Finding the perfect bra is like trying to find the perfect cup of coffee: find the right one and it’ll support you through even the longest day. But the wrong one can ruin even the best day.
With the perfect, bra, size is everything. Not only can finding your right size bra make you feel good, it also makes your clothes fit and look better. However, about 80% of women are wearing the incorrect size.
But how do you know if you’re wearing the wrong size?
The professionals at Bare Necessities have five bra check points:
- Band: should be straight, level and not riding up
- Cups: your breasts should fill them without spilling out
- Center Gore: should be laying flat and not lift off of your chest
- Underwire: needs to be surrounding each breast without pinching them
- Straps: should stay in place without digging into or falling off of your shoulders
And if you are wearing the wrong size, how do you find your right one?
You can get a professional fitting, but most women prefer to measure themselves at home. Not only are you going to be more comfortable, but you won’t be feeling any pressures that you may feel if you had gone somewhere to be fitted.
The best and most comfortable way to measure yourself is braless with a soft tape measure and following the steps below:
- To measure your band, use the tape to measure your rib cage directly under your bust. The tape measure should be snug around your rib cage.
- To find your band size, if your band measurement is an even number add 4. If it’s an odd number, add 5. This final number is your band size. For example, if you measured a 32 band, your band size is 36 and if you measured 37, it’s 42.
- To measure your bust, measure over the fullest part of your bust, at the nipple, and keep the tape level but not tight. Round to the nearest whole number.
- To find your cup size, subtract your band size from your bust measurement and use the difference to calculate your cup size with the chart below. For example, 42 (bust measurement) - 38 (band size) = 4, so your cup size would be D and your bra size 38D.
Now that the hard part is over, try a few different styles to see which is the best match for you. When looking for the right bra, remember that the straps only offer about 20% of the support and the band offers the rest. Keep that in mind next time you’re searching for a strapless bra.
Once you’ve found your perfect bra, continue to measure yourself every six to ten months. Our bodies are constantly changing and so is our bra size: what’s perfect one day may not be perfect the next.
At Kala, we’re striving for perfection. We know how hard it is to find a bra that is comfortable, fits, and gives you the support you need. It’s our mission to create intimates that work for everyone. That’s why our bras have a structured band that is designed for maximum support and comfort. We’ve also eliminated the underwire, using an internal sling provide lift and support without the pain of other bras.
Try this method with our bras today!