How to measure proper fit for a bra size

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How to measure proper fit for a bra size
Use a cloth measuring tape. (Barış Muratoğlu/iStock/Getty Images)

If you're a woman suffering from overall bad posture or pain or discomfort in your back or shoulders, the problem may lie in your bra. Wearing an improperly fitted bra may cause all these problems and more, which makes it very important to find your correct bra size. If you are not experiencing any of these symptoms, finding the right bra size now can help you avoid these problems for the future. UK bra sizes are based in inch measurements. If you see bra sizes above 60 in the shops these will be European sizes, which are based on centimetres.

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Things you need

  • Soft measuring tape

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Undress above the waist.

  2. 2

    Exhale completely so your ribs are as small around as possible.

  3. 3

    Wrap the measuring tape around your rib cage just below your bust. Read off the measurement in inches to determine your UK bra size.

  4. 4

    Add either 4 inches (if the nearest whole inch on the measuring tape is even) or 5 inches (if the nearest whole inch on the measuring tape is odd) to the number on your measuring tape. This number is your band size. For example, if the measuring tape says 29 inches, you would add 5 inches and end up with a band size of 34.

  5. 5

    Wrap the measuring tape snugly but gently around your back and around the fullest part of your bust.

  6. 6

    Subtract the nearest whole number on the measuring tape from the final number you found in Step 4. For example, if your band size is 34 and your bust is 36 inches, subtract 34 from 36 for a result of 2.

  7. 7

    Find your cup size by comparing the number you found in Step 6 to this list. Zero is cup size B. One is cup size C. Two is cup size D. Three is cup size DD. Four is cup size E. Five is cup size F. Six is cup size G. Seven is cup size H. Eight is cup size I.

  8. 8

    Combine your result from Step 4 with your result from Step 7. For example, if your band size is 34 and your bust size is 36, your final result would be 34 D. This is your estimated bra size.

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