How to Find the Right Bra Size

Finding the bra that best fits your breasts can be challenging. There are so many types of bras out there: sports bras, underwire, front hook, back hook, and padded just to name a few. Standing in the middle of the lingerie section of a department store can be exciting when you see all the pretty, lacey, sexy satin just waiting for your breasts to call home. There is also nothing like a cotton bra under a t-shirt on a hot day to feel super cool.

While pretty bras can make you feel special, bras actually serve an important function and finding the correct bra size for you can be confusing. It is estimated that around 80% of women are wearing the wrong size bra. Puckering, spilling out of the cups, if this is happening to you think about taking the first steps to determine your bra size so you can wear your favorite lingerie with comfort.

What You Need to Know About Bra Sizing

It is common knowledge that bra sizes come with a letter and a number. The greater the number and the farther up the alphabet you go the bigger the bra. Cup sizes are in proportion to band sizes. Keep in mind that band sizes may change with weight gain or loss so you may need more bra sizing if this happens to you.

If you are concerned about how to measure bra size, check out this great link for a step by step guide. http://www.wikihow.com/Measure-Your-Bra-Size.  It is also a good idea to have a professional help determine bra size. Most large department stores or lingerie boutiques have a professional person on staff that can do bra size measurement. They can also instruct women on how to measure bra size themselves.

If you want to measure bra size yourself, you will need a tape to measure. To determine the band size measure under your armpits, high on your back, and across the top of your chest, above your breasts. If you get an even number this is your band size, if you get an odd number add one and that will be the band size.

To find the cup size start by measuring the biggest part of your chest loosely. Then follow the formula of band number minus cup measurement / cup size. It is the difference between these numbers in bra sizing that gives cup size. Here is a chart for reference:

Difference (band minus cup measurement) / Cup size

Less than 1” / AA

1” / A

2” / B

3” / C

4” / D

5” / DD

Tips for Finding the Best Bra for You

Some things to consider when shopping for a bra that may help make it easier:

  • Consult a bra sizing chart. There should be one in the store or on the bra package and you can also find one online.
  • Think about what clothing will go over the bra. If you are planning on a tight t-shirt for example, you want a smooth seamless cup that is the correct bra size so there is no puckering.
  • If the bra is the correct size it will support the bust at the right level which is halfway between the elbow and shoulder.
  • If the wires stick out at the front or dig under the arms it may mean the cup size is too small. Another reason why bra size measurement is so important.

Keep in mind it may take trying on several to find one in the correct bra size. Once you find one that is the correct size and feels great, try on the same size from different brands and compare. Lastly, it is better to spend money and invest in a bra that has the correct measurement.  The right ones are worth the extra money.


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