Figuring out your bra size doesn’t have to be confusing. Just use these simple steps.
Forget bad hair days … have you ever had a bad bra day? You know what I’m talking about: Your bra band is too tight; the underwire pokes you; your assets spill over; or you have more underarm bulge than cleavage. It’s a problem all women must endure—even Oprah, who devoted a 2005 episode to helping viewers learn how to properly measure their bra size. It’s estimated that 80 percent of women are wearing the wrong size of bra, which makes sense given that the slightest weight loss or gain can affect bra measurements.
Plus-size women have added challenges, too. Some of us have generously proportioned breasts, putting us in the market for larger cup sizes, while others have small busts but need larger band sizes. These types of bras aren’t readily available at the mall.
The good news is that with a little bit of effort and some online shopping at fullbeauty.com, you can easily banish the bad bra day. Here’s how:
1. Find a comfortable bra, a measuring tape and, if possible, a close friend
To correctly measure your bra size, you’ll need to wear a comfortable bra that neither minimizes your bust nor pushes your breasts up and out. You’ll also need a flexible measuring tape. A close friend helps, too, but you can also take your measurements by yourself if needed.
2. Measure your band size.
Slip the tape measure under your arms and around your back so that it meets in front on top of your breasts (not under your breasts—a common mistake). This is your band size. Band sizes are in even numbers, so if your measurement is an odd number, round up to the next whole number for a looser fit and down one for a smaller fit.
3. Measure your bust size.
Now, take the measuring tape and wrap it around the fullest part of your bust line. This number is your bust size.
4. Determine your cup size.
Determine your cup size.
Here’s a formula you probably didn’t encounter in math class: To determine your cup size, subtract your band size from your bust size. For instance, if your band size is 42 inches, and your cup size is 46 inches, you’ll end up with 4 inches. Then refer to FullBeauty.com’s handy-dandy size conversion chart, and find the corresponding cup size. Using the 46 inches minus 42 inches example, a 4 inch difference equals a D cup size. Of course, Mother Nature doesn’t always deal in whole numbers. Say you have a difference of 5.25 inches, putting you between DD and DDD. It’s best to buy the larger cup size and adjust your straps.
5. Congratulate yourself on measuring your bra size.
Your bra size is your band size plus your cup size, so continuing with our example, your bra size is 42D. Pat yourself on the back, and relish in the fact that because you know your bra size, you will be free from back fat bulging over your band!
If you’re a visual learner, check out fullbeauty.com’s helpful bra measurement video, and be sure to spread the word to your friends about how to properly measure your bra size. We women of the world must unite against poorly fitting bras!