If you have not read the measuring instructions first, please go back and read them now.
This measuring technique will help you decide which size bra to order. These measuring guidelines are La Bella Coppia’s and do not necessarily correspond with other ready-to-wear brands.
Now let’s begin by finding your band size. After we know that, we can find your bra cup size.
You will need your tape measure and measuring partner. You may or may not wear a bra for this measurement, but if you do, just make sure the tape measure is nice and snug.
Measure the Under Bust
Have your measuring partner ready. Place the measuring tape directly under your breasts, around your body. Keep the tape measure horizontal. Inhale and exhale so your ribcage is not expanded. Have your measuring partner pull the tape snugly and note the measurement.
Refer to the chart below. If you like your band snug, you may want to go down a size. Just ensure it’s not too tight, or it will over stress your underwires.
Now here’s the catch. Once you go over a 38 band, you really need a different standard than what’s available in the ready-to-wear bras. When there is more tissue, there are more ways it can be distributed. If you have a broad back, that’s going to have an effect. If you have a high tummy, that will also be a factor.
The point is, you almost need a “custom” bra. How we do it at La Bella Coppia involves even more measuring.
40 Bands and Up
This measurement is taken from the side where your breast tissue ends to the center point under your arm pit. This will determine the width of the bra frame.
From Side Seam to Side Seam Around Back
This measurement is taken from the center point under your arm pit, around your back, to the center point under your other arm pit. This will determine the band size.
We use these two measurements to make your frame and band. This is the only way to ensure the proper fitting band. There is nothing worse than having an underwire poke you directly under your arm pit because the manufacturer didn’t do better on the sizing. If you currently wear a 40 band or higher, please contact us so we can find the best solution for you.