How To Measure Bra Size at Home

Is it 32, 34, 36… B, C, D?? Grrr… getting the right size and right fit has never been so easy…has it? I guess I hear unanimous YES!! Well, from finding the smallest size 28A (does 28A exist? I doubt!) to a 48G (OMG!!) it is either the wrong cup size or band size that sucks. There is never been the perfect combo of two..Ahhh!

Buying bra can be more knotty than deciding on the menu for dinner. The right kind of bra helps you accentuate your curve, cover your flaws, and make your ‘awesome twosome’ look ‘fuller’. In fact, it can ‘lift’ your mood and be your trusted friend all day and night…. Yes at Night too ;).

The secret to a perfect looking bust is to know your right size- yes darlings ! Wearing your right size is what is most important. Knowing what type of bra suits your figure type and what fabrics you must choose .. all are important.But first let me start with the most important thing , in case you guys are sure that you know your size ,I would still suggest confirming it !! J

How to Measure Bra Size?

  Generally, there are two different styles of measuring bra size.

  1. Modern Method: The modern measurement style is being adopted by many international and foreign brands. So if you are looking for an international lingerie brand, make sure you follow this method.
  2. Traditional Method: India still goes with the traditional style. It is one of the most popular and proven ways to calculate the exact bra size. Let’s have a look how to hedge the bets:

The Traditional Method – Bra Sizing Guide and Steps!


Grab a measuring tape:

Get a measuring tape and then put on a comfortable bra which neither constricts nor enhances your true bust size. Don’t forget that you’re looking for the right size bra! Right means ACCURATE here!


Measure your Band Size.

Holding the measuring tape firmly but gently, wrap it around the ribcage, just beneath where the breast tissue ends. Make sure you expel all the air from lungs and the tape is straight and parallel to the ground.  Don’t forget to round off all the fractional measurements. Then,

  If your measurement is even, add 4 inches (10 centimeters).

  If your measurement is odd, add 5 inches (12.5 centimeters)


Measure your Bust Size:

Stay standing up and using the tape,  measure around the fullest part of your bust. (Don’t forget to keep the tape horizontal and make sure it is not sagging around the back). Again, round off all the fractional measurements.


Get the Cup Size: Minus your band size( After adding 4 or 5 to make it even) from the Bust Size number to calculate the cup size:

  • Less than 1 inch = AA
  • 1 inch (2.5 cm) = A
  • 2 inches (5 cm) = B
  • 3 inches (7.5 cm) = C
  • 4 inches (10 cm) = D
  • 5 inches (12.5 cm) = DD
  • 6 inches (15 cm) = DDD (E in UK sizing)
  • 7 inches (18 cm) = DDDD/F (F in UK sizing)
  • 8 inches (20.5) = G/H (FF in UK sizing)
  • 9 inches (23 cm) = I/J (G in UK sizing)
  • 10 inches (25.5 cm) = J (GG in UK sizing)

Did you know, bra sizing can vary due to…

  1. Body shape
  2. Breast Shape
  3. Fabric

Believe it or not, approx 50% of females wear incorrectly sized bra! Most women wear a bra too small in the cups and too large in the back or vice versa. Although sizing can vary slightly according to brands, fabrics and styles, following an accurate measurement system can help you find your accurate size and flaunt your shape in right pair.

  1. Choose Right Bra according to your Body shape!


Oh gal! You have a round bottom, and a fuller bosom. Lucky, aren’t you? The kind of body women envy and men love. But, trying to make them look a size smaller can be a tough task. Women with big breast should opt for bras with demi-cups, underwired and broad straps for proper support and comfort.


You must know what a blessing those padded bras are. Women having a small bust are the luckiest as they have many options to pick from- kinky or functional. They can go for padded bras with plunging neckline, which give instant cleavage. Triangle shaped cups can also make small bust look fuller.


You ladies are probably the luckiest. You can choose an underwired normal bra if you want to get your regular size and go for padded one to make your size look fuller. From lace and satin to fun and kinky bras in velvet, average sized women have many options to choose.

  1. Choose Right Bra according to your Breast shape!

Fuller & Firm:

Full coverage bras can help you support your breast tissue. While the demi cups push the breast tissue up high on the chest area, the full coverage bra contains it and offers a smooth silhouette.

Wide set:

For wide set breasts, go for the bras with supportive, sturdy side wings that gather breast tissues and move them towards the cup for more center, front and secure fit. For average to small size breasts, opt for a push-up bra or plunge bra .

Close Set:

Bra which separates and encapsulates will help to get rid of uni-boob look. Go for molded cup bras that offer a wide center gore, thereby allowing each bust to fill separate cups. Don’t opt for push-up styles as they bring the breasts closer together.


Uneven breasts means the breasts are not in equal size.  If there is a slight size difference, then go for stretch cup bras, which contour breast shape or the molded cups meant for larger size (as they cover up the difference).

  1. Fabric

Most of the bras are made up of flexible materials, such as spandex and Lycra. Eventually, with normal wear, these kind of bras will stretch out. It is always recommendable to buy a bra that fits best when it is latched at the possible widest position. Also, It is good to be on the very last hook so that if the bra stretches, it can be tightened. Bras which are mostly cotton become heavy with perspiration. Thus, look for fabric that has moisture-wicking properties.

I am sure your bra hunting journey ends here! Right size or almost right size, small or big, sagging or perky, breasts are beautiful.

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