Bra Fitting Guide

Going to a store and having a bra fitter determine your size for you may not be the right idea because store keeper stick you in a bra size that is in stock rather than in your correct size. We say you are the best person to figure out your bra size. You can do that in just three tests:

  1. Band size is very important


You should remember that most of the support for the bust comes from the band, not the straps. It is easy to find whether your band size is perfect or not. You should be able to slip two fingers easily underneath the band in back, and one in the centre in front. If not, band size is small and need to go up a band size

Also, band should always follow horizontal line across your body and should not be riding up at the back. If it does, then it is probably too big and you need to go down a band size or tighten your band

You can measure the band size by bringing the measuring tape around your back to the front, keeping it under the arms and bringing it up across to the middle of your chest. Now you note down the measurement. If the measured band number is an odd figure, round up to the next even number to get your band size.

2 . Strap length should be comfortable

Your strap length should be ideal and it shouldn’t be slipping off your shoulders. If it does, either you tighten your strap or go down a band size. At the same time it should not be too tight in which case it may leave a red mark on your shoulder. Ideally you should be able to slip two fingers easily underneath it.

3.  Cup size should be ideal

If there is excess spillage out of the cups your cup size is too small indicating you need to size up your cup size. If the bra isn’t fitting smoothly against you, and there’s a gap between you and the bra, try sizing down a cup size. If you see excess wrinkled material then your cup size is too big and try sizing down. Underwire should sit flat against your rib cage. If you feel underwire digging into any breast tissue or poking you under the arm, your cup size is wrong. Again if there is any gaping you need to change the cup size.

You can measure bust by taking the measuring tape loosely around the fullest part of your bust straight across and around your back, bringing it to the front and note down the number. Now subtract your band size measured in (1) above from this bust measurement. The difference so arrived at is nothing but your bra size- each inch representing a cup size. Thus, if your band size is 32 inch, and cup size is 34 inch, the difference is 2: which would indicate a B cup.

Keep doing these exercises once in every six months!