I've never brought a bra before and don't have a tape measure.
And remember, if you end up ordering the wrong size, Zappos offers free exchanges. Bra Size Guide Our size charts and measuring tips will help you order the correct bra size. Measuring your Band Size: Stand in front of a large mirror wearing your best-fitting non-padded bra.
Wrap a soft measuring tape around the bottom band, right under your bust. The measuring tape should be parallel to the ground and lay gently on top of your body without being too snug or loose. Measuring your Cup Size: Wearing the same bra, keep the tape around your back at band level, measure at the fullest part of your bust.
Make sure the tape isn't too tight by taking a full breath in and exhaling so the tape falls to its most comfortable-yet-fitted position. Additional tips to ensure the best fit: Ensure your straps lay comfortably on top of your shoulders.
If your straps dig in to your shoulders you probably need to go down a band size. If your straps are constantly slipping off of your shoulders, your band is probably too small. If you have sloped shoulders, try a racerback bra or a style with convertible straps. Your cups should lie comfortably and smoothly against your breasts. If you don't fill out the cups or there is wrinkling and gaping, you need a smaller cup size.
If your cups are overflowing or dig into your breasts, you need to go up in cup size. Underwire should lie flat against your skin and encircle your breasts. If your underwire is poking you in the arm or digging into your breast tissue, you may be wearing a cup size that's too small or the wrong style for your breasts. So if you measured 32 inches, your band size is If you measured 33 inches, your band size is Wrap the measuring tape somewhat loosely around the fullest part of your chest at nipple level.
Subtract your band size from your bust measurement and refer to chart. So how can you tell if a particular style fits? Bend forward at the waist, then slip on the bra and hook it.
This ensures your breasts are completely in the cups. The back of the bra should be level with the front. Make sure the bra is not too loose. You should be able to slide only one finger underneath the band. First, tighten the band, then shorten the straps. Put on a close-fitting shirt over the bra. If the cups pucker or your breasts bulge, you're not wearing the correct size.
Look at yourself sideways in a mirror. Your breasts should sit midway between your shoulders and elbows. If not, you need a more supportive and better-fitting bra. If you need to go down a cup size for fit, go up one band size, and vice versa. For example, if a 34C is too big for you, move to a 36B. Choose a bra that fits perfectly when secured on the outermost hook. As the bra loosens over time, make the band taut by moving toward the tightest hook.
Now that you've found your correct bra size, it's time to go shopping!
If not, you need a more supportive and better-fitting bra. If you need to go down a cup size for fit, go up one band size, and vice versa. For example, if a 34C is too big for you, move to a 36B. Choose a bra that fits perfectly when secured on the outermost hook. As the bra loosens over time, make the band taut by moving toward the tightest hook. Subtract your band size from your bust size, and use the difference to find your cup size on the bra size chart below. BRA SIZE CHART Size Chart: Exact sizing and fit may vary by brand. Measure just above your bust, right about where the straps meet the top of the cup. Enter this number in the Band Size box below. Tip: Odd number? Round down to the nearest even number. Your Bust Keeping the tape around your back at band level, measure at the fullest part of your bust.