How to Measure Your Bra Size and More Tips on Choosing the Perfect Fit

Mar 08, 2021 05:00 PM

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Tripboba.com - Bra sizes vary greatly from brand to brand, model to model, and even country to country. So it’s no wonder that finding the perfect fit becomes such a hard challenge. And while there may be no one-size-fits-all when it comes to bra size, you’ll have to know how to measure your bra size regardless. This is especially crucial when we want to buy online.

If you have no idea, there’s no need to worry! Tripboba has got you covered with useful tips on how to measure your bra size, so make sure to keep reading!

How to measure your bra size at home: what you need to know

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To learn how to measure your bra size properly, you’ll need to know the basics. To begin with, know that bra measurement are calculated based on your band size (number) and cup (letter).

But then how do you know exactly your band and cup size? This is usually determined by measuring around your rib cage, right below your breasts, and your bust at the fullest part of your chest. Knowing your breast shape also plays a huge factor in your size and what type of bra will be the perfect fit for you. 

Also, try to not round to a whole number when you are looking at these measurements. For in-betweeners, you can opt for bras in half-cup sizes if you don’t want to settle for even half an inch of discomfort. 

As there’s no actual one-size-fits-all bra (even if you’ve learned how to measure your bra size properly!), you’ve also got to know your sister size or bra size equivalent. Sister sizing is when you have the same cup volume and different band size.

For example, if you find that a 34C fits great in the cups, but the band is too tight, you’d need to adjust both your band and cup size to a 36B.

Tips in choosing the right bra size

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Before getting down to how to measure your bra size, first, you have to learn some tips in choosing the perfect fit. Identifying your breast size is important as everyone has a different breast shape: yours can be asymmetric, athletic, bell, east-west, relaxed, round, side set, slender, or teardrop-shaped. 

Identifying common problems, like gaping cups and slipping straps, can determine which size bra you should actually be wearing and whether you need to go up or down a size (or half-cup size). And last but not least, note that different types of bras fit women differently, and are more suited for your lifestyle, so make sure to always find your favorite cup type. 

How to measure your bra band size

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To learn how to measure your bra size, start by measuring the band size. Make sure not to wear a bra—or if you do, wear only the non-padded one. With a measuring tape, measure around your torso directly under your bust, where a bra band would sit.

The tape should be level and very snug. Round to the nearest whole number. If the number is even, add four inches. If it’s odd, add five. Your band size is the sum of this calculation. For example, if you measured 32 inches, your band size is 36; if you measured 33 inches, your band size is 38.

How to measure your bra cup size

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Next, it’s time to measure your bust. Wrap the measuring tape somewhat loosely around the fullest part of your chest (at nipple level). Round to the nearest whole number.

Once complete, you can now calculate your cup size. Subtract your calculated band size from your bust measurement and refer to the following bra cup size chart (right-click the image and choose an open image in new tab to see it clearer).

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Your bra size is your band size with your cup size. Example: 37 inches (bust) – 34 inches (band) = 3 inches. That’s a 34C.

How to measure your bra size without a tape measure

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How to measure your bra size if you can’t get your hands on a measuring tape? You can the alternatives to a measuring tape, like a piece of string, a scarf, or even just an article of clothing that is long enough to wrap around your chest. Then, you can use a ruler, smartphone app, or other measuring devices on that item later.

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