Are you wearing the right bra size?

Shopping for right bra can be a pretty tedious task, especially as the sizes and styles vary so much. Following some simple steps and taking some easy measurements will help to make sure you buy the right fit, with getting it right making you both look and feel better.


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Start with the underband

The measurement that goes around your body, under your breasts, is the key; start with this, as it determines the fit. Many believe the straps over the shoulders do the main work, but the underband works hardest. It should not dig in and you should be able to slide two fingers between the band and your body with ease.

Using a measuring tape, measure around your ribcage, directly underneath the bust zone. If the number is odd, round up to get the right band size.

Measure your cups

This is the next step for a great fit. The cups should sit comfortably against the body without being too loose, but should never dig in. They should hold all your breast tissue, with a smooth line over the top of the material.

Take the measurement around the fullest part of your breast and straight across your back. Take the difference between the two to get your final bra size.

Do the maths

The easiest way is to subtract your underband measurement from the cup measurement. Every inch difference represents a cup size: one inch is an A, two a B and so on. A 39” cup measurement and 36” band would make you a 36C, for example.

It is easier to find pretty bras for fuller figures these days, which removes the urge to squeeze into something smaller because it looks nicer. Once you have picked the perfect bra – ranges such as Prima Donna underwear have some gorgeous lines in bigger sizes, up to an I cup – you might want to treat yourself to matching briefs, such as the Prima Donna Deauville brief. There are lots of specialist retailers selling beautiful lines; for example, you could buy the Prima Donna Deauville brief from Orchid Lingerie.

Elastic stretches; therefore, don’t assume that just because the bra fitted once, it will remain the same size. The best way to find a comfortable bra is to try it on.