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5 Simple Steps to Finding Your True Bra Size

Aug 18, 2007
There are a few things in life which confuse women, and among these few items definitely lies the mysterious bra size.

The bra size is one measurement which many women get wrong, and which in turn causes some style disasters. Wearing a bra in the wrong size is often the cause of dresses and top not looking good, irritated and squashed breasts, and many other unpleasant circumstances which no woman wants to experience.

Often, the cause for women wearing the wrong bra size is simple. They do not know what it is, because quite simply they do not know how to find out what it is. Some of us feel comfortable with going to a lingerie store and getting a 'professional' to give us a bra fitting to help discover the correct bra size, but many other are not. So here I present to you a quick and easy, step by step guide to a personal and private bra fitting.

Follow these 5 simple and easy steps should help you find out your correct bra size in no time!

Items you will need:
1. An essential item that you will need, is obviously a tape measure.
2. A mirror, this will come in very hand to ensure you are doing things the right way, so make sure you are standing in front of a mirror.
3. Pen and paper, it is good to keep this at hand, unless you have a really good memory! I always like to have a pen and paper at hand to ensure things are recorded down, and calculated the right way.

Step 1
The first thing we need to do is measure underneath the breasts in order to find out the band size. Whilst standing in front of your mirror, with the measuring tape at hand, start at your cleavage and pass the measuring tape behind your back and around to your front. This measurement is your band size, so jot it down on the paper: Band size = X inches.

Step 2
Now we need to discover the good old cup size. Three essentials steps are involved in finding this out. Firstly, you will need to move the measuring tape up to your armpits and measure above your breasts. Write this number down on the paper: Above breast level = X inches.

Step 3
Secondly, we will need to measure the breast at nipple level, so move the measuring tape further down to do so. Jot down this new number on the paper as well: Nipple level = X inches.

Step 4
Now the final step in finding out your cup size involved subtracting the 'above breast level' measurement from the 'nipple level' measurement, and there you have it! The result is your cup size. Follow the guide below to find out what your cup size is, according to the difference in measurement between 'above breast level' and 'nipple level'. So let's say the difference is 4 inches, your cup size would be a C.

* 0 to 1/2" AA cup
* 1/2" to 1" A cup
* 1" to 2 1/2" B cup
* 2 1/2" to 3 1/2" C cup
* 3 1/2" to 4 1/2" D cup
* 4 1/2" to 6" DD (or E cup for some bras)
* 6" to 7" DDD (or F cup for some bras)
* 7" to 8" G cup
* 8" to 9" GG cup
* 9" to 10" H cup
* 10" to 11" HH cup
* 11" to 12" J cup
* 12" to 13" JJ cup

Step 5
Get your band size, which is the measurement you found out when you first started your own private fitting, and your recently discovered cup size and couple them up together. Viola! There you have it, you official and accurate bra size. For example, if your band size was 38 inches, and your cup size was a C, your bra size would be a 38C.

Knowing your true and accurate bra size is the key in finding lingerie and intimate wear which feels comfortable, give you all the support you need, and makes your clothes look flattering on your figure.
About the Author
Maya Matthews is a plus size fashionista who strives to provide plus size women tips and technique for looking great. Visit http://www.pasazz.net/articles/bra-fitting-guide.html for more information on bra fittings.
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