Ladies, this is something you have to hear. Recently, like many women in the A Bra That Fits sub-reddit, I had an epiphany. It was a revelation that dramatically changed my life. I’ve been living my life in general discomfort because I was told by lingerie companies like Victoria’s Secret and La Senza that I was actually a size 32A or 34B, depending who measured me, when in reality I’m a size 28D. My entire bra-clad life up to this point has been one huge lie. It started from the age of 12 when I donned my first brassiere, and continued so long I just thought the way my bra felt and fitted was normal. IT’S NOT. Every woman needs to try this system, especially those of us suffering from back problems and other muscle pains related to your breasts.
My epiphany began when I got sick of twisting my bras in the middle because the cups were never close enough together for my boobs. I was looking for a company who made bras fitted for what I thought was my bizarrely misshapen breasts, and instead found this blog. I gave it a shot and was astounded. It now literally feels like I am not wearing a bra, and I am lounging in comfort on a daily basis. I have never felt so comfortable, and it looks great to boot. I didn’t even understand the discomfort I was in until I experienced the supreme luxury and look this new system provided.
What you need: A fabric measuring tape (or even a string that you can later measure in inches with a ruler, although this is less accurate) and, of course, your breasts!
1. Ignore all measurements that you’ve been given in the past. It doesn’t matter who told you or where you went, just try this and see what all the fuss is about. Even if you get a bra from a website or store that tells you not to measure in this way, just completely disregard their bra measurement advice; they only know what they’re told to tell you.
2. A Bra That Fits recommends you don’t wear a bra when measuring, but Thin and Curvy urges you to wear a completely non-padded bra and measure – use your judgement here. If the bra is squishing your breasts at all, take it off, but if you think you can get an accurate measurement wearing your most comfortable non-padded bra (this is what I did) then go for it.
3. Bend over (make sure you do this), upper body parallel to the floor, and measure first around your nipples and back. Check that the measuring tape is completely straight, not angled at all, so you’ll need to either look in a mirror or get someone else to tell you if it’s straight all around, and adjust where needed. I can’t stress enough that the tape must not be angled at all; it should be in the exact same point on your back as it is around your nipples. Think of an imaginary straight line going through your body that aligns the part around your back to the part around your breasts. Write this measurement down as Measurement A.
4. Next, measure directly under your breasts. This time, you can be standing upright, and the tape should be parallel to the floor. Again, make sure that the imaginary straight line going through your body would align the part of the tape around your front to the part of the tape around your back. This measurement should be snug but not snug enough to inhibit your breathing, because you need that to live. Write this measurement down as Measurement B.