Your Perfect Bra: How to Find your Bra Size and Fit

Veronica Yoo
9 August, 2020

Bras. You either love them or hate them. Wearing a bra is a matter of personal choice but if you do decide to wear one occasionally or you wear them on the daily, knowing what kind of bra you should wear is important. From the shape to the size, finding one that suits your chest is of paramount importance to ensure just the right amount of support and comfort.

While we often overlook the luxury of a good bra, a bad one can have enough power to just about ruin your day. From the straps hanging loose off your shoulders to having the underwire making an indentation onto your skin we often struggle to find the perfect bra. Adding on to the hassle, there’s also a lot of confusion around how we should care for our bras. To answer all of your questions we share with you some helpful tips in finding the perfect fit. 

Know Your Size

When it comes to bra sizes, there are two things that you need to consider. The bra band and the cup size. To measure the bra band, stand upright without a bra on, and run a measuring tape around your back and under your bust, where the band of a bra would normally sit. Make sure the tape is running steadily and in an even line. It shouldn’t feel neither too tight nor too loose.

You may be familiar with the sizes AA, A, B, C and so on but have you ever considered what those lettering mean? It goes without saying that they are cup sizes, but we often disregard the numerical sizing they stand for. To measure your cup size, run a measuring tape around your back, beneath your shoulder blades, and around the fullest part of your chest, then subtract your band size from your chest measurement to determine your cup size. A=0, AA = 1, A=2, B=3 and so on.

You should know if your bra fits perfectly if your bra band is riding up your back, straps are in place and there are no obvious gaps between the cups and your chest and on the other hand of the spectrum the cups aren’t digging into your breasts either.

Finding the Style you’re looking for

Feel free to rock any style or shape you’re looking for but if you want maximum comfort it may be worth identifying your breast shape and what sort of bras best suits it. If the fat tissues of your breast are evenly distributed, you have a standard breast shape. Most bras will fit this shape flawlessly so rock any bra of your choice! If you’re unconscious about sagging  breasts you want to look for a good bra that can help support the lost elasticity. We recommend bras that have underwire and have soft cups for ultimate comfort and support.

Women who have breasts that are pointing outwards in opposite directions may want to choose bras that have supportive side wings to gather the fat distribution to the center of the chest. If you have uneven breast size such as one breast being larger/smaller than the other, don’t be alarmed as this is more common than you may think. To create a balance, you want to find a moulded bra with a light padding to conceal the size difference. An easy alternative is to remove padding from the cup that has a larger fit!

If you’re wearing a dress with emphasis on the shoulder straps, wearing a normal bra may be distracting and shift the attention to your bra strap rather than your dress. It’s best to opt for a strapless bra or a stick-on bra to maintain the same level of support but in style. On a sperate note, if you’re wearing a plunging neck-line shirt or dress go for a plunge bra with low cut cups joined by thing center piece.

Caring for Garment

When it comes to caring and washing lingerie there is much ambiguity on the correct way to be done. While we all want the fastest and convenient method, hand washing your bras are actually the most recommended. Proper lingerie care ensures that your bra last longer and keeps its shape. 

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It may be a tedious task, but you’ll definitely preserve the life of your delicate bras in the long run. First fill your sink with lukewarm water and add an alcohol-free hand washing detergent and soak the lingerie for up to an hour. Afterwards rub the fabric together to remove dirt. Rinse the lingerie in cool water and lay the garment flat on a towel. Use another towel to press against the garment to remove excess water and hang to dry. 

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Sometimes we don’t have the time to wash them one by one, so knowing how to correctly use a washing machine is just as important. An important step is to hook the back of the bras and put it in a lingerie bag. Wash on a delicate cycle in cool water with gentle detergent. When you take your molded cup bras out of the wash, reshape the cups with your hands. You want to avoid putting your bras in a dryer as the heat may break down the spandex material and lose its elasticity.

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