Finding the right bra size can be a challenge, but it's an essential step to achieving the perfect fit and feeling comfortable in your clothing. While many people opt for professional bra fittings at a lingerie store (pop by and see us!), it's also possible to measure yourself at home. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to measure at home for your bra size.
Step 1: Gather your materials To measure your bra size at home, you'll need a soft measuring tape and a mirror. You may also want to wear a comfortable, unpadded bra while taking your measurements.
Step 2: Measure your band size Start by measuring around your rib cage, just below your bust. Make sure the measuring tape is snug but not too tight, and take note of the measurement in inches. If the measurement is an odd number, round up to the nearest even number to get your band size. For example, if your measurement is 31 inches, your band size would be 32.
Step 3: Measure your cup size To measure your cup size, measure around the fullest part of your bust. Make sure the measuring tape is level and not too tight. Subtract your band measurement from this measurement to get your cup size. Use the chart below to determine your cup size based on the difference between your band and bust measurements.
- 0 inches: AA
- 1 inch: A
- 2 inches: B
- 3 inches: C
- 4 inches: D
- 5 inches: DD (or E)
- 6 inches: DDD (or F)
- 7 inches: G
- 8 inches: H
For example, if your band size is 32 inches and your bust measurement is 36 inches, the difference is 4 inches, so your cup size would be D.
Step 4: Check your fit Once you have your band and cup sizes, try on a bra in that size to check the fit. The band should be snug but not too tight, and the cups should fully contain your breasts without any gaps or spillage. The center of the bra should sit flat against your chest, and the straps should be adjusted to provide support without digging into your shoulders.
If the fit isn't quite right, you may need to adjust your size up or down in the band or cup. Keep in mind that bra sizes can vary between brands and styles, so you may need to try on a few different sizes and styles to find the perfect fit.
Measuring your bra size at home can be a convenient and cost-effective way to find the right fit. With these simple steps and a little bit of patience, you can be on your way to comfortable and supportive lingerie in no time.