How To Find Your Ideal Plus Size Bra
Do you want to learn how you can find the right plus size bra? Finding the ideal fitting bra begins with knowing your accurate size.
A lot of women wear ill-fitting bras that are either too small or too big. And if your perfect fit is a plus size bra, it even becomes more challenging to find the right size bra.
As you’re aware, all women are different, and so are their breast profile. Even though two women may have similar build and weight, the same sized bra may not fit both. Therefore, to find the best everyday bra that fits, you will need to use a bra size calculator to measure your size.
Measure yourself correctly
Under normal circumstances, the best way to figure out your accurate bra size would be to get a free personalized fitting. The first time I was sized properly, I was able to leave the store with a functional and super sexy bra. But while we’re in isolation and relying on online shopping, there’s still an easy method to figuring it out at home. All you need is a measuring tape.
First, figure out your band size: While wearing a bra, measure around the smallest part of your ribcage (right under your bust), keeping the tape parallel to the floor. Round up to an even number if you need to. (For example, 43 inches would become a 44.)
- Band size measurement : With your bra on, stand in front of a mirror and measure the area underneath your breast. Ensure that your tape measure is horizontal around your body and does not drop in the back. Hold it firmly against your body while making sure that it’s not squeezing you. The measurement you get is your band size. And in case you read an odd number, you may round it up.
- Cup size measurement : While wearing your bra, hold the tape steadily around the plump area of your bust. Ensure that the tape is straight. This measurement is your cup size.
Bra fit checklist
After knowing your ideal bra size, confirm that your bra is fitting you properly. You can do this by checking each part of your bra.
- Band : The band is the primary support element of your bra, and therefore, it must fit well. When buying a new bra, ensure that the band feels close-fitting and comfortable on the hook’s loosest row. This measure allows you to tighten your bra by moving to the inner hooks: as your bra stretches with frequent washing and wear.
- Cups : The cups should be smooth and should look full. They should also lay flat against your bust tissue without causing your breasts to flow out of the cups. If you prefer an underwire bra, ensure that the underwire is flat against your bosom.
- Straps : The straps should not pinch, dig into your shoulders, or even slip off. They should be adjustable so they can fit comfortably, and you can tighten the loose elastic as time goes on. Each strap should lay on the center of your shoulders to avoid slipping off.
- Center gore : The center gore, also known as the bridge of the bra, connects the two cups. This part should lay flat against your sternum. It should also be tight enough to keep your boobs from moving out the bottom. Ensure that the gore does not dig in or hover over the chest.
Make sure you have the right fit
Before making a purchase, check out the size chart on the bra you like to see how your measurements line up with the sizing. Finding the right fit can sometimes take more than one try, so take a look at the return policy too and make sure you can return free of charge for 30 days.
Once your new bra arrives, try it on ASAP and make sure it fits snugly but not too tight you should be able to slide one finger under the band. The centre panel at the front of the bra should lie flat against your breastbone. Also, check out the positioning of the girls: Your breasts shouldn’t spill over the top or sides of the cups, they should be positioned midway between the shoulder and elbow. If there’s spillage, try loosening the straps a bit; if that doesn’t help, the cups are probably too small. Gaps or puckering, on the other hand, are usually caused by too-large cups.
Find the best back and shoulder support
A lot of us make the mistake of sizing up when we experience back or shoulder discomfort from our bras. The actual cause is often this: The bra is too loose and therefore not supportive enough to hold the cups against your body properly. The weight of your breasts can pull the bra down in the front, pulling the back up or causing the straps to fall off your shoulders. If the bra is higher in the back than it is in the front, you may need a tighter band. If the band on your bra is digging in or rolling up, you may need to experiment with a band that’s longer or wider.
And remember, support should come from the band, not the straps. Try loosening them if they’re digging into your shoulders and if they’re still too tight, try going up a cup size and down a band size.
Extend the life of your bra
Make sure you’re getting the best fit and longest lifespan out of your bras by following these basic care rules: Avoid wearing the same bra two days in a row. This will give the elastic fabric to regain its shape. And don’t machine wash, dry clean or tumble dry your bras; always hand wash them and then lay them flat to dry. Avoid folding them when you put them away or pack them to travel they should be stored with enough room to avoid altering the cups’ shape.
Put on a comfortable, well-fitting, non-padded bra
Choose the bra you feel most comfortable in–it should be snug but not dig into your sides. Your nipples should be about halfway between your elbow and shoulder. If they are lower, tighten the straps to lift.
Find your band size
Standing in front of a mirror, use a soft tape measurer to measure around your ribs right under your breasts. This is also where the band of your bra wraps around your torso. Pull the tape tight. Write down this measurement.
Subtract your band size from your bust size
The difference between these two numbers is your key to finding your cup size. A 1 inch difference = A cup. 2 inch = B cup. 3 inch = C cup. 4 inch = D cup. 5 inch = DD cup.
Hook the bra so it is hanging around your waist
Make sure the straps are loose you can tighten them later if you need to.
Check the fit and tighten the straps
Straps shouldn’t be so tight they dig into your shoulders, but there should be no slack.
There is no general average on the type of bra that women should wear. Therefore, go to that lingerie store and find your unique style: because all you need is a bra size calculator, a measuring tape, and a mirror.