How to measure your bra size

Studies have suggested that 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra size, which can lead to a number of health problems. Badly fitting bras can cause neck, back and shoulder pain, chafed skin, and even more long-term damage, with permanent shoulder indentations. If you haven’t had a bra fitting for a number of years, we would recommend personally visiting an underwear shop, as many offer free bra-fitting consultations. If you want to get a rough idea in the meantime, read on to find out how to measure your bra size.

How to measure bra band size

– Measure just under your bust using a fabric measuring tape (where the band of your bra would go). Round this to the nearest whole number, and add four inches if the number is even and five if the number is odd.

How to measure your bust size

– Wrap the measuring tape loosely around the breasts at nipple level. Round this to the nearest whole number.

How to calculate your cup size

– Measuring your cup size requires some simple maths. Subtract your band size from your bust size. The resulting number number correlates to a cup size, e.g. AA = 0, A = 1, B = 2, C = 3, D = 4, DD = 5, etc.

So if your band size is 34 inches and your bust size is 36 inches, your correct bra size is a 34B.

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