How to measure for a properly fitted bra.
Measure around your rib cage, underneath your breasts, where the band of your bra sits. Make sure
to pull the tape snug and keep it flat against your back.
Add 5 to this number (if you end up with an odd number, round up to
the closest even number). This number is your bra size.
Example: 29 inches +5 = size 34.
Measure around the fullest part of your breast, again
keeping the tape snug, but not tight, and parallel
to the rib-cage line. If this measurement is an odd number, round up to
the next even number. Example: 37 inches rounds up to 38.
To determine your cup size, subtract the first
measurement from the second.
Example: 38 minus 34 = 4:
1-inch difference = A cup;
2-inch difference= B cup;
3-inch difference = C cup;
4-inch difference= D cup,
5-inch difference = DD cup.
6-inch difference = F cup.
7-inch difference = G cup.
8-inch difference = H cup.
So the examples result in a bra size of 34D,
so this would be a good starting point to try to find the right bra for
Too much of a good thing,
or not enough?
If when you look at
yourself in your bra you seem to "Flow" over the edges then get
a cup size larger and Bra size smaller. The same is true if you don't fill
the cup, reduce the cup size and go one bra size larger.
example: Lets look at the 34D we did above. The proper bra could be a 32DD
or 36C --- all three bra's could fit the person we measured for a
bra above, except for how the cup is filled.
That is why it
is important to try a new bra on before you buy it. It is worth
going to a store where they have people trained to give you a proper fit,
as a good Bra is critical, as what is under your clothes is what is
projected though your clothes. And if you want to look your best
then make sure that your "Foundation" garments fit
properly. There is a reason that they are called
getting a fuller look
Typically most women want to emphasis what
they have, and for a model this is generally desirable. Without going for
a "Super" Bra or a lift up Bra you can have comfort and still
have emphasis if you:
Fit the Bra properly to start with
When you put the bra on; bend over so your chest is parallel to the
ground, pull the Bra away from your skin allowing the breast to fill the
Do this on both sides and when you stand back up you will find
that you look fuller. If it causes you to have "too much of a good
thing" then go back a step and try a different bra with a larger cup
Remember your attitude is your
best asset, and if you know you look good it will show in the photos.
bra is properly fitted When:
- The fullest part of the bust / breast is found at
approximately the middle point between the shoulder and
- The horizontal seam on the bra's cup (if the bra has
one) should be parallel to the shoulders. Adjust the straps,
until they are firm but comfortable. If they are too tight the seam in
the bra's cup will go in a upwards direction from horizontal,
and if too loose; the seam will go downward.
- The main band of your bra that goes around your chest should ride
comfortably tight across the middle of the back and pass under the
shoulder blades. It should also be parallel to the shoulders. If the
main band is too loose, it will ride up your back. A properly fitting
bra will be supported mainly by the main/chest band, not just the
shoulder straps. If the straps dig in, the bra size is probably wrong.
- The bra cups should be the right size for what you have. With no
double curves (very tacky looking), neither too much or to little.
That is, If the breasts are bulging from their cups at the tops/sides
or the under-wires are not touching your chest, the cup size is
probably too small. You should have one smooth curve of your breast
from bottom to top with nothing showing what is skin and what is bra
except the faintest of lines at the bra's edge.
- Under-wires should lie flat against your chest/rib cage and should
not rub together. Make sure that you have the right size as it
is very important that the under-wire not place any pressure on the
- The center clasp of the bra (if there is one), or band should lie
flat against the chest between the breasts.
- Adjust the bra's shoulder straps to give firm lift to the breast.
Firm but comfortable, the bra's straps should not dig in to your
- The shoulder straps should be parallel to the body, front and back.
If not check for the wrong size or a poorly built bra. A well
fitted bra should never have straps falling off the shoulder in normal
use or cutting into your shoulders.
- It is your body, being cheap with a bra does not make sense. Get a
good bra, and make sure it fits properly. You will be glad that you
spent the few extra dollars to take proper care of your breasts.
Questions? Write me... firstname.lastname@example.org
To look your best you must wear a properly fitted Bra.
Ok, so she is wearing a bikini,
at least you get the idea ;-)
As an alternative method: Measure
just under the arms and round up to the next EVEN number, then subtract that
from the fullest part, the cup table on the site is correct for
this method as well.
all else fails (as from the email that I have received no one method works
for everyone) try this:
- Measure your chest under
your breasts (where the bottom band of a bra normally sits on your
- Measure your chest above
your breasts and below your armpits.
If the difference between
the two measurements is two inches or less, the under breast measurement
plus 5 inches (even sizes only so round up if you need to) is your bra
size. If the difference is over two inches, you may want to try one size
To determine the proper Cup
Size, measure around the chest at the height of the fullest part of the
breast. The measuring tape should be held horizontal, and your arms should
be down. Find the difference between this measurement and your bra band
size and use the chart to get your cup size.
Remember this is just a
starting point. You have to try the bra on to make sure it is the right
fit, and sizes do vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.
Note: If your bra seems to
have a good fit, but the band is riding up in the back, try a larger cup
size first, if that doesn’t seem to do the trick, try the next band size
If gravity has worked its
way with you, figure out your band size and just try on a few different
cup sizes until you find the one that gives you one smooth curve with no
spillage, that is go for comfort.
Note: Fitting is
critical, a recent study from Australia linked a too constraining bra fit
with breast cancer, with a link stronger than that of smoke to lung
cancer. The suggestion was that you should massage the breast daily to
restore fluid movement to keep the tissue healthy
Start with a two handed cupping action and
compress the breast, (Gently) then kneed the breast tissue, like a loaf of
bread, working over the entire breast, but not as hard. (again gently) End
with stroking the tissue starting at the nipple and working outwards.
Press about as hard as you would on your eyelid. And with small firm
motions work outward from the nipple. Try to wear a bra less than 12
hours a day. If your build will allow it, go without a bra, they noted
that after about 30 days the breast would start to support itself, and it
would not feel as "funny" as it does at the start of the 30 day
If your nipples tend to show, and that worries
you, there are new items on the market that basically cover just the
nipple, so your "headlights" won't show. Or the best
solution is to just make sure that you pick the right bra for you, one
that fits properly and reduce your wear time, coupled with a gentle