With 8 out of 10 women wearing the wrong size bra, chances are that your breasts are hanging low, wobbling to and fro, squeezing your back fat, or bulging out. Wearing the right size bra can eliminate sagging, make you appear slimmer, and even alleviate back pain!
Wearing the wrong size bra, which many women do unknowingly, can cause back problems, muscle tension and even headaches. Finding the right bra is crucial for comfort and support, so follow these steps for the perfect fitting brassiere. All you need is a tape measure!
STEP 1: To calculate your band size, the part of the bra that runs across the chest and around the back, you need to measure under the bust. Gently pull the tape measure around your ribcage and around to your back. Be sure the tape measure is flat against your body and does not rise higher in the front than in the back. Add 5 inches (12cm) to this number, and if it is an odd number, round it up.
STEP 2: To calculate your cup size, the part of the bra that holds your breasts, you measure around the fullest point of your bust. Do not pull the tape too tight or leave it too loose. Hold the tape as level as possible to ensure accuracy.
STEP 3: Your bra size is the difference between the two measurements. If your bust measurement is up to 1/2 an inch larger than your band size, then your cup size is an AA. A measurement of 1/2 an inch to 1 inch more than the band size indicates an A cup, 1 to 2 inches indicates a B cup, 2 to 3 inches indicates a C cup, 3 to 4 inches indicates a D cup, and 4 to 5 inches indicates a DD or E cup.
So you've taken your measurements but your bra still doesn't seem to fit. Now what? Before you try on a different size, make some adjustments by extending or shortening the band around your chest and adjusting the shoulder straps to give a firm but comfortable uplift to your bust line. You should be able to run one finger smoothly under the shoulder straps to prevent them from digging into your shoulders.
After you make your adjustments, test to see if the bra band is too loose by lifting your arms in the air and putting them back down by your sides a couple of times. If the bra rides up across your breasts, the band is too loose. If you're looking for a sports bra, go ahead and jump up and down a couple of times to make sure the bra has some bounce control.
It’s always a good idea to try on a T-shirt or sweater over the bra you're thinking of buying to get the finished effect. The bra may look great on its own, but you also need to consider function and practicality.
All bras are not made equal. It may take some time to find the brand or style that works best for you. Whether you need a bra to enhance, minimize, support or show off your bust, the right fit is crucial to keeping you comfortable, supporting your breasts properly, and putting an end to all the jingling and shaking.