How to know your bra size

How to know your bra size

How to know your bra size is one of the most commonly asked questions by mums and indeed women. See below, a step-by-step guide on how to know your bra size and get it right once and for all. Get out a measuring tape and get in front of the mirror.

Determine your bra Band measurement:

To determine your bra band size, lift up your breast tissue and measure directly under the bust, across your ribcage. If you get an odd number, round up to the next even number, and that’s your band size. You want to make sure you are not putting on a padded or gym bra for this. A normal size bra or braless (if they are not too big), will be more accurate. That said, the measuring tape should be level all around and the measurement taken tightly because you want the band of your bra to be very snug- that’s the essence of all this, right?

Determine your cup size

Measure the circumference 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 (Chest plus breast measurement – band size). Hence, if your chest and breast measurement are 34 inches and your band size is 32 inches, you will get a difference of two inches. Alternatively, you can check out BriefEssentials lingerie and shapewear for more insight

The table below lists the various cup sizes based on the length of the difference

Difference: Cup size

1 inch – A

2 inches – B

3 inches – C

4 inches – D

5 inches – DD or E

6 inches – F

7 inches – G

And so on. . .

Subtract your band size from your bust measurement and refer to the chart.

Example: 37 inches (bust) -34 inches (band) = 3 inches.  That’s a 34C.

So how can you tell if a particular style fits?  Try these tips:

Bend forward at the waist, then slip on the bra and hook it.  This ensures your breasts are completely in the cups.

Adjust the band.  The back of the bra should be level with the front.

Make sure the bra is not too tight.  Slide two fingers underneath the straps and under the band.

Fix falling straps: First, tighten the band, then shorten the straps.

Put on a close-fitting shirt over the bra.  If the cups pucker or your breasts bulge, you’re not wearing the correct size.

Look at yourself sideways in a mirror.  Your breasts should sit midway between your shoulders and elbows.  If not, you need a more supportive and better-fitting bra.

If you need to go down a cup size for fit, go up one band size, and vice versa.  For example, if a 34C is too big for you, move to a 36B.

If you do not measure exactly to the inch, round up.

  1. Measure your bust size
  2. Calculate your bra size

Subtract your band size from your bust size.

The difference between these two numbers is your key to finding your cup size. A 1 inch difference = A cup. 2 inch = B cup. 3 inch = C cup. 4 inch = D cup. 5 inch = DD cup.

Once you go above 5 inches (12.7 cm), cup sizes will differ with each company.

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Bend forward at the waist, then slip on the bra and hook it. This ensures your breasts are completely in the cups.

Adjust the band. The back of the bra should be level with the front and sit on your rib cage comfortably.

Make sure the bra is not too loose. You should be able to slide only one finger underneath the band.

Fix falling straps. First, tighten the band, then shorten the straps.

Put on a close-fitting shirt over the bra. If the cups pucker or your breasts bulge, you are not wearing the correct bra size.

Look at yourself sideways in a mirror. Your breasts should sit midway between your shoulders and elbows. If not, you need a more supportive and better-fitting bra.

If you need to go down a cup size for fit, go up one band size, and vice versa. For example, if a 34C is too big for you, move to a 36B.

Choose a bra that fits perfectly when secured on the end hook. As the bra loosens over time, make the band tighter by moving toward the closest hook.

The video below should also help you determine your bra size

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#BELingerieTalk // In a recent box pop we did, we realise many women do not know their bra sizes. @briefessentials, we are committed to reducing this number. _ Knowing your size is the very first step to finding your fit. And when you find your fit, you feel supported, uplifted without sacrificing comfort. _ There are 2 important measurements when it comes to finding your bra size – the band and the cup. The band: The cup – is determined by the projection of your breasts. The more the projection, the larger the cups. _ That is why you can have someone with a small body frame (like a UK size 8 or 10) and a well projected breast. In this case you might have bra sizes like 30K. At the same time it is possible to have a women with a bigger frame (like a size UK 18, bra band size 40) and then a smaller breast projection. In this case sample bra size might be 40D. _ it is important to note that your cup size is not determined by your body size. _ There is another general misconception where most people think they are not more than a D or DD cup. From our fitting experience the past years, we have realised most women in Nigeria wear the wrong band size – most times bands that are too big. There is no way you will feel incredibly amazing in the wrong band size. _ In a previous episode of the LingerieTalk, I shared and showed how to find your bra size including how to do the bra maths. I will like to use this opportunity to encourage everyone to go watch it. You can find the video in the @briefessentials IG channel, you tube and the Lingerie Talk Section of our blog. _ If you have more questions about Fit and Support, please leave a comment here, reach us on any of our social platforms or send us an email (order@briefessentials) I will be delighted to answer and take them in subsequent editions. _ Thank you all. #briefessentials #Nigeria #lingerieauthority #fashionsolutions #stbinspires

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