Ladies, bra talk is important and needs to be given the attention it deserves. While most of us excitedly discuss sexy lingerie and the new styles that appear on glossy magazines, the right fit is often ignored.
As women, we undergo several bodily changes throughout our lives, be it weight gain, weight loss, menstruation, pregnancy, or menopause. These changes almost instantly show up on our breasts, which is why it is important to get your bra size measured, at least once a year.
If you continue wearing the wrong bra, you could also suffer from back, neck and shoulder problems and eventually develop bad posture. Yes, we are serious!
How to pick the right bra
More often than not, women tend to buy bras that they’d like to wear rather than what fits them well. In such cases, either the cup size is smaller or the straps are too tight. There could also be spillage or the straps could keep falling off. All in all, it’s uncomfortable and makes you appear sloppy.
Here’s the right way to measure your bra size:
Band size: Start by lowering your arms. The measuring tape should be horizontal and firmly pressed against your body. You could take the help of a friend, if it gets too difficult to do this on your own! If you get an odd number, round up (remember, remember).
Bust: When you do a bra fitting, make sure you wear a normal, non-padded bra. Stretch the measuring tape horizontally and pass over the point of the fullest part of your bust line, but do not press down on it.
Cup size: Your band measurement subtracted from your bust measurement will give you your cup size. This could vary from brand to brand, so make sure you check their measurement charts.
Checklist to pick the right bra
When you go bra shopping, don’t just pick up anything based on your size. Try it on and see how it feels and looks. There are so many brands available today that your size might slightly vary, basis the style and design they offer. This is why, it’s important to do a trial before making a purchase.
When you try on a bra, connect the row of hooks that is farthest to the right - the loosest ones. If the bra does not fit you well (meaning it’s not as supportive or feels off), then you need to find another one!
90% of the support that a bra provides is generally because of the base band, while 10% is from the straps. Make sure the base band reaches around the ribcage firmly, but does not cut into your skin. Quick check: Lift up your arms and bend your spine from left to right - your base band should not move. If it does, then you know it’s not the perfect one.
You should be able to fit two fingers underneath the clasp, no more than that. Else, the base band will ride upward.
If your bra squeezes your chest so hard that you have wrinkles near your armpits, then the cup size is smaller than your actual size.
If you can’t work out your size, you can always take a bra with a larger cup size to a professional and ask them to shorten the base band.
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