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Reasons to Wear a Good Bra:
Research indicates that the vast majority of today's women are not satisfied with the bras they wear. In fact, 75-80% of women are wearing the wrong size bra! This could be due to lack of information on what is the proper fit, or not being able to correlate the various sizes from one manufacturer to another since there is no uniform measuring system. The bust has no muscles and therefore depends on outside support…your bra! Your bra should fit you comfortably all day.
Features of an Excellent Supportive Bra:
All breast tissue must be encompassed by the cup. There should be no tissue hanging from under the band, flowing over the top or pushing out the sides. Support must be from beneath the breast, rather than supported by shoulder straps. The support should be firm enough to take out most off the motion of the breast during walking or exercising. There should be no pressure to flatten the breast and restrict circulation. The under wire should not press into the breast tissue or cause bruises. The breast should not sag. They should be positioned halfway between the shoulders and the elbow
Wearing a good bra that is properly fitted should eliminate most discomfort, shoulder strap slippage, strap indentations, bra ridding up the back, and back pain in most cases.

Measuring for a Bra That Fits!
Measure yourself correctly for a bra, long line, body briefer or corset by following these instructions. The formula is not perfect because each person is an individual, but it has been demonstrated to give excellent results. For greatest accuracy, have someone else help take the measurements. Use a standard measuring tape available at any notion store. Use inches not centimeters. Be sure to always keep the measuring tape level from front to back and snug but not tight. *Your bra size is the combination of your FRAME and CUP SIZES. Example: 36 (Frame Size) + H (Cup Size) = 36H

All measurements should be done with your best fitting unpadded bra.

Under Bust:

Measure your ribcage directly beneath the breast. This is your 'under bust.' Round off your under bust measurement and add 2 or 3 to obtain an even number. This is your Frame size, for a back closure or a bandeau bra.
Example: 36 + 2 = 38 (Even Number)
35 + 2 = 37 (Odd Number, so you must add "3" instead)
35 + 3 = 38 (Even Number)

Frame sizes are always even numbers. Round up fractions of an inch greater than or equal to ½ and round down fractions of an inch less than ½.
Example: 37½" = 38"
36¼" = 36"

Full Bust:
Place measuring tape in the back below the shoulder blades, keeping level. Bring tape across the fullest part of the breast until tape comes to natural stop. Do not apply any pressure to the breast tissue. This is the bust line. Note the number on the measuring tape.
Upper Chest:

Place measuring tape in back below the shoulder blade, high under the arms and high above the breast area. This is a firm, but not tight, fit. If there is a 3" difference or more from your frame size add the inch difference to the full bust measurement. This accounts for excess breast tissue that may have been outside of the bra cup area when the full bust was measured.
Example: 38" (Upper Chest) - 34" (Frame Size) = 4"
4" - 3" = 1", add 1" to Full Bust Measurement

The Upper Chest number is also a good guideline for the bra band size. This usually prevents strap slippage.
Example: 38" Upper Chest = 38" Band Size

Bra Size:
To determine your bra size, subtract the under bust measurement from the full bust measurement.
Example: 42" (Full Bust) - 34" (Under Bust) = 8"
8" = Cup Size 'H'
Therefore, Bra Size = 34H

A½" to 1½" difference = A cup, 1½" to 2½" difference = B cup, so forth and so on….Add a cup size for each additional inch of breast tissue.

*If you are unsure of your size after having your measurements done, contact the Bra-tician and we will help you figure the correct size.

Front Closure:

Follow the steps for measuring for a bra; go up one frame size and down one cup size

Long Line Bra:
1) Follow the steps of measuring for a bra
2) Measure the waist line

Corset or Body Briefer:
1) Follow the steps of measuring for a bra
2) Measure your waist
3) Measure your hips
4) Note your height

Listed in the chart are various manufacturers with their bra cup sizes. You'll need to select the proper size according to the measurements.



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