the perfect bra size every time. A well-fitting bra is a comfortable bra and one that will last a long time. So stop getting the wrong size and enjoy the benefits of the perfect fit!
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