The struggle in purchasing the right bra can be exhausting but then it’s made easy when you know your bra size and cup size. I bet you wondering what the difference is right? Well keep reading as I explain further.
Your cup size is the difference between your chest size and your bust line measurement while your bra size is your band size with your cup size. Basically, the letters A, B, C, D – stand for cup sizes. The numbers – like 32, 34, 36, 38 – tell you the band size – that’s the part of the bra that goes around your torso. In other words, a 34A means that your boobs are an A cup and that your bra is 34 inches around.
So next question is what’s the best way to figure out your bra cup and size right? simple, you can either get help from Salespeople at lingerie stores or do it yourself by;
1. Running a tape measure all the way around your body just underneath your breasts and take a measurement in inches. Make sure the tape measure is straight and fairly snug. Your arms should be down. If this measurement is an odd number, round up to the nearest even number. This should be your band size. If your measurement is already an even number, you may find that this is your band size, or you may have to go up to the next size (that is, you may have to add 2 inches). So, if you measured 31 inches, your band size should be 32. If you measured 34 inches, your band size may be 34 or 36.
2. Use your current bra size as a starting point. The cups are sized relative to the band, so if you try a smaller band size but keep the same cup size, the cups would be too small. Instead, increase the cups by one size for every band that you go down. For example, if you’re current bra is a 34C and your under bust (see Step 1, above) measures 31 inches, then you probably need a 32D. On a 30-inch band, this would be a 30DD.
P.S: In the U.K., cup sizes are AA, A, B, C, D, DD, E, F, FF, G, GG, H, HH, J, JJ, K, KK. Moreso, even after you’ve measured yourself, you need to try some bras on to make sure you got the right size
So usually when a girl starts wearing a bra it’s one of those simple sporty ones that comes in sizes like Small, Medium, and Large. However, a time will come you’re probably going to need something with cups to give you more support and keep your boobs from flopping all over the place.
‘Bra na bra abeg so long as it holds’…well if you think that way, I would need you to have a rethink because when you wear the wrong size, you can put yourself at a risk for plethora of problems, such as; Pain and discomfort in the breast tissues, Straps start digging into your shoulders, Back, neck and headache. Bad posture, your bra hinders your movement and embarrassment of adjusting breast in the public place to keep It in place( better avoid stories that tocuhes the heart.)
At this point, i would have to plead with you to have mercy on that black bra that you have used for about 4years. The average recommended time to revamp your bra closet is about six months to a year depending on your usage. If you wear everyday cotton bras more than others, we recommend you swap them after six months. However, something like a strapless or balconette bra, which you only wear a few times, they can last as long as a year.
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