ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Are You Wearing the Wrong Bra Size?

Updated on March 11, 2021
divacratus profile image

Kalpana Iyer is a wedding-theme enthusiast, forever on the lookout for interesting and beautiful new wedding themes and related ideas.

Around 80% Women Are Wearing the Wrong Bra!

Are you wearing the wrong bra size?

A lot of women still use the same bra band size and cup size which they used for the first time and are under the illusion that it is still the perfect size for them whereas the truth would be something else.

Bra size is bound to change with weight gain or weight loss and it changes a bit even during the menstrual cycle. It is another fact that women hardly ever take measurements for that perfect bra size and the result is - the wrong bra!

Statistics show that most women (a shocking 80%) are wearing the wrong bra with most opting for a band that is 1 size too big and cups that are 1 size smaller.

I realized that I was wearing the wrong bra size too when I measured myself at home. And you know what? The statistics held true in my case. I was wearing a bra with a bigger band size and a smaller cup.

I was surprised at first that I was wearing the wrong bra size for such a long period of time and wondered if there were any downsides linked to this. I read and found out that there are health risks linked with wearing the wrong bra. It might be damaging for your breast tissues, you might get skin infections, scars, your shoulders will hurt and you will get painful grooves on your shoulders.

A wrong bra also affects your posture, and you might also look larger than you seem. The correct bra will improve upon your appearance making you look thinner and also will provide essential comfort and support. So what are the tell-tale signs that you are sporting the wrong bra? On this page you will get to know about the various signs and also how to overcome them i.e. should you increase or decrease your bra band size/cup size etc.

How to Know if You Are Wearing the Wrong Bra Size

  • Does the band of your current bra ride up at the back?
  • Do you experience over-spillage at the sides or under your bra?
  • Do you feel that the cups of your bra are not 'filled' completely i.e. is there too much space left in the cups after you wear your bra?
  • If you are wearing a wired bra, does the wiring rest on TOP of your breasts?
  • Does the center of your bra (the portion between the two cups) pull away from your chest?
  • Does your bra move when you raise your arms?
  • Is the band of your bra causing you pain in any way?
  • Do you always wear the bra using the last (tightest) hook?

If you answered "yes" to ANY of these questions, then you are wearing the bra size!


  • If the back of your bra is riding up then it means you need to shift to a bra with smaller band size.
  • If you experience over spillage at the sides (including side boobs; when the sides bulge out more than necessary) or under your bra, you need a bra with a bigger cup size.
  • If there is too much space in your bra cups, you need a bra with a smaller cup size.
  • If the wiring of your bra rests on top of your breasts, get a bra with a bigger cup size.
  • If the center fabric is pulling away from your chest instead of lying flat, get a bra with a bigger cup size.
  • If your bra moves easily when you raise your arms, or when you are lying down or doing any sort of activity, you should get a bra with smaller band size.
  • If your bra band is too tight, then shift to bigger band size. This will prevent unwanted shoulder grooves and back scars.
  • If you always wear the bra on the tightest hook, then this indicates that the bra is not tight enough for you. Shift to smaller band size. When you wear a bra for the first time, you should always try it on the first hook (the most loose fitting) and it should fit perfectly that way. The rest of the hooks are meant to be used ONLY when the bra wears down after repeated washing or constant usage.

How Can I Measure My Bra Size at Home?

Like me, it is possible to measure your bra size at home. Please note that it is always best to consult an expert because the way you take your own measurements can vary depending on where you start from, how tightly you hold the measuring tape, the bra brand, etc. I measured myself using this video found on YouTube but I found some variations. After trying out different sizes and checking off points from the list given above of how a bra should not fit, I ended up with the perfect bra size.

How to Measure Your Bust Using a Measuring Tape

When Should I Measure Myself?

It is best to get a bra fitting at least two times per year. Since it is recommended to change your undergarments every 6 months, you can ask an expert to measure you before you purchase your new set of lingerie.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)