Bra Education

How to find your bra size

 

How to Take Your Bra Measurements

 

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • A flexible tape measure (If you don’t have a tape measure, click here).

  • Something to write with.

 

STEP ONE: 

  • While wearing a bra, take a tape measure and place it under your breasts.

  • Loop the tape around your back until it comes back around and meets the start of the tape.

  • Pull snugly.

  • Make a note of the number where the start of the tape meets the end of the tape. 

  • This is your band measurement.

 

STEP TWO: 

  • Place the tape measure, so it lies across the widest part of your bust. 

  • Loop it around your back until it meets the start of the tape. 

  • DO NOT PULL TOO TIGHT.

  • Make a note of the number. This is your bust measurement.

 

STEP THREE: Enter your band and bust measurements into the appropriate boxes in the bra calculator.

 

Caution: The bra size the calculator gives you may not be entirely accurate. It should only be used as a starting point. This is because the calculator doesn’t consider the shape of your breasts or other bra-fitting factors. For best results, consult a bra fit specialist by booking a virtual or in-store consultation.

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If You Don’t Have a Tape Measure

 

If you don’t have a tape measure, you can use a piece of string or ribbon and a ruler.

 

The string or ribbon should be about as long as you are tall.

 

STEP ONE:

  • While wearing a bra, take string or ribbon and place it under your breasts

  • Loop the string around your back until it comes back around and meets the start of the string.

  • Pull snugly.

 

STEP TWO:

  • Place your thumb at the point where the string ends meet under your breasts.

  • Keeping your thumb in place, line the string up with a ruler and measure its length.

  • This measurement will represent your band measurement.

 

STEP THREE:

  • Place the string, so it lies across the widest part of your bust. 

  • Loop it around your back until it meets the start of the tape. 

  • DO NOT PULL TOO TIGHT.

 

STEP FOUR:

  • Place your thumb at the point where the string ends meet at your bust.

  • Keeping your thumb in place, line the string up with a ruler and measure its length.

  • This measurement will represent your bust measurement.

 

STEP FIVE: Enter your underbust and bust measurements into the appropriate boxes in the bra calculator.


Caution: The bra size the calculator gives you may not be entirely accurate. It should only be used as a starting point. This is because the calculator doesn’t consider the shape of your breasts or other bra-fitting factors. For best results, consult a bra fit specialist by booking a virtual or in-store consultation.

 

Bra Size Calculator:

Input measurements into columns and press ENTER

 

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Bra Types

 

How to shop for bras based on breast shape

 

Round: A round breast shape is characterized by being equally full at the top and the bottom, creating a circular shape.

Bra Recommendation: Full coverage, T-shirt, Balconette, Plunge

 

Tear Drop: A teardrop-shaped breast is characterized by being round and full at the bottom with slightly less volume at the top.

Bra Recommendation: Balconette or Demi bra with a vertical seam

 

Asymmetric: Asymmetric breasts are characterized by one breast that is significantly bigger than the other.

Bra Recommendation: T-shirt bra

 

Slender: Slender breasts are long and narrow and point downwards.

Bra Recommendation: Cut and Sewn bra

 

East-West: East-West breasts are characterized by their tendency to gravitate towards the outside of the torso with nipples pointing outward and leaving some space in the center of the chest.

Bra Recommendation: Cut and Sewn bra

 

Close-Set or Inverted Sternum: When you have close-set breasts or an inverted sternum, your breasts are very close together with little to no natural separation. 

Bra Recommendation: Plunge bra

 

Wide-Set: Wide-Set breasts have a wide separation between them.

Bra Recommendation: Plunge bra or Cut and Sewn bra

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Elements of Bra Fit

 

To ensure your bra fits properly, evaluate the following elements:

 

1. Is the underbust band parallel to the floor?
(Sometimes there might be a slight rise or dip in your band at the back, this is often caused by the bra settling against the natural shape of your body. Therefore, you should evaluate the band from the side)

 

2. Is the center of the bra lying flat against your sternum?
(If your breasts are close set, you may never get the center of the bra directly against your sternum. Instead, you should simply ensure that the center part is not sticking out)

 

3. Is all your breast tissue contained by the cups?
(With plunge, balconette, and demi cup bras your tissue will be visible, but you shouldn’t see any bubbling over the material)

Elements of Bra Fit: