I get asked 1 question more than any other
How do I measure myself?
and my answer is always “you don’t”
unlike some other Bra fitting blogs and groups, I don’t use a magic calculator that turns your numbers into a size but I thought it might be handy to have a condensed guide to help you know what you’re looking for.
Bra fitting isn’t that complicated but it is more than 2 measurements and quite tricky to do to yourself, even I struggle sometimes and take myself off to get a proper fitting. All that said, sometimes, for whatever reason, you just cant/don’t want to get out to a store and that’s where my blog comes in. If you’ve not got around to arranging a fit check with me then I’m going to provide some basic info to help you get a better bra for yourself.
Start with your band
Always start here, it provides 80% of the support so it needs to be right. Make sure it
runs completely straight around the body, with no rising up – it is not Westlife during a key change! It should feel firm but not tight and ideally should pull away from the body by around 2 inches but no more than this and most importantly it should feel comfortable, bras are not torture devices, if it feels like one it needs changing (unless you’re into that) If you’re really not sure then take the measurement directly under the bust where you band would be, then go for the closest option in a bra (e.g if you measure 32 get a 32 band, measure 33 then try 32 and 34 – personally I’d always go with the lower number)
Now the Cups…
So this one is the tricky one, it’s not just about size but style and shape too. Lets focus on size first, chances are
you need a “bigger” cup than you think, if you’ve been tootling about in your 38C but now you realise you need a 32 band then we immediately want to try a 32E to achieve the same volume but people automatically think the E = bigger.
What to check for? every bit of breast tissue needs to be in that cup, you don’t want it poking out at the sides or escaping underneath and definitely don’t want it falling out the top – this isn’t chicken run, these breasts are staying put! Put your bra on (make sure you are following the Jiggle, Fiddle, Wiggle guide ) then check it from every angle. You also want to make sure your wires are sat behind the tissue and not on it, think of the wires as a frame to your boobs. They are definitely works of art 😉
So what shape and style?
Get to know your boob shape;
If you carry most of the volume at the bottom of the boob then a bra like Tease will be a great starting place for you.
Deco is the perfect choice if your boobs sit closely together as the centre gore comes nice and low. If you’re the opposite and find you have more breast tissue at that sides then trying something like Electra which has side support and will help to bring you more “in & forward”
I know that I do best in bras that have a stretchy top, my boobs are quite full at the top and centre so styles like Morgan fit me better than others. Once you figure out your best style you can narrow down the bra buying field!
A few more key points
If you alter your band size in either direction then you must remember to also change the cup (down a band, up a cup) bra sizes are a ratio, a 30D is much smaller than a 36D – it is essential to use both the letter and number.
Be Comfortable – this is the absolute most important part. I can tell you 5 billion things, well I can’t because it’s bra fitting not neuroscience, but you have to be comfortable.
Still confused? Just ask me – post in the comments or contact me via facebook