Lets face it – bras are not the most comfortable nor are they hardly anyone’s favorite piece of clothing. For most people who need a bra, finding the perfect size can seem difficult if not impossible, not to mention the right style for your body. In my years working in fashion retail, I have learned tips and tricks to help you find the bra that suits all of your needs. Follow my easy guide to help you find the bra that is best for you.
First, put on your best fitting bra and make sure the straps are tight on your shoulders for the best possible support. Then grab a soft cloth tape measure like one that you would use when you sew. Make sure that you are standing up completely straight, as that can affect how your bra fits. If you’re getting fitted by a professional, be sure to stay upright but relaxed-don’t stress about someone touching your body. I have found that when clients tense up, their measurements are inaccurate.
Next, place the tape underneath your breasts and measure that number. You may need to add two or three inches to that number to round up to the nearest even whole number. For example if you measure at 30 ½ inches, round up to 32. Its important to go up rather than down, because a well fitting bra will never be too tight. The number that you just came up with is your band size.
The last measurement will be across your bust all the way around your body. You need to keep the tape nice and loose otherwise you won’t get an accurate reading. You need to subtract this number from your band size in order to find your cup size.
If you come up with a negative number, you will wear a AA cup. A zero inch difference is an A cup, a one inch difference is a B cup and so on. I have found that depending on the type of bra you want, you may want to adjust your cup size. For example, a client who wore a 36C wanted a demi cup bra, so I suggested to them to get a 36D to be sure most of their bust had enough coverage. Now that you know your size, you can head to the store confident you will find the right bra.
Pick Your Bra Type
There are a lot of different types of bra on the market. Full coverage bras will totally cover the breast and usually have thicker, more supportive straps. A push-up style bra will add volume and can add cleavage, as can a demi-cup bra. A minimizer is the opposite of a push-up bra, as it flattens breasts to minimize their size. Many larger busted clients I worked with preferred a minimizer. Try on several different styles to see what works for you. Any bra fitter or associate in the store will be able to give you advice on different fit types as well.
It is important to note that there can be variations depending on the company, the particular bra and the material it is made from. Be sure your bra fits snugly on the biggest hook in the back, as they will stretch over time. By finding your correct bra size, you will be more confident and comfortable, and your clothes will feel better too.