Finding Your Bra Size: The Victoria’s Secret Way

15 Jan 2014 Permalink

This post was written for the girls (pun intended).  If this topic isn’t for you, we’ll just see you back here on Friday!

It takes a certain person to work in the world of retail.

While I was in college, I had gotten a job at Victoria’s Secret.  Let me tell you, folding panties at 1 o’clock in the morning is no way to spend a Saturday night…at least not for me!  Needless to say, I didn’t stay at that place very long.  But I was able to walk away with a little knowledge.

One of my jobs at VS was to measure ladies and help them find their perfect bra.  The method is so easy.  You can do it yourself.  And you might want to bust out (another pun!) that measuring tape.  Our bodies change so often.  At Victoria’s Secret, we would encourage women to reevaluate their sizes every 6 months.  When you wear the proper bra size, your clothes fit and look so much better!

Finding Your Bra Size: The Victoria's Secret Way

It’s important to make sure that when you measure yourself, you have an everyday bra on and be in a t-shirt of some sort.  Padded bras and sweaters will throw off the measuring.

Finding Your Bra Size: The Victoria's Secret WayStanding in a relaxed position and keeping the measuring tape in a horizontal line, measure directly under your bust.  Take this number and add 5 inches to it.  If you measure 29″ add 5″ and you get 34″.  34 would be your band size.

If the measurement totals an odd number like 35″, you could either try a 34″ or 36″ band.

Finding Your Bra Size: The Victoria's Secret Way To determine your cup size, measure completely around your bust at the fullest point.  Make sure to hold the measuring tape straight, but not tight.  The difference between this measurement and your band size gives you your cup size.

Each inch of difference equals one cup size.  For example, if your band size was 34″ and your bust measured 35″, then you’d be an A cup.

Here’s an easier way to see it:

  • 1″ larger bust indicates A cup
  • 2″ larger bust indicates B cup
  • 3″ larger bust indicates C cup
  • 4″ larger bust indicates D cup
  • 5″ larger bust indicates DD cup

Even with this measuring system though, there may be differences with the bras that you try on.  It’s always a good idea to try on a few sizes and styles to find your perfect match.

One other thing to consider is your sister size.  Not the size of your own sister, but the sizes similar to your measurements.

If you measured a 34 B, your sister sizes are 36 A and 32 C.  You basically go down one band size and up a cup, or up a band size and down the cup.  Personally, I’ve had lots of success with my sister sizes, especially when my band size has been an odd number.

If your bras have been poking you, or you’re getting that double boob look, then it’s time to measure yourself and go bra shopping.

Let me know in the comments if you need help!

Linked with WIWW and Get Your Pretty On.

  • Get Your Pretty On (@alisonlumbatis)
    January 15, 2014

    Good stuff! I learned this by going in for a fitting a few years back. Now I know to try both a 36C and 34B to find which one feels better. It works for every brand!

    • aprilgia
      January 15, 2014

      It’s definitely good info to know! When I see women wearing the wrong size, I feel like measuring them and helping them out!

  • netsoke
    January 15, 2014

    Reevaluate every 6 months?! That’s news to me but makes complete sense. I feel like my size is ALWAYS changing. This is info is uplifting (hehe), I guess I’m normal. ;)~

    • aprilgia
      January 15, 2014

      Yup! Our bodies are always changing! Plus, bras get worn out. I read that after 100 or so wears/washes, they should get replaced. Could you imagine buying a new bra every three months!?

  • marie
    January 15, 2014

    I sooo need to do this, very helpful. But I sooo don’t want to know.
    Marie @ In Our Happy Place

    • aprilgia
      January 15, 2014

      LOL! You’ll feel much more comfortable in your right size ; )

  • oomph.
    January 16, 2014

    great to know, april! i’m pretty sure i’m wearing the wrong size. bras are like bikinis…so hard to find just the right one. and they are expensive.

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