FEW women in the UK know their exact bra measurements, with some wearing the wrong size for years. Here's how you can measure yourself to find out your correct size - without even leaving the house! To measure your bra size at home, all you need to be wearing is a non-padded bra and have a tape measure in inches to hand.
Then, get a measuring tape and stand in front of a mirror. To measure your band size, wrap the tape snugly under your bust. Note the number in centimetres and round it to the nearest whole number.
Show less Most people wear a bra too large in the back and too small in the cups. Although sizing can vary slightly between brands, all follow a basic measurement system that you can use to measure your bra size in the comfort of your own home.
Knowing how to measure your bra size should be something women are taught, however, it rarely happens. Odds are, unless you had an attentive parent who took you to one of those slightly awkward bra fittings that all end in a sensible new t-shirt bra, your choice of size was based not on measurements but on look, feel and potentially holding it up in front of the mirror. Even Holly Willoughby, who started her career modelling for lingerie brand Pretty Polly and has since gone on to launch her own as part of her clothing line Truly, has admitted she prefers them 'loose' so her boobs don't 'spill out'.
Anyone who has worn an ill-fitting bra or the wrong bra size knows that doing so can ruin an otherwise flawless outfit—or worse, an entire day. The breast pain and backaches that can come with large breasts are nothing to joke about. Bra size is notoriously fickle between different lingerie brands; a C-cup at one store can easily be a D-cup at another, and some bra sizes can grow and shrink especially in band size over the course of a day or between washings.
Place the measuring tape flat against your skin — directly under your breasts. Make sure that the tape runs horizontally around your torso and is at the same height under your breast as on your back. Allow your arms to hang down naturally and breathe as usual.
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As a result, they end up wearing bras that they were never properly fitted for. All you need is a measuring tape, a mirror, a bra size calculator and this video to get your ideal bra size. Every woman is unique and every breast profile is different.