However, many women really do wear bra bands sized 20, 22, 24, and The back of the bra should be level with the front. I needed to resize and these instructions were just as helpful as the first time. The "add four" method was popularized by Warners in the s when bra design was in its infancy and it simply doesn't work with modern bras.
Bend forward at the waist, then slip on the bra and hook it. This ensures your breasts are completely in the cups. The back of the bra should be level with the front. Make sure the bra is not too loose. You should be able to slide only one finger underneath the band. First, tighten the band, then shorten the straps.
Put on a close-fitting shirt over the bra. If the cups pucker or your breasts bulge, you're not wearing the correct size. Look at yourself sideways in a mirror. Your breasts should sit midway between your shoulders and elbows. If not, you need a more supportive and better-fitting bra. If you need to go down a cup size for fit, go up one band size, and vice versa. For example, if a 34C is too big for you, move to a 36B. Choose a bra that fits perfectly when secured on the outermost hook.
As the bra loosens over time, make the band taut by moving toward the tightest hook. Now that you've found your correct bra size, it's time to go shopping! Below are some of our favorite places to pick up a pretty bra, in person and online. Real Simple may receive compensation when you click through and purchase from links contained on this website.
Close View all gallery. Each product we feature has been independently selected and reviewed by our editorial team. If you make a purchase using the links included, we may earn commission. For example, if you measure 38 inches, your band size is 38; a measurement of 35 inches means you're a size Wrap the tape around your back and against the fullest part of your bust.
As before, check the measurement. Subtract the larger number, be it your band size or your bust size, from the smaller. Your answer will correlate with a cup size. For example, if your band size is 38 and your cup is 37, the difference is 1. If your band size is 32 and your bust 35, the difference is 3. A difference of 1 inch correlates with an A cup; of 2 inches with a B cup; of 3 inches with a C cup; of 4 inches with a D cup, and 5 inches a DD cup.
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If you need to go down a cup size for fit, go up one band size, and vice versa. For example, if a 34C is too big for you, move to a 36B. Choose a bra that fits perfectly when secured on the outermost hook. Measure just above your bust, right about where the straps meet the top of the cup. Enter this number in the Band Size box below. Tip: Odd number? Round down to the nearest even number. Your Bust Keeping the tape around your back at band level, measure at the fullest part of your bust. A video tutorial on how to measure for the proper bra fit. Transcript: Knowing your right bra size can be life changing. The tape measuring system is just one of many ways to calculate your best fit. This method isn't always completely accurate but it will give you a great starting point.