How to Measure Yourself for a New Bra
Don’t you wish you could just measure yourself and be able to get your exact bra size? Me too.
Several of you have asked me how to measure for bras. I can tell you the way I do it, but it’s kind of like making chocolate chip cookies. Everyone has their own recipe or way of doing it.
Some will take measurements under the bust, at the fullest point and at the highest point. Some even take measurements of each bust from North to South, and also from East to West.
That’s a lot of measuring, and from what I’ve seen, it’s all relative because manufacturers do not necessarily have the same sizing rules. Don’t even get me started on band sizes 40+. Those standards are all over the place. I am working on a new sizing method for the larger bands. (More to come.)
I’ve mentioned before that depending on the style and fabric composition of the bra, I will wear two different sizes, even when the bra is made by the same brand.
And then there is vanity sizing. It seems like women with smaller breasts want bigger breasts, and women with bigger breasts want either a reduction or a good massage therapist.
So in comes those brands that are masters of marketing that put women in cup sizes that are actually bigger then their true size. The women feel better about themselves, and the company now have customers for life. Kind of sneaky I think, but some of these brands are doing quite well.
Now, I will share with you the secret to what you must do to find your true size. Measure to get your starting point. Then try on bras until you find the one that fits you the best. In case you missed my posts about underwires and bra fitting, click on those links.
Wear your best fitting bra, preferably not a padded cup bra. Just before you measure, take a deep breath, then exhale and relax. The tape should be snug, but not so tight that you can’t breathe. Be sure to keep the tape horizontal to your waist. These are the two measurements I take.
1. Measure around the under bust. Add 4 inches to that number, and that is the starting point for your band size.
For example, I measure 29.5 inches around my under bust. When I add 4 inches, I get 33.5. I round up and find myself wearing a 34 band.
But what if you are just 29 inches around, and then you’re stuck in the middle of the band sizes 32 and 34. Well, that’s when you determine whether or not you like your bands a little snug or not as snug. Remember, the band should never be loose because that is where the majority of your support is.
2. Measure the fullest part of your bust.
Take this measurement, and subtract your band size from it. This will be the starting point for your cup size. Remember, I say starting point because there are many factors that will affect the fit.
Here are the calculations using my measurements.
According to this chart, I would be a 34 G, and for the most part that is accurate. However, back in the day when I used to wear store-bought bras, I would range from a 34 DDD – 34 G. Not all 34 Gs are the same.
Also, US and UK sizing is different. We’ll talk about that later. For now, here are some other past posts that you may find helpful.
Please let me know if you have any questions about bras or bra fitting. I am so happy to hear from you and answer your questions.
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