Three Ways to Finding the Right Bra Size
Ever had that moment when you're shopping at your favorite clothing store, you find that one perfect top and you go to try it on only to see that the top doesn't exactly fit your body like you imagined it would?
It's happened to all of us. There are several reasons why this can happen, but one detail that we often, if not always, overlook is the bra that we are wearing. Let's face it: Your bra can either make or brake the look of your tops (and dresses). Having the right size bra on makes all the difference in how a top fits, looks and feels.
Now that we have uncovered the possible culprit, let's see whether or not we are in need of a proper bra fitting.
I want you to take a few second to answer the following questions:
- -When was the last time you had yourself measured for the correct bra size?
- -Do your bra straps dig into your shoulders or rib cage?
- -Does your bra ride up your back?
- -Is the front of the band too tight to get a finger under?
- -Do your bra cups feel slightly empty or too full?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the likelihood is that you are not wearing the right size bra. You should not assume that the size you were two or three years ago is the same size you are today. Your body will change, as will your bra size. If you have lost or gained weight, chances are that you will need to change your bra wardrobe.
To help you change your bra wardrobe here are three ways to finding the right size bra for your particular body shape:
GET FITTED BY A LINGERIE SPECIALIST
You should be fitted by a lingerie specialist at least once a year or, preferably, after every noticeable growth or even reduction to your breasts. One of the most popular retailers to go for a quick fit is Nordstrom. Most Nordstrom locations have a Certified Fit Specialists in the Lingerie department.
MEASURING YOURSELF AT HOME
You can take rough measurements at home which will give you a good idea of what your size should be. A simple way of doing this is by following these very simple steps:
1. First stand up straight and wrap a tape measure around your ribcage, under your breasts. Pull it firm but not tight.
2. To measure your cup size, wrap the tape around the fullest part of your bust, and again pull it firm but not too tight.
3. To the measurement around the ribcage, add five and round it up to the next even number. This will give your band size.
4. Now, calculate the difference between the band size and the cup measurement to get your cup size. If the amount you get when you calculate for your band size is equal to that of your cup size, after you have added five, then your cup size will be A.
-Up to one inch difference is cup size B
-Up to two inches is cup size C
-Up to three inches is cup size D
-Up to four inches is cup size DD
-Up to five inches is cup size E
-Up to six inches is cup size F
-Up to eight inches is cup size G
TAKE A QUICK QUIZ
True&Co has a handy tool called "Fit Quiz" where you are asked several different questions regarding your breast shape, size and how your current bra fits you. Once you reach the final question, you are directed to your very own virtual showroom. True&Co will show a list of their bras that they believe to be a good fit for you based on your quiz answers.
Side note: If any of the bras in your showroom are found on True&Co's "We Made Too Much" page, you can save 40% off those bras using code TOOMUCH40 at checkout. There will also be a tab on the left side of the screen that will give you the exact bra size(s) that matches your frame - this will certainly come in handy when going out to purchase a bra at your local retailer.
Give the Fit Quiz a try and find the right bra size for you.
There you go. Three simple ways to finding out your bra size.
Although the correct size is of utmost importance, there are a few other things you should know. As you try on different types of bras, make sure:
- the area in between the two cups comes into contact, laying flat against your chest.
- don't allow the straps to support your breasts unaided.
- the bra should hold the whole breast in each cup with no bulging or spillage, as well as not having excess space in the front part of the cups.
- the bra should rest evenly against the ribcage, with sufficient room to slip two fingers in at the back. Your breasts should be supported totally, and stay in place even if the straps are slipped off the shoulders.
Hopefully these tips will help you with finding a bra that fits giving your breasts the best support system possible.
Have you ever had a professional bra fitting? Do you have any tips to finding a good bra?
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