Did you know that 8 out of 10 women wear a bra that is not the right size? If you are like me, I go into the store and buy what I think is my size and if it seems to fit then I keep it. I don’t have time to try it on. I’m lucky most days that I can even get to the store to buy one. Overtime though, our bodies change due to weight loss or gain. Want to see what size you actually should wear? Just grab a cloth measuring tape and a comfortable bra to get started.
There are two elements to your bra size; the band size (ie. 32, 34, 36) and cup size (ie. A, B, C). You will need a measuring tape to determine your bra size.
1. Band size:
Using a soft tape-measure, measure around the ribcage directly under the bust. Be sure the tape is smooth across the back and level with the front.
Add 5 to this measurement to obtain your band size.
For example: If your ribcage measurement is 29″ + (5) = 34″ band size. If the resulting band size is an odd number like 33″, you can usually go to the next even band size (34″).
2. Cup size:
Measure loosely around the fullest part of your bust, holding the tape measure straight but not tight. Subtract your band size from this measurement.
The result would be YOUR REGULAR BRA SIZE. If the difference is
less than 1 inch to 1 inch = A cup
2 inches = B cup
3 inches = C cup
4 inches = D cup
5 inches = DD cup
For example: If your band size is 34″ and your bust measurement is 35″, you wear an “A” cup.
3. Evolution Bra Size:
Because the Bra will provide you with built-in graduated padding and the option of extra push up in the cups, you should go to the next cup size in order to obtain the best fitting.
For example: If you are a size 34(A), you may go to the 34(B) cup size.
The band size (34) should stay the same.
While this method is generally reliable, every woman’s figure is different and results may vary slightly. We recommend that you try several sizes and styles to find the fit that works best for you.
Try these tips and tests to see if your bra is flattering you as best it should.
Place yourself in your bra:
Now that you’ve found your size, test your fit. Take the opposite hand from the side you are adjusting and gently bring the breast tissue from the back to the front. This movement will help you settle your breasts correctly into the cups.
It should feel good:
A great fitting bra shouldn’t dig, pull, poke or otherwise cause discomfort. If it does, it’s not the right bra (or size) for you. Make sure it feels comfortable when you sit down and move around.
It should look good:
Always try your bras on wearing a t-shirt – it’s the best way to see what it’s doing for you. A great fitting bra can make you look taller, will define your waist, and even make you look slimmer!
Don’t settle for wrinkles:
If you see extra fabric or wrinkly, baggy cups, the cup size is too big. Try sizing down.
Don’t fall out:
Take a look at the front of the bra. There shouldn’t be any breast tissue spillage, puddling, or falling out of the bottom of the cups. If there is, your cup size is too small. Try sizing up for a flattering, more natural looking fit.
Straps shouldn’t work too hard:
Your bra’s support comes from the band, not the straps. So be sure that you’re wearing the correct band size. Too big, and your straps will end up taking the weight, which will cause them to put pressure on your shoulders and dig in.
Is your band straight:
Look in the mirror from the side. Your band should be at the same level all the way around. If it is riding up in back, it’s probably too big. Try sizing down a band size or tightening your band.
Mind the gap:
The center front of your bra should lie flat against the breastbone. It should not lie on top of any breast tissue. If there’s a large gap, you may need to go up a cup size.
How tight is right:
Your band should feel firm and secure, but you should also be able to slip two fingers beneath the band in back, and one in the center in front. If you can’t, you may need to loosen your band a bit, or go up a size.
Underwires shouldn’t dig:
Underwires should lie flat at the front of your bra, against your ribcage. If you feel your underwire digging into any breast tissue, you should try a larger cup size or a different style.
Bras stretch over time:
Be sure you’re wearing your bra on the loosest hook. Your bras can stretch with washing and wear, so when you buy a new bra, it’s best to ensure it fits properly on a loose hook, so you can tighten it as needed.
How to know when you’ve found a perfect fit:
Your breasts will feel like they are “sitting” in the cups, you will not feel any underwire pinching and your bra will feel comfortable and supportive. You shouldn’t have to settle for a so-so fit. Sometimes you will have to go up a cup size or two. Don’t let it concern you – sizes do vary among brands. Finding the perfect bra takes time and patience, but the way you will look (and feel) once you have found it will be worth all of your effort.
Check back in six months or so. You should re-evaluate your bras regularly to be sure they are fitting you the way they should – because a woman’s body does change over time, and bras stretch and lose shape with repeated wear and washing. It may be time to stock-up again, soon!
Source:Bare Necessities & Brastraps.com