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Why Get Fitted?

Is a bra is a bra? Take the quiz below to find out if you are one of these women.

Is your bra uncomfortable?

Do your bra straps fall off your shoulders?

Does the underwire in your bra poke or bother you?

Does the back of your bra ride up?

Wearing a bra does not have to be even slightly uncomfortable. If you answered yes to any of the questions above then it's time for a fitting. Women should have a fitting once a year, and it is especially important to check that you are still wearing the correct bra size if any of the following occur:
  • You gain or lose 5 - 7 pounds
  • You start or stop an exercise program
  • You get pregnant or have just given birth

Wacoal Bras Fitting Guide

A bra is a bra, right? Wrong! A bra is an undergarment that not only has the ability to make you look great, but it can make you feel (mentally and physically!) terrific as well. Yet 8 out of 10 women wear the wrong size bras. Take the quiz below to find out if you are one of these women.

These pictures will help you determine if your bra is too big or too small.

Too small
When your bra is too small
To begin with if the band is too small the weight of the breast tissue will cause the bra to ride up in the back. This will also be uncomfortable for the wearer.
When your bra is too small
The breast tissue will spill over the cups, the straps will dig into the shoulders, and the wings will collapse under the weight of the breast tissue.
When your bra is too small
Finally, a bra that is too small might cause discomfort in other ways as well because the underwire will poke the breast tissue and cause irritation.
Too Big
When your bra is too big
As this photo shows, If the bra band is too big it will ride up in the back.
When your bra is too big
The cups are likely to gap because they are not filled out completely.
When your bra is too big
Also, the breasts will sag because they have no lift or support.

How to find your bra size:
You can try this on your own. It’s pretty simple.

Here are a few suggestions when measuring yourself:

  • Make sure you are wearing a bra, only a bra.
  • Stand up when taking the measurements.
  • Relax and don’t hold your breath.
  • Follow the directions below.

Measurement #1
Take a snug measurement around your rib cage directly under your bust. To get the most accurate reading, make sure the tape measure rests flat on the skin and goes straight across your back. (inches)

Measurement #2
Measure around the fullest part of your bust, making sure the tape measure lies flat against your body.

How to measure and fit a bra in three easy steps

STEP 1: Measure for band size:

Keeping the measuring tape parallel with the ground, measure around your bra directly under your bust after expelling all air from your lungs - you want this measurement to be as small as possible. Round all fractional measurements to the nearest whole number.

If the measurement is even, add 4"
If the measurement is odd, add 5"

STEP 2: Measure for cup size:
Standing straight, with your arms at your side, measure at the fullest part of your bust (while wearing a non-padded bra) making sure the measuring tape is parallel with the ground and not binding.
Round all fractional measurements to the nearest whole number.

STEP 3: Calculate your bra size:
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 chart here.

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

If the difference is: Your standard cup size is:
0"-1/2" (1.3 cm) AA
1/2"- 1" (2.6 cm) A
2" (5.1 cm) B
3" (7.6 cm) C
4" (10.2 cm) D
5" (12.7 cm) DD or E
6" (15.2 cm) DDD or F
7" (17.8 cm) G
8" (20.3 cm) H
9" (22.9 cm) I
10" (25.4 cm) J

Important Note: this measuring system tends to become less accurate as the cup sizes go above a D. Additionally, some manufacturers name larger cup sizes differently. See "The Proper Bra Measuring Techniques for Plus-Size Women".

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