At best, bras that fit well support good posture, help women be more confident and do their daily activities with ease. Ill-fitting bras, however, can lead to body pain, skin irritation, and other health issues.
With many Australian bra size variations, looking for the right one for your physique can be confusing. Let alone when you must shop from home without a bra fitter’s assistance. This article will help you buy women’s bras online, take your measurements, and find the bra type for your specific needs.
- Understand bra sizing
The two major factors in bra sizing are band size and cup size. The cup size measures the breast’s fullest part around the body, while the band size measures the body underneath the breasts. Cup sizes are relative to the size of the band. You can’t consider just the cup size (letters); the band measurement (numbers) is just as important. The band, not the strap, provides 90% support.
2. Calculate your magic number… and letter
Take your measuring tape! Record your measurements and round up to the nearest inch.
- Measure your band size.
Measure around your rib cage just below your breasts. Hold the tape firmly, not too tight or slinky. This is your underbust measurement.
If it is 33 inches or less, add 5 inches. If it is 34 inches and over, add 4 inches. If needed, round up to make it an even number. The result is your band size.
- Measure your cup size.
Find the fullest segment of your breast and measure around it. Usually, this is over the nipples. The is your overbust measurement.
From this, subtract the underbust measurement. The result is your cup size.
Convert this number to a letter: 1 = A, 2 = B, 3 = C, 4 = D, 5 = DD, 6 = DDD, 7 = G, 8 = H.
For example, for a woman with 34″ underbust and 42″ overbust, her band size will be 38,” and her cup size will be 4. She should wear a size 38D bra.
3. Know what you’ll use it for
Ask yourself a few questions like, is it breathable? Is the fabric soft for your sensitive skin? Does it need to be skin-toned for specific dresses? There are different types of bras for different activities. Look for a shop with a variety of types to buy women’s bras online from.
- T-shirt bra – traditional style bras that should be wardrobe staples.
- Sports bra – provide support during physical activities and does not hinder mobility.
- Strapless bra – for formal occasions or clothes with uncommon necklines.
- Bralettes – non-underwire “lounging” bras and are good for travel.
4. Know the style best for you
The best-looking bra is always the one that’s styled for your body type. Here are the basic styles:
- Plunge – for shallow breasts, narrow shoulders
- Full Cup – for large breasts
- Balconette – for full wide-set breasts
Always remember, a good-fitting bra must always fit snugly around your body. If there’s an underwire, it should sit flat against your chest. The shoulder strap should not dig in your skin or keep slipping. The fullest part of the bust must protrude just right between the shoulders and elbows.
Now that you know the essentials of a best-fitting bra, you can now confidently buy one from the privacy and comfort of your own home.