Do you know your bra size? Wearing the right size is very important


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About bra sizing

We’ve all heard the statistics: 75% or 80% of all women are wearing the wrong bra size. Is it true? We sincerely hope not. The truth is that our bodies change all the time (even just within a year or two), as we gain or lose weight, as we gain or lose muscle tone with exercise, with pregnancy or nursing, and simply as we age. So even if you were wearing the right size just last year, you may need a change now. We’re here to help.

Should you measure?
We’re not big fans of measuring. Why? It’s an art…not a science. The fact is that it’s difficult to measure your fit, especially if you’re wearing a bra that doesn’t fit well. It seems like a catch 22, and it is.

 

Bra fitting is an art, not a science
Bra fitting takes many years to perfect. We’ve been fitting bras for over 3 years. So we understand the intricacies of doing it well. Women’s bodies are all different, that’s why a cookie-cutter measuring system isn’t going to deliver the best results for you. If you need a starting point, it does help to measure your band size- we’ll show you the basics below.

If you need to measure
Sometimes you really just need a starting point. When that’s the case- you can start here. If you need to start from scratch, here are the basics on measuring. Remember- you can always call us and we’ll gladly walk you through it.

Measuring band size
There are two ways to measure your band size. The best bet is to do it both ways to see if you get a consistent measurement.

1. Bring the measuring tape around your back to the front, keeping it under the arms and bringing it up across to the middle of your chest. If you get an odd number, round up to the next even number to get your band size.

2. Measure across the bottom of your band, directly under the bust and across your ribcage. Make sure to keep your measuring tape straight around the back to front. Again, if you get an odd number, round up to the next even number to get your band size.

Measuring cup size
This is where it gets tricky- if you already have a bra and can talk us through how it’s fitting, we might be better off stopping here- we can help you troubleshoot your fit. Here’s how to do it:

1. Measure loosely around the fullest part of your bust, with the tape straight across and around your back, bringing it to the front.

2. Subtract your band measurement (from step 1) from this bust measurement. The difference calculates your bra size- each inch represents a cup size. For example, if you measure a 34 inch band size, and a 36 inch cup size, the difference is 2: which would indicate a B cup.

Size conversions
Many of our beautiful bras are from designers in the UK and Europe.

BAND
MINUS BUST DIFFERENCE

US CUP SIZES

EUROPEAN

UK

less than 1″

AA

AA

AA

1″

A

A

A

2″

B

B

B

3″

C

C

C

4″

D

D

D

5″

DD/E

E

DD

6″

DDD/F

F

E

7″

DDDD/G

G

F

8″

DDDDD/H

H

FF

9″

DDDDDD/I

 

G

10″

J

 

GG

11″

K

 

H

12″

L

 

HH

13″

M

 

J

14″

N

 

JJ

 

 

 

K

Remember, the best way to check your fit is to troubleshoot the bra you’re wearing

Do’s and Don’ts of Bra Sizing

DO buy a bra that fits comfortably but is snug on the loosest clasp. All bras stretch with wear, so this will ensure that you can tighten the bra to a comfortable fit as the bra stretches over time.

DO remember that the majority of support from your bra comes from your band rather than the straps. Therefore it’s very important to do the band size measurement accurately and periodically. If the band is too big, the straps will put too much stress on your shoulders. As a rule-of-thumb, you should be able to place one finger under the front part of the band, and two fingers under the back part of the band.

DO consider trying the next band size smaller or adjusting the band tighter if your straps keep falling down (even after adjusting them properly) or if the band is riding up in the front or back.

DO make sure the bra cups fit properly. If breast tissue spills out the sides or top of the bra cups, the cup is too small. If the cups pucker and aren’t smooth, the cup is too big.

DO take the time to remind yourself that you’re beautiful and sexy, no matter your bra size!

DON’T wear a bra that digs in and leaves red marks or indentations around the shoulders, sides or back, or rides up in the center of the bra. The middle point of your bra should be even across and rest flat against your body. When you remove your bra, you should see no red marks or dark lines.

DON’T allow an underwire bra to rest on your breast tissue. The wire should sit comfortably on your ribcage.

DON’T worry if your breasts are different sizes (many women fall into this category with you!) Adjust the strap tighter on the side where your smaller breast is so that the bra sits next to both breasts and there is no gapping on either side. You can also slip an extra padded insert (“cookie”) inside the cup of the smaller breast.

DON’T sacrifice comfort and fit for a pretty bra. Each bra you own should be a serious multi-tasker: it should support, feel comfortable, fit perfectly while leaving no marks or indentations, provide cleavage (if you so desire), and most importantly, make you feel sexy and beautiful! If your bra isn’t doing all of these things for you, it’s time to look for another one that will.

Cleavage-Enhancing Instructions

Style Rebirth Lingerie wants you to get the biggest bang for your buck, so to speak. If it’s cleavage you’re looking for, follow these instructions for the biggest effect when putting your push-up bra on:

  1. As you’re putting on your bra, bend over and allow your breasts to fall into the cups.
  2. Taking one hand, move the opposite breast in and up within the cup so that the push-up pad can do its trick most effectively.
  3. Stand up straight and revel in the cleavage!

Note: Adjusting the back clasp and straps properly will ensure maximum cleavage with this technique. Be sure to follow the fit instructions above for the perfect fit.

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