How to find your right size bra?

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Believe it or not, at least 80% of women wear an incorrectly sized bra! Most people wear a bra too large in the back and too small in the cups. If you're looking for a better fit, here's how to find your true bra size.
1 . Know that cup size is not absolute. This is the biggest myth about bra sizes: that a D cup looks the same on every band size, or that having small breasts automatically means you're an A cup. Actually, cup size is proportional to band size — meaning it's dependent on your band measurement. For instance, a 32 D will fill out less volume than a 36 D, but they're both D cups.
2. Understand how a correctly fitted bra should look and feel. There are a few tell-tale sighs that indicate whether or not a bra fits you. Here's what to keep an eye out for as you're measuring yourself and trying on different sizes:
  • A snug band: The band is what should do the majority of the work supporting your breasts, not the straps. You should be able to put one or two fingers under the band, but no more.
  • Sufficient side coverage: You shouldn't have any tissue coming out from the sides of the cups, beneath your armpits. On an underwire bra, you can assess side coverage with the underwire: if the end of it is pointing toward the middle of your armpit, you're good to go.
  • A flat gore: The gore (the part of the bra band that's between the cups) should sit flat against your chest, without digging into your skin uncomfortably. If it doesn't, you're wearing the wrong bra.
  • A smooth curve: Avoid the dreaded "quad-boob" that results from the top of a too-small cup cutting into breast tissue above the bra. Instead, look for a fit that results in a clean silhouette with no stray tissue.
3. Be aware of different breast shapes. So what happens if you find a bra in your size, but it still fits wrong? You're probably not picking the right bra cut for your breast shape. Try these solutions to common shape issues:
  • Shallow breasts: If your breast tissue is evenly spread over a wider area, with less projection, you probably have a shallow shape. (Another tell-tale sign: having breast tissue near your collarbones despite being relatively small-busted.) Shallow breasts fit best in balconette or demi-cup bras, with a cup that's open on top and cut horizontally. Avoid plunge styles.
  • Pendulous or tuberous breasts: If the base of your breast is relatively narrow, but the actual tissue hangs down quite a bit, don't despair! Instead, look for bras that have underwires, well-separated cups and fuller breast coverage. Avoid demi cups and plunge bras.
4. Know about sister sizes. If you find a bra that's close to a perfect fit but not quite there, try a sister size. It might provide just enough variation to correct the slight differences between manufacturers.
  • Go down a sister size: Reduce your band size by two, but take your cup size up one interval. For instance, you might go from a 36 C to a 34 D.
  • Go up a sister size: Increase your band size by two, but go down one cup size. For instance, you might go from a 36 C to a 38 B.
5. Be wary of professional fittings. Asking for a seasoned professional to measure you is a great idea if you're starting from square one — she'll probably be able to suggest cuts and styles that could work for you. However, being fitted comes with a few caveats:
  • Avoid stores that carry a limited range. A fitter at one of these shops might try to incorrectly sell you a size that they have on-hand, instead of your true size. Before you commit to a fitting, make sure the store carries smaller band sizes (such as 28 and 30) and larger cups (DDD and up).
  • Ask to be fitted with both measurement systems. That way, you have an idea of what size to try if one style produces a completely wrong fit.
  • Don't leave your current bra on. If your fitter tries to measure you with your bra still on, it's probably not going to be the correct measurement. If you're concerned about modesty, wear a thin but close-fitting tank top to your fitting, and simply remove the bra underneath.

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UNDERBUST   MEASUREMENT

74-80cm

29-31"

78-85cm

31-33"

85-89cm
33-35"

90-95cm 
35-37"

95-100cm 
37-39"

99-105cm 
39-41"

105-109cm 
41-43"

110-115cm 
43-45"

115-119cm 
45-47"

118-125cm  

47-49"

125-130cm  

49-51"

130-138cm  

51-53"

 

CUP B

2"

2"

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2"

CUP C

3"

3"

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3"

CUP D

4"

4"

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4"

4"

4"

CUP DD

5"

5"

5"

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5"

5"

CUP E

6"

6"

6"

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6"

6"

6"

CUP F

7"

7"

7"

7"

7"

7"

7"

7"

7"

7"

7"

7"

CUP G

8"

8"

8"

8"

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8"

8"

8"

8"

8"

8"

CUP H

9"

9"

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9"

9"

CUP I

10"

10"

10"

10"

10"

10"

10"

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10"

10"

10"

CUP J

11"

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11"

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11"

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11"

a. Measure your band size. This is the easiest part of the process — your band size should be fairly stable and straightforward.
  • Run a tape measure all the way around your body just underneath your breasts and take a measurement in inches. Make sure the tape measure is horizontal and fairly snug. Your arms should be down. Write down this number.
b. Determine your cup size. Remember, your cup size isn't an absolute measure — it's in proportion to your band size.
  • Bend over so that your chest is parallel to the ground. This is so that you'll be measuring all of your breast tissue — not just what protrudes outward when you're standing up.
  • Measure around your torso, so that the tape is over the fullest part of your breasts. Don't pull the tape too tightly — it should be tight enough that it doesn't evenly move, but not so tight that's pressing into your breast tissue. Write down the number.
  • Make sure your tape measure is straight. That is, it shouldn't be a few inches down your back, or you'll end up with an uneven measurement. To combat this, try to measure yourself in front of a mirror, or ask your partner or close friend to help you.
  • Calculate your cup size. To do this, you'll subtract your band measurement from the cup measurement you just took. The difference between the two numbers determines your cup size:
    • Less than 1 inch = AA
    • 1 inch = A
    • 2 inches = B
    • 3 inches = C
    • 4 inches = D
    • 5 inches = DD
    • 6 inches = DDD (E in UK sizing)
    • 7 inches = DDDD/F (F in UK sizing)
    • 8 inches = G/H (FF in UK sizing)
    • 9 inches = I/J (G in UK sizing)
    • 10 inches = J (GG in UK sizing)
    • The majority of leading brands use UK cup sizing: AA, A, B, C, D, DD, E, F, FF, G, GG, H, HH, J, JJ, K, KK, L, LL. If you're shopping in the US you might see cup sizes such as DDD or DDDD. These are equivalent to E and F. If you're in any doubt, particularly with larger cup sizes, you can refer to an international bra sizing chart.

FROM PLUSSIZEBRAS AU ONLINE WEBSITE, BY LINGERIEMODA

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