It’s been estimated that around 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra size. It can vary greatly from different brands to different bra styles. A lot of women are clinging to the idea of a specific size, forgetting that it's only the fit that matters. In order to know whether a bra fits or not, the following points should be considered when purchasing a bra.
The back section should sit in a straight line along the ribcage. If the back rides up, try a smaller underbust size. If you don’t want to change your cup size, go up a letter, for instance, 36B has the same cup size as 34C and 32D.
If the cups are nice and flat against your breasts, the bra fits perfectly. However, if you notice that the seam is digging in, the cup is too small. If the seam creases or there is a gap between the cup and the breast, the bra is probably too large. The wire should frame the breasts and lie flat against the chest. Make sure that the wire does not press against the soft breast tissue.
Finally, check the straps. They should lie firmly on your shoulders without digging into the skin. If they leave pressure marks, you should extend the strap length. Did you know? The cups are held in place by the underbust band and back, and not the straps.
In order to tell whether a bra suits you, bra expert Frauke Nagel has some useful tips.
“Take your time and keep the bra you are trying on for a few minutes. Move your arms, sit down, and stand up again. Like shoes, bras need to be broken in and will become more comfortable over time. But if it pinches or tugs right away, you should try a different size or style.”
Place the tape measure around your body beneath the breast and breathe normally. The underbust measurement will tell you your band size.
Measure your circumference at the fullest part of your bust with your arms down and relaxed. It’s best to wear a non-padded bra while taking this measurement. The overbust measurement will tell you your cup size.
Each colour represents a cup size. HANRO offers a total of eight cup sizes. Size 36A has the same cup size as 34B and 32C. Only the underbust circumference changes. HANRO offers a total of 20 bra sizes.