According to numerous studies that have been conducted on women and bra sizes, 8 out of 10 women wear the incorrect bra size. If you are tired of wearing bras that don't quite fit properly and either cause bulging or discomfort in some other form, then you likely aren't wearing the proper size. Here is a guide on how to wear the perfect bra, so you can look and feel your absolute best in the bras that you love the most.
Get a professional fitting
A professional fitting expert should also be able to recommend certain styles of bras that will work best for your size and personal tastes. You can request a professional fitting at many specialty stores that sell bras and lingerie. Many fittings are by appointment only, so be sure you schedule one before showing up, if required.
Obtain your measurements at home
If you're unable to find a store that offers bra fittings near you, or you don't feel comfortable having a stranger take your measurements, you can find your proper size on your own. All you need is a tape measure, an unpadded bra, and a mirror. To find your perfect size, do the following:
Find your band size - The band size is the number portion of your bra size. Simply stand in front of the mirror wearing an unpadded bra. Wrap the tape measure around your body, near the top of your bra, where the straps and cup meet. Write down this number. If the number is odd, go up to the next even number.
To find your cup number, you will measure yourself just underneath your breasts, where the band is. Make sure you hold the measuring tape securely, but not too tight. You should be able to comfortably take a deep breath in and out while holding the tape around yourself. Keep in mind that most of your support from the bra will come from the band and not the straps, so if your bra isn't the right size, you won't get the support you need. Write down the number that you get. If you get an odd number, go up to the next even one.
Once you have both numbers, subtract the band size from the cup size. A 1- inch difference = A cup, 2 inches = B cup, 3 inches = C cup, 4 inches - D cup, 5 inches - DD cup. For anything above 5 inches, check with the manufacturer of the bra, as larger sizes vary.
Different sizes for different bras
Your size may vary depending on the style of the bra that you opt for, so don't be surprised if you need to go up or down in size. It's a good idea to try on the new bra styles before purchasing them so you can ensure you get the perfect fit, regardless of the style. When trying on new styles of bras, remember that your breasts shouldn't spill out of your bra on the sides or the middle. Also, bra straps should be comfortable instead of digging into your shoulders.
There is no reason to settle for wearing bras that dig into your breasts and cause you to appear as if you have a "quad-boob," or otherwise fit uncomfortably. It's easy to find your perfect fit, and after you've found yours, you'll be so grateful to look beautiful and feel comfortable.