Let's talk about one of the most important pieces in your boudoir wardrobe (if not your wardrobe in general) - your bra! Your bra should be comfortable, supportive and most importantly, the right size. Wearing the wrong bra size can lead to discomfort, back pain, and it can even give you the impression that something is wrong with you and your body. But don't worry, it’s not you – blame the bra!
Finding supportive, comfortable lingerie for your bust is easier than you think! And here’s how you can do it at home.
First things first, you need to measure yourself correctly. Grab a measuring tape. You’ll want to measure in two places.
Measure Your Bust
Measure around the fullest part of your bust. This is typically (but not always) around where your nipples line. Wrap the tape around your back, and touch the tape together at your front. Make sure the tape is snug but not too tight. Write down the number you get in inches.
MEASURE YOUR BAND
Next, measure around your rib cage, just below your bust. Again, make sure the tape is snug but not too tight. Write down the number you get in inches. This will be the number at the front of your bra size.
DO A LITTLE MATH
Don’t worry, it’s not as scary as it sounds. All you need to do is subtract your bust measurement from your rib cage measurement. The difference between the two measurements will determine your cup size.
And I’ve made this little chart to help you out…
And so on and so forth.
So if your bust measurement is 36 inches and your rib cage measurement is 32 inches, the difference is 4 inches, which means your bra size is 32D.
And if you’re bra is still not fitting right…
It’s time to try a different brand or lingerie style. Not all lingerie brands use straight sizes unfortunately (which is obnoxious and shady of them, btw). And some designs are not shaped properly to fit our unique breasts. When trying on bras, you’ll want to look for these details…
- The band should be snug but not too tight (skin indents is a no go)
- The cups should lay smoothly over your chest, without any gaps or spillage
- The straps should sit comfortably on your shoulders. They should not be digging into you or slipping down.
Remember that your bra size can change
Your bra size can change over time due to a number of factors, such as weight fluctuations, life changes, hormonal changes, etc. These situations are all normal and nothing to be ashamed about. If your old-faithful bra has stopped doing you it’s old favors, try re-measuring yourself to see if it’s time for a change.
What did I say? EASY! You’ve got this. Now go out and conquer the patriarchy with the most supported breasts in town.