A Fitting Tale – Unravelling the ABCs of getting the right fitting bra

Posted on Mar 13 2012 - 9:52am by Lingerie Lover

All that talk about diamonds being a woman’s best friend is concocted to give the gem an extra shine. A bra, in fact, is the understated best friend to every woman; providing support when you need it and accentuating your looks in the process.

Most of the women only assume that they wear right sized bra. However, if they don’t try on the size that truly fits, they will never know what a comfortable bra really is. Here are a few things to check to find out if your bra is of the right size.                

  • Does the back band of your bra ride up?
  • Do the shoulder straps dig in?
  • Is the back band of your bra overstretched?
  • Does the front band pull down?
  • Does the wire dig in?
  • Do your breasts bulge out from the cups?
  • Are the cups of the bra too baggy?

If you’ve answered a ‘yes’ to any of these, then you definitely need to read on.

The Way to Breathe Easy

As most of you know, a bra size consists of two parts. The numerical is the band size, and the alphabetical part signifies cup size. To measure the underband, run a tape measure all the way around your body just underneath your breasts and measure in inches. If the measurement is an odd number, then round it up to the next even number. Measure your bust in the same way. Remember to round the tape up to the fullest part of your breast. Now your bust size minus your underband size is your cup size

Difference(in inches) <1” 1” 2” 3” 4” 5” 6” 7”
Cup Size AA A B C D DD or E DDD or F DDDD or G

While this is technique is valid for most of the time, unfortunately, all the brands might not use the same standards for sizing. The size that you got can be used as a reference point. Supposing you calculated your bra size to be 34C, and go to buy a bra of ‘Brand A’. Now, start with trying on a 34C. If you feel the underband is too tight, try on a 36. However, keep in mind that the cup sizes need to be changed accordingly. Some trial and error has to go into the right bra selection, thus you should try and frequent stores that have trial rooms.

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