Many women don’t realize that they have been wearing the wrong bra size for years. They walk around in uncomfortable ill-fitting bras that don’t provide adequate support and don’t enhance their figure at all. Unfortunately, the wrong bra can do more than detract from your figure and feel uncomfortable, it can also compromise your health. This alone is a valid reason why finding the correct bra size should be a priority.
What are the Problems Associated with Wearing an Ill-fitting Bra?
Wearing a bra that’s too tight is obviously uncomfortable and can actually alter the shape of your breast over time. Furthermore, it can also hinder the functioning of your lymph nodes when it’s worn too tight. Tightness under the armpits can hasten your lymph nodes ability to do what it should. Conversely, a bra that’s too big is problematic as well. It offers no support for your breast, and over time can encourage sagging and other unattractive results. Of course, the wrong bra size always leaves smoke signals that expose you. The back of the bra may ride up forcing all the support to the shoulder straps. This puts undue stress on your back and neck and can result in headaches. The support should rest in the structure underneath the breast mostly. The band and the straps are designed to provide a support system for the breast. Another tell-tell sign is breast that spill out of the cups of a bra, failing to adequately support or cover them. This proves that the bra is too small. On the other hand, there may be evidence that the cups are too big if they are wrinkled and deflated looking. Even a painfully uncomfortable bra is evidence that it is not a good fit. It may attack you by digging into your flesh. The right bra will enhance your figure and be comfortable to wear and free of stumblings blocks to your health. It will give you the right amount of support for athletic activities which will eliminate unnecessary bounce and motion when you move a lot. The best part is that it’s relatively easy to figure out your correct bra size is. It’s not rocket science, although it does involve numbers. However, following a simple formula should be all you need to do to uncover the correct bra size and make any adjustments if needed.
Measure Your Band and Bust Size
Band size measurement: Begin by snugly measuring the distance around your bra band. This can be done without a bra or while wearing an unpadded bra. Round the measurement up to the nearest whole number.
If your measurement is an even number add four points to it. Conversely, if your measurement is an odd number add five points to it. Voila! Now you have your band size.
Bust size measurement: Loosely measure around the fullest part of your breast. This usually falls right across the nipple area.
Calculation: Subtract your band measurement from your bust measurement. This will be the number that corresponds to your cup size when you use the cup chart.
The Cup Size Chart
Your band measurement minus your bust measurement will give you a number that can be used to determine your cup size.
This number will range from 0 to 7. Each number has an assigned cup size.
0 = AA Cup
1 = A Cup
2 = B Cup
3 = C Cup
4 = D Cup
5 = DD Cup
6 = DDD, F Cup
7 = G Cup
Give it a Test Run
After you’ve determined the correct cup size, you have your bra size. If your band measurement was 38 and your cup number was 4, your bra size is a 38 D. After you’ve determined your bra size try on your new bra.
Bend at the waist and put on your bra. This ensures that your breasts are fully covered in the cups. They should not be spilling out of the cups or barely fill them. Adjust your straps so that they do not slide off your shoulders are fit too tightly.
Lastly, put on a snug fitting shirt to observe the fit of your bra. Your breasts should have a smooth seamless appearance with no bumps or lumps. If anything is too tight or too loose it should be easy to make adjustments by simply going up or down one cup size or band size.
Test for the appropriate fit by inserting one finger under your band. It shouldn’t feel tight or loose. The fit should be comfortably snug. The front of the bra band should be even with the back band as well. Lastly, take a look in the mirror. Get a side view. Your breast should rest midway between your shoulder and elbow when viewing your breasts from the side. If your breast sit higher or lower than this you need to make adjustments. Breasts that sit closer to your elbow may suggest the need for a bra with more support. Conversely, breasts that sit closer to the shoulders may suggest the need for a larger bra. Make any adjustments as needed.
Using the Sizing Chart
Once you’ve mastered calculating your correct bra size you should be able to easily use a sizing chart. Most sizing charts provide band measurements and cups measurements. Take your band measurement and add the appropriate amount of points. Find your band size. Next, locate your cup size by using the measurement that you collected. This should be a simple process. This is the way most sizing charts will work. When you shop make sure that you are armed with your band size and your bust measurement to select a good fitting bra.
Using a Calculator
The calculator makes it even easier to determine your correct cup size. You simply input your band size and your bust measurement. The calculator will do the rest of the work for you. The Calculator will simply generate a response that will display your cup size. Both the sizing chart and the calculator are quick and convenient ways to determine your correct bra size.
Armed with the right information, you can begin wearing bras that compliment your figure and don’t hinder your health and comfort. It’s a good idea to get comfortable with calculating your own bra size because it will be something that you can easily do on your own. The evidence clearly suggests that wearing the wrong bra size is not only unattractive but bad for your health in many ways as well. Avoid headaches, back and neck problems, and other internal health issues by wearing the correct bra size. It should be a priority for many different reasons.