Video: How to Fit a Bra
A video tutorial on how to measure for the proper bra fit.
Knowing your right bra size can be life changing.
The tape measuring system is just one of many ways to calculate your best fit.
This method isn't always completely accurate but it will give you a great starting
Keep in mind if your bust is larger this measuring system will give you the right
band size but not the right cup size.
Lets get started, first grab your measuring tape and put on your newest, best fitting
bra that has an underwire, is not padded or a minimizer bra.
If your breasts look like they are sagging, tighten the straps until your center
breast is halfway between your shoulder and elbow.
Finding your band size.
You can do this part yourself in front of a mirror or grab a friend to help.
Wrap the measuring tape directly under your bust, making sure its parallel to the
This is critical because if the tape measure isnt straight you will get an incorrect
Let out all the air from your lungs, making sure you get the smallest measurement
Our model measures 29 and a 1/4. If your band measurement isnt an exact number,
round to the nearest inch.
Using this number go to our band size chart and find your measurement and your estimated
If your measurement is 39 inches or more round to the nearest even number to find
your band size.
Adding inches to your band measurement came about just after World War II when the
ideal hour glass figure measured 36, 24, 36.
Women wanted to think their measurements were close to this ideal.
However a 36 inch bust measurement doesn't translate to a 36 inch underbust measurement.
So bra makers added several inches to make a womans bra size sound more desirable.
But with todays stretch fabric technology few more inches need to be added to your
underbust measurement in order to find your band size.
Finding your cup size.
Standing straight with your arms at your sides and breathing normally, wrap the
tape measure around your body at the fullest part of your bust.
The tape measure should just touch you and not feel binding.
Again the tape measure should be parallel to the floor.
Our model measures 35.
If your bust measurement isnt an exact number round to the nearest inch.
So now you have two measurements, our models band size is 32 and her bust measurement
We subtract our band size from our bust measurement to get a difference of 3.
A three on our chart translates to a C cup.
So according to the tape measuring system our models bra size is a 32C.
Now lets show you examples where the result is incorrect.
We know our next model is a 34D4. After exhaling, her underbust measurement is a
32 and a 1/2.
Referring to our chart, her band size is a 34.
There's an alternate measuring method to find your band size. measure above your
bust, under your arms and around your back.
This measurement doesn't need any additional numbers added but presents problems.
Where exactly should the tape measure land?
On our model this measurement is 35 and a 1/2 but you can see that the tape is not
parallel to the floor.
We get 38 and a 1/4 when we put the tape measure lower.
For these reasons we dont recommend this method to find your band size.
Moving to cup sizing our model is wearing a 34D4, so her measurement should be a
41 but its a 39, which is incorrect.
We measured our model again in a less supportive bra, this time she measured 37
and a 1/4.
As you can see, results can vary based on the type and fit of the bra you wear.
The tape measuring system isnt always perfect.
If your not happy with the results, check how your bra fits using some basic techniques
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and select bra fitting, from there click on
our perfect bra fit checklist.
Here you'll see a long list of bra fit problems, the reason for these and suggestions
to give you the correct size.
Happy Bra Fitting!
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