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This article was written by guest blogger Brenda from Naughty and Nice Lingerie.

About Brenda:

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Hello fellow lingerie lovers,

I have sold a lot of bras, and from time to time, I have had women tell me, “I usually wear such and such a size, but this one doesn’t fit.”  There are many explanations as to why this may occur.

Yes, weight may fluctuate, causing a change in your figure and, therefore, changing the way your bra may fit temporarily. However, did you know that 85% of women wear the wrong bra size!Why is that?Well, one reason you may experience difficulty with a bra size may be that you have never been properly measured for a bra.  In a lot of cases, women do not take the time to properly measure themselves.  You do not have to allow someone else to measure you for your bra size. In providing this information here, I hope to help alleviate any discomfort or embarrassment and lower the possibility of buying the wrong size.

Measure for a Perfect Bra Fit

Preparing to measure:

For best results, measure yourself wearing an unlined or lightly lined bra.

Step one: Band size:

To begin, use a soft tape measure and measure around the ribcage, directly under the bust.  The tape should rest on the lower band of your bra.  Be sure the tape is snug, smooth across the back and level with the front.

Add 5 to this measurement to obtain your band size. For example, if your ribcage measurement is 29″ + 5 = 34″ band size. If the resulting band size is an odd number, such as 33″, you can usually go up to the next even band size (34′), but you may also want to try on the next lower band size (32″).

Step two: Cup size

Your next step is to measure completely around the bust at the fullest point, holding the tape measure straight, but not tight. The different between this measurement and your BAND size (after adding the 5″) is your cup size. Each inch of difference is equal to one cup size. For example, if your band size is 34″ and your bust measurement is 35″, then you wear an “A” cup.

If the difference is less than an inch, then the cup size is = AA cup.

1″ – A cup

2″ – B cup

3″ – C cup

4″ – D cup

5″ – DD cup

Now that I have taught you how to measure your bra size properly, I have to warn you that this is not a one size fits all measuring system and results may vary slightly. In addition, every manufacturer cuts their product differently, and you have to take into account that different bra styles require different fittings. I recommend that you try several sizes and styles to find the best fit for you. Here are some additional tips to avoid wearing the wrong bra size, along with simple care information for your bras.

Some common problems with bra fit:

The band is riding up your back: Your bra band is either too large, or needs to be tightened. Make certain to adjust your bra band, so that it is not too loose, or consider a smaller band size.

Your bust is spilling over or bulging under the cup: Your bra cups are too small and you will need a larger size.

Your bra straps are digging into your shoulders: You may need to loosen the straps. Or, your cups may be too small, pulling the bra downward and creating tension in the straps, and you may need a larger cup size.

The cups in your bra are puckering or gapping: If you’re not properly filling out the cup, then your band and/or cup size is too large and you will need a smaller size.

The straps are falling off your shoulders: Most likely, your band size is too large and you will need a smaller band. It’s also possible that your bra has lost its elasticity. If this happens, your bra does not properly function, and it’s time to replace the bra. Or, if you have sloped shoulders, you may want to try a racerback style.

The wire in your bra is digging in or poking you: If your bust is being forced to find somewhere else to go, and you are being poked by the underwire in the process, then your cup size is probably too small and you will need a larger cup size.

Caring for your bras:

This, of course, is a matter of personal preference; however, I have heard several experts say that it is not necessary to wash your bras everyday. At the same time, do not wear the same bra two days in a row. If you wash your bras in the washing machine, put them in a mesh bag or a bra protection system, such as the Brababy, to protect them from other clothing. Always use the delicate cycle in warm or cool water, and use a delicate detergent without bleach. Never use a dryer; hang your bras to dry instead. I sell the Brababy and a mesh bag/delicates hanger combo set in my store for assistance with your laundry needs.

Well, I hope the information contained here has been helpful. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to email me at naughtynicestore [at] Please visit my store –

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