How to Measure Bra Size

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Two bust measurements can help in purchasing a new bra that fits.
Two bust measurements can help in purchasing a new bra that fits. (Image: belchonock/iStock/Getty Images)

While the bra is a staple foundation garment in most women's wardrobes, many ladies are not wearing the right size. This can lead to physical discomfort as well as an unflattering silhouette. Therefore, nailing down your proper bra size can be one of the best things you do for your body and self esteem. Luckily, measuring for your bra size can be done quickly and easily in the privacy of your own home. All you need is a comfortable bra and a cloth measuring tape.

Measuring Band Size

Begin by standing up straight and relaxing your body. While wearing a comfortable bra that neither hides nor "boosts" your bust, wrap the measuring tape around your back, encircling the area just above your breasts. Make sure the tape is snug, though not restrictive, and level to the ground. Check the measurement; look at the closest whole number, avoiding fractions. If you've arrived at an even number of inches, that number is your band size. If you find an odd number, add 1 inch. For example, if you measure 38 inches, your band size is 38; a measurement of 35 inches means you're a size 36.

Measuring Cup Size

Wrap the tape around your back and against the fullest part of your bust. As before, check the measurement. Subtract the larger number, be it your band size or your bust size, from the smaller. Your answer will correlate with a cup size. For example, if your band size is 38 and your cup is 37, the difference is 1. If your band size is 32 and your bust 35, the difference is 3. A difference of 1 inch correlates with an A cup; of 2 inches with a B cup; of 3 inches with a C cup; of 4 inches with a D cup, and 5 inches a DD cup.

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