Finding a great fitting bra is like a dream come true. The comfort and support that you get from a properly fitted bra is an immense improvement on a brassiere that is either too tight or too loose. The problem is, not everyone wants to go through the hassle of heading to a lingerie store to be professionally fitted. The good news is, fitting yourself for the perfect bra is easier than you think!
Here are 3 easy steps to finding the ultimate fit the next time you are bra shopping.
1. Figure out your band size:
Measure around where your bra band sits, directly under your bust. To get the most accurate measurement, make sure to expel all the air in your lungs. This measurement should be a snug as you can comfortably get the tape measure without it cutting into your skin.
Once you have that number, round up to the nearest whole number and add 4″ or 5″.
Even number? Add 4″
Odd number? Add 5″
For example, if your band measurement is 35.5″, round up to 36″, then add an additional 4″ to that number. Your result will be 40″.
2. Figure out your cup size:
Stand up straight, with your arms by your sides, and measure across the fullest part of your bust. Make sure that you are not wearing a padded bra when taking this measurement.
Round all measurements to the nearest whole number. For example, if your bust measurement is 43.5″, round up to an even 44″.
3. Put it all together to find your perfect fit:
Now comes the fun part. Subtract the band measurement that you took in step 1 from the cup measurement that you took in step 2. Typically, every inch or so in difference represents a cup size increment. Here’s the conversion table for determining cup size.
1/2″-1″ — A
2″ — B
3″ — C
4″ — D
5″ — DD or E
6″ — DDD or F
7″ — G
8″ — H
9″ — I
10″ — J
So, for example:
Step 1: 36″ band measurement +4″ = 40″ band
Step 2: 44″ cup measurement
Step 3: 44″ – 40″ = 4″, making you a D cup.
Your size would be 40D
It is also important to note that this formula seems to work best for women in the A-D range, but it is still a good basic guide for women who need the larger bra sizes, as well. Good luck, and happy bra shopping!