There’s nothing worse than wearing an ill-fitted bra, especially while working from home.
Straps digging in, flesh popping out the sides of your bra and a band that won’t stay put are all signs that you are wearing the wrong size bra. And not only is it really uncomfortable, it will also be ruining the way your clothes sit.
Since we can’t make it to our local lingerie store for our biannual fitting – yes, that's right you're supposed to get fitted twice a year – we are here to show you step-by-step how to measure your bra size from home.
With approximately 80 per cent of women wearing the wrong bra size, getting the correct fit is super tricky.
In the past you may have been told to use a tape measure to get an accurate bra fitting, but according to Emma Cooke, Junior buyer at Figleaves, you couldn't be more wrong.
She tells us: “Measuring yourself with a tape measure is not always the most accurate form of working out your bra size, especially if you have a D+ bust. The best and easiest way to way to find the right bra size for you is to take the bra that you currently wear and look at the fit to work out your true size."
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The only way to truly get your size is through trial and error.
When you try on bras yourself, you will know if a bra truly fits in the right place and provides the level of support you need.
To get started, make sure you are wearing a bra which you often wear.
- Firstly, check the band is sitting firm and straight, you should be able to fit two fingers underneath. If it’s riding up your back, this is a sign it could be too big and you should not be able to pull it out more than 4cm from your back. For example, if it pulls out 4-8cm you will need to go down an underband size (from a 36 to a 34). If you can pull it out 8-12cm, go down two underband sizes.
- Ensure that the ‘bra bridge’ or centre sits flat to your body without digging in.
- Be sure to check that the wiring fits properly, these should follow the natural curve at the base of your breast. If they are sitting on or far below, your bra won’t be providing the correct support.
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- Make sure you don’t have any gaps in the cups. This means your breasts aren't filling them completely – the front of your bra should sit flat against your chest. A perfectly fitted bra has no overspill at the cups or underarm so consider going up a bra size or two if this is the case. If you find the cup is gapping then try going down a size.
- Most women have one breast bigger than the other, so always fit the bra to the biggest one and opt for a stretchy fit or non padded bra for more flexibility fit-wise.
And that's it, no tape measure or maths calculation needed, just a case of trial and error with bras you already own to work out what you need to change.
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