Bras are one of the most frustrating pieces of clothing to shop for, and the fashion industry doesn’t make the task any easier. Oftentimes, clothing makers engage in vanity sizing and list a size on a bra that is actually smaller or larger than what it would normally be. To improve your chances of finding the right bra for you, it is a good idea to measure your bra size at home.
Dissecting the Bra
Bra sizes are categorized according to cup size and band size. The cup size (A to JJJ) denotes the size of the breasts and the band size (36, 38, 40) is the circumference of the chest area. The band size always an even number. Most stores only carry bras up to a DD cup size and a 46” band size. If you need a bra bigger than that, you will need to go to a specialty store or have one custom made.
Steps for Measuring Your Bra Size
You will need measuring tape and friend. Having someone else there to make sure you are measuring the right places will produce a more accurate reading. If you are by yourself, then measuring yourself in front of a mirror will work too.
- Put on a regular bra (not padded).
- Stand up straight.
- To get your band size, wrap the measuring tap above your breasts. The tape should wrap high around your back and under your armpits. Even numbers equal your band size. If you get an odd number, add an inch to get the correct band number.
- To get your cup size, measure the biggest part of your chest. Make sure the tape wraps evenly around your body. The difference between your band size measurement and your cup size measurement determines your cup size. For example, if your band size is 36 inches and your cup size measurement is 38 inches, the difference would be 2 inches and your cup size would be a “B”.
- 1” = A
- 2” = B
- 3” = C
- 4” = D
- 5” = DD
These measurements will provide a starting point for selecting a good bra. As noted before, different manufacturers size their bras differently, so you may experience some discrepancy between brands. Also as your body goes through changes, so will your bra size. It is a good idea to take your measurements whenever you gain or lose weight and during pregnancy.
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