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)
All measurements should be done with your best fitting
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
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"
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.
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
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.
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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