Bra: Finding the Proper Fit and Correct Bra Size

bra size

A nicely fitting bra is a girl’s best friend. A bad bra…not so much!

Does your bra fit? How do you know if you are wearing the right bra size?

I was shocked to learn that as many as 70 percent of women wear the wrong bra size. How is that possible?

It turns out there is a very good reason for this statistic. A woman’s breast size can change up to six times in her lifetime. Our breasts change after each pregnancy as well as with age. Weight gain and weight loss can also cause a change in breast size and firmness.

Of course, breast augmentation and natural breast enhancement will also cause a change in breast size, although in this case it will be a positive change!

When I heard that 70 percent number, I started thinking about bad bras. About all the women I have seen with bra straps slipping down their arms and back straps visibly cutting into their skin. About boobs that are so crammed in they look desperate to escape. All things to be avoided!

So if you have tried one of the great herbal breast enhancement options out there and find you are suddenly rocking a great rack, I really think you should make sure you are wearing the right bra to make the best of it!

Find the Right Bra Size

Here is what you need to do to make sure you’re wearing the right bra size.

Bra Frame Size

Wrap your measuring tape around your ribcage snugly (but not too tight) directly below your breasts. You may have to round up your measurement to an even number. Never round down!

This measurement is your frame size and is the number in front of the letter in bra size (i.e. 36C).

Cup Size

Use the same technique as in frame measurement, but measure around the largest part of your bosom. Then, subtract your frame size number from this measurement.

Use the following chart to determine your cup size.

Bra Size Chart

For example, my frame measurement is 37”, so I rounded up to 38”. My bust measurement is 41” for a difference of 3”. My bra size, therefore, is 38C. (For the record, I have been wearing a 36C for years, so I fall into the 70 percent).

Here are the four things you need to know to make sure your bra fits properly:

Cups

The cups of your bra should wrap snugly around them. They should not gape or cut into your breasts.

Underwires

Underwires should rest against your ribcage. They should not sit on your breasts, and they should not sit too far below the bottom of your breasts.

The underwire on this bra sits too far below the bottom of the breast, making it uncomfortable.

Shoulder Straps

Shoulder straps should not slip off your shoulders and they should not cut into your shoulder. Make sure they start right at the base of your shoulder blades.

Back Strap

Make sure the back strap goes straight across your back. If it creeps up during the day, your bra does not fit right.

One of the best things you can do is get fitted professionally. If you live anywhere near a major department store or good lingerie store, call and ask if they offer professional fittings.

A good bra can help any number of problems with your breasts. A bad bra, on the other hand, can make even good boobs look bad.

Don’t let it happen to you!

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7 Comments/Reviews

  • Raluca27 says:

    Oh! Thank you so much for this article! I always have problem with choosing the right bra for me. Now I am sure next time I will choose the perfect one.

  • Olive says:

    I really have to congratulate you for this article! There are so many women who do not wear the right bra for them. I hope they read this article and follow your advices which are very professional and helpful.

  • Marimar says:

    A woman’s breast size can change up to six times in her lifetime??? I had no idea about this. I hope my breast size increases sixth times <3

  • elle says:

    Hey, I did this measurement. From now on I know what bra to pick. Thank you so much for your help!

  • Georgiana says:

    Hmmm, this article is very helpful. Next time I will follow your advices. Well done!

  • Karen says:

    I recently bought a new bra after the wrong style for years. I have very large breasts and find it hard to find bras that fit. I went to a store and asked the sales lady to help me, so I tried a few on and ended up buying one f them. It felt right and was comfy. After wearing it for the first time today, it creeps all the way up the back? I don’t know what I’ll do now, boobs are huge :(

  • Monica says:

    For years I’ve been wearing the wrong size bra! Of course, I didn’t know that it was the wrong size, but after reading your helpful tips, I’ve gone and re-measured myself and sure enough….time for some new bras that actually fit!

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