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Bra Size Chart – Find your Perfect Bra Size

Editorial Desk October 25, 2018 7 min read

BRA SIZE CHART

Did you know that around 80% of women wear the wrong bra size? So, if your straps dig in and give you rashes on the shoulders or your bra’s underwires stab you at the underbust, you’re probably one of those 80 % women. Every woman is different and so are her breasts, which is why finding the right bra size becomes imperative. It is not only important to enhance appearance but also to define correct posture and lend the needed support. By knowing your correct bra size, you are taking the first step towards finding the perfect bra fitting! So, it’s time that you wear your bra according to your size as per the bra size chart.

Steps to measure your bra size perfectly using bra size chart given below:

The first thing to understand about measurements in the bra size chart is that there are two boob sizes to consider: the band size and the cup size. In order to get an estimate, you need to get a measuring tape and ensure wearing a well-fitted non-padded bra. Now, follow these simple steps to find your bra size.

Measure Your Band Size

  • Place the measuring tape around the bottom band, right under your bust
  • The tape should be snug and parallel to the ground

Measure Your Bust Size

  • Wrap the tape around the fullest part of your bust
  • Make sure it’s neither tight nor loose & without any falls or twists

Record your overbust and underbust measurements and refer to the bra size chart below to know your correct size amongst the list of bra sizes or find your fit by taking 2mins bra fit test by Clovia.

India Bra Size Chart (in inches)

Bra Size Checklist

Underband

Your underband should fit snugly around your body, but not too tightly. If you can fit two fingers comfortably underneath the band, you’ve got it right. The underband should be parallel to the ground and not ride up.

Sideband

The sideband is often called the bra wing. It offers side support to the breasts and its support is directly proportional to width of the band. In case of a plus boob size bra, the broad sideband provides a sturdy support to bra and avoids side spillage woes. The strapless bras have boning in the sideband to help the bra stay even without the support of straps.

Center Gore

Make sure that the centre of your bra between the cups sets lies flat against the chest. Each cup should be able to hold your breasts comfortably. The higher the gore, the better fit it offers, especially for heavy breasted women.

Cups

You know you’ve found the right bra size when you don’t feel like you are wearing a bra at all. Wires and seams shouldn’t dig into your breast or underarms. There should not be any top and side spillage from the cups. The cups should properly fit your breasts without any gaping lines or quadra-boobs.

Underwire

Not all bras are underwired, but the ones that do are usually made of coated metal and situated at the bottom of your bra’s cups to offer gentle lift to the breasts. These wires are enclosed in fabric to keep you poke-free all day long.

Straps

Your straps should be able to give your breasts a good lift without being tight or painful. The right bra size ensures that the straps don’t glide off your shoulder or dig into your skin. It also ensures that no hard clasps or plastic bits hurt your back or shoulders. However, if your straps still slip, you should probably opt for racerback converter rings.

Hook and Eye

The closure mechanism in bras is usually designed with a hook and eye closure. Women can tighten or loosen the band of their bras as per their level of comfort and fit. The closures are usually double hook-and-eye closures but for bigger sizes, they can be triple hook-and-eye for a better fit.

Sisterhood of Cups

Even after finding your correct bra size, there are times you might need help from ‘Sister Cup Sizes’. These are alternate sizes where the cup volume stays the same even though the band size and cup letter change. The reason being that cup sizes aren’t consistent by letter, they’re consistent by band size. The larger the band size the larger the cup. Therefore, the cup of 34B is the same as 32C or 36A.

Here’s a bra size measurement chart for sister cup sizes to help you slip into the perfect one!

Signs You Are Wearing the Wrong Bra Size

There are several signs to watch out for in an ill-fitted bra. If you come across one, you either need to push the bra size up or down. Following are some of the signs that will help you understand if you’re wearing the wrong bra size.

 

  • Wrinkling bra cups

This is because you’re probably wearing a cup size that is too large for you. In such cases, the fabric creases and forms wrinkles because it has too much room left. Here, you should look for a bra that has the same band size but cup size smaller.

  • Underwired poking you

This usually happens when you’re wearing a bra size that is too small for you or the cup is not wide enough to fully support your breasts. Go one cup size higher. Clovia has a wide array of underwired bras crafted with unique galvanized flexible wires that have coated tips for no pokes.

  • Band riding up

Check your band size again; this might be happening because you’re wearing a size that is too large for you. First, try to tighten the hooks and straps of your bra. However, if this doesn’t work, you should buy one with a smaller band size.

  • Band digging into the skin

Your band size is definitely small. Try a looser setting first with your bra closure, but it is very likely that you need to buy a bra with a larger band.

  • Cup Spillage

Do you often deal with spillage woes? In this case, you are either wearing a small cup size or wrong bra style. Try adjusting the bra straps first, but if that doesn’t work, it’s time to get a bra that fits you better.

  • Strap keeps slipping

Tighten them first, but if that doesn’t work then know that you’re wearing the wrong cup size, band size, bra style or a bra that is too old and has lost its elasticity. If you have narrow shoulders, you might want to try using a racerback converter ring. 

  • Strap keep digging

If your shoulder straps are digging in, your bra band may not be doing its job. Try switching to a smaller band size for more support.


Importance of Wearing the Right Bra Size

A bra is much more than a mere piece of cloth to cover your body. Not wearing the right bra size can make you prone to various health-related problems. To minimize excessive breast motion and associated breast discomfort, it is essential that women wear a well-fitted, supportive bra. Correct bra fit according to the bra size chart is imperative to good health. Remember to always refer to a Clovia’s bra cup size chart India before buying a new bra.

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