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Clothing Tips For Fitting a Bra

Published at 03/27/2012 15:27:46


In the world of bra clothing, it can be a bit overwhelming with all of the different choices and sizes. Many women don't even know their correct bra size and this can lead to purchasing bras that are not only uncomfortable, but that do not look good either. Most women have experienced the effects of an ill-fitting bra. You either have a too tight or small of bra that doesn't cover your breasts, or a bra that is too big and causes bulges and wrinkles under your clothing. Neither of these scenarios offers an attractive look. This is why it is so important that you are sure of your bra size before you begin the shopping process.

Step 1

The first step to measuring for your bra clothing is to get out the old measuring tape. This can be an easy process, but you may also need help. Grab your husband or a friend and have them help you, if you feel unsure. Make sure that you are not wearing a padded bra when you attempt to measure. Bra clothing should be on so that you can get a better idea of your true measurement. You should first measure along the length of your rib cage, just under your breasts. This will be your band size. Try to hold your breath as you do this so that you can get an even measurement.

Step 2

Once you have your band measurement for your bra clothing, you will need to measure your bust. You should place the measuring tape at the very fullest part of your breast. You should also hold your breath during this process as your lung expansion can throw your measurement off and have you buying a cup size that is too big for you. Make sure that the measurement tape is even all the way around, this is where a husband or friend comes in really handy.

Step 3

Once you have these two measurements, you can apply a simple math formula to figure out both your band size and cup size of your bra clothing. You will need to take your band size and subtract it from your fullest measurement. For each inch of difference, you will add a cup size. So for instance, if the difference is 1/2-1 inch, you are a cup AA to A. If you are two inches, you are a B and so forth on up. This is an easy way to find your cup size without a lot of aggravation and time.

Step 4

It is also important to note that while these measurements are fairy accurate, this does not replace you trying on the bra for a good fit. Each manufacturer's sizing is different. You should try on each bra before you make a purchase to be sure that you are getting a good fit that feels right for you. Bra clothing sizes vary so much from brand to brand, that you can wear a full cup size difference among different bra brands. It truly helps if you try these on to be sure that the fit is right. Once you find a particular brand, you may be able to get away with purchasing other bras in the line without trying them on.

Step 5

Your bra size can fluctuate due to weight changes, hormonal changes, and your period. It is important to have a bra in a lower cup size and in a higher cup size for those instances where your breasts change in size. This is a great way to be sure that you are armed with fitting bra clothing and that you have an arsenal of different sizes should you have issues with your sizing.


  • Buy for comfort, not just looks.
  • Measure correctly to get a good fit.
  • Buy a couple of different sizes for breast size changes.
  • Choose wisely when bra clothing shopping.