Bra Fitting

Did you know that approximately 80% of all women wear the wrong size bra?  The best possible fitting will be if you can be professionally sized.  However, not all women have access to professional bra fittings.  With that being said, we will discuss the best way to measure and determine your bra size at home.  Usually, you will get the best results if you have someone help you with your measurements.

Most women choose bras with the wrong band length.  To determine your band size, measure around your chest and just under your breasts with a tape measure.  Make sure that the tape measure is laying flat against your skin and goes straight across your back.  Because the bra band is elastic and will stretch, add 2-3 inches to the measurement you got around your chest.  If you end up with an odd number, add one inch due to the fact that most bras only come in even sizes.  When you have the right band size, your bra will provide 80-90% of the support for your breasts and your shoulders and shoulder straps will provide the remaining 10-20%.

Determining the correct cup size is slightly trickier.  Using the measuring tape, measure around your chest again only this time measure across the fullest part of your breasts.  The difference between this measurement and your band size measurement tells you your cup size.  If it is less than 1” you are a AA cup size.  A 1” difference indicates an A cup, a 2” difference indicates a B cup, a 3” difference is a C cup, a 4” difference is a D cup, a 5” difference is a DD or E cup, a 6” difference is a DDD or F cup, a 7” difference is a DDDD or G cup.

However, even after you have taken your bra measurements, the best way to make sure that you are wearing a comfortable size is to try them on.  If you try on a bra and the cup size fits, but the band feels too loose, go down a number size and up a cup size due to the cup size being slightly smaller with smaller band sizes.