Lingerie how to size a bra

Published on July 16th, 2013 | by Becky Striepe

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How to Size a Bra: Bra Shopping Made Simple

how to size a bra

Bra shopping can be a big hassle, right? Check out this graphic showing you how to size a bra so you can choose the right size and type every time!

Full disclosure here: I really don’t like wearing a bra, and I think that no bra is the best bra in many situations. I avoid wearing a bra wherever possible by layering a tank top and choosing tops and dresses that offer a little support, so I don’t need to wear a bra. That said, there are situations where a lady is expected to wear a bra. Say, on a job interview. If you’re on the busty side, you also might find running a lot more comfortable with a properly-sized sports bra.

I find bra shopping overwhelming and basically try to avoid it at all costs, and a big part of it is all of the trying on as I search for a bra that fits at least somewhat comfortably. Around 85 percent of women don’t know our proper bra size, and finding the right band and cup size can make wearing a bra more comfortable. That’s why I was super excited to find this information on how to size a bra! It shows you what measurements to take so you’ll know what band and cup size to look for before you even get to the store.

how to size a bra

I had never heard of sister bra sizes! Just like with clothing, bras can run large or small, so knowing your sister size can help you make sure that you choose a bra that fits even when the one that’s supposed to be your right size feels a little bit roomy or snug.

I’d love to hear from the ladies out there! Do you usually wear a bra? Did you know how to size a bra already? Got any other bra-shopping tips? Spill it all in the comments!

Image Credit: Bra photo via Shutterstock


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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



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