No need stating the obvious? I obviously do not mean I recommend wearing underwear ;), rather: wearing the right underwear. To be more specific- and to put all of you out of your misery- wearing the right bra! (For those men who wish to be enlightened further, brag about their knowledge in front of both male and female friends, and perhaps aid a girl or two, I recommend you read on.)
Most women (I used to be one of them) feel uncomfortable wearing bras, but simply close an eye or two (literally) and wear them anyway. They ignore the pain and quietly suffer while walking around pretending to be fine *sighs and shakes head*.
Ever wondered why your bra felt uncomfortable? (Pardon me but I cannot but state the obvious here:) Wrong fit!
So, the question remains (answers are according to professional bra-fitters; for the men: yes, this is indeed a real job):
How do I find out my correct bra size?
- Measure for band size by placing the tape measure around your body beneath the bust area. Record the circumference number. If the number is even (eg. 32, 34, 36, 38 inches etc.), that’s your band size. If it is odd (i.e. 33, 35 inches) add an inch.
- Measure for cup size by placing the tape measure around the fullest part of your bust. Record the circumference number. If you arrive at a half-number, round it up to a whole number.
- Calculate your bra size by subtracting your band measurement from your cup measurement. For each inch in difference, the cup goes up by one size. If the difference is 2 inches, your standard cup size is B; if the difference is 3 inches, your standard cup size is C; and if the difference is 4 inches, your standard cup size is D.
Example: Band size: 35 inches, Bust: 41 inches; rounding up band size (to an even number): 36 inches;
Difference in inches: 5. Bra size: 36E
Some general advice I found on 007 Breasts:
- The band size (or chest size) is the number part of your bra size. The cup size is the letter part.
Ex: if you are in a 36 B, then 36 is the band and B is the cup. (lol.. moving on–>)
- You are not going to get as good a measurement by measuring yourself. Let someone else measure you!
- A measurement can be done over the bra you are wearing and over your T-shirt, but if you wear a bra with padding, you’ll probably get the wrong cup size. Read between the lines..
- Try on different styles of bras. Every style fits and feels different and can “shape” your breast differently.
- Finally: if your bra fits correctly, it should not be painful or uncomfortable to wear.
And finally, I just ordered a couple of underwear sets!! Once you’ve figured out your bra size, treat yourself to something beautifully fitting and comfortable. You deserve to feel and look good. If not for anyone, then for yourself!