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A Method to Find Your Own Bra Size

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Some things in a woman’s life can be confusing, and an example is the bra size which to many women is very mysterious.  This is one measurement that is misunderstood by most women, resulting in tops and dresses not looking good, squashed and irritated breasts, and complete style disasters.  Wearing a wrong size bra can put you in unpleasant circumstances you wouldn’t ever dream of experiencing.

Why women wear the wrong size bra is a simple reason:  they do not know what bra size really means, and they do not know how to go about finding what it is.  Some of us women are comfortable getting a “professional fit”.  That is, we visit a lingerie store and have the experts take our measurement that results in our bra size.  However, still many women do not feel comfortable doing this.  So, in my aim to help, I list down a step by step, easy and quick guide to a private and personal bra fitting.

Let us list down first the items needed to do this task.  You will need a tape measure for obvious reason.  You will need a mirror where you should stand so you can see what you are doing and that you are doing it right.  Prepare also a paper and pen, for you to use in recording down the measurements.

The first step involves taking your band size by measuring underneath your boobs.  Stand before your mirror holding a tape measure.  Start at the middle front under your bust, then pass the tape measure behind the back up to the front.  The resulting measurement is your band size.  You may want to put it on paper if you are not good at remembering things:  Band size = 34 inches (for example only).

The second step is finding your cup size.  You need to do 3 things here.  First put the tape measure up to your armpits to measure above the boobs.  Record it down as:  Above breast level = 36 inches.  Two,  take your breast measurement at nipple level; move the tape measure down to your nipples and write it down also:  Nipple level:  38 inches.  Three, subtract the “above breast level” measurement from the “nipple level” and there you got it – the cup size.  The difference in measurement corresponds to a letter of the alphabet.  If the difference is 0 to ½”, your cup is AA; if it is 1”, it’s cup A, and so on.  In the examples above, there’s a 2” difference, which translates to a B cup.  Couple it to your band size which is 34”, and you get your bra size = 34B.

In buying a bra, make sure you know your accurate size.   Always remember that every bra is constructed by different manufacturers, in different fabrics and styles.  No two bras have the same fitting, with no regards to the number on the tag.  The fact is, your bra size should be changing with every brand name and style.

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  • Sofia Johnson
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