Common Breast Bra fitting mistakesThe most common mistakes- women make when they choose a breast bra fitting. Bra fitting is incorrect due to wear the wrong band size and cup size. This is because not all cup sizes of the same letter are the same. For example, a 34C bra would have a larger cup size than a 32C. Hence a woman who finds that she is wearing a bra which is one band size too large would have to go down one band size and also up one cup size.
Several lingerie retailers supply sizing calculators which state a woman should wear a band size which is 4-5 inches larger than her actual 'around the body' measurement. This is incorrect information from the 1930's which is still being passed from suppliers to retailers today. Early bras made by Warner's were sized in this way however new modern bras are elasticized and so a woman's actual body measurement is now very close to the exact band size she should be wearing.
What is the exact way to assess your bra size?There are two parts of bra size; the ‘band’ which is the measurement around the circumference of the body and the cup which is the size or fullness of the breast itself. The band size should be considered by placing a tape measure tightly around the body, under the breast, with arms down. If possible this should be done by someone else to ensure exactness. If the measurement, in inches, is an odd number then the correct band size will be the next number up as band sizes only come in even numbers. If an even number is reached then this will be the correct band size too although the next size up may be required for some styles of bra. Sure online retailers of sexy lingerie will have their own sizing guide which will have been specified by the manufacturer.
The best way to set up the new correct cup size is to work from the current incorrect cup size. If a woman has just calculated her band size using the steps above and found that she has moved down a bra size, then the latest cup size will be one size larger than her present size. So as a general rule, the cup should increase by one size for every size that the band is decreased. This is true for the repeal too.
How do I know if the band size is correct?• Shoulder straps should be checked for tautness. Good support is required however straps which are overly fixed will cause discomfort.
• The hook and eye adjustments on modern elasticized bras are designed so that the bra can be tightened as the elastic wears down. Therefore it is very important that when the bra is first fitted, the most relaxed adjustment is not the last eye. The last eye adjustment should sense very tight so that it can be used once the bra has had good wear and begins to feel loose.
• The band sizing can be checked for tightness by running a hand around the inside of the bra band. This should be easy to do if the bra is not too tight. Then, to check that it is not too loose a small fist should be placed under the back of the bra. If the fist is not tight against the bra and back, then the fit is too loose.
How do you know if the cup size is correct?
• If the cup size is correctly chosen, the under-wire will run perfectly under the breasts and be completely flat against the rib cage. If the under-wire is riding up into the breasts and leaving a gap where it should meet with the ribs then the cup or band may be too small.
• There should be no unfilled or loose areas in the cup. The breasts should completely fill the bra.
• The cup should not be so tight that the breasts bulge out from under the armpits or at the top of the bra.