Finding the right bra
Finding the right bra...
Finding the right bra is often a problem for many woman; it is estimated that about 80% of women wear the wrong size bra.
We have established a leaflet, which is supported by Piccinino Ltd. You can download the leaflet in the section 'publications' which can help you to find the right size. It's easy to put in your handbag and take along to the shop when purchasing a new bra.
Don't forget....our breasts are worth taking care of!!
Finding the right size...
Wearing the wrong size bra is not healthy for your breasts, especially if the bra is too tight.
The band size (or chest size) is the number part of your bra size. The cup size is the letter part. EX: if you are in a 36B, then 36 is the band and B is the cup.
The bra should fit comfortably. You ought to be able to fit one or two fingers under the band comfortably. if you are pulling down the back strap or pulling up on the shoulder straps throughout the day, then the band size is too big. If you're having a hard time putting one finger under the band, then move the hooks to the loosest fitting eyes. If it is still too tight on the loosest fitting, then try on one in the next band size up.
Your breast should completely fill the cup, so if there is a gap and the band feels fine, then go down a cup size. Your breast should not spill out of the cup; if it does from the bottom, sides or top and the band feels fine, then go up a cup size.
How to tell if your bra fits correctly:
(click on example to view image)
If your bra fits correctly it should NOT be painful or uncomfortable to wear.
Measuring for a bra
Keeping the measuring tape parallel with the ground, measure around your chest directly under your bust after expelling all air from your lungs. Round all fractional measurements to the nearest whole number. This is your band measurement. If the measurement is even, add 4", if the measurement is odd, add 5". This is your band measurement (Step 1).
With your bra on, hold the tape measure firmly around the fullest part of your bust. Make sure the tape measure is taut and straight. Round to the closest whole number. This is your cup size measurement (Step 2).
Subtract your band measurement (step 1) from your cup measurement (step 2). Generally, for each inch in difference, the cup goes up by one size. (see the cup size conversion table showing on this page further below.)
Step 1: 34" under measurement +4" = 38" band
Step 2: 40" over measurement
Step 3: 40" - 38" = 2" or Cup B.
Your size would be 38B.
Finding the right cup size