How to Measure for a New Bra

Woman Finding the right New Bra

Wearing the wrong bra can have several effects on you. A poorly fitting bra can make your breasts look as though they are sagging. Or if you bra is too tight it can push them together and make them look overly plump. In addition wearing the wrong bra size can affect your posture, your breathing, and can just be downright uncomfortable!

Choosing the Right Bra Size

When it comes to choosing a new bra the first thing you need to do is to learn how to measure yourself correctly. There is actually a wrong and a right way to do this.

Let’s look at how to measure for a new bra correctly:

1.) Put on a bra as it is much easier to get the correct measurements this way. Do not wear a padded, push up or underwired bra, as these could give you the wrong size.

2.) You now want to figure out your band size and this can be done in two different ways. Some women like to use both methods and then compare their results.

Measure around your chest just under your armpit area. An even number is your band size. If you get an odd number then simply add one inch for the correct band size.

The second method is where you measure your chest under your breast. If you get an even number you need to add 4 inches to get your band size. If the number is odd then add 5 inches for the band size.

3.) Now you want to measure your chest area at the fullest part of your breasts. This is usually the area that goes directly over your nipples. Now take the resulting number and compare it to your band size. For every inch greater than your band size this equals your cup size. If the actual difference is less than an inch, your cup size would be an AA.

When you visit the store you should try on different styles of bras that match your measurements. Not all bras are going to fit perfectly and be comfortable. If the bra feels too tight try increasing the cup size by one.

Pay attention to the straps of the bra to ensure that they don’t slip or dig into your shoulder area.

Got the Right Measure for your Bra?

It will often take a few attempts to find the right bra size for you. Manufacturer sizes do vary as do the materials of the bra itself. Once you find a style that you are comfortable with stick with this brand for a while. Remember bras do age and your breast size may change, so always measure before buying a new bra.

Common Questions

How do I measure myself for a new bra?

To measure, wear a non-padded bra. Measure your band size just under your armpits or under your breast, and measure your bust at its fullest part. The difference between these measurements determines your cup size.

How do I calculate my bra size?

Calculate your band size using measurements under your armpits or under your breast. Then, measure your bust at its fullest part. The difference between these measurements determines your cup size.

How do I choose my bra size?

Choose a bra size by measuring your band size and fullest bust, then comparing them to find the appropriate cup size. Adjust the cup size if the bra feels too tight or loose.

How should a bra fit for saggy breasts?

Opt for bras with good support and structure. Ensure the band fits snugly and the straps don’t dig into your shoulders. Look for bras with side panels or underwires for added support.

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