So I saw an article in Real Simple magazine How to Measure your Bra Size by Rachel Shelasky and Julee A. Wilson and I thought I would share...they also have it on their website.
Illustration by Jason Lee
Step One: Find your correct band size:
While braless or wearing a non-padded bra, measure around the bottom of the band, directly under your bust. The measuring tape should be level and very snug. Round to the nearest whole number. If the number is even, add four inches. If it’s odd, add five. Your band size is the sum of this calculation. (So if you measured 32 inches, your band size is 36. If you measured 33 inches, your band size is 38.)
Illustration by Jason Lee
Step Two: Measure your Bust:
Wrap the measuring tape somewhat loosely around the fullest part of your chest (at nipple level). Round to the nearest whole number.
Step Three: Find your Cup Size:
Subtract your band size from your bust measurement and refer to chart. Example: 37 inches (bust) – 34 inches (band) = 3 inches. That’s a 34C.
Here are some additional tips from Real Simple:
Bend forward at the waist, then slip on the bra and hook it. This ensures your breasts are completely in the cups.
Adjust the band. The back of the bra should be level with the front.
Make sure the bra is not too tight. Slide two fingers underneath the straps and under the band.
Fix falling straps. First, tighten the band, then shorten the straps.
Put on a close-fitting shirt over the bra. If the cups pucker or your breasts bulge, you're not wearing the correct size.
Look at yourself sideways in a mirror. Your breasts should sit midway between your shoulders and elbows. If not, you need a more supportive and better-fitting bra.
If you need to go down a cup size for fit, go up one band size, and vice versa. For example, if a 34C is too big for you, move to a 36B.
Choose a bra that fits perfectly when secured on the outermost hook. As the bra loosens over time, make the band taut by moving toward the tightest hook.
I thought this was interesting enough to share because I've noticed lately since working out and losing weight that my bras aren't fitting the same so I definitely need to check out my size. This post totally reminds me of this Sex and the City moment....
When Miranda goes off on the saleswoman for touching her and then tells the woman that her mom just passed. The saleswoman hugs her and Miranda gives her a pat on the back. Miranda then announces...you were right...I was wearing the wrong size bra. It's awkward, funny and sad all the same time. I remember watching this thinking...that is sooo me! I would hate for some stranger to touch me with clothes on nonetheless while I am standing there in my bra.