How to select the right bra size? A lot of women wear the wrong bra size, which can lead to a number of problems like neck and back pain, poor posture, and skin irritation.
It’s no secret that wearing the wrong bra size can be uncomfortable and even painful, but many women don’t know how to select the right size.
This how to select the right bra size guide will teach you everything you need to know about finding your perfect fit. Michelle Ramsay‘ll show you how to measure your bust, band size, and cup size so that you can find bras that not only look great but feel amazing too.
How to select the right bra size
Steps to get your bra size
Determine your band size
While braless or wearing a non-padded bra, use a measuring tape to measure around your body directly under your bust, where the band of a bra would usually sit. The measuring tape should be level and snug. Round to the nearest whole number. If the number is even, add four inches. If it’s odd, add five. This is your band size.
Measure your bust
Wear a bra with padding (or no bra at all). Use the measuring tape to measure around your body at the fullest part of your bust. Make sure the tape is level and snug, but not constricting. Round to the nearest whole number.
Determine your cup size
Subtract your band size from your bust measurement. Each inch represents a cup size.
For example, if your band size was 36 and your cup size was 38, you would subtract 6 from 38 to get 32. This is a cup size B.
Ways to adjust your bra size properly
There are two main ways to adjust your bra size: going up or down a band size, or up or down a cup size.
If you need to go up or down a band size, it’s usually because the band is too tight or too loose. You might need to adjust your band size if your bra feels uncomfortable or if the back rides up.
If you need to go up or down a cup size, it’s usually because the cups are too small or too big. You might need to adjust your cup size if your breasts spill out of the cups, if the cups leave marks on your skin, or if the underwire digs into your flesh.
Remember that you might need to adjust both your band size and your cup size to find a comfortable, well-fitting bra.
Test for fit
Now that you know how to measure your bra size and how to adjust it, you need to make sure the bra actually fits. The best way to do this is to try on the bra and test it out.
First, put on the bra and hook it in the middle setting. Once the bra is on, lean forward so that your breasts fall into the cups. If your cup overflows or if there’s a gap between your breast and the cup, then you might need to go up a cup size.
Next, assess the fit of the band. It should be snug but not too tight. If it’s too loose, you might need to go down a band size. Finally, make sure the straps are comfortable and not too tight.
If everything seems to fit well, then congratulations! You’ve found your perfect bra size. If not, don’t worry – it just takes a little bit of trial and error to find the right size. Keep Adjusting until it feels right!
How to choose the bra style that suits your needs
Now that you know how to select the right bra size, it’s time to choose the right style. There are a lot of different types of bras out there, so it’s important to choose one that will suit your needs.
If you’re looking for a bra to wear under a t-shirt or other form-fitting clothing, then you might want to try a seamless or molded cup bra. These bras provide coverage and support without adding bulk.
If you’re looking for a bra to wear with a low-cut top or dress, then you might want to try a demi-cup or plunge bra. These bras will give you the support you need without showing too much cleavage.
There are also a variety of sports bras, which are designed to provide support and minimize bouncing during physical activity. If you’re unsure about which style to choose, then you might want to consult with a salesperson or lingerie expert.
Issues you might encounter
There are a few common issues that can arise when choosing or wearing a bra. Here are some tips on how to deal with them.
- If your straps are slipping, then you might need to adjust the length or try a different style of bra. You can also try using clear silicone grippers to keep the straps in place.
- If your cups are wrinkling or bunching, then you might need to go down a cup size. Alternatively, you might need to try a different style of bra with less coverage.
- If your underwire is poking or digging into your skin, then you might need to go up a cup size or try a different style of bra. You can also try adjusting the position of the underwire or using a foam lining for extra padding.
Finally, if your bra feels uncomfortable or loose, then you might need to adjust the band size or cup size. Remember to test for fit and make sure the straps are comfortable before you buy a bra.
Next, we will walk you through some advanced tips for select the right bra size and fit.
Advanced tips for select the right bra size and fit
Most of the support comes from the band around the rib cage
Cups hold the breasts in place, but the band is responsible for about 90 percent of the actual support. If the band is too loose, it will ride up in the back and the breasts will sag. Conversely, if the band is too tight, it will dig into the flesh and be extremely uncomfortable.
The right fit should be snug but not too tight, and it should stay in place even when you raise your arms over your head.
Knowing your size and your “sister size” is necesssary
Just like with other notoriously difficult-to-shop-for items, such as jeans or swimsuits, you might have to try on a bunch of different styles before you find the right one.
It’s important to know your size, but it’s also important to know your “sister size.” This is the size that will give you the same cup volume but with a different band size.
For example, if you’re a 34C, your sister sizes would be 32D and 36B.
Use equation to calculate your band and cup size
Your bra size is a ratio that combines the measurements of your cup (letters AA-M) and band size (numbered 28-44).
To measure your cup size, put on a well-fitting bra and then use a soft measuring tape to measure around the fullest part of your chest, making sure the tape is level with the ground.
Then, measure around your rib cage, just under your bust. Make sure the tape is level with the ground and that it’s not too tight.
The difference between these two measurements (in inches) corresponds to your cup size.
For example, if the measurement around your chest is 34 inches and the measurement around your rib cage is 28 inches, then the difference is six inches. This means you have a 34C cup size.
If you want a more accurate measurement, you can also use a bra fitting calculator.
You can round up your cup size if your breasts are not the same
If you have one breast that’s larger than the other, don’t worry – you’re not alone. In fact, it’s estimated that 60% of women have asymmetrical breasts.
The best way to deal with this is to round up to the next cup size when you’re measuring for your bra. So, if your left breast is a 34C and your right breast is a 32D, you would wear a 34D bra.
What does it mean if the straps are digging into your shoulders
If you’re constantly adjusting your bra straps or if they’re digging into your shoulders, it could be a sign that your cups are too small or your band is too big.
You might also need to adjust the position of the straps. They should sit comfortably on your shoulders, not dig into them.
To test if your band is too big, put on a bra and then lift up the band away from your body. If it stays in place, it’s too big. If it rides up, it fits properly.
To test if your cups are too small, put on a well-fitting bra and then lean forward so your breasts fall into the cups. If there’s excess material or your breasts are spilling out, then the cups are too small.
You notice that your straps are slipping
Another tell is if the center gore, the fabric that connects the cups in the front, isn’t lying flat against your chest.
This could be a sign that your cups are too big or that your band is too loose.
If you’re constantly pulling up your bra or if it feels like it’s riding up, then the band might be too big.
The most important thing to keep in mind is how the bra feels overall. It should be comfortable and support your breasts without being too tight or too loose.
The straps should be comfortable
The band should be snug, not suffocating or loose. The cups should encase your breasts without being too small or too big. There should also be no gaping or spillage.
What are “Full bust,” “full figure,” and “plus size”
When shopping for bras, you might come across the terms “full bust,” “full figure,” and “plus size.” These terms can be confusing because they don’t necessarily mean the same thing.
Full bust simply means that your cup size is a D or larger.
Full figure refers to women who wear sizes 12 and up.
Plus size generally starts at size 14.
However, these terms are not always used correctly, so it’s important to pay attention to how brands define them.
The most important thing is to find a bra that fits well and makes you feel comfortable and supported.
There are a lot of different bra styles and materials and they don’t serve the same purposes
Different bra styles and materials serve different purposes, so it’s important to choose the right one for your needs.
For example, if you’re looking for a bra to wear during your workout, you’ll want something that’s made from breathable material and has good support.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for a bra to wear under a tight-fitting shirt, you might want something that doesn’t have a lot of bulk.
Bras are not meant to last forever
Bras don’t last forever, even your favorite one. Over time, the material will stretch out and it won’t be as effective at supporting your breasts.
You should also replace your bra if it no longer feels comfortable or if the straps are slipping off your shoulders.
F.A.Q how to select the right bra size
How do I pick the right size bra?
The best way to find your perfect fit is to get professionally fitted at a lingerie store. However, you can also measure yourself at home.
What is ABCD in bra size?
The letters in bra sizes stand for the following:
A = your band size
B = your bust size
C = your cup size
D = your “full bust” or “plus” size
Which cup is bigger B or C?
Cups B and C are the same size. The difference is in the band size. For example, a 32B and a 34C have the same cup size, but different band sizes.
Is DD bigger than D?
Yes, DD is one size bigger than D.
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