If you are someone who has always thought of the word bra as a bad word, you are not alone. Most women put on a bra each day simply out of necessity rather than out of enjoyment. But bras really can be fun to wear if you know how to find a perfect fitting bra!
We all know what bras are used for; they minimize the jiggling, help give a woman a nice shape, and lift up the breasts so they seem youthful and supported. They are also needed for health reasons. A well-fitting bra is necessary for a woman’s posture, especially if she has larger breasts. Also, a perfect fitting bra stops back, neck, and shoulder pain and can even help relieve muscle tension and headaches.
What you may not know is that most women do not wear the right size bra. In fact, it has been shown that as many as eight out of ten women are in the wrong size! That is why it is essential that you not only find the right bra, but the right size as well.
Knowing Your Measurements
Ideally, a woman should be professionally fitted at least once a year. Many department stores as well as specialty lingerie shops offer this service free of charge and it really is the best way to ensure that you are indeed wearing the right size bra. If it is not possible to get custom-fitted for a bra then your next step would be to take the measurements yourself.
How to Measure Your Bra Size:
Put on your most comfortable bra. Using a soft measuring tape, stand in front of the mirror and relax your shoulders and body while you place the tape right below the breasts, measuring all the way around keeping the tape as parallel to the ground as possible.
If the measurement was less than thirty-three inches you need to add five inches to the overall size. If it was more than thirty-three inches then just add three inches. This gives you the band size. If you come up with an odd number or the measurement was uneven such as thirty-four and one-third inch, then round up to the next even number. For example, if you measure thirty-five inches around, you add three inches to that number giving you a band size of thirty-eight.
The next measurement you take is your bust measurement. While wearing a traditional bra with no padding, measure the fullest part of your breasts making sure to bring the tape directly over the nipple without pulling too tightly. For example, you measure forty-two inches.
Using the following guide, take the difference between your band measurement and your bust measurement to find your cup size.
- One inch is A cup
- Two inches is B cup
- Three inches is C cup
- Four inches is D cup
- Five inches is DD cup
- Six inches is DDD cup
- Seven inches is G
- Eight inches is GG or H
Just for an example, if your band measurement was thirty-eight and your bust measurement was forty-two, you have a difference of four inches. This would mean that you are a 38D.
Keep in mind that not all bras are made alike. That is why most manufacturers and brands have “sister sizes” which means that if you wear a 38D in a Calvin Klein bra but you try that size in an Elle Macpherson bra and find that it doesn’t fit, you simply need to try on the sister size. A sister size is either one size up in band and one size down in cup or one size up in cup and one size down in band. Using your regular size of 38D you would either have to try on a 36DD or a 40C.
Bra Tips to Keep in Mind
There are a final few tips to lead you down the path of the perfect fitting bra that you must know…
- If your breasts are different sizes, buying a bra with removable padding is the perfect solution for when you need to remove just one of the pads to give an even look to the breasts.
- Always try out your hooks and wires before wearing it out in public. Make sure they are sturdy and supportive. You don’t want to bend over at work just to feel your bra come undone so move around in your bra before you leave the house making sure it always stays in place.
- A bra is too loose if when you lift your arms the band lifts with it. A bra should stay in place no matter where your arms go.
- Test your bra for stability by jumping up and down. If nothing moves then you are in a supportive perfect fitting bra.
A bra can be a girl’s best friend so it is important to find the right one. Never just buy one off the rack without trying it on along with several others. Knowing your size is the right start, but knowing what works best with your body type is just as important. Next time you go bra shopping, make sure you are one of the women that buy the perfect fitting bra.