Common Bra Fitting Mistakes
Wearing a band size which is too large is probably the most common mistake women make when choosing a bra. Wearing the wrong band size would then also make the cup size incorrect. This is because not all cup sizes of the same letter are the same. For instance, a 34C bra would have a larger cup size than a 32C. Therefore a woman who finds that she is wearing a bra which is one band size too large would have to go down one band size and also up one cup size.
Many lingerie retailers supply sizing calculators which state a woman should wear a band size which is 4-5 inches larger than her actual 'around the body' measurement. This is incorrect information from the 1930's which is still being passed from suppliers to retailers today. Early bras made by Warner's were sized in this way however new modern bras are elasticated and so a woman's actual body measurement is now very close to the correct band size she should be wearing.
What is the correct way to measure your bra size?
There are two parts to a bra size; the band which is the measurement around the circumference of the body and the cup which is the size or fullness of the bust itself. The band size should be measured by placing a tape measure tightly around the body, under the bust, with arms down. If possible this should be done by someone else to ensure accuracy. If the measurement, in inches, is an odd number then the correct band size will be the next number up as band sizes only come in even numbers. If an even number is reached then this will be the correct band size too although the next size up may be required for some styles of bra. Certain online retailers of sexy lingerie will have their own sizing guides which will have been specified by the manufacturer.
The best way to establish the new correct cup size is to work from the current incorrect cup size. If a woman has just calculated her band size using the steps above and found that she has moved down a bra size, then the new cup size will be one size larger than her current size. So as a general rule, the cup should increase by one size for every size that the band is decreased. This is true for the reverse too.
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