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How to measure bra size
Your bra size consists of two parts:
- The number indicates your band size and represents the measurements directly under your bust.
- The letter represents your cup size and represents the measurement of your bust at the fullest part of your chest.
To calculate your bra size it is best to use a measuring tape of at least one meter. Wear a non-padded bra when measuring yourself and try and keep a relaxed but straight posture. It is best to measure yourself in front of a mirror.
1. Measure your band size
To measure your band size you measure yourself around the bottom of the band, directly under your bust.
Stand in front of a mirror and keep the measuring tape level and snug.
Your band size represents the size of your bra band and is displayed as a number in inches (30-48 inch).
2. Measure your cup size
Measure your bust at the fullest part of your chest (usually at nipple level) if you want to measure your cup size. Keep your measuring tape loosely but level around your bust.
Tip: stand in front of a mirror so you can check if your holding the measuring tape the right way.
3. Enter your measurements into the bra size calculator
After measuring your sizes you can enter these measurements into the bra size calculator to discover the right bra size for you.
Your bra size is determined based on the measurements you enter into the bra size calculator. You should bare in mind that every woman is unique and that the suggested bra size is the perfect bra size for you on paper. Therefore it is very important to always check the bra fit as well. This way you can check which bra suits your body and feels comfortable.
It is also good to know your sister sizes. Is your bra size a 75C? Then your bigger sister size is a 70D (one band size down, one cup size up). Your smaller sister size would be a 80 B (one band size up, one cup size down). Again the bra fit plays an important role. Make sure that it feels comfortable and that the bra suits your body.
A new bra can feel tight when wearing it for the first time. Don’t stress that your new bra size isn’t the right size for you! Your bra band will stretch over time. Just make sure that you can fit two fingers between your bra band and your body. Did you know that buying a bra with a wider bra band, is the most commonly made mistake when buying a bra? Read our tips for buying a bra to help you with bra shopping!
How does the bra band have to fit?
When fitting a bra we often forget to pay attention to the bra band whilst this is the part of your bra that provides the most support. With just one glimpse in the mirror you can check if it sits right. You bra band should sit straight (parallel to the cups).
Your new bra sits perfectly if you can close it on the widest hook and fit two fingers between your band and your back. The band shouldn’t dig in your back but also can’t be to loose. If your bra band has the right fit, your bra straps will also sit perfectly. No more digging bra straps as your band will give you the right support!
How should the cups fit?
Your breasts should fill your cups completely without the cups gaping in or your breasts spilling over the cups. It helps to lift your breasts and position them in the cups after you put on your bra. The underwire should sit against your body but should not cut into your skin. If your underwire does not sit against your body, your cups are probably too small.
The importance of wearing the right bra size
Wearing the right bra size does not only accentuate the shape of your breasts but it also gives the right support needed. By wearing the right bra size you can prevent neck-, back- and headaches that could be triggered by wearing the wrong bra size. The right fit is the perfect buddy for your breast!
If you don’t support the weight of your breasts this can burden your neck and back. Many women even experience posture problems because of wearing the wrong bra size for years. Especially for women with fuller breasts it is essential to discover and wear their right bra size to give their breasts the support they need.
As many women wear a bra from a.m. to p.m. it is important that it fits well. It shouldn’t be too tight and pinch off your breast but it should give the right support. Also bare in mind that your breast size and shape can change throughout the years and that different brands have sizes that differ.