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How to Measure Your Bra Size - Wearing the wrong bra size

Choose The Right Bra

It may sound a bit wierd but at least 80% of women wear the wrong size bra; some other studies show as much as 95%. The most common mistake we all make is wearing a band size which is too big, and/or a cup size which is too small. According to experts, a difference in size or change of shape of bra can have acute psychological effec on you and it may even lead to body pain (i.e back, neck and shoulder pain) and breast cancer at the later part of your life.

Bra fitting guide

A brassiere commonly referred to as a bra is an article of clothing that covers, supports, and elevates the breasts. A brassiere usually consists of two cups for breasts, a centre panel (gore), a band running around the torso under the bust, and shoulder straps. Some bras are strapless.

Bra Sizing

There are a number of reasons why you may need to determine your correct bra size:

  • You need to measure for a first bra
  • Your current bras are no longer comfortable
  • You are expecting a baby

Measuring bra size

According to a study in USA, the average bra size is 36C. Most people just quote this and seldom has the size of 36C. Most people who wear this size should actually be wearing either a 34D, 34DD, 32DD or 32E bra. The true average bra size is around 34DD. If you're looking for a better fit, here's how to find your true bra size.

How Do I Determine My Bra Size?

Measuring the Bra Size Look at the picture in the left side and measure the dimensions as shown. These are marked and esplained as below.

Finding the band size

Marking 1 - Measure below your breasts (band size) - Place the tape measure tightly around your back, going under your breasts and across your ribcage. Add four inches (10.2 cm) if you get an even number and five inches (12.7 cm) if you get an odd number. For example, 28 inches (71.1 cm) will become 32 inches (81.3 cm). This is your band size.

Marking 3 - Measure above your breasts (above bust size) - Place the tape measure around your back and upper chest by going above your breasts and under your armpits. Make sure the tape measure lies taut against your skin. If you get an odd number or a fraction, round up to the nearest even number. For instance, 31.6 inches (80.3 cm) will become 32 inches (81.3 cm). This measurement in inches is your band size.

Bra and Cup Size Secrets

Women have to wear exact size of bra for looking sexy and feeling comfortable bra are useful for those women who wore larger sized bra. It is made of thin metal or plastic stripe. Gel wrapped under wire bra is helpful for pregnant women.

Wearing a tight or wrong size bra can gives uncomfortable feeling or pain in arms. Do not use bra which will irritates you or rub your skin. It will cause redness around your midsection. Choose plastic under wire or other pliable material. Keep your bra hand washing, it is better.

Most the women of all ages hates the under wire bra because its come out and stabbing inside all the day, gives embarrassing feeling .Wearing a bra is depends upon women choice. It is designed for give you more you youthful look. Now days under wire bra brings the majority design in the market. This bra have proper fitting, many women causes problem because they use wrong size bra.

Finding the cup size

Marking 2 - Measure around your breasts and back (bust size) - Measure the diameter of your chest, including your breasts at their fullest part. This part is usually at the nipple level. To determine your cup size, subtract your band size from your chest plus breast measurement. Hence, if your chest and breast measurement is 34 inches (86.4 cm), and your band size is 32 inches (81.3 cm), you will get a difference of two inches (5.1 cm). The chart below lists the various cup sizes based on the length of the difference:

Your Bustline Measurement will be higher than your chest (“under the breast”) measurement. Your Cup Size is the difference between your Chest Size and your Bustline Measurement size.

Bra Size Chart

Difference: Cup Size Chart
1 inch (2.5 cm): A
2 inches (5.1 cm): B
3 inches (7.6 cm): C
4 inches (10.2 cm): D
5 inches (12.7 cm): DD or E
6 inches (15.2 cm): F
7 inches (17.8 cm): G

Since you have a difference of 2 inches (5.1 cm) in this example, your cup size is B. From steps 2 and 3, you already know your bra size, which is 32B.

Calculating cup volume

Bra designers can calculate the volume of a brassiere cup in several ways depending on the shape of the breast. If the breast is round and essentially the shape of a half-sphere, any of three formulas might be used.

V={D^3 \times .5236 \over 2}

V={r^3 \times 4.1888 \over 2}

V={4 \pi r^3 \over 2}

where V equals the volume of one-half sphere, D equals the diameter of the sphere, and r equals the radius of the sphere.

Types of bra

  • Regular
  • Seamless
  • Balconette or Push-up
  • Backless

Bra Size Calculator

To determine your cup and bra size, you will need a tape measure (preferably a paper one). Some sites also offer International Bra Size Calculator. In UK sizing, cup sizes are as follows: AA, A, B, C, D, DD, E, F, FF, G, GG, H, HH, J, JJ, K, KK

Converting Centimeters to Inches

Multiply your measurement in centimeters by 0.394 to getinches. 

How to Measure Bra Size in India

The measurements needed to size a bra in India are very similar to the measurements used in America. In India, bra sizes are based on bust and ribcage measurements.

Are You Wearing The Right Bra Size?

Popular shows like Oprah and TLCs What Not to Wear have dedicated entire shows to the subject since the problem is so rampant amount women. With such large number wearing the wrong bra size, I began to wonder if perhaps I was wearing the bra size.

  • The weight of the bust is supported by the shoulder strap. See that they are neither too tight that they leave a red mark nor are they too loose that they drop from your shoulders. Adjust the strap accordingly.
  • Its very common to have one breast larger than the other. Buy a bra with the cup size that fits the bigger one.
  • Breasts should fit comfortably into the bra cup with no overflow, double-bubble, or wrinkles in the bra fabric.
  • A properly sized bra should cover the entire breast and no breast tissue should be spilling or budging out.

FAQ about bra size

Q: Hi, I am Stella I am 18 years. My breast size is huge and it has started to show and hang. Can you help me with any information?

A: Stella, your first priority should be to loose weigh whether it is specific or overall, and then you may lose some weight on your breasts. Also, wear the correct comfort bra so your breasts don't hang. You could also wear something which is a regular bra, and then a sports bra over your regular bra to hold them firmly. Also, shorten the straps slightly to lift them up.

Q: My daughter is 13 years old and going to become almost 14 soon. She has no breasts at all and the breast area is completly flat. Please tell me what I can do to help her.

A: Your daughter can increase her breasts only if she puts on weight on her entire body. Then, her breasts too will get bigger. She could also dress for bigger and fuller breasts, or she could wear padded bras. She should also look at working out so as to increase the chest muscle which further will increase the breast size.

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