The "add four" method was popularized by Warners in the s when bra design was in its infancy and it simply doesn't work with modern bras. The correct cup size should be completely filled out with no wrinkling of the fabric or space in the cups, but any spillage or "double boob" means the cup size is too small, even in low cut or pushup bras.
Write down this number. If this measurement is an odd number, then you should try out bras in both the size below your measurement and the size above. If your measurement is already an even number, this is almost always your band size, but you may need a smaller or larger size depending on your body type.
Determine your cup size. Remember, your cup size isn't an absolute measure — it's in proportion to your band size. Bend over so that your chest is parallel to the ground. This is so that you'll be measuring all of your breast tissue — not just what protrudes outward when you're standing up. Measure around your torso, so that the tape is over the fullest part of your breasts. Write down the number. Make sure your tape measure is level to the ground.
It shouldn't be a few inches down your back, or you'll end up with an uneven measurement. To combat this, try to measure yourself in front of a mirror, or ask your partner or close friend to help you. Calculate your cup size. To do this, you'll subtract your band measurement from the cup measurement you just took. The difference between the two numbers determines your cup size: Less than 1 inch 2. These are equivalent to E and F. If you're in any doubt, particularly with larger cup sizes, you can refer to an international bra sizing chart.
Try on a bra with the band and cup size you've arrived at in these steps. You should not regard this as your definitive size until you have tried on a few bras, and even then you will often find you need a different size in different brands or styles of bra. Put on the bra on correctly. Known as the "scoop and swoop," this is a more correct way to make sure all of your breast tissue is in the bra: After taking the bra off its hanger the shoulder straps will need to be lengthened.
Put your arms through them and lean forward slightly so that your bust falls into the cups. Fasten the bra on the largest set of hooks and eyes. Don't worry if it's tricky to fasten, if you're trying a smaller back size you will notice that you need to stretch it around you to make the hooks and eyes meet. Still leaning forward, take hold of the underwires and give them a wiggle from side to side to make sure you're settled comfortably into the cups.
For each side in turn, slip your hand into the side of the cup and lift each breast towards the centre. You will probably have to adjust the length of the shoulder straps. Slip them off your shoulders and adjust the sliders so that the straps are short enough to stay in place but don't cut in. Check the band size. The correct band size is the smallest you can comfortably wear.
It needs to be firm enough that the bra is still fairly supportive without weighing down heavily on the shoulder straps. You should be able to run your fingers around the inside of the band, but not much more. A good rule of thumb is that you should be able to fit no more than a fist under the back of the bra where your spine is at.
It should fit on the biggest adjustment, but will probably be too tight if you try to fasten it on the smallest size. Bras are designed to fit like this so that you can tighten the band as the elastic starts to wear out.
If the band is roomy enough for you to be able to comfortably fasten it on the tightest adjustment, try a smaller band, for example if a 32D is too loose, try a 30DD. Remember that the cup size has to be changed when you move to a different band size - for every band you go down, you must go up by one cup size in order for the cups to remain the same capacity and vice versa. If you find the band painfully tight you should try going up a cup size because too small of cups can make a band which is too big or the right size seem ill fitting.
If going up a size, maybe even several does not work, then try going a band up and a cup down, e. However, try the first method before the latter. Check the cup size.
The correct cup size should be completely filled out with no wrinkling of the fabric or space in the cups, but any spillage or "double boob" means the cup size is too small, even in low cut or pushup bras. Check around the cups for any bulging, not only at the front but also at the sides under your arms. Make sure the underwire encloses your whole breast and lies flat against your rib cage.
Check at the sides under your arms to make sure the underwires are sitting on your ribs, not on soft breast tissue. If they're cutting into the sides of your breasts then you need a larger cup size. Also be aware that if you have been wearing a bra with a too big band and too small cups, you may have ended up with migrated tissue, which will seem to be armpit rolls, or back rolls. This can be fixed after getting a well fitting bra.
If the underwires are pressing painfully against your breastbone at the centre front you may need a smaller cup size or you could try a plunge style with a lower centre front this is more likely to be an issue with the cups than the band. Or you might just be human, and it's the shaping of your ribcage.
In that case, wait for the bra to be "broken in" and see how it fits then, or go with the lower centre front. If you think the cups might be too small but you're not sure, try on a bigger cup size as well to double check. It will usually be obvious if the smaller size fits better.
See how it looks with your top on. You've found a new bra that fits well, maybe in a different size or style to the ones you're used to. Now it's time to see what it does for your figure! If you're trying a t-shirt bra it's also important to make sure it gives you a smooth line under fitted clothes. If you look side on to the mirror , you should be able to see that your bust is approximately halfway between your elbow and your shoulder.
In a well fitting bra, your bustline will be supported at the right level. A lot of people find that their clothes fit a lot better, and they discover a waist that could never be seen before! If your bustline had previously been quite low because of a poorly supporting bra, you may even find that you need to wear a smaller dress size. A fitted t-shirt will show up any bulges from cups which are too small, and likewise a moulded bra that is not filled out will show lines at the bust where the edge of the cups are visible.
It's also useful to make sure that the colour of your bra is not showing through a thin or light coloured top - if you need to make your bra invisible, go for seamless cups which match your own skin colour rather than the colour of your top.
It is a common concern that wearing a smaller band size will make a big bulge around your back. However, these bulges are actually caused by the back of the bra riding up when it is too large.
You should find that when the band sits lower at the back, it fits firmly and remains horizontal, rather than pushing upwards creating a bulge. Wrap a tape measure around your ribcage, just beneath where your breast tissue ends. If the measurement is even: Add 4 inches 10 centimeters. If the measurement is odd: Add 5 inches Be aware that most brands no longer use this band measurement system. The "add four" method was popularized by Warners in the s when bra design was in its infancy and it simply doesn't work with modern bras.
Measure your cup size. Stay standing up, and wrap the tape measure around the fullest part of your breasts. Subtract your band size from this new number to calculate your cup size: If my child's bra size is a 25B, should she be wearing a bra instead of a training bra?
Most likely yes, but it's really a matter of personal preference for her. Not Helpful 0 Helpful I'm 12 and I have to figure out this whole bra fitting thing myself. Is it normal to be a B cup at my age? The length of your torso shouldn't matter because you will be measuring around yourself horizontally. This depends on how big your breasts are. You can be an eight year old with a bra because you have big breasts. Age doesn't matter, it's size.
Not Helpful 21 Helpful Get a ribbon and mark your measurements, then you can measure the ribbon with a yardstick or steel tape measure. Not Helpful 7 Helpful You can design customized bras online according to your size and height. Not Helpful 2 Helpful Go to a store that specializes in lingerie. Then you can ask an attendant for help without being embarrassed because they size people every day.
Not Helpful 17 Helpful It's really a personal preference -- do you like the appearance of your breasts in an unpadded bra, or would you prefer that they look fuller?
Of course, you could always ask some girlfriends for their opinions, but ultimately the determination lies with you. Not Helpful 10 Helpful I've never brought a bra before and don't have a tape measure. If there another way to measure? You should just invest in a tape measure. In the meantime, you can go to a store that sells bras and get a professional measurement.
Not Helpful 9 Helpful If I'm a boy, can I wear a bra? If so, how can I get my breasts to look big? Of course you, can wear a bra. No one is limited to one piece of clothing.
If you want your breasts to look big, you can try using one of those chicken pads or you can try contouring. How do I measure for the perfect bra size? Answer this question Flag as What is the difference between c cup d cup? Is the measuring the same if I just had a mastectomy? My bra size is 32 but I don't know my cup size. How do I know what bra size will fit me perfectly? How can I easily find my bra size, step by step? Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered.
Already answered Not a question Bad question Other. By using this service, some information may be shared with YouTube. Quick Summary To measure your bra size, start by running a tape measure all the way around your body, just underneath your breasts, to get your band size in inches.
Did this summary help you? Tips Don't be tempted to buy the wrong size or a poorer quality bra because it's cheaper. With bras you generally get what you pay for. It's better to have one bra that fits really well, than three that are uncomfortable! If you want your bras to last and keep their fit, never wear the same bra two days in a row, even if it has been washed.
You should have at least three bras which you can wash and wear in rotation, allowing the elastic to fully recover before it is put under stress again. Do not expect to need the same size in every style of bra, or to able to buy any bra in your "true size" without having to try it on. Different styles will suit different breast shapes, so two women who wear the same size in one bra might need different sizes in another bra.
A well-fitted bra should provide 90 percent of the support from the band, and the straps the remaining 10 percent. If you have uneven cup sizes, go with the bigger side. You can support the smaller breast by making that shoulder strap slightly shorter. If you have a significant size difference, there's always the option of wearing a silicone bra insert or removable padding in the smaller side.
Luckily, measuring for your bra size can be done quickly and easily in the privacy of your own home. All you need is a comfortable bra and a cloth measuring tape. Begin by standing up straight and relaxing your body. While wearing a comfortable bra that neither hides nor "boosts" your bust, wrap the measuring tape around your back, encircling the area just above your breasts. Make sure the tape is snug, though not restrictive, and level to the ground. Check the measurement; look at the closest whole number, avoiding fractions.
If you've arrived at an even number of inches, that number is your band size. If you find an odd number, add 1 inch. For example, if you measure 38 inches, your band size is 38; a measurement of 35 inches means you're a size Wrap the tape around your back and against the fullest part of your bust.
As before, check the measurement. Subtract the larger number, be it your band size or your bust size, from the smaller.
If you need to go down a cup size for fit, go up one band size, and vice versa. For example, if a 34C is too big for you, move to a 36B. Choose a bra that fits perfectly when secured on the outermost hook. Measure for Band Size. A. Measure your underbust using a tape measure, making sure the tape is parallel with the ground. It should not be loose or binding. . Measure just above your bust, right about where the straps meet the top of the cup. Enter this number in the Band Size box below. Tip: Odd number? Round down to the nearest even number. Your Bust Keeping the tape around your back at band level, measure at the fullest part of your bust.