1. Measuring the Band Size
Tools you’ll need for this quick and easy exercise:
- Soft Tape Measure – If you don’t own one, that’s ok! You can use a string and measure the line when you’re ﬁnished.
- Pen and Paper – Write down you measurements because we have some math to do at the end. Also it’s a great idea to take note of your size so when it’s time to shop you don’t draw a blank and revert back to old habits.
Using your tape measure, measure around your rib cage directly below your breasts. Be sure the tape measure sits snug around your rib cage, but not too tight. If you’re wearing an underwire bra, ensure the tape measure sits under the bra, not on top. Write the measurement down in inches.
There are two methods to determine your band size. For this exercise we’re going to be using the +4 method. To read more about the different ways to measure and why we have a lack of standardization in the lingerie industry, check out our free EBook here!
Now, your final step to determining the band size it to either add 4 or 5 inches to your number. If the number is odd, add ﬁve. If it’s an even number add four. (The reason you add ﬁve is that there are no odd numbers in band sizes.)
2. Measuring Your Cup Size
Using your soft measuring tape, measure around the most substantial part of your bust. Again, the measuring tape should sit snug to your breast and parallel to the ﬂoor- but not too tight! Write this number down in inches.
You’re going to take the number you achieved for your band size prior to adding the +4 method and subtract your bust size. The diﬀerence in inches represents the letters in cup size.
My band measurement is 31”and my bust size is 35”. Band 31” – Bust 35” = 4”
Because my band is an odd number I add 5 to my band measurement = 36
And to determined my cup size – 1” difference = A cup, 2” difference = B cup, 3” = C and so on.
Based on the measurements my bra size is a D36. Make sense?
3. The Fit Test
Here are some tips when you get your new bra home, and it doesn’t ﬁt quite right:
- Your band should sit parallel to the ﬂoor. If the back is riding up try loosening the straps. If that doesn’t do the trick, the band isn’t the right size for your frame.
- If the band is digging into your ﬂesh, try to loosen it by the eyehooks. If you’re on the last hook and the band is still too tight, then the band size is too small.
- If your breast tissue overﬂows either under the cup or over, the cups are too small, whereas if you have gaping cups, your cups are probably too big.
If you’re experiencing gapping cups.
I would recommend you to try the “Swoop and Scoop” method before returning your bra. Lean forward while you put your arms through the armholes on your bra, so the breasts ﬁll the cups and then fasten the back. Complete one side at a time starting with swooping your breast tissue forward and scoop the breast up.
Now that you’re a pro at obtaining your measurements, it’s time to move out of your unworthiness, into your superpower through your lingerie!