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How to Measure Bra Size and Be Comfortable Everyday

Jun 14, 2008
This article will show you how to measure bra size that as a mom you can pass on to your daughters and your friends. At every stage of a woman's life, from teenager to working woman, to mom, their breasts can fluctuate in size. These size differences for the most part will be ignored, as 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra size.

All women are different and so are their breasts. When you think about it the body does not stay the same through the years, so don't get stuck thinking you still have the same size bust size as you did ten years ago. It's best to check just to make sure.

Determining bra size can be a bit of an eye-opener, as when you get it right, the new shape you have will be more flattering than when you get it wrong. Let's look at how to measure bra size whilst creating a better figure.

The first thing in how to measure bra size is to take the right measurements. Different brands of bras will vary in size anyway, so the actual measurements are not always spot on. Finding out your measurements at home is part one of the process. The next part is going to a shop, trying on different bras and finding the ones that fit you with the most comfort and that you like the look of.

Let's look at the first part of how to measure bra size. Your initial measurement should be the band size. By this I mean the circumference of your body below your breasts at the top of your rib cage. When doing this make sure the tape is not twisted and your arms are by your side. You can use your arms to hold the tape in place or get someone to help. The measurements should be taken down in inches and be a tight (but comfortable) fit. Always round the measurement to the nearest even number, so if the tape comes to 35.5, your band size will actually be 36 inches.

Note: You should ignore the advice that some people give, when they say you should add on another two or three inches to this measurement. This is an incorrect way of how to measure bra size, as this advice may have been relevant in the 1930s, but not for determining bra size nowadays with modern bras.

The next part of determining bra size is the cup. You should measure around the fullest part of your breasts. It is probably best to do this without any restrictions or clothing on your top half. The best way to do this is to get on all fours, with your back level to the floor and get a friend or partner to measure around you. Again round up this measurement to the nearest whole number, then take the band size and subtract it from this bust measurement, the remaining inches will be your cup size. 1 inch = A cup 2 inches = B cup 3 inches = C cup 4 inches = D cup 5 inches = DD cup 6 inches = E cup 7 inches = F cup

Now you have the measurements right, it's time to get to the shops and have fun trying on different bras. Get in the changing room, pop on a bra and have a good bounce around; if you bulge out at the sides, it's not right and the same applies if the bra is too loose, too tight or will not stay in place.

From doing these measurements and tests you will be able to find perfect fitting bras for yourself. Congratulations you are now an expert in determining bra size and can teach the other women in your life how to measure bra size too.
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Author Vivienne Myatt asks, "Do you know how to measure bra size?" To read more of her articles, log onto her website and various blogs and find some great offers! Not forgetting - what women everywhere ought to know when determining bra size .
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