Bra Size - Bra Fitting the Correct Way for Maximum Breast Beauty, Enhancement and Comfort

Published: 18th April 2012
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Bra fitting is not exact, but the calculations and tips provided here will give you an idea of where to start. The bra exists to improve your looks without being seen. What the bra looks like is rarely as important as how the bra makes you look. Proper bra fitting results from understanding how the different bra parts influence your bra size.

The secret to bra size comes from knowing your cup size. The cup size measures how far your breasts extend from your chest. The secret to bra fitting is knowing that, universally, each cup size represents a one inch increase in breast size. Up to cup size D is fairly universal, but past D, manufacturers offer different sizes. A DD cup in one brand may not be the same size as a DD cup in another brand. It is important to look at the manufacturer's bra size listing. The secret is that all manufacturers increase their cup size by one inch increments. If a manufacturer's size listing says they offer sizes DD, DDD and E, and DD did not fit you, you should try the DDD before going trying the E.

Underwires play a role in good bra fitting. Every bra band size has its own underwire size. Underwires spread out to provide additional support once the bra is fastened. The key to your bra fitting properly is to make sure your entire breast fits inside the underwire. If your breasts are wider than the offered underwire support, you will experience discomfort, and eventually the weight of your breasts will cause the underwire to snap.

Straps should lay flat against your chest, unless you have implants, and should not slide off your shoulders. Adjustable straps can cause strap slippage. The plastic rings in adjustable straps allow the straps to swivel, and swivel produces slippage. If you have problems with slippage, you should purchase bras with non-adjusting straps, or with the straps sewn closer together in the back.

The bra back is key to how the bra fits. The amount of hooks a bra has plays a role in bra fitting. Fewer hooks require tighter body straps to provide proper support. This tighter strap creates unflattering rolls above and below itself, making you look fat from behind. For the smoothest from-behind look and the best support, three or more hooks are recommended. The material of the bra back should be firm, not springy. Springy material wears out quickly. If the back material stretches easily when pulled, the bra fitting will fail over time

Determining bra size is a simple matter. For best results, all measurements should be taken while wearing a bra. Using a tape measure, measure around your body to find the correct size of the bra band. Make sure the tape measure is snug, but not overly tight. Round to the nearest whole number. This is your band size. To determine your cup size, measure loosely around the fullest part of your breasts. Again, round to the nearest whole number.

Once you have these two numbers, subtract your band size from your breast size. If your band is 32 and your breasts are 35, you end up with a difference of 3. Each inch of difference represents a cup size, so a 3 inch difference translates to a C cup. This gives you a bra size of 32C. If you find a bra manufacturer that fits you well, stick with them for the best results.



As a fashion reporter, K.G. Dunst knows all about lingerie. Recently, she has published a comparison report of an 'as seen on TV bra' that shows why the Comfortisse Bra is so outstanding.

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