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How to measure bra size properly is something should be passed down from mother to daughter, and even from friend to friend. All through a woman’s life, the size and shape of their breasts change, from growth as a teen, to the fullness of womanhood and then as a mom. Up to 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra size and don’t realize the changes in their breasts.
I know I’ve been wearing the same bra size for the last ten years, and after researching this subject, found that I am indeed wearing the wrong size bra. I have to accept that I’m not a skinny teenager anymore!
Determining bra size is actually an enjoyable act, as when you get your bra size just right, it can make you look like you have lost 10 pounds, and a whole lot more pert! So let’s just look into how to measure bra size to compliment your figure.
The first thing in how to measure bra size is to take the right measurements. Different brands of bras will vary in size anyway, so the actual measurements are not always spot on. Finding out your measurements at home is part one of the process. The next part is going to a shop, trying on different bras and finding the ones that fit you with the most comfort and that you like the look of.
The first part of how to measure bra size correctly is to look at the band size, which is the circumference of the point below your breasts and at the top of your rib cage. Place a tape measure around this point and make sure it is not twisted and flat against the skin. You do need to keep your arms down when taking this measurement, so you may need some help. When you have the reading, in inches, always round it to the nearest even number, so if it is 34.5, you should go down to 34 inches.
Please do not listen to people who say that you should add two inches to this measurement, as they are wrong and this is not how to measure bra size effectively. In the 1930s they may have been determining bra size by that method, but shapes and designs have changed a lot since then.
The second measurement in determining bra size is getting the cup right. You need to measure the fullest part of your bust. If you are taking the measurement in the nude (as opposed to wearing a bra and taking measurements over it) drop down onto your hands and knees, so that your back is parallel to the ground, then take the measurement, around your breasts and back. You will need to round this measurement to the nearest whole number. Take your band size and subtract it from your bust size and the remaining inches will determine your cup size. 1 inch = A cup 2 inches = B cup 3 inches = C cup 4 inches = D cup 5 inches = DD cup 6 inches = E cup 7 inches = F cup
Now you have the basic knowledge in place, it’s time to take it to the shops and try on a few styles of bras that you like. Take them to the changing rooms and jump around in them for a bit. Questions to ask yourself are is the bra too tight, too loose, are there any bulges coming out the sides of the bra, and does it stay in place when you jump around like a mad woman.
If you stick to these methods of measuring and testing your bra size, you will always find the right bra size and type for you. So go get them bras and teach others how to measure bra size properly, they will forever be in your debt.
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