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Bra Size Chart – Find your Perfect Bra Size

Editorial DeskOctober 25, 2018

Did you know? Around 80% of us are wearing the wrong bra size. So, if your straps dig in gives you rashes on the shoulders or your underwire stabs you at the underbust, then you’re probably one of that 80 %. Every woman is different, and so are their breasts. Thus, finding the right size in lingerie is very important. A well-fitted bra is not only important for the right look but is also crucial in defining your correct posture and lending the needed support. Knowing your correct bra size is the first step towards finding the perfect bra fitting! It’s time you wear your bra according to your size in the bra size chart.

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

The first thing to understand about bra measurements in the bra size chart is that there are two sizes to consider: the band size and the cup size. In order to measure them get a measuring tape and make sure you are 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 breast 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 should not ride up.

Sideband

The sideband is often referred to like the bra wing. It offers side support to the breasts and its support is directly proportional to the width of the band. In case of plus 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 put even without the support of straps.

Center Gore

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

Cups

You know you’ve found the perfect fitting bra when you don’t feel it 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, no gaping lines and no quadra-boobs.

Underwire

Not all bras are underwired, but for those that do, they are usually made of coated metal and are situated in the bottom area of your bra’s cups to offer a 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 fit ensures the straps don’t glide off your shoulder or dig into your skin. There should be no hard clasps or plastic bits digging into your back or shoulders. However, if your straps still slip, you could probably opt for racerback convertor 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 to offer 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, once you come across one, you need to either size up or size down. Following are some of the signs for you to check 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 but it have too much room left. Try looking for a bra with the same band size but is one 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, but if that 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 the spillage woes? Then that means you may be wearing a smaller cup size or the 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, if that doesn’t work for you then know that you’re wearing the wrong cup size, band size, bra style or maybe you’re bra 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 going down 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. First and foremost not wearing a proper size bra may make you suffer from health-related problems. To minimize excessive breast motion and the 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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