How to Find the Right Bra Size and Fit – How to Measure Yourself for a Bra
Are you wearing the wrong size bra?
Does your bra ever feel uncomfortable?
Does the band pinch?
Does the underwire poke? Does the back ride up?
Do the straps groove your shoulders?
Do the cups overflow?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be wearing the wrong size bra. But then, you’re not alone. Studies show that 8 out of every 10 women wear the incorrect size!
The solution? Measure correctly!
Use a standard dressmaker’s tape measure.
For best results, have someone else measure you.
If you’re between sizes, buy the larger size.
1. Band Measurement:
– Take a snug measurement around your rib cage, under your bust and shoulder blades.
– Add 5 inches.
40″ + 5″ = 45″
2. Determine Even Band Size:
– If you get an even number in Step 1, this is your Band Size.
– If you get an odd number in Step 1 (like 45), round up one (to 46) to get your Band Size.
45″ + 1″ = 46″
Bra Discomfort Troubleshooting
Bra Rides Up in Back
Fix: Adjust hook-and-eye closure to tighten, loosen straps, or try a smaller band size (e.g., go from 42 to 40).
Fix: Shorten straps, avoid stretchy fabrics, or choose a firmer support style with rigid straps.
Band Digs In
Fix: Order one band size larger (40 to 42) or opt for a bra with a wider band.
Underwires Pinch or Poke
Fix: Order one cup size larger (C to D), or try a non-underwire soft-cup style.
Fix: Order one band size larger (40 to 42) or choose a style that provides more cup coverage.
Fix: Tighten straps or opt for a bra with wider straps.
Fix: Order one cup size larger (C to D) or one band size larger (40 to 42).
Fabric is Too Hot
Fix: Choose cotton or cotton blends for breathability.
Fix: Loosen straps or opt for a bra with wider or padded straps.
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