How To Select Your Perfect Bra Size

Most women pick up bras that look fancy and smart. Lace, net and underwire bras are tempting to the eyes, but it is more important to pick up the right bra size.

Wearing the wrong bra size can lead to many health problems. If one finds the bra loose or tight it is an indication that the size needs to be changed. Wearing the wrong bra size can ruin an otherwise flawless outfit. Loose fitting bras or bras that have lost their elasticity after washing can damage the size and shape of the breasts. You must take corrective action at once.

Keep in mind that certain factors can cause you to change bra size: a weight gain or loss, a new exercise regimen, pregnancy, and a change of diet, among them.

These step-by-step measuring instructions will ensure a perfect fit.

  • While braless or wearing a non-padded bra, measure around the bottom of the band, directly under your bust. The measuring tape should be level and very snug. Round to the nearest whole number. If the number is even, add four inches. If it’s odd, add five. Your band size is the sum of this calculation. (So if you measured 32 inches, your band size is 36. If you measured 33 inches, your band size is 38.)
  • Wrap the measuring tape somewhat loosely around the fullest part of your chest (at nipple level). Round to the nearest whole number.
  • Subtract your band size from your bust measurement and refer to the chart below. Example: 37 inches (bust) – 34 inches (band) = 3 inches. That’s a 34C.

Ways to get the correct fitting bra

  • Stand before the mirror and check the signs of wrong size bra which may be pinching, pulling and ­sagging
  • Recheck the size of the bras every six months as the shape and size of breasts changes ­constantly.
  • A bra with a smaller back and a larger cup size should be taken if the breasts are spilling out.
  • Check your wire positioning by bending forward to see that the wires are under the bust.
  • The center of the bra must sit between the breasts.
  • Put on a close-fitting shirt over the bra. If the cups pucker or your breasts bulge, you’re not wearing the correct size.
  • The band must support the breasts’ weight in the mid to lower back. If the bra is on the upper side of the back a smaller back size bra must be taken.
  • If the bra is leaving red marks or digging at the armpits, a bigger cup is needed. If the shoulders are becoming sore a bra with padded or broad straps will help.
  • The size of the breasts fluctuates depending on the time of the month. Hence a bra that has a stretchable cloth must be taken.
  • If the breasts sag it is better to shorten the straps or choose a more supportive type of bra with a less stretchy material.
  • There are two parts of the bra size—the band size, which is the measurement around the rib cage which is the number part of the bra. The other is the cup size which gives support and comfort to the breasts. These are the A B and C signs after the size numbers egg. 36A, 32B or 38C.
  • If you need to go down a cup size for fit, go up one band size, and vice versa. For example, if a 34C is too big for you, move to a 36B.
  • As the bra loosens over time, make the band taut by moving toward the tightest hook.

A bra that fits correctly will lift the bust, improve the posture and also make one look slimmer.



Constance Onyeji - Jarret

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