Bra fitting is a complicated business. There is truly no other way of saying it.
Between all of the various sizes, bra types and recommendations from other people, it can be a very overwhelming process to find the right bra for you, and then actually get it.
Luckily for all of you, nerdy girls, we have compiled all the information that you will ever need to know about bras.
We promise that any information finds that is NOT in this bra guide isn’t worth knowing.
Having said all that, however, bra fitting should certainly not be overlooked. Why? Because bras are essential. They offer so much more than just covering & supporting your nipples. A well-fitted bra that is carefully thought through can be precisely what you need to boost your figure and get the extra boost of confidence that only a bra can give you.
The wild world of lingerie is confusing. It’s complicated, and it’s overwhelming. But fear not, because that’s precisely why we have come to your help with this inclusive bra guide. In today’s post, we are going to gloss over the following key points:
- How to measure bra size
- What are the different bra types?
- Tips for bra shopping
Sound good? Let’s get right into it.
How to Measure Bra Size
Any nerdy girl who has ever had to wear an ill-fitting bra will know the struggle it creates. It has the power to ruin what otherwise would have been an immaculate outfit, not to mention that it can spoil your entire mood. Heck, it even has the potential to destroy your whole day.
Measuring, and knowing what your bra size is, and having it saved on your phone can be extremely useful for you when you decide to go shopping for bras in the future. The best part? All you need is a little bit of tape measure & some free time, and you’re good to go.
The process of measuring your bra size can be broken down into three simple steps.
1.Know your Band Size
Without wearing a bra, take a tape measure and measure around your torso directly underneath your bust, wear a bra would sit. Once you ensure that the tape feels level and snug, record the measurement, and round it to the nearest whole number. If the number that you got was even, add 4 to the number. If the number you got was odd, add 5. The sum of this calculation is your size.
2. Know your Bust Measurement
Now, take the measuring tape and wrap it around your chest at it’s the fullest part (likely to be the nipple.) Take this measurement and round it to the nearest whole number.
3. Calculate the Cup Size
Next, take both these measurements (Band Size and Bust Measurements), and subtract them from each other to find the difference. Next, use the ratios below to identify which size you are. For example, A Bust size of 37, and a band size of 34, would leave you with a 34C according to this chart.
Congratulations! Now you have found your bra size!
What are the different bra types?
Once you have used the above steps to determine your bra size, you have won half the battle. The next step (which is much more complicated) is to determine the style of bra that you should get.
Luckily, however, we are going to make it easy for you again. In this brief bra guide, we have compiled the most popular bra types, to all save you nerdy girls from the worry and hassle of having to work it all out yourself
You can thank us later. Anyway, let’s get started.
1.A Balcony Bra
A balcony bra, or sometimes referred to as balconette bra, is a type of bra that offers plenty of support and uplift. The cups are underwired, and the low-cut style makes it the perfect choice for many girls. If you love things that make you feel feminine and super luxurious, then this will be the type of bra for you, as it has a more “pin-up girl” quality and designer style to it.
2. Push-Up Bra
A push-up bra is a bra that makes the most of the padded elements underneath the breast and the sides to “push-up” the chest (hence the name). This style is perfect for low-cut tops and created an excellent cleavage for you. You can even get padded push-up bras that take you up by two full sizes. Not everyone wears a push-up bra to show off, so they still pull off a look of classy-ness and elegance.
3. Plunge Bra
A plunge bra has cups that are low in the centre, and also have a deep neckline. This unique shaping is designed primarily to push the breasts and give you a fantastic cleavage. Other types of plunge bras use extra padding to contour the chest. You might ask, what is the difference between a plunge bra and a push-up bra? The critical difference is that the plunge bra has even less coverage at the very front of the neck.
What should I do if my bra is uncomfortable?
If you think that your bra feels slightly uncomfortable, the likely cause is the size of your bra. Some women do prefer a more snug Band fit, while others may lean towards a looser size. The best piece of advice we could genuinely give here is to experiment with various sizes to see what works best for you by discovering what extent you feel most comfortable with.
Bra Shopping tips:
- First things first. Make sure your bra is comfortable. Like we mentioned earlier, there is nothing worse than having to put up with wearing an ill-fitted bra. Do yourself a favour, and get a bra that fits.
- Remember that the outfit your wearing can be essential as well. If you are wearing a white shirt, it wouldn’t be the best idea to decide on a dark-coloured bra as well. If in doubt, a skin-coloured bra is always a safe bet.
In conclusion, then, yes. Bras can be hard work. But we hope that we have managed to clear some of the confusion and made it all a little bit more manageable for you. Because we assure, you, low investment of your own time into making sure your bra is comfortable, will pay huge dividends in the years to come.
Thank you so much for reading, and I hope to see you all again soon.