Many women fail to wear the proper size bra, resulting in minimal support, back strain, and discomfort. There could be multiple reasons for the pressure and pain your bra is causing you, such as low-quality bras, generic sizes, old bras, or bras that are simply too big or too small. The first thing you should do is have a professional take your measurements to determine your exact bra size. Bra sizes include both a band and cup size, such as 36 (band size) C (cup size). Learn more about taking measurements, and the top mistakes that women make when purchasing supportive bras.
Tips for Taking Measurements
When you begin taking your measurements, you will need to keep the measuring tape horizontal in order to get the most accurate results possible. For this reason, it helps to stand in front of a mirror to be sure you're holding the tape at the right level. If you're finding I difficult to do yourself, ask a friend or family member to do the measuring for you. You will need to get flexible measuring tape, which are sold at fabric supply stores and craft stores.
How to Measure for Your Bra Size
To take your measurements, you will need to measure the area above your breasts by wrapping the measuring tape around your back, while keeping it below your armpits and writing down that measurement. Next, you will need to measure your breast size which is done by placing the measuring tape around your body and over the middle of your breasts. These two measurements are your chest size and your breast size.
How to Determine Your Cup Size
With the proper measurements, it's easy to figure out what cup you wear. Determining your cup size is done by comparing the two measurements, and how different they are from each other. For example, if your chest size is an inch smaller than your breast size, you will wear an A cup. If it is two inches smaller, you will wear a B cup, and so on up to a D cup. Combine your chest size with your cup size for your overall bra size. For example, a total of 40 inches and a D cup size would be a 40D bra size.
Top Mistakes When Buying Bras
Many women simply buy the cheapest bra they can find. Let's face it - bras can be pretty costly. While you don't have to break the bank to purchase a quality bra, you shouldn't go with the cheapest option either. Find a bra that is comfortable, the correct size, and within your budget. If you find a great deal, purchase several of the same bra in various colors. Women should also update their bras at least once a year, as breasts can change size and form throughout the years. Don't be afraid to ask for help to find a bra that fits properly and is comfortable for daily wear.