The basic essential commodity that all women use everyday is the bra. Many of us believe we know our size and what fits us well, but we couldn’t be more wrong. So read this one to check if you are right, since an outrageous number of 80% women wear the wrong size. Some of you may wonder though, that why is to so essential to wear the right size. Why is there such hoopla surrounding this question? Well, we shall answer all your questions.
How to Choose the Right Size Bra
Why is it essential to wear the right size of bra?
- For starters, the wrong bra can cause back problems and a incorrect posture.
- A wrong bra will let your breasts sag over time, since they do not offer the right support and uplift.
- For plus size women, the wrong bra would often make them look fatter.
- As most designers and stylists will tell you, a dress or garment will never fit right until your undergarments will fit right. You could hence, spend a lot of money on the outer covering but if the inners are not right – the garment will never look as stunning as it can.
- The wrong bra will give you no cleavage and the breasts will be tipping outwards in either direction, giving an incorrect spacing between the breasts.
Are you wearing the right size?
So now that you are convinced that the right bra can do wonders and is of great significance and relevance to any women, why don’t you check if you are wearing the right size right now. Answer the below in yes or no.
- Stand sideways and see in the mirror if your nipples are lifted enough to be above the middle of your shoulders and elbows.
In the same sideways position, your cup is not giving the illusion of a double boob in the side?
- The bra is not flattening your breasts when you see them from the side?
- Do your bra straps leave no marks on the shoulders after being worn neither do they slide down off the shoulder?
- Does your bra follow a straight line at the back and not a reverse U shape? Also does the line at the back matches the one in the front and is not higher or lower?
- When you hook your bra at the back does it sit snugly enough that you can’t pull the band too far (more that 2-3”) from the body? And neither is it so tight that it adds extra curves between your back and waist (usually happens for chubby women)?
- If you are wearing an underwired bra, then the wires are not lifted from below your breasts and from the middle?
- If you jump slightly in your bra, bend and get back up it does not let the breasts out and keeps them in place?
If the answer to all of the above questions is yes, then congratulations you are among the lesser percentage of women who really know their size. If not, it is time to change and put a little effort and time in knowing your right size.
How to know your right size?
No matter what someone tells you, there is no direct math to determine the right size. The measurements are indicative and will get you close to the right size, but you will still have to try and try till you get the right one. Keep the below pointers in mind and you it will definitely help you in finding your true bra size and fit.
Get measured by a professional
Most lingerie stores offer their professional measuring service for free, hence don’t be shy and get yourself measured by a professional and consult them. They are equipped to guide you your right bra, quickly. You can ask yourself the questions above when you try out various sizes.
If you want to measure yourself, this is how you can do it.
- Measure around in inches, the circumference just below the breasts. This will indicate the band size in most cases (30,32 etc).
- Now wear a non-padded bra that fits slightly well and measure in inches the bust where it is the most fullest.
- The difference between the band measurement and the fullest measurement will indicate your cup size. Say the band size is 32” and the fullest is 34” that would mean you might need a 32B. If the difference is negative say 32” and 31”, giving -2” you will need to wear a 32AA.
- If, by this measurement you are changing your band size, as a rough rule for every inch lower the cup size increases by one. Say you wore 34B and now your band size is 32, then for 2” lesser band size 32D might be your right size.
Checking the bra size
- Once, you have a rough idea of your size it’s time to visit a lingerie store and try on the size. Remember the below.
- Cup size may vary amongst brands (even when a universal standard is followed) and among styles of bra i.e push up, full coverage etc.
- Bend forward and push with your fingers, the bust tissue from your side and underarms into the front of your cup to determine the cup size right.
- If you are seeing a double boob, you need a bigger cup size.
- If the band at the back can be pulled far away from the body, you need a smaller band size.
- The D cup for size 36 will not have the same value as 32D. This is applicable to all sizes.
- The straps should be adjusted so that they do not press into the skin of the shoulder. Your single finger should be easily inserted between the strap and shoulder.
- Bust shape is different for all women and the under-wire may not be for you at all due to the shape of your breast. It may be the reason why the style will not work for you even when you wear the right size. Be aware of this fact.
Knowing the gravity of the issue, it was essential to put together an elaborate guide for all our women readers. Hoping, that you will find your right size which will greatly enhance your appearance and health too. Also, do not forget to guide your fellow women too as the issue effects us all.