Did you know that you could have more than one bra size? Also, that 80% women end up wearing the wrong bra sizes? Bras, after all, are highly technical pieces in a wardrobe and therefore their sizing can get a tad bit confusing. Therefore we turned to our in-house experts who lent us their two cents about finding the right bra size, both true and sister, along with a few useful size wise tips that could come handy while going bra shopping. Ahead, find all about our fitting guide…
How to measure your bra size:
Your bra size is essentially a ratio that combines the measurements of your cups (AA- M) and your band size (28-44), but how is it exactly that you can discover your unique bra code? Follow the four easy steps below to measure your size at home. And don’t worry if you get confused, our fit finder will always have your back!
Determine your band size by measuring around your rib-cage and round it up to a whole number. Now if the whole number is even, add four inches to it. If it’s odd, add five. Your band size is the sum of this calculation. So, for example, if you measured 32 inches, your band size is 36. If you measured 33 inches, your band size is 38.
Determine your bust size by wrapping your measurement tape around the fullest part of your bust and round it up to a whole number.
Now follow this formula to find your true bra size: bust size – band size
This should leave you with your final band and cup size. For example, if your bust measures 41 inches and band measures 35 inches, then that person will be 40F because 41 minus 35 equals 6 and that number corresponds to the letter "F"
Sister sizing explained:
While knowing your true size is quite vital, knowing your sister size can prove extremely helpful when adjusting your bra size. Sister sizes are groups of bra-size equivalents that are related by cup volume. Women with smaller bands and large cup sizes, or larger bands and smaller cup sizes, tend to benefit the most from sister sizing.
The rule of thumb to finding your sister size is as follows: If you go up in the band, go down in the cup and vice versa depending on the sizing issue you might be facing. For instance, if your cup fits fine and your band feels tight, you can go up a band size and go down a cup size - if currently, you are wearing 34B and cup fits fine but the band feels tight then you can go up a band size which will be 36 and go down on the cup size which will be A making your sister size 36A. In short, bra sizes that share a row on the size chart are your sister sizes.
Tips to measure correctly:
- If one breast is larger than the other, which is the case most of the times, go with the measurements of the larger breast.
- While measuring, make sure you’re wearing a non-padded, non-wired bra to get the most accurate measurements. Measuring over the clothes is a no-no.
- Whether measuring the bust or the band, make sure the tape is not too tight or too loose, this could result in uncomfortable fits.
- To make sure your band is snug – not too tight and not too loose, try to slip a finger through the gap between the back and the measuring tape. There should only be about an inch of stretch.