How To Measure Your Bra Size

After the post, I wrote on How to dress to look slimmer which I showed 10 easy tips and tricks, I have decided to write this important article on How to measure your bra size.

Do you have that problem of picking the right bra for yourself or do you want to learn how to measure your bra size so as to make a perfect bra shopping?

Then this is the right post for your little problem, this post contains the full detail you need on how to measure bra size without tape, so just stick with me till the end of this post so you can learn how.

Without much ado let get straight to the talk of the day!

How To Measure A Bra Size

Research shows that 80% of women are oblivious to their true bra size. And for all you know, you might be wearing an incorrect one as we speak. So to know if you are really putting on the right bra you would need to follow the steps I would be showing you below because these steps determine your bra size.

Step 1: Measure Your Band Size

how to measure your bra size

  • Wrap the tape around your chest, where your band sits, and ensure that it is snug, but not too tight or loose.
  • Round it off to the next even number if it’s an odd measurement or infractions. For example, if the measurement is 33 or 33.5 inches, the size will be 34. Or, for 35, try both 34 and 36, again depending on your cup size.
  • Make a note of this final number.

Step 2: measure your cup size

how to measure your bra size

  • Wrap the tape loosely around the fullest part of your breast.
  • A simple option is to measure it at the nipple level – this invariably gives an accurate number.
  • Round it off to the nearest or next whole number.
  • Make a note of this final number.

Step 3: calculator

Subtract the cup size from the band size. The difference in the inches will correspond to your cup size.

Things To remember

  • The numerical part of the size is your band size, and the alphabetical part is the cup size. So, for example, if your size is a 34D – ‘34’ is your band size, and ‘D’ is the cup size.
  • Go braless or wear a non-padded bra while you get your measurements done. Or, wear something light like a T-shirt and avoid sweaters, hoodies, jackets or anything that is thick.
  • Be vigilant while getting your measurements, especially if you having sagging or larger breasts. I would say, go one step further and get a second opinion if you want to be extra cautious. There have been instances where the difference of the sizes was rather alarming the second time around.
  • Get a one-time professional fitting done, and they will help you go through everything we just discussed. Plus, the experts say that the measurements are generally more accurate when you let someone else do your fitting.

How To Find The Right Bra Size

How to find the right bra

In choosing the right bra you need a full knowledge on how to measure your bra size but we can’t just jump into these figures without going through some few points which would help you have a perfect reading for your bra size, so below are the few but important point to note while checking your bra size.


  • Move your arms around like a windmill to see if your breasts are falling out or hanging from the bottom, your bra is riding up, etc. In that case, try adjusting the straps first. Otherwise, you will need to go with a smaller cup size.
  • If your bra straps are pinching or digging into your shoulders, or there is spillage of breasts, making the two of them look like four, you need a bigger size.


  • Bend forward and wear your bra so that everything goes into the cup and nothing hangs under the wire.
  • Make sure the cup is taut, and there is no extra room.


  • Always hook your bra at the closest (first) eye and run your two fingers along the breadth. Your fingers should slide comfortably. The bra will loosen up with time, and you can hook it on the next eye then.
  • If your bra is riding up your back and you’re always pulling it down, you need a smaller size (band).


  • The center part of the bra should just sit perfectly, it should not stick out, neither should it poke your skin.

Things To Remember

  • As a rule of thumb, your bra should fit snugly around your body. It should neither be too tight nor too loose.
  • When you go up or down your bra size, the cup size also differs. For example, if your size is 34B, a bigger size for you would be 36A. Or, if you want a smaller size, then you choose 32C and vice versa.
  • It is easier to determine your band size first, and then map it to your cup size.
    Remember that your breasts should be approximately midway between your elbows and shoulders.
  • The cups will do the heavy lifting and the straps will support them, so do not forget to adjust them the first time around.

Now that you fully know how to choose the right bra for yourself then what are you waiting for, stand up and go for that shopping you have been planning for. I hope this article was of help to you, do leave a comment below and also share this post for friends and family.

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