A Guide to Perfect Bra Fitting: Finding Your Ideal Bra Size

How to find you Bra size, Bra fitting By a Bra Fitting Expert
by Nicola Rodney-Crook on November 07, 2023


Finding the perfect bra can be a transformative experience. The right bra not only enhances your comfort but also boosts your confidence and complements your outfits. But, with the myriad of bra sizes and styles available, it's not always easy to determine your ideal fit. In this comprehensive guide, we'll delve into the art of bra fitting to help you discover your perfect size and ensure your undergarments offer the support and comfort you deserve.

The Importance of a Well-Fitting Bra

Before we dive into the steps to find your ideal bra size, let's first understand why it's so essential. A well-fitting bra offers several benefits:

  1. Comfort: A bra that fits correctly won't dig into your skin, cause discomfort, or leave you adjusting it throughout the day.
  2. Support: The right bra provides proper support to your breasts, reducing strain on your back and shoulders.
  3. Posture: Wearing a well-fitting bra can improve your posture by redistributing the weight of your breasts evenly.
  4. Confidence: A bra that fits perfectly can enhance your confidence, allowing you to feel more comfortable and attractive in your clothes.

Steps to Find Your Ideal Bra Size

Now, let's explore the steps to help you find your perfect bra size.

  1. Measure Your Band Size

    Your band size is the number in your bra size (e.g., 32, 36, 40). To measure it accurately, follow these steps,: Find a soft tape measure, or use a piece of string and a ruler. b. Stand in front of a mirror wearing a well-fitting, non-padded bra. c. Wrap the measuring tape snugly around your ribcage, just under your bust. Ensure it's parallel to the ground and not too tight. d. If you're using a string, measure its length with a ruler. Round UP the measurement to the nearest inch, If required.

  2. Determine Your Cup Size

    Your cup size (e.g., A, B, C, D) is determined by the difference between your bust measurement and your band size. Use the following formula to calculate your cup size:

    Bust measurement - Band size = Cup size

    Here's a simple guide to cup size calculation:

    • 1 inch difference: A cup
    • 2 inches difference: B cup
    • 3 inches difference: C cup
  3. 4 inches difference: D cup

    For example, if your bust measurement is 36 inches, and your band size is 32 inches, the difference is 4 inches, making your cup size.

  4. The following Video On Youtube or TikTok can help you with this process. Nicola Rodney Crook (Nicolacrookonline) is a trusted name in the world of bra fitting. As a fully certified bra fitting expert, she shares her invaluable expertise and insights on YouTube, helping individuals discover their perfect bra size and offering practical tips and hacks for a more comfortable and confident fit. With her extensive knowledge and commitment to promoting the importance of proper bra fitting, Nicola is a go-to resource for anyone looking to enhance their undergarment experience. Her informative videos are a testament to her passion for empowering people with the knowledge they need to feel their best in their bras.

  5. Try On Different Sizes: 

    Bra sizing can vary between brands and styles, so it's essential to try on several bras in your calculated size to find the perfect fit. Keep in mind that sizing may also change over time due to factors like weight fluctuations, pregnancy, or breastfeeding, so it's a good idea to measure yourself regularly.

  6. Try On Different Bra Styles: Not all bra styles will suit all breast shapes, be prepared to try different bra styles (Plunge, Full Cup, Balconette, Molded, Balcony or Side Support)  to ensure you get the best style for your body.
  7. Pay Attention to the Band: 

    The band of your bra should sit snugly around your ribcage, parallel to the ground. It should be comfortable without digging into your skin or riding up. If the band feels too tight or too loose, it's a sign that you need to adjust your band size.

  8. Check the Cup Fit : 

    The cups should fully encapsulate your breasts without any spillage or wrinkling of the fabric. If your breasts are overflowing from the top or sides, you may need a larger cup size. On the other hand, if there is extra space or wrinkling, a smaller cup size may be necessary.

  9. Assess the Straps and Underwire: 

    The straps should be adjusted to provide proper support without digging into your shoulders. They should stay in place without slipping. Additionally, the underwire, if present, should follow the natural curve of your breasts, sitting flat against your ribcage.

  10. Test for Comfort: 

    Wear the bra for an extended period to assess its comfort. You should feel supported, with no discomfort, itching, or pinching. Your bra should become a second skin, allowing you to move freely without noticing it.

  11. Recheck Your Size Periodically: 

    As mentioned earlier, your bra size may change over time. It's a good practice to re-measure yourself and reevaluate your bra size every six months or whenever you notice any significant changes in your body.

Common Bra Fitting Myths

Bra fitting can be a confusing process, and there are several myths and misconceptions about it. Let's debunk a few of these to ensure you have a clear understanding of the process: 

  1. "You should always wear the same bra size." - Your size can vary between brands and styles, so don't be afraid to try different sizes.
  2. "Your bra size is fixed for life." - Factors like weight changes, pregnancy, and aging can affect your size, so be open to reassessing it regularly.
  3. "The letter in your cup size is standard across all band sizes." - Cup size is relative to the band size. For instance, a 36C has a larger cup volume than a 32C.


Finding the right bra size is an essential step in ensuring your comfort and confidence. By following these steps and debunking common fitting myths, you can take the guesswork out of bra shopping. Remember that every body is unique, and what matters most is finding a bra that makes you feel good and suits your individual needs. Don't be afraid to explore different sizes and styles to find the one that truly fits you like a glove. 

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