Wrap the measuring tape snugly and slightly above the bust line around your back and chest, going under your arms. Round the measurement to the nearest whole number.
Measure around the fullest part of your bust. Make sure the measuring tape is loose enough so as not to squeeze the breast. Again, round the measurement to the nearest whole number.
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Preparation for Accurate Measurement:
Things You'll Need for Measurement:
Gently wrap the measuring tape around the fullest part of your bust, typically at nipple level, ensuring the tape is snug but not tight. It's important to do this in front of a mirror to keep the tape level and horizontal around your back and bust. This step is crucial as measuring the fullest part guarantees that the cup size accommodates the entire breast, providing necessary support and comfort without being too tight.
Ensure that the measuring tape is even all the way around and not digging into your skin. You should be able to slide a finger under the tape. This prevents the tape from skewing the measurement either too large or too small.
Measure your bust while breathing normally, after taking a deep breath in and out. This helps in accounting for natural fluctuations in bust size during regular breathing and movement, ensuring that the bra size chosen will be comfortable in various daily activities.
Write down the measurement by rounding to the nearest whole number. Let's say that your measurement was 38.25, the nearest whole number is 38.
Place the tape measure directly under your bust, where the band sits. Keep it snug and level.
Follow the breathing process that you applied when measuring your bust size.
Write down the measurement rounding to the nearest whole number. For example, lets assume that your measurement was 31.75, the rounded measurement will be 32.
To accomodate the elastic nature of bra bands, add 4 inches if the measurement is in even number. If odd, add 5 inches. In our example, 32 is the even number, so you'll add 4 to it to make 36.
Subtract the band size from your bust measurement. The difference is key to finding your cup size.
From our previous example, your bust is 38 inches and your band size is 36 inches, the difference is 4 inches.
Finally, use the following chart to find your cup size from your band size.
|Bust-Band Difference||US Cup Sizes||UK/AU Cup Size||EU Cup Size|
|5||E or DD||DD||E|
|6||F or DDD||E||F|
|7||G or DDDD||F||G|
Combine your bust size with the cup size you calculated. For instance, if your bust size is 38 inches and you've determined a F cup from the chart, your bra size is 38F.
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