Find Your Bra Size

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Introduction: Find Your Bra Size

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It's important to make sure that your bra fits well - an ill-fitting one isn't just uncomfortable, it can lead to back and shoulder pain, poor posture, and it tends to look bad as well.

Finding your bra size isn't hard - it just requires a measuring tape and a little simple math.

Note: There are (kind of goofy) illustrations of boobs in the following steps; if they offend you, I'm sorry in advance. If it offends you that they're just drawings (and not real boobs), sorry about that too.

Step 1: Measuring the Band Size

To determine the band size you need, measure around your chest just under your bust (just under the breasts). Make sure that the tape is against your body and straight across your back. Exhale as you take the measurement, but try not to pull the tape too tight (it should not dig into your skin at all).

Round all fractional measurements to the nearest whole number. If the number you get is even, add 4 inches; if it's odd, add 5 inches - jot that number down, it's your band size (the 34 portion of 34D, etc.)

When measuring, it may help to have someone else measure you to ensure that the tape is not twisted, and that it's parallel to the floor around the back.

Step 2: Measuring the Cup Size

Place the measuring tape across the fullest portion of your bust, ensuring that it is parallel to the floor, and not digging in or gaping away from your body. If needed (depending on the size and shape of your breasts), this measurement can be taken while wearing a non-padded bra - just make sure that it is not too tight or binding.

Round all fractional measurements to the nearest whole number.

From this number, subtract the number for the band size - this will tell you your cup size (see chart in next step).

Step 3: Getting a Better Bra

This chart will help to determine what bra size you need.

A few things to remember:
1. The center portion of a bra should fit between the breasts and should sit against the skin, not gap outwards.
2. Straps should not dig into the shoulders or hurt. If they do, try loosening them slightly, or try adjusting the band of your bra to make it looser.
3. The back band of the bra should sit across your back below the shoulder blades. If it pulls upwards, try loosening the shoulder straps.
4. If your bra has underwire, they should not dig in to your body or feel uncomfortable or painful - this is a sign that the bra does not fit you well.
5. The fabric of the cup portion should not bunch up (it's too big) or not cover the breast (too small).
6. If you gain or lose a lot of weight, you should re-measure and consider getting new bras as ill-fitting ones are rather uncomfortable.

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This doesn't work for me either... According to this, I'm an A. But A cups are too small for me. In cheap bras, a B fits well; in an expensive bra, a C fits well.

Ok so I add 5 inches to get my band size.

Then deduct my breast size from that.

I get negative 1.

So I must be indented then lol.

This is nonsense sorry.

I have plenty of boobage and wear a comfortable C for years now.

Measure loosely around the fullest part of your bust, with the tape straight across and around your back, bringing it to the front.



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I'm sorry my sweet, but adding inches only works for extremely bony women or obese women who slip them on, over their heads.

this method was inaccurate for myself and i noticed it was for other readers ...but it got me thinking, every body is different so here's another measurement technique i found..www.herroom.com/bra-fitting-advice. some methods don't work for everyone so try a different one. :)

Holy I have a Big bra size !!!! Im 13 and I have a DDD !!!!!! Never thought that > :(

this doesnt make any sense to me. why add 4 or 5 inches? i did that and my bust is 40 and band is 39, that means im a b cup which i am not. they way i measure bra sizes is around the bust, 40 and around the band, 36ish, tht number difference is how i calculate not by adding numbers, the difference is about 4inches and that puts me at a d which i am. not a b.

I'm sorry that you don't find that this method works for you - personally I've not had a problem with it.