How To Find Your Actual Bra Size According To An Expert

Think you’re wearing the right bra size? You may want to check again. Over 80% of women are currently wearing the incorrect cup size for their bodies, says Paulina Jamiolkowski, bra fit expert at Bare Necessities

Even if you’ve been fitted by a professional before, Jamiolkowski recommends confirming your bra size at least once a year, as our bodies are ever changing. The new year approaching is the perfect excuse to revamp your bra collection, and ensure you’re actually wearing the right fit for you. Add prioritizing your comfort and confidence to your list of New Year’s resolutions for 2023. 

It’s about time you ditch the Victoria’s Secret bombshell you’ve had in your drawer for years, and treat yourself to a bra that will actually complement your figure. The result?  An ultimate self esteem boost. “When you’re in the right fitting bra, you’ll feel like you can do anything,” Jamiolkowski says.

College Fashionista details the steps to find your actual cup size, from a bra fit expert. 

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How To Take Your Measurements 

The first step to finding your *dream bra* is identifying the proper measurements. Luckily, you can do this from the comfort of your own home. All you’ll need is a soft measuring tape, and the most comfortably fitting bra you currently own. 

Bra fit myth debunked: many women think they should take their cup measurements without a bra on. This is not the case, Jamiolkowski says, and this method can even lead you to shop the incorrect size. 

After gathering what you need, find two measurements, the band and the bust. Every woman’s body is unique, so these two steps work together to find the ideal size for you. 

Measure the Band  

To find your band size, take a snug measurement, in inches, around your ribcage right underneath your bust, all the way around. This should be where your bra clasp typically hooks, right underneath your breast tissue. Now, save this number for later. 

Measure the Bust 

For your bust, take a loose measurement in inches over the fullest part of your breast. Typically, this aligns with the nipple area. It’s important to ensure you’re in your most comfortable state for this step. Take a deep breath in, and then take the measurement as you breathe out, Jamiolkowski advises. 

How To Calculate Your Cup Size

Now, for a little math. Don’t worry, it’s not too complicated. From the two measurements you gathered, subtract your band size from your bust size. Then, use that number to count up to a letter size. For example, if the difference is five, count A, B, C, D, E, and an E is equivalent to a double D. Then, put your band measurement before that. If your band is a half size, Jamiolkowski recommends rounding up to the next whole number to ensure your fit is not too snug. 

Bras To Shop

Once you’ve found your true measurements, it’s time for the fun part. The following bra picks are not only stylish, but they support a range of sizes. Feeling beautiful and comfortable don’t have to be mutually exclusive. If you’re looking for a place to start with your new cup size, explore the styles below.

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The Essential Lace Curvy Bralette

If lacy bralettes are your style, try the Bare Necessities The Essential Lace Curvy Bralette ($48, $28). It provides comfortable support in style for cup sizes ranging from A to G.

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The Favorite T-Shirt Bra

Looking for a comfortable everyday pick for a cup size ranging from DD to I? Opt for the T-Shirt Bra from Bare Necessities ($43). It’s a simple basic that’s available in a range of colors. It also provides great uplift and support, Jamiolkowski says.

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Entice Balconette Bra

The Entice Balconette Bra ($65) will have you feeling like a princess, without having to worry about discomfort. It’s available in a range of colors to fit your personal style — because what’s better than a bra that makes you feel gorgeous?

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Adele Triangle Bra

The Adele Triangle Bra from Intimissimi is another everyday staple ($59). If you’re over underwires, this wireless pick might be your perfect match.

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Sofia Balconette Bra

A neutral basic with elegant, lace detailing, the Intimissimi Sofia Balconette Bra ($59) is another pick that deserves a spot in your closet. It is available in sizes B to DDD.

Finding the right bra for you isn’t just about the aesthetics, but it’s about the way it will make you feel. Investing in quality pieces and taking the time to find your cup size is a true form of self care. Best of luck!

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