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How to Measure Your Bra Size

How to find the proper bra size for every bodyChances are, you’re wearing the wrong bra size (most women are). Look better instantly by learning how to measure yourself with a simple-to-use guide from YOU: The Owner’s Manual for Teens: A Guide to a Healthy Body and Happy Life, by Michael F. Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.

Can you believe that an estimated four out of five women aren’t wearing the proper bra? To measure yourself for a bra, you need a measuring tape and a mirror. You can do without the mirror, but it can be a bit awkward. Measure yourself around your chest, just underneath your breasts. Take that number and add five inches — that gives you your band size. If the total number is an odd number, round up to the next even number. For instance, if your under-breast measurement is thirty-two, you add five inches, making it thirty-seven, then round up to the next even number, which makes it a thirty-eight.

Next measure around the biggest part of your breasts, usually over the nipple line. Here’s where the mirror comes in handy; you can use it to make sure that the tape measure stays level all the way around from front to back and around again to meet in front. To find your cup size, subtract your band measurement from your bust measurement. Then check the following guide to determine which cup size you are. If all else fails, you can simply try on a bunch of bras and make sure that your breasts are not overflowing out the sides or top in a way that makes it them look funny; if that is the case, try a size up. Alternately, if your breasts aren’t filling up the cups, go down one size. Cups and bras come in different shapes, so sometimes it is trial and error to make sure you get a brand and style that fits.

Difference Between Bust and Band Size Cup Size
Less than 1 inch = AA
1 inch = A
2 inches = B
3 inches = C
4 inches = D
5 inches = DD (or E)
6 inches = DDD (or F)
7 inches = DDDD (or G)

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