Finding Your Right Bra Size

Importance Of A Good Fitting Bra

The fact is that most of us women are wearing the wrong size bra. Whether the band is not tight enough, the band is too tight, the cup size it too big or the cup size is too small. There are a surprising amount of problems that a bra may have. And there are many problems that an ill fitting bra may cause.

Problems and ill fitting bra may have.

  • Straps falling off.
  • Muffin top breasts.
  • Breasts falling out of the bottom of the cup,
  • Oddly shaped breasts.
  • Band is too tight and making breathing difficult or painful to move.
  • Band too loose and not giving any support.
  • Straps digging into the shoulders.
  • Center of the bra is not right up against the chest wall.

An ill fitting bra can also cause many health problems such as pain in the arms, neck, breasts and back.

So how do you find the right bra for you? Well that's easier than one may think. Visit a shop and have someone who knows what they are doing measure you. From there you can try on many different styles of bras to see which style best suits your body shape. In any bra shop they should be able to find you which type and size of bra works best for you and why some bras work for you while others don't.

How to Measure Your Bra Size

If a professional is not available to you or you would prefer to measure yourself. Here is how....

How to Measure Your Bra Size

Step 1

Remove all clothing and stand up straight.

Step 2

You will need to measure your chest size first. This is to determine your proper band size. Take a measuring tape (such as a fabric measuring tape usually used for sewing) and measure just below your bust. This is where the bra band will sit. Be sure to in a straight line all the way around. If you measure on an angle this may alter the results. Make sure that this measurement is snug. A bra should fit snug, not loose, although it should not be so snug that it's painful. Ensure that you are measuring in inches. This is your band size. If you land on an odd number it's best to try bras of one inch above and one inch below. However, it is usually best to go with the one inch below.

Step 3

Now it is time to determine your cup size. To do this must measure around your bust. Place the measuring tape around the fullest part of your breast. Odds are that one of your breasts is larger than the other. This is normal. Ensure once again that the tape measure is even and not on an angle for the most accurate results. If this number falls on a half number it is best to round up rather than down.

Step 4

Subtract the band size (step 1) from the cup size (step 2). This number will determine what cup size you are.

Bra Size Chart

Common Bra Problems

Problem: Muffin Top Breasts

Why: Your bras cups size is either too small or the wrong style for your shape.


Problem: Sore/Red Under Breasts

Why: Your cups are likely too small causing skin irritations.


Problem: Breasts falling out the side of the bra.

Why: The bra you are wearing is likely the wrong shape. You may need a bra with more cup coverage.


Problem: Breasts are falling out of the bottom of the bra.

Why: Your band size is likely too big.


Problem: Breasts look saggy.

Why: Your bra does not provide enough support.


Problem: Bra rides up your back.

Why: Your band size is likely too big.


Problem: Shoulder straps digging in.

Why: Your breasts should not be supported by your shoulder straps. You may need a wider strap and a smaller band size.

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Lady Summerset 4 years ago from Willingboro, New Jersey

I needed this information. My bra strap rides up the back and the other one(s) boobs are falling out the bottom! LOL! Sounds like a band problem. Thanks so much for the information.

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