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Bra Fitting Techniques

Bra or Brassiere:

A bra is something that we often take for granted, but finding the right bra can do wonders for both your appearance and self esteem. It may take time to find the right bra for you, but remember: you’re worth it.

You need to know that ill-fitting bras can damage your breast tissue. And if it doesn’t support properly, you can get back problems, especially for women with large breasts.  They get huge indentations in their shoulders, and the constant pressure can cause migraines. They can also rip your ligaments inside the breast stretching them.


Bra fitting techniques
Bra fitting techniques

Here are some tips that can help you find your right bra fitting:

1. Measuring Size Your Bra:

The right bra should fit snugly, but just like with a good fit of collar on a pet dog, you should be able to get two fingers under the band comfortably. If the back of the bra is riding up or you’re pulling up the shoulder straps throughout the day, then the band size is too big. Remember you can always adjust the hooks and eyes in the back, but if this still doesn’t do the trick then you’ll need to go a size down.

2. Choosing the right size:

Going to a standalone lingerie store might be a good idea than going to a big mall as you can get personalized help from the sales staff. Ask them to measure you properly to know your right size. If you find that embarrassing, measure yourself at home before you go to a store.

Here’s one way to do it. Wear the best fitting bra you have and measure the fullest part of your breast and note the measurement. Next, measure just below your bust-line – if it is an even number like 32, add 4 to it making it 36 in, and if it is an odd number say 31, add 3 to it making it 34 in. This is your band size.  Subtract your band size from the number you got earlier of the fullest part. This difference is your cup size. 1 = A, 2 = B, and so on. If your band size is 36 in, the fullest part is 34 in, then your bra size will be (36 in – 34 in = 2, 2 =B) i.e. 36B. You can take this to be your standard size but different styles and brands of bras fit differently so there will be slight difference in the size.

3. Find your cup size:

If your bra cup is moulded, your breasts should fill it completely; you shouldn’t have extra room in the cup. Nor do you want to be spilling out of your cup, if this is the case you’ll need to go up a size.

Have someone measure you again, this time the measuring tape goes on top of the fullest part of your breasts. If you already own a well-fitting non-padded bra, you can wear it while taking this measurement as long as it doesn’t ‘flatten’ your breasts (which would make an illusion of a smaller cup size). Record this number, and find the difference between that, and the band-size number. The difference tells you the correct cup size as follows:



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Cup size







DD or E

DDD or F


While this chart is useful for determining the cup size, bear in mind that 34A cup does NOT have the same exact volume as 36A or 38A. Similarly, 30D does not have the same volume as 36D (30D is a much smaller cup than 36D). So, if you try on a 36B bra and the cup size fits but the band is too loose so that you decide to go to down in band size to 34, you may actually need 34C cup size so as to have about the same volume in the bra cup.

This is sort of counter-intuitive. Just remember to go by the fit, not by the numbers. You have to try the bra on. If it fits right, that’s your bra size even if the tape measure told you different.

Using the Proper Bra Fitting Technique:

  • Flap your arms about and wave them around. If the band rides up and your breasts start to fall out the bottom then it’s too big. If this happens, try adjusting the shoulder straps, or make the band smaller. If it’s still leaping about then go down a size.
  • If you’re getting ‘back fat’ when wearing your bra, then your bra is actually too big. Over sized bras ride up and pull your back fat up with it. Choose a smaller bra size that sits in the center of your back where it’s supposed to be and you’ll no longer get the back fat.
  • If you’re petite in frame and you can’t find a bra that fits, try a Demi bra. A Demi has a shorter wire so you won’t be spiked in the armpits.
  • When wearing an underwire, the wire should lay flat against your breastbone. It it’s popping up, morphing or riding up, you’ve got the wrong size.



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