Wearing the wrong bra size is almost every woman’s problem. Slipping straps, tight bands, a band that slides up, protruding cups and cup spillage can ruin your look, cause discomfort and make you less than confident when moving around.
Finding the bra size that’s perfect for you is not easy, because if it was, a lot of women would not be having the same problem as you. Follow these eight tips and you’re sure to find a bra that fits and flatters your womanly assets.
1. Know Your Measurements
It’s important to know your measurements first before going shopping. You can measure it on your own using tip number two, or you can ask bra fitters to get your measurements if you’re okay with that.
Another thing you should keep in mind is that your measurements could change for various reasons such as weight loss, weight gain, pregnancy, nursing and exercise. It’s possible that your bra size before will not fit you now, so, you should get recent measurements once you notice significant weight changes in your body.
2. Get Accurate Measurements
A lot of women are entirely clueless about their measurements and just rely on picking bras that seem to fit them. As a result, they end up choosing bras with protruding or unflattering cups. Getting your measurements is the best way to find the perfect fit, so start by putting on a sports bra or a non-padded bra. Then, follow these steps:
- Measure Your Band Size. Put the tape measure snugly around your back to your chest, above your breasts and just below your underarm. If you get an even number, that is your band size. If you get an odd number, add one and that is your band size.
For example, if the tape measure shows 32, then your band size is 32. If it shows 33, add one and you get 34 as your band size. If you get a fractional number, let’s say 32 and a half, round it off to the nearest even whole number.
Or you can try the other way of measuring your band size to get a consistent comparison. Instead of placing the tape measure on your breasts, place it underneath. Then, use the same measuring technique above.
- Measure Your Bust Size. Put the tape measure loosely around your back to the fullest part of your breast or on the nipple area. The difference of this measurement and your band size is your cup size.
If your bust size is 34 and your band size is 32, the difference would be two which means you’re a cup B. A difference of less than one inch would be an AA cup, an inch makes you an A cup, two inches makes you a B cup, three inches makes you a C cup, four inches makes you a D cup and a difference of five inches makes you a DD cup.
When measuring, make sure not to place the tape measure too low on your back or you won’t get accurate measurements. It should be on the same level at the back and at the front. You can do it in front of the mirror to get a better view.
3. The Cups Should Be At The Center Front
Now that you know your bra size, the next thing to do is finding a bra that flatters your assets. A bra should provide enough support and correctly positions your breasts, so they won’t appear sagging or too pushed up.
Look in the mirror as you try a bra on. The bra should lift your breasts in the middle between your elbows and shoulders. It should place your breasts within your body’s frame and should allow an inch space in between your breasts.
4. The Bra Should Fit Firmly Around Your Frame
When trying on a bra, try lifting your arms vertically a few times, if the band at the front or back shifts upward, then it’s loose for you. Try another one with a smaller band size. Your bra should have a snug fit, so you won’t have to fix it constantly or put in place every time you move.
Another way to determine if it’s the right band size for you is by fitting two fingers at the back band. If you can’t fit two fingers, the band is too tight for you. If you can fit more than two fingers, the band is loose for you.
5. The Bra Straps Should Not Leave Marks
The band should provide the majority of the support your bust needs.
If you notice deep marks on the strap area after taking off your bra, this only means that the straps are shouldering most of your bust weight. The band is probably too large for you, so try moving down a band size.
6. No Pain-Causing Underwires
Underwires can cause great discomfort when your bra is ill-fitting. The wires should rest just underneath your breasts, on the rib cage and not on your breast tissue, where it can cause pain.
If it does, the cups are too small for you and you need to move a cup size up. If the wires are poking at your breasts’ side tissues, or if it lifts up from your rib cage, again the cup is too small for you.
7. No Spilling On The Cups
To get the right band size for you, you have to move up or down a size. This means changes in the cup size, too. If your breast tissues are spilling at the top or the sides, again, the cup size is too small for you.
The cups should completely enclose all the breast tissue. Smaller cup sizes can enhance your cleavage, but can cause discomfort. Wearing a tight shirt will get you a better view on spilling breast tissues than just looking in the mirror while trying the bra on alone.
On the other hand, if you are trying on a non-padded bra, wrinkling of the cups is a sign that the cup size is too large for you.
8. An Allowance For Stretching
Bras are commonly made of flexible materials that will stretch with normal wash and wear. To get the most out of your purchase, buy a bra that fits well when latched on the last hook. So you can tighten it with each hook when it starts to stretch and fit loose.
To prevent too much stretching and make your bras last, you should follow the care tag instructions. Machine wash and putting your bras in the dryer can deform the cups and straps. With a little mindfulness, you can have bras that flatter your feminine figure.