How To Measure Your Bra Size
How to measure your bra size has been a question that appears to go unanswered, for years, fashion magazines, newspaper columns, and retailers have been claiming that between 70% and 80% of all women are wearing the wrong size bra. The truth of this statistic may be in dispute, but the fact remains that when the figure is shared it touches a nerve with women. Finding a bra which fits can be difficult, and it can be made even more difficult by the fact that you may not have measured your bra size correctly. If you find that you can't seem to get a bra that fits, or if you're not entirely sure how to measure your bra size, then we recommend that you follow this easy-to-use guide. We have collected all the essential information on measuring bra size, so that you can quickly and easily find a bra which works for you.
Finding your bra size begins with finding two different measurements: the band size and the bust size.
Measuring your Band Size
The most common way to measure your band size is to wrap the tape measure around your rib cage, immediately under your breasts. It's also possible to find this measurement by measuring around your chest, directly above your breasts and under your arms. You may wish to attempt both methods to see if your numbers match, though if they don't then you would be safer to go with the measurement from under your bust.
You should measure yourself with the tape measure pulled as tight as possible. Once you have found your measurement in inches (rounded to the nearest whole number), if the number is even then add 4 inches and if it is odd then add 5 (the final number has to be even). This will be your band size.
Measuring your Bust Size
Pull the tape measure loosely around your breasts at nipple level. The tape should straight in front and behind. Be sure to round your measurement to the nearest whole number of inches.
Find the Cup Size
Once you have take your measurements, you will need to work out your cup size. Begin by subtracting your band size from your bust size. Then, convert that number into a letter using this list:
Diff. in Inches
So, for example, if my bust measurement was 39 and my band size was 34, then (39–34=5) my cup size would be DD. Overall, my bra size will be 34DD.
If you are shopping for your bra elsewhere in the world, then they will probably use a different measurement system, so you may want to find a conversion table to help you convert from this measurement to whatever the appropriate local measurement would be, you can also use our bra size calculator to calculate your bra size.
Congratulations, you now know how to measure your bra size!
Checking that a Bra Fits
Knowing how to measure for a bra is only half the task. Different bras will fit differently and just because something says it's your size, that doesn't mean that it will fit you well. You may even have to look for bras which are slightly bigger or smaller than your bra size in order to find one which fits you nicely.
In order to make sure a bra fits well when you are buying it, you can check that it meets these criteria:
You should be able to fit one (and only one) finger under the band.
>When you look at yourself in a mirror, your breasts should sit about halfway between your shoulders and your elbow. Standing side-on to the mirror can help you work this one out.
>Wear something tight over the bra. You should be able to see if your breast bulges out of the cup or if the bra looks loose.
Some other things to consider:
>A Bra will naturally loosen over its lifespan, so make sure it fits properly on the outermost hook when you buy it. You can then tighten it as it loosens by changing which hook you use.
>If you do need to choose a different bra size to the one you measured, then for every cup size you go up, you should go down one band size (and vice versa). E.g., if you measured as a 36C, but you want to try a B cup, then you should be looking for a size 38B (remember band sizes must be even numbers).
>If you still can't seem to find a bra which fits, then you may need to get professional help. Most women's clothes stores should be happy to help you with measuring your bra size.