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How to Choose a Bra Size

Bust sizeDon’t know how to choose a bra size? Do your bras fail to provide ample support, dig into your shoulders, hurt you after wearing them for a couple of hours or cause other problems? Chances are good that the bra design isn’t at fault, but the bra is actually just the wrong size. 80% of women wear their bras in the wrong size, which means their busts aren’t getting the proper support and they may have health problems or the comfort issues associated with a bad fit.

How to Choose the Right Bra Size
The question of how to choose bra size requires you to determine two measurements: the band size, and the cup size. Keep in mind that not all bras are made alike, and what might fit you properly in one brand might not fit in another brand. Determining your correct bra size can help with fit problems, but you may still need to experiment to find the right fit.

Choosing your Band Size
The number in your bra size is the measurement of the band around your body. In a size 40D, for example, 40 is the band size. When you try on a bra, the band should fit firmly around your rib cage and across your back below your shoulder blades. If the band rides up on your back, or doesn’t sit firmly against your rib cage, the band is too big. If the band sits away from your skin at any point, you should get a smaller band that sits flush against your skin. If the band cuts into your skin, you might need a bigger band size. Many women wear bras that are too small or too big, and this can cause serious fit and comfort issues.

Choosing your Cup Size
The cup size is the letter designation in a bra size, and it’s the size of the cups that cover your breasts. In a size 40D, the D is the designation for cup size. If your breasts overflow the cups and bulge over the top or bottom, the cups are too small. Likewise if the underwire cuts into your breasts, the cup size might be too small. The underwire should lay against your skin and your breasts should be cupped above the underwire. Cups with excess material that wrinkles or leaves space around your breasts are too big.

How to Choose the Correct Size Bra Requires a Combination of Factors
In some cases, it may not be obvious which part of the size is off when you try on a bra. For example, in some cases, the band may not lie against your skin because the cup size is significantly too small – not because the band is too large. You may need to try various combinations of different size bands and cups to find the right fit, but don’t give up and settle for a size that is “almost” right. When you wear a bra that isn’t the right size, you may experience discomfort after a few minutes or hours, and you aren’t getting the proper support.

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