Finding your bra size: Alternative Method

The standard way of measuring for a bra usually results in a band that is too big and a cup that is too small. They usually have you measure under the bust then add 4-5″ and that is your band size then have you measure your bust at the fullest point and subtract your band size to find your cup size. I don’t feel it’s necessary to add the 4-5″

For a better fit and less alterations try this alternative method.

Your bra size is made up of 2 parts. Your frame size (32, 34, 36 etc) and your cup size (A,B,C,D,DD/E etc). The frame size is also referred to as your band size.

Step 1: Measure tightly around the body, directly under the bust. Check in a mirror to make sure that the tape is straight across the back.

If this number is odd then round it up to the nearest even number. This is your band size. So if you underbust measure 31″ round it to 32″. If it is 32″ leave it as is. In both cases your frame size is 32.

Step 2: Measure directly across the fullest part of the bust over the nipple area (at the physical bust point) with your arms at the sides and standing up straight. Check in the mirror to make sure the tape is straight.

Write this second measurement down. Subtract your Frame Size from this second measurement. This difference will determine your cup size.

If your measurement difference is                           Your cup size is:

The same as your frame size…………………………………………………..AA

Up to 1″ larger than your frame size…………………………………………..A

Up to 2″ larger than your frame size…………………………………………..B

Up to 3″ larger than your frame size…………………………………………..C

Up to 4″ larger than your frame size…………………………………………..D

Up to 5″ larger than your frame size…………………………………………..DD/E

Up to 6″ larger than your frame size…………………………………………..DDD/F

Up to 7″ larger than your frame size…………………………………………..FF/G

Each additional inch difference is another letter size cup increase. Because cup size is a consistent ratio between your frame/band size and your full bust circumference underwire sizes use what is known as sister sizing which I will go over in the next post.

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