How to Measure for the Right BraPosted by Kate Green on Jul 17, 2012 in Body Facts, Pregnancy | 0 comments
The over shoulder boulder holder…
Remember when the lingerie department had the older ladies standing by with measuring tapes in hand and ready to have a good old feel while wrapping that cold tape around you… where have they gone?
Mind you when they were around I was only very new to bra’s and it was seriously embarrassing to even step foot into this area… “Shhhhh mum, do not yell across the floor saying “here is a good sports/training bra for you” – OMG shoot me now.
Anyway several years on now and I have no problem entering the bra area, but now knowing that 70% of women are wearing the wrong sized bra and it is not doing anyone any good, what am I really? Am I wearing the wrong size? Let’s sort this out.
Measuring for the right bra
Measurement number 1: Measure under your bust line.
Put on your best-fitting, unpadded, under wire bra. Measure underneath the bust line and make sure to measure tightly. Be sure the tape measure is straight across your back.
The general rule of thumb for all measuring is: less than ½”, round DOWN, more than a ½”, round UP. So if your measurement is 32 ¼”, call it 32. Write this number down. This is measurement number 1.
Band Size: Calculate your band size.
If measurement 1 is UNDER 33 inches, add 5 inches. If this number is odd, round up to the next EVEN number. If measurement 1 is OVER 33 inches, add 3 inches. If this number is odd, round up to the next EVEN number. Write this EVEN number down.
Measurement number 2: Measure over the bust line
Measure over the biggest point of your bust line. This is a looser measurement. Make sure the tape measure is straight. Write this number down. This is measurement number 2.
Cup Size: Calculate your cup size.
First subtract measurement number 1 from measurement number 2. Then consult the following chart to find your cup size.
0” larger than measurement 1 – AA cup
1” larger than measurement 1 – A cup
2” larger than measurement 1 – B cup
3” larger than measurement 1 – C cup
4” larger than measurement 1 – D cup
5” larger than measurement 1 – DD cup
6” larger than measurement 1 – F cup
Do women really need to wear bras?
Bra wearing is not a necessity for most women for their breasts’ sake it is worn for cultural reasons
This would depend, first of all, on the breast size, and secondly, on the woman’s habits.
Very large and heavy-breasted women usually need to wear bras for support, and they feel pain and discomfort if they don’t wear bras.
Small-to-medium size breasted women, if they are used to wearing bras, probably feel a little uncomfortable without them.
Breasts and Gravity
Gravity will eventually take its effect. There is actually some evidence that bras can even increase sagging.
- One possible reason for that is that the breast has ligaments, and since other bodily ligaments can atrophy when not in use, the same might happen to the breast ligaments under the constant artificial support from the bra, resulting in increased sagginess.
- Another possible reason for bra-wearing increasing sagginess is if a woman wears an ill-fitting bra, which may force some of the breast tissue to “migrate”, resulting in differently shaped breasts than otherwise.
Bras and breast cancer?
They say the main reason why tight bras are bad for breast health is because they restrict the lymph flow in your breasts. There are numerous lymph pathways and lymph nodes in the armpits, under the breasts, and in between the breasts. Lymph fluid washes out waste materials and other toxins away from the breasts, but bras (and especially push-up bras) inhibit this action, so toxins can start to accumulate in the breast, and that can help cancer to develop.
Bra wearing may also be connected to cancer in other ways. Wearing bras slightly increases the temperature of the breast tissue, and women who wear bras have higher levels of the hormone prolactin. Both of these may influence breast cancer formation.
Bras and pregnancy
Many breastfeeding consultants don’t recommend it. Underwire nursing bras have been linked mastitis and blocked milk ducts. If the underwire press on the milk ducts, they can interfere with your milk flow, clogging the ducts, which then become infected and has created a very unhappy mum who is laid up in bed or sitting with cabbage leaves cursing.
There are underwire-nursing bras out there and that fit well, but it won’t take long for it to fit poorly when it’s repeatedly worn and washed.
A soft-cup nursing bra provides much more support than you might realize. Look for one with non-stretch straps made by a company that specializes in nursing clothes and accessories. For the best fit, ask a salesperson to help you.
For me personally I found the non-wire bra helps me breathe easier and when I take off the wired bra it is a huge relief and a noticeable difference in sensation. I also think for me it feels less toxic wearing no wire.
As always keep it lean, green and in moderation
Love & light