Are You Wearing The Wrong Size Bra?

If you believe the current statistics the answer is yes.  Over 50% of women and girls in the United States are wearing the wrong bra size.  The majority of us are just purchasing the wrong size bra. As our bodies change over the years from having kids or breast feeding our breast size and shape can change also. It is OK embrace your mom body it is what makes you, you! Gaining or losing weight can also affect how your bra fits you. Here are a few telltale signs that you may not be in the right size: wrinkling in the cups, underwire poking the sides of your breasts, a band that rides up, cup spillage, slipping straps, or a bra that hikes up when you lift your arms, says Sandi Simon, a fit consultant at Bra Smyth, in New York City. Let’s face it wearing the wrong bra size can ruin an otherwise flawless outfit and make you feel very uncomfortable and self-conscience about your appearance. Bra fitting should be done by an expert, but if you just can’t get to a store with an experienced person to assist you there is always the option of doing it yourself. 

How To Measure Yourself

The first part of your body that should be measured is your band size. While bra-less measure around the area of your body where a bra band would lie, directly under your bust. Make sure to keep your measuring tape straight and tight around the back to front. 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.) Next is probably the hardest part of measuring yourself for a bra, the cup size. Measure the fullest part of your breast area.  Keep the tape straight around your back and bring it to meet in the front close the nipple. Ready for some math? Yes, there is a calculation involved! Subtract your band size from this bust measurement. The difference calculates your bra size- each inch represents a cup size. For example, if you measure a 34-inch band size, and a 36-inch cup size, the difference is 2: which would indicate a B cup. Like we said it may be easier and less nerve wracking to have an expert help out but in the end you could actually be in a bra that’s comfortable and fits you the way it should.