Is your bra a good fit? Chances are, the answer is no. In fact, you’re probably looking at this article because you are not sure if your bra fits as well as it possibly could, or you’re shopping for a bra and don’t know how to size yourself. Fortunately, we have you covered with our quick and easy guide to measuring bra sizes.
Why Is It So Hard to Find?
Finding a great bra is harder than it looks. Unfortunately, most women don’t know their correct bra size and don’t even know how to measure themselves for the correct bra size. And, frankly, many simply never learned. After all, why worry about the measuring when you can walk into a store and get help.
At least, you could go before the COVID pandemic. Now, you’re probably shopping online and trying to deal with figuring out exactly what size you need. Sure, you can look at the size of your current bra, except that bras do not have standardized sizing. Or maybe you’ve just now realized that you’re doing bras wrong and that there’s a better fit out there.
Why Is Bra Fit Important?
Why even bother looking for a perfectly fitting bra when an “ok” bra will do? There are actually a few reasons. First, a well-fitted bra provides support and prevents premature breast sagging. On the aesthetic side, having good support will make your breasts look fuller and make your clothes fit better.
What You’ll Need
To measure yourself for a new bra, you’ll need a tape measure and the sizing chart for your brand of choice. Remember, the sizes aren’t standardized across the board, which means that each brand has its own sizing chart. If you use the wrong sizing chart, your measurements will be off, and your bra will not fit correctly.
What to Measure
While measuring yourself for a bra sounds difficult, it is much easier than you think. Here’s what you’re going to want to measure:
Your bust is the first thing that you will want to measure. To do this, grab your measuring tape and wrap it snugly around your back and under your chest, just under your chest. You’ll want to have a thin, unpadded bra on when you measure to have some support- especially if you’re well-endowed in the chest department.
To measure the bust, wrap the tape around the fullest part of your chest and make sure to round up to the largest whole number. Make sure to wrap the tape around snuggly, but not too tightly. Test a few positions to make sure that the tape is comfortable.
Calculating cup size can be tricky, and, like most things, cup sizes vary by brand. One way to get a good idea of your cup size is to subtract your band size from your bust size and use the conversion table provided by your chosen bra brand.
What to Look For in a Good Fit
So, you’ve gone ahead and done your measurements, but what should you expect from your bra that’s fitted properly? Here is what to look for:
The straps should sit comfortably on your shoulders. You don’t want the straps sliding off your shoulders- it means that your bra is too loose. However, if the bra is too tight, the straps will be digging in and making you uncomfortable.
The band should fit snugly against your back on the loosest hooks. You don’t want an uncomfortably tight band- you should be able to fit a finger underneath the band. However, you will want to make sure that the band is snug enough to actually offer you some support.
If you opt for a bra with an underwire, you should expect it to fit comfortably. The goal of the underwire is to support your breasts, not dig into your rib cage.
The cups should cover your breasts. You shouldn’t expect to have breasts overflowing out of the cup, nor should you have gaps between the cups.
You want to make sure that the center gore or the area between the two cups lies flat on your chest.
How to Find Your Best Fit
Women’s bodies vary widely, but bra cups are standardized. This means that you might find yourself trying several brands before you’re able to find a well-fitting bra that works with your band and cup size. This is also part of the fun of shopping for a bra- you get to try out different brands until you find one that truly fits your unique shape.
Choosing Your Brand:
Some people are fortunate and find a good shape with the first brand they try. However, if you’re like most people, you’re going to have to try a couple of brands before you find the perfect shape.
Shopping online for a bra can be tricky because you don’t have the opportunity to try on the bra. You can opt for a brand that you know already fits well for your next bra. If you want to try a new brand, make sure that there’s an amenable return policy.
If you’re still unsure about your bra size, ask for help. This might mean asking a sales associate for assistance if you’re in a store or reaching out to a brand online. Fortunately, many brands offer some sort of sizing guide, and some even offer a fit quiz that is easy to complete and that will tell you exactly what size bra to buy.
- Many women wear the wrong bra size simply because they don’t know what the right fit feels like.
- A well-fitting bra can provide support, prevent your breasts from sagging prematurely, and help you achieve a polished look.
- Each brand has its own sizing- use the sizing that corresponds with the brand for best results.