How to Measure for a Bra

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Measuring for a woman's bra is done by wrapping a flexible tape measure or piece of yarn around a women's bust line. Find out how to measure for a bra with tips from a fashion specialist in this free video on style advice.

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Hi my name is Rachel and I'm a freelance fashion writer and the owner of the street fashion site The Austin Style Watch dot com. And today we are going to learn how to fit a bra. Now the first you are going to need is a flexible tape measure. If you don't have a flexible tape measure you can also use a piece of yarn or string and then later on hold the yarn or string up to a yard stick and get an accurate measurement that way. So the first measurement we are going to make is for the body, it's for the band of the bra. For this part here. So what you are going to do is take your tape measure and wrap it around under your bust line, and try to hold it as parallel to the ground as possible, so it's straight across your body as you can. And you are going to want to do this with all the air that you can expelled out of your lungs. You want the smallest size possible basically. So for me we are going to have about the size, about the size thirty two and if you are getting a number like thirty three or a thirty one what you are going to want to do is round it up to the next even number. So if you got a thirty three you take it down to thirty two or up to thirty four which ever way it's kind of leaning. So let's remember that first number. My first number is going to be thirty two. The second measurement that you are going to make is around your bust line. And you want to do it at the fullest part of your bust that you can. If you are already wearing a really ill fitting bra or you feel like your measurement that you are getting is just not accurate enough you're going to want to lean over so that you get like the full capacity of your bust coming. But go ahead and take this measurement as well. Ok so after you have gotten the measurement what you are going to want to do is subtract the bust measurement, pardon me, your body measurement from the bust measurement. And then take the number that you get, say your number is one, you are an a cup. Say the number is two, you are a b cup. Three c cup, and so on and so fourth. So then you have your cup measurement and then you also have your body measurement as well. So there's your bra size. A couple of other tips that you want to know, your goal is not to have your bra clipping at the closest clasp. Where you want your bra to fit is right here. And the point of that is so that when your bra stretches as it ages you'll be able to close it tighter. This has been Rachel and this is how to fit a bra.

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