Once you know your correct size and have solved any bra fit issues you may have, you're ready to visit ourBra Finderthe easy way to select perfect bras for you.
Measuring Instructions for Bras & All-in-Ones:
Unless you have been measured for a bra within the last year, you should measure yourself before selecting new bras. A new bra should fit properly in the middle hook setting, to allow for water weight gain or the bra stretching over time.
Your size changes based on time, age, weight, exercise routine, pregnancies and even over the course of a month based on your menstruation cycle.
Bras change too. Over time, they often stretch and become looser. Look in a mirror both wearing just the bra and wearing a form-fitting top. If your bra fits properly, it should look attractive in front, in back and from the side.
Studies show that 8 of every 10 women are wearing the wrong size bra. Your bustline can be one of your most flattering assets. For a comfortable, flattering fit, you must measure yourself regularly.
A bra that fits perfectly can make you look taller, define your waist, make your bustline look larger and your overall figure look slimmer.
1. General Guidelines:
- Use a standard fabric or soft plastic tape measure.
- Wear a comfortable non-padded bra that fits well. Do not wear a specialty bra, like a minimizer or leisure bra. Do not wear a top over the bra while measuring.
- For best results, have someone else measure you.
- If you're between sizes, buy the larger size.
- Accept your bra size. Choose the size that your measurements show, not the size you want to be.
2. Take a Band Measurement:
- Take a snug measurement around your rib cage, under your bust and shoulder blades.
- Add 5 inches. Example: 40" + 5" = 45"
3. Determine Even Band Size:
- If you get an even number in Step 1, this is your Band Size.
- If you get an odd number in Step 1 (like 45), round up one (to 46) to get your Band Size. Example: 45" + 1" = 46"
4. Bust Measurement:
- Take a loose measurement around the fullest part of your bust.
5. Determine Cup Size:
- Subtract Band Measurement (from Step 1) from Bust Measurement (from Step 3). Example: 50" - 45" = 5"
- Use the chart below to determine your Cup Size: Example: 5" = DD Cup
Bra manufacturers should adjust their sizing to the bra type, but if you have been measured recently and a bra does not fit, it may be that you do not like the way that particular style of bra (minimizer, t-shirt, leisure etc.) feels on you in your usual size. You may need to adjust your bra size to fit that style of bra.
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Bra Sizing Solutions, Bra Style Selection and Care Tips
Your bra is too big if:
- it rides up in back. (Band size is too big.)
- the cups wrinkle. (Cup size is too big.)
- your bustline sags. (Straps may be too loose or try non-stretch fabric.)
- there is too much “bounce” when moving normally: walking, bending, etc. (Cup and/or band size is too big.) Try non-stretch straps and/or fabric.
- the straps are adjusted correctly and put pressure on your shoulders. Your support should come from the band, so your band size is too large.
Before changing bra sizes, try tightening the hook & eye closure or tightening the straps if adjustable.
Your bra is too small if:
- the band digs in. (Band size is too small or needs to be wider.)
- underwires poke or pinch. (Cup size is too small or try a wirefree style.)
- cups overflow. (Cup and/or band size is too small.)
- sides bulge. (Band size is too small or select a style with more coverage.)
- the center front of the bra does not lie flat against your breastbone. (Try a larger cup size.)
- you can’t slip two fingers beneath the band.
Selecting Bra Styles and Features
Some women find a bra they like, buy several in each color available and continue to buy that same style for years and years. That’s great. But most women will find that their lifestyle demands several styles of bras. There may be features, however, that you will find you prefer in every bra you choose.
Underwire vs. Wirefree:
This is the first decision most women make. Women who want plenty of support usually select underwire bras. Women who found underwire bras uncomfortable often choose wirefree (or soft cup) bras. However, with today’s advances in fabrication, technology and engineering, these generalizations are no longer completely accurate. Many underwire bras are engineered to be exceptionally comfortable, while wireless bras may have fabric and technology that gives them exceptional support. Depending on what other features you are looking for, you may want to try both underwire and wirefree styles.
With modern engineering, no bra should have annoying straps. Look for padded straps, wide straps, no slip straps, convertible straps and comfort straps. While some bras offer rigid straps in the largest sizes, most straps are stretch and adjustable.
Front Hook Bras:
Are easy to put on and take off. They often fit well under plunging necklines. Back support bras are usually front hook styles.
Ideal for form-fitting tops, such as t-shirts.
Reduce your bustline comfortably. Ideal for tight button-front blouses to prevent “gaps.”
Offer extra support and often wicking or breathability features that allow you to exercise in comfort. Often have racer back styling and no hardware.
Ideal for sleeping or relaxing around the house. Usually have lots of stretch. Many larger-breasted women appreciate the comfort of sleeping in a leisure bra.
Strapless or Convertible Bras:
For no-show under a variety of fashions, including backless, spaghetti strap and halter styles. Again, advances in technology make these styles more comfortable and secure than in the past.
Posture or Back Support Bras:
Extra support panels across the back and shoulders. Usually front hook. Often preferred by women with backaches.
with built-in bras “solve” the problem of bra straps showing.
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Your bra will provide longer wear and support if you follow the proper washing and drying instructions on your care label. If the label suggests hand-washing, use a cleansing product designed for delicate fabrics. For machine-washable bras, attach hooks and eyes to avoid tangling, then place bras in a lingerie bag before washing on the delicate cycle, in cool water with gentle detergent. Lay bras flat to air dry. Do not put bras in a clothes dryer.
Q:How should I try on a new bra to see if it's the right fit?
A: Every time you put on a bra, you should:
- Slip the straps over your shoulder.
- Bend forward at the waist, and ease your breasts naturally into the cups. Take the opposite hand from the side you are adjusting and gently bring the breast tissue from back to front so the nipples are centered into the fullest point of the cup. The cup should completely contain the breast (with the exception of push-up styles).
- Hook the closure at the middle position.
- Stand upright. Adjust the straps to a comfortable position and make sure the back adjustment is snug without being too tight.
Q:I have a difficult time fitting bras properly because one of my breasts is larger than the other.
A: Most women have one breast that is larger than the other. Sometimes the difference is noticeable, most often it isn't. If the difference is significant, try a bra with stretch fabric in the cup or a bra that has a lining. Also, you can adjust the strap so the larger breast strap is looser than the smaller breast strap. Always fit the cup size to the fuller breast first. If the size difference is significant, try a bra with a molded, foam cup, fitting to the fuller bust, and fill in the smaller side with a foam fitter or silicone bra pad.
Q:If I don’t want my underwear to show under my clothes, what color should I wear?
A: Wear colors as close as possible to your skintone.
Q:Some of my bras are hot or cause extra perspiration. I need a more breathable fabric in my bra.
A: Choose a cotton or cotton blend bra. Cotton permits air to circulate. It breathes and helps remove body moisture by absorbing it and wicking it away from the skin. Sports bras often have mesh panels or other special fabrics for breathability or wicking and are a great choice for when you are exercising or doing physical work.
Q:My straps keep falling off my shoulders. What should I do?
A: Choose a style with no-slip straps or a racer back style.
PANTIES & SHAPEWEAR
Q:The waistband keeps bunching up and rolling over. But it fits well across the backside. What should I do?
A: You're probably wearing the wrong style or size. The waist should be snug, but not binding, and stay in place comfortably. You should also be able to pull on the panty easily over your hips. Try a smaller size or different style.
Q:The legs of my panties are really binding - I even get grooves along my thighs. What are my alternatives?
A:Legs should not cut or bind at the thigh. Measure to make sure you're wearing the right size. Then check how you're wearing your panty - are the leg openings arched evenly from side to side? Is the fabric skewed or bunched? If you're wearing the panty properly and it's still uncomfortable, try a hi cut style.
Q:My panties keep riding up. I can't keep ducking into closets to tug them into place, so what can I do?
A:Get the right size! A proper fit means the panty is balanced and symmetrical, cupping the buttocks evenly. If you're tugging, check your proper size with our fit guide.
Q:How can I best care for my Panties?
A:Look at the garment label for laundering instructions. Wash with a load of other delicate fabrics on the delicate cycle. Line drying is always the best choice since a hot dryer shortens the life of the elastics and fabric. However, if you want to use the dryer, set the controls on delicate.
Q:How can I best care for my Shapers?
A:Follow the washing instructions on the garment label. Do not use very hot water. Line or air dry only, because high temperatures can affect the controlling performance of the shapewear over time. If you use bleach, use only non-chlorine bleach.back to top