Take a measuring tape and measure the length around your rib cage directly below your bust. Make sure the measuring tape is straight and flat across your back and parallel to the floor. Pull the tape measure snugly around you. Round up to the next even number to get your band size.
Here's another shocker about bras that most women have never heard: When trying on a bra before buying, always hook the band on its loosest fitting. Why? Depending on the fabric, bras can stretch up to two inches in the back with wear and washing, and this technique will let you tighten the band as the time goes on.
Standing with your arms at your sides, measure around your body at the fullest part of your bust, parallel to the floor. Round this number up or down to the nearest whole inch. Subtract your band size measurement from the second larger measurement. The difference is your cup size, as listed in the chart below. Example: 36" ( bust measurement) - 34"(band size) = 2" or according to the chart a B cup.
Briefs, slips, bodies camisoles & nightwear
To choose the correct size for you, measure your body as follows:
- Bust Measure around fullest part
- Waist Measure around natural waistline
- Hips Measure 8" down from the natural waistline