Are you not happy with your bra right now? Or maybe you’ve never ever had the feeling of wearing a well-fitted bra before? Maybe your body has changed, and so may have your bra size.
Bra measure guide | index:
- How to measure your bra size? »
- How often does our bra size change? »
- Why you should wash your bras by hand »
- What are bra sister sizes? »
- How to know my best bra band size? »
- Bra band size too small »
- Small bra size chart | cups AA-B »
- Shouldn’t I go to a lingerie store? »
1. How to measure bra size
Measuring your underbust and bust size yourself isn’t difficult. Not at all. Do have a bra fitting if you prefer or let someone help you. Most important thing is that you DO take action.
Take about 10 to 20 minutes to do your measurements. Only a well-fitted bra will turn you into a bra lover.
Step 1 Measure your band size
- put the tape measure around your underbust
- write down the inches or centimeters
Step 2 Measure your cup size
- put the measuring tape around the fullest part of your breasts
- don’t pull too tight
- write down the inches or centimeters
You’d rather go for a bra fitting? That’s fine. My advice is to write down the measurements after your fitting. Knowing your sizes will give you more control when shopping for a bra. You might be just in between two different bra sizes. Also depending on the bra style and brand you might wanna to try them both.
Researches keep telling us that over 60 to 80 percent of women do NOT wear their right bra size
2. How often does our bra size change?
A woman’s body may change during life through several causes. If your body changes, it will often change the size or form of your breasts.
We can all think of reasons why our body, and therefore our breasts, can change. Like, the weight that you gain, the weight that you lose, hormonal changes, medication, pregnancy, nursing a child, surgery to one or two breasts, aging. Read the full post on causes of our breasts to change size »
3. Washing bras by hand, why should you?
Likely you are or have been, tempted to use the washing machine once in a while (I did). Instead of what lingerie experts will advise us on this.
- why a regular handwash will lengthen the life of your bra
- why you should rotate between your bras & give your bra a day rest. Read more about handwashing & why »
4. Bra sister sizes do I have one?
- Most women can wear different bra sizes and they all fit them well. So that’s different sizes for the same woman!
- Going up or down a band size changes your cup volume as well. For example, the bras 40C and 38D have the same cup volume. Read more about bra sister sizing »
5. How to determine your best bra band size?
There are about 14 different band sizes available. Although not every brand has the whole range of band sizes 28 – 54.
The smaller the band size you need, the smaller your underbust is.
You could be just in between two band sizes. What to choose then? How to determine your best bra band size? »
6. Bra band size too small?
You probably know the feeling of a bra band feeling too tight. However, most support from a bra comes from its band. So a firm band is what you should look for, but definitely not too tight.
- How do I know if my bra band is too small?
- Do bra bands stretch out?
- What happens to my cup size if I change the band size of my bra »
7. Small bra size chart
Women who need cup AA or AAA won’t find their bra size in most size charts. Are you petite? Always check a size chart that includes all small cup sizes.
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8. Shouldn’t I go to a lingerie store instead?
Of course, you can go to a lingerie store to have your measurements taken. My advice is to write down the measurements so you’ll be able to look at it again.
Most women have to measure their sizes many times in their life. Our bodies may change in our lifetimes.
I became a bra lover only after I learned about my own measurements and finding my bra size in a proper size chart. Not only did I find my best bra size myself, but I also found out that I can wear different bra sizes depending on the bra style and brand I choose.
Researches say 60 to 80 percent of women do NOT wear their right bra size