Few things are more uncomfortable than an ill-fitting bra, but it turns out that 80 percent of us don’t know how to find bra sizes accurately! As a result of not measuring bra sizes correctly, we risk spillover, discomfort, drooping and a whole slew of other issues.
The most common issue when we try to find a bra size is that we overestimate our band size and underestimate our cup size. Full disclosure: I thought I was a 36C for years until my BFF got a job at Victoria’s Secret and decided to measure my bra size. I was a 32D and had no idea, but every bra I’ve bought since then has magically been more comfy.
Even if you’ve had someone professionally measure bra sizes for you in the past, it’s good to get measured again every couple of years, because as you grow and gain or lose weight, your cup and band sizes may change. If you’re left to find a bra size on your own, you’ll probably stick with the one you’ve had forever instead of adjusting accordingly.
Are you wearing the right bra size? Here’s how to tell if your bra size is the wrong one:
Do you have too much lift?
If your chesticles are by your chin and spilling over your shirts, chances are your bra is too small. A lot of girls deliberately buy bras a size too small in hopes of looking bigger. Here’s the thing: Your boobs don’t look bigger. They just look like they’re in pain. If your boobs create a “ledge,” your bra size is too small.
Do your boobs look droopy?
If your boobs aren’t at attention and are somewhere near your belly button, your bra may be too big. Before you try to find a bra size up though, you may want to adjust your straps first or use a different back hook. If that doesn’t work, go up a band size.
Does the front of your bra not sit flat on your sternum?
Try going down a band size.
Are your cups saggy or wrinkled?
Then chances are they’re too small. Try going down a cup size.
Does the back of your bra ride up?
Then it’s too big! Try going down a band size.
Do your boobs sort of seep out into your armpit area?
Girl, go up a cup size!
An easy solution would be to get professionally fitted (most lingerie shops will have no problem helping and will show you how to measure bra size yourself for later). But if you want to do it yourself or shop somewhere without helpful, measuring tape-wielding gals, here’s how to tell if a bra is the right fit:
*Your back strap should lie flat against your back and not ride up at all.
*Your underwires should lie flat against your rib cage. If they poke, stick out or are otherwise uncomfortable, get a different bra! It won’t feel any less horrid later.
*Even if you’re wearing a balconette or demi bra, you shouldn’t have a “boob ledge” over the top of the cups.
*There should be a smooth line where the fabric of the cup meets your boobs, otherwise everyone will be able to see your bra outline through your clothes. You don’t want that to happen!
Have you ever had a professional measure your bra size? Do you think you’re wearing the wrong bra size? Do you have any tips for how to find a bra size? Tell us in the comments!