Bras have such a reputation for being uncomfortable that during lockdown, countless memes were created illustrating how glorious it was being able to go braless every day for weeks on end. But if your lingerie feels so uncomfortable that you despise wearing it, you could be wearing the wrong bra size. Fortunately you don’t have to go out to the shops to get measured, as you can do it at home with just a tape measure.
How to measure your band size
You should start off by measuring your bra band size first. To do this, make sure you’re standing up straight and remove your bra. Wrap the measuring tape around your back and under your breasts where your bra usually sits. Ensure it’s even and not sitting too tight.
You’ll need to measure your band size in inches. If it’s an even number, write this down, but if it’s an odd number, round it to the nearest inch.
How to measure your cup size
Next, put on your comfiest bra. This will keep your boobs held in the most comfortable place. Measure the fullest part of your chest with the tape measure and subtract your band size from this measurement. The difference is your cup size, as detailed below:
0 = AA
1 = A
2 = B
3 = C
4 = D
5 = DD
6 = F
7 = FF
8 = G
Combine your band and cup size to make a number and letter, such as 34D et voila! This is your bra size.
However it’s important to note that different brands vary when it comes to bra size, so it takes a bit of trial and error. Do not buy a bra without trying it on (unless you’re internet shopping and plan on returning it!) Miryha Fantegrossi, vice president of merchandising and design at lingerie brand Wacoal, told Vogue, ‘Once you’ve fully adjusted the garment, you really shouldn’t feel like you’re wearing anything.’ There should be no skin bulging out of the bra or creases on the bra, as this suggests it’s ill-fitting.
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