Study shows that more than 80% of women have ill-fitting bra on them. This has caused many problems from back pain, restricted breathing to poor posture. Below are some indications if the bra you are wearing is of a wrong size and badly fit and how you should re-measure your bra size.
Very often women do not even realize that the bra they are wearing is not a good fit. So the first thing you should do is to see if you have the right bra size on. Check out the questions below to find it out. If the answers to these following questions are mostly yes, then you should be alarmed that all this time you may have been wearing the wrong bra size and that is why you keep getting that annoying backache.
Is the underband riding up?
If it slides about when you move, that may mean that the underband does not fit your body. To know this, get in front of the mirror and lift up your arms. Check if your bra is tight and firm enough against your body.
Do the shoulder straps keep digging in?
One wrong perception is that the shoulder straps are what support the breasts the most. In fact, it is the underband that is doing 80% of the work. The straps should contribute about 10-20% support of the whole bra design. So if your shoulder straps keep digging in, that is a sign that the underband is too loose and that you adjust the straps too much.
Is the back band overstretched?
It means the band is too small and it also means it is time to change your bra.
Before even trying on a new bra, you need to know your right size first. A help from a professional to measure you is an added value. But more or less this is how you should measure your bra.
The band size – also called the chest size – is the size measured from the area just under the breasts added by 3 to 5 inches. If you come up with an odd number, round it up to the next even number because most of the bra sizes are in even numbers. For example if the result of the measurement is 31”, then you add 5 inches to that and make it 36”.
The cup size is a little harder to measure. Have the measuring tape go on top of the fullest part of your breasts. Don’t flatten your boobs when you do this, or the final cup size will be smaller than it should be. Now the result of the cup measurement should be deducted with the band size. For example you get 40”, subtract it with the band size that you took note on before (40 – 36 = 4). The difference is what makes your cup size. Cross check it with the chart below.
||Less than 1”
||AAAA or AAA
||DD or E
||DDD or F
||DDDD or G
In the example above, we have 36 for the band size and the difference of 4 inches for the cup size. That means the good bra size is 36D.
What a woman must remember before purchasing any bra is that comfort should be the first priority. If the size is not right, it degrades the comfort. This also applies to the material of the bra (choose the one moisture-wicking material) and the breathability of the padding (choose perforated pads). Both elements will dry up your perspiration quickly so staying dry will only add to the comfort you get when wearing the bra.
Good luck finding the right bra for you.