The research may surprise you: up to 80 percent of women are wearing the wrong bra size. Are you one of them?
Here are some tips for making sure you are getting the best fit:
- Ask someone you feel comfortable with to measure you Trained bra fitters are also available in some stores.
- Measure directly under your bust: if it's an even number, add six inches. If it's an odd number add only five inches (because bra sizes only come
in even numbers). This is your band size.
- Measure the fullest part of your bust for your cup size. Subtract this measurement from your band size.
- 1/2 inch, your cup size is AA
- 1 inch, your cup size is A
- 2 inches, your cup size is B
- 3 inches, your cup size is C
- 4 inches, your cup size is D
- 5 inches, your cup size is DD.
- If the cups pucker, they're too large. Choose a smaller cup size. If your breasts bulge out of the cups, choose a larger cup size.
- Fasten the bra on the middle or last hook, with the bra back sitting low. If the bra only fits on the tightest hook, choose the next smallest band size.
With wear, the fabric will stretch and the bra will need to be tightened.
- If the shoulder straps cut into the shoulders, you need either wider straps or more support. For more support, try an underwire bra.