When it comes to bras, it can be so much fun buying a new one, whether it’s a cute and comfortable bralette, or a pretty one that you feel confident in, the most important factor is that it fits you correctly. While we try to keep our shop visits to a minimum, and lockdowns and closures keep occurring, it can be tricky to get a real-life fitting right now. Measuring yourself at home is a quick and easy way to figure out your size so you can shop online instead or leg it into Penneys and grab one without too much thought.
What’s the big deal?
Is it such a big deal if your bra doesn’t fit you right? Well, yes actually. A bra that’s too small will make you feel and look a bit squished and could even leave you in pain. If you’re dealing with painful red lines along your back or shoulders, this may be a sign that your bra is too small. If the cup size is too small, you’ll also find yourself spilling out of the top of it, leaving an uneven line when wearing tshirts. If your bra is too big, it will be loose and might be uncomfortable when it comes to physical movement because you don’t have enough support. It might also feel baggy and annoying because you’re constantly pulling at it and adjusting the straps. No thanks!
But I already got measured?
Maybe you’ve gotten measured before when you were getting your first ever bra, or maybe the ladies in Victoria Secret or M&S whipped out their tape last time you were picking one up. But did you know you’re supposed to check your size around every six months. Things like age, weight, and general puberty can mean that your boobs constantly change size. So just because you got measured before, doesn’t mean you don’t need to check in again if you’re buying a new one.
If you need a refresher on how to measure up, this is it: There are two parts to a bra size – the chest size (which refers to the 32, 34, 36, etc) and the cup size (A, B, D, etc.). The chest size is the part of the bra that runs across your chest and around your back, and the cups are the part of the bra that actually holds your breasts.
To find your size, take a tape measure and run it just under your breasts and all the way around your back and rib cage. The tape measure should rest flat on your skin and lie straight across your back – not so tight that it digs in, but not so loose that it sags at the back. Make a note of your measurements and add five inches. That’s your chest size. If it comes out at an odd number (such as 31 or 33 inches), it’s usually a good rule of thumb to round up to the next number.
All bras have a few sets of adjustable hooks, so you can adjust the tightness.
For your cup size, once again make sure the tape measure is snug – not too loose or too tight. Run it across the fullest part of your breast (across your nipples) and write this number down. Now, subtract your chest measurement, for example, 34inches – 32inches = 2inches. If the difference between the two numbers is less than one inch, your cup size is AA. If it’s one inch, your cup size is A, two inches means you’re a B, three inches means you’re a C and so on.
A bra’s straps will allow you to adjust how the cups for and support your breasts. When the straps are the right length, your bra lifts your breasts comfortably and the back of the bra will run straight across your back.
Now to do some shopping…