How to Find The Right Bra Size
Up to 80% of us may be wearing the wrong bra size. If you’re shy about being measured in a store then here we show you how to measure yourself at home and what to look for in a well-fitting bra.
A badly fitting bra can lead to breast, back and shoulder pain and it seems, from a recent survey, that up to 80% women are wearing the wrong sized bra.
Here we’ll look at a bra should fit and what size you might really be.
Elle Macpherson says that it’s important to feel good about your body. Lingerie is a great way to do this, so if you want to refresh what’s in the drawer, get properly measured.
Good department stores offer a bra measuring and fitting service and will be happy to advise you on the shapes and styles that will work best for your figure and give the most comfort.
If you want to do this at home you will need a tape measure and a full length mirror.
To get your back size,
- stand up straight and
- put the tape measure round your back and chest so that it sits under the breasts.
- Check in the mirror to see that the measure is in a straight line round the chest.
- Round this number to the nearest even number.
- Then add 4 inches to give your back size. For example, a measurement of 32 inches, plus 4 inches is a measurement of 36 inches.
Next we want to find your cup size:
- so wrap the measuring tape snugly round your back again and
- this time over the fullest part of the breasts.
- If you’re in between inches then round it to the nearest inch.
- Subtract the back size from the cup size.
1 inch difference = A Cup
2 inches difference = B Cup
3 inch difference = C Cup
4 inches difference = D Cup
5 inches difference = DD Cup
6 inches difference = E Cup
7 inches difference = F Cup
8 inches difference = FF Cup
9 inches difference = G Cup
- Always, always try before you buy. And if you’re shopping online make sure there is a good and easy returns policy. Be sure to leave the labels in until you’re sure it fits properly and is comfortable.
- When you’re trying on your bra, reach up, jump up and down a bit and make sure there is no rubbing, digging, tickling or riding as you move and that you’re getting the right level of support.
- The centre of the bra between the cups should sit flat against the breast bone and an underwired bra should sit against the ribs not on the breast tissue.
- There should be no bulging from the front or sides of the bra, even in a low cut bra, which should hold the breasts rather than spilling them.
The high street and the internet have a wealth of brands to choose from. When you find and brand or style that suits you then invest in the best. Your bra is probably the most important pieces of your wardrobe, giving you confidence and letting your clothes fit better for you.