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!
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.
Standing 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.
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!