Sunday, January 25, 2009

Fitting the perfect bra

The average woman owns about six bras. Unfortunately, most of them probably aren't the best fit. According to Oprah, up to 85% of women aren't wearing the right brassiere for their breasts. Since it's time for spring cleaning, take this opportunity to sweep the cobwebs from your lingerie drawer.

The key to finding the perfect bra is to get properly measured. Any lingerie store or bra department will gladly fit you free of charge. If you choose to fit yourself, measure using a flexible measuring tape while wearing either a non-padded bra that fits decently or without one at all.

Two measurements are necessary, the first being around the part of your ribcage that is directly underneath your breasts. This number is your band size. Next, measure around your breasts at their fullest point (probably the nipple) for your bust size To find your cup size, subtract your band size from your bust size. The remaining number corresponds with your cup size.

<1" = AA
1" = A
2" = B
3" = C
4" = D
5" = DD
>6" = DDD, F, G, and beyond

If your bra fits properly, it should never leave marks anywhere on your back, shoulders, or breasts, nor should the straps or cups ever sag or pucker. Though bra sizing is universal, not all bras are created equal. If you suspect you are part of the 85% of women wearing ill-fitting boulder holders, try adjusting your straps, cup size, band size or switch brands until you find a style that works well for your needs.