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Bras For Men | Everything You Need To Know About Your First Bra

Updated on October 13, 2009

A man choosing his first bras is beset with a wide range of options and a concern that none of them will look right or feel right. This guide is designed to take a great deal of confusion out of the process and help you find the perfect bra for you!

The Three Types Of Bras For Men

Out and About Bras

If you're looking for a bra you'll be able to wear out of the bedroom, I would advise looking for t-shirt bras. These are bras that do not have any seams on the cups. They are very smooth, and usually come complete with a little padding built into the cup to ensure that modesty is maintained under even the thinnest t-shirt.

If you'd like to see how it is really done, this article depicts a reader demonstrating how he wears a bra to work almost every day.


If you're buying a brassiere because you need support, I would advise looking into a sports bra. Sports bras tend not to be very feminine, which is okay for a man who just wants to feel supported, and often come in black, which has fairly masculine overtones. Sports bras are designed to prevent movement and support the chest. Many men find that these bras are very comfortable and give them a new lease on life

Read this sports bra guide I prepared earlier, for more information.

Pretty, Feminine Bra

If you just want to look pretty and feminine and don't care at all about whether or not the brassiere will be visible under clothing, then your choices become very simple. Just buy any brassiere that appeals to you. The market is absolutely full of gorgeous bras at almost every price point, so relax and simply enjoy the selection process.

Here are a few well known lingerie designers who make bras so beautiful you could cry.

Victoria's Secret



Elle MacPherson Bras

Lilly Italia 

But What Style Suits Me?

Now, if you happen to be utterly lost when it comes to the various cuts and styles associated with bras, that's quite normal too. The sheer number of bra types can be quite overwhelming. Fortunately, I formulated this Lingeropedia of Bras many moons ago, and it is very useful for finding out what's what when it comes to bras.

How Do I Choose The Right Size?

Working out a man's bra size is actually fairly easy. There is a difference between the way one measures for a man's bra vs a woman's, however, and if you measure in the same way, your band size will be too big.

You will need to measure the 'under bust' of your chest, where the bra will sit, and then again across the largest part of your chest.

The first measurement plus an inch or so (to make the nearest even number) gives you your band size. (Unless you plan to wear breast forms, in which case you should go up 5 inches.)

The difference between the second measurement and the first (with the extra inches added) represents the cup size. If you plan on wearing breast forms, then choose the cup size you'll want to be. If you'll be going au naturelle, follow the following rules:

Half inch AA cup
One inch A cup
Two inches B cup
Three inches C cup
Four inches D cup
Five inches DD or E cup


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      8 years ago

      is there available a bra for me a band of 46" and a cup AA

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      8 years ago

      I have been wearing bras for years. My problem was I was buying the cheep bras.

      I recently started to wear breast forms. I have three sizes. So I would up buying two different cup sizes.

      On a shopping trip to JC Penny's I was standing there looking at the wall of bras. I don't want an under wire bra, (personal choice). I wanted the wide back-strap. I wanted to feel it's presence.

      I was startled by one of the sales agents standing beside me when she said "Would you like some help getting the right fit."

      We had a long conversation about the different bras and how they fit a man. She was very understanding.

      I have a 40" chest when the bra should sit. She recommended a 40" bra. Something about the muscle's of a man. She recommended some of the different types.

      She actually ask me if I want to have her fit me. Well when it was done I bought the bali 3372 in a 40/B for my two smaller size forms and a 40/D for my larger forms.

      After the first day I went home ad threw away all of my old bras.

      Get a proper fitting. You will not regret it. And I think the 5" rule if I under stand it right is a load of crock.

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      8 years ago

      hi I have been wearing a bra for the last year and am really delighted to do so. I was also wondering about this 5 inches but did not worry about it i just measured my chest then went into the shop and bought one to try it was a little bit large but wearable and enjoyable the next time i went to the shop i couldn't get that size but took one smaller and boy was i delighted it fitted me like a glove just perfect and i have been wearing this size since then and i would not give it up for anything i do not know the type but it is a beautiful soft one and it is like a t shirt one but that is the one for me.The comfort i am getting from it is brilliant i can not understant the women say that we men are mad wearing this uncomfortable garment maybe the reason is that those women have not got the right size hopefully i am right. But for me this is the bra i will wear for the rest of my life.

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      8 years ago

      does victorias secret help men find the right bra?

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      9 years ago

      Hope, I love the mathematical hijinks comment! Although I'm American, I often wonder why we make ourselves suffer so much with these things when we could just do like the rest of the world and rid ourselves of our blasted +5 inches, quarts, gallons, feet, etc. not to mention the metric system is so much easier to deal with mathematically

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      9 years ago

      80% of women are wearing the wrong size bra. I do not want to be a part of that statistic!

      Getting fitted for a bra is the best way as different styles/brands fit differently (even if the same size!). One does not buy shoes without trying them on first - the same should apply with bras too

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      9 years ago

      Since I started wearing bras, I found there is a huge assortment of styles, colors, fabrics, padded, underwire, and softcup bras available. I really enjoy shopping for bras, and as mentioned above, you really need to try on a bra for the proper fit. I have never had the professional fitting, but found sales assistants quite helpful. My favorite bra is a racerback style with a little lace and padding to let it show under my male clothing. Hope, keep up the good hubs.

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      Hope Alexander 

      9 years ago

      To be totally honest, the 'add 5 inches' thing seems to be an American thing, and I put it there for the benefit of American readers. In New Zealand, you simply go by the dress size you fit. For example, the average woman is around a 14 C, or so. It's a great deal more simple than the mathematical hijinks Americans seem to enjoy so greatly :)

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      David H 

      9 years ago

      I am a male to female crossdresser, where at the end of August I had a professional bra fitting. This was in Debenhams (a large department store in the UK).

      I decided to do this after being fed up with wearing bras that don't fit right. Waste of time and money.

      The lady that fitted me did not use any measuring tape at all. I was wearing a bra that I picked out to buy, together with my breast forms.

      The fitter checked the tightness of the underband by pulling gently at the back. A 32DD was too loose, so she brought some bras in a size 30E.

      Just to let you know, my natural underbust is 29 inches, so a bandsize of 30 does not involve adding 5 inches at all.

      I can tell you that this size of bra fits perfectly, and is therefore comfortable. Now I understand how the correct size bra actually supports your breasts.

      It is stated that 80% of women are wearing the wrong size bra. I do not want to be a part of that statistic!

      Getting fitted for a bra is the best way as different styles/brands fit differently (even if the same size!). One does not buy shoes without trying them on first - the same should apply with bras too.

      I agree with Hope, in that the person who serves you may be accepting or not. A sales assistant who is snobbish will not get a sale. Whereas someone who treats you like any other customer is more likely to get results. This is important especially with the recent downturn in the economy - stores want to maximize their sales.

      Professional fitters who deal with lingerie all the time are the best people to seek advice. And the service is free.

      I ended up buying 3 bras that are all the right size.

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      Hope Alexander 

      9 years ago

      The 5 inches rule doesn't pertain to men because men don't have breasts. As mentioned, if you are going to wear breast forms and attach them, then yes, you need to add the 5 inches. It's just a matter of different physiology and how it affects the way a bra fits. Getting professionally fitted is a good idea, I don't think it matters whether or not you go to a big store or a small store, it depends on the people you happen to get.

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      9 years ago

      Ok so I've been doing some research trying to find more information on getting a proper fitting Bra for a man. I've read several do it yourself web sits and they all seam to have this +5 inches mind you i haven't found many for sizing for men. i guess what I'm getting at is what's with this +5 inches and why does it not pertain to men????? and would getting professionally fitted account for something like that. o get mildly side tracked and ask even more question I've heard that most places are pretty accepting and helpful but is there any preference for bigger stores over smaller stores if that makes any sense...

    • Hope Alexander profile imageAUTHOR

      Hope Alexander 

      9 years ago

      x Dress is great, and anyone would be hard put to say that their models don't look masculine :)

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      9 years ago from Central Coast NSW Australia

      So many pretty bras so little chance of wearing any of them.

      When i do get an opportunity, wearing a bra is most enjoyable and very comfortable.

      Many many men have breasts that could use some support from a nice bra and those who would often can't because of partnership issues.

      I may have to take her to again for some manly bras and see if i can change her mind.


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