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Bra Measurements - The first step to mastering the perfect bra fit is taking your measurements - but then what?
How you interpret the measurements you take can make all the difference in finding the right bra for your body, if you know the simple tips and tricks to decoding the numbers and turning them into easy steps for picking the right bra.
We’ve taken the guesswork out of finding your proper bra size and measurements for the best fit of your life. Follow along as we show you how.
Take a deep breath! It's easier than you think. You'll need a pen and paper, and someone to help if you're so inclined. Here are the basic steps on how to take your bra measurements to determine your size:
If you get an even number add 4 to get your band size. If you
get an odd number add 5.
Every inch that measurement is more than your band size equals one cup size. So, if your band size is 34 and your bust measurement is 35, you’re an A cup, if your bust is 36 you’re a B cup, and so on. If the difference between your band and your bust is less than 1 inch, you’re a AA cup.
Remember that bra measurements are just a guideline. Whatever your official bra size is, whether it’s a 32A or 36E, keep in mind that it’s just a number, a suggested size, and NOT something that’s set in stone.
Each bra and each manufacturer you try will fit and feel a little differently, so you may
need to size up or down. Be flexible as there are no right or wrong measurements. It's all about feeling good and looking great.
In addition, women’s bodies are always changing with hormonal shifts, weight gain, weight loss, muscle gain, and age, so chances are very great that the bra size you were in your twenties may not be the same size when you’re in your forties.
Make sure to get re-measured every couple of years to make sure you’re still wearing the best size for your body.
Here's a secret that everyone in the lingerie industry knows but never publicizes. There is no such thing as universal sizing when it comes to brassieres and intimate apparel.
So, for example, a Bali bra fits
differently than a Victoria’s Secret bra. The same goes for
every other lingerie brand. Lingerie manufacturers set their own size ranges.
To get the best bra fit possible you’ll need to explore several lingerie lines to see which ones cut their bras to best suit your size and shape.
Women tend to be loyal to certain brands that really work with their bodies, but don’t be afraid to branch out once in a while and try something new too.
Each different style of bra fits a little differently, so keep an open mind and be willing to try on a range of styles, even if they’re from the same lingerie brand.
A 36C balconette bra might seem too small, but the same size in a full coverage style might be just right.
Don’t automatically assume that an ill fit is due to size; you may consider another style instead to get that perfect fit.
No matter how skillfully you’ve taken your own bra measurements, it’s still a good idea to get a second opinion from a lingerie professional, especially if you’re still struggling to find the correct bra size, or style.
They can steer you in the right direction to find the designers and styles that will work best for your silhouette, without you having to do all the leg work on your own.
They’ll also be able to help with subtle adjustments in size, strap length, band fit, etc. that can make a world of difference in getting the best fit of your life.