A combination of self-sizing (measuring) and phone sizing (discussing your fit with us over the phone) will usually help you find the right fit for you!
Measuring yourself is the first step in finding your size remotely. You will need a tape measure and preferably another person, as it is tricky to get the right measurements on your own. Let’s go!
- While wearing your best fitting bra (without padding, if possible), measure your ribcage by pulling the tape snugly around your ribcage, just under the breasts. For our purposes, if you are measuring at a half-inch mark, round up to the nearest whole number for consistency. This rule will apply to all of our measurements. This is your band size base number.
- Take the tape and measure around the upper part of your chest, above your breasts. This is your band size check number.
- Pull the tape around the fullest part of your breasts (over the nipples) and take a measurement of your bust. This is your cup size number.
We’ll use these measurements as an example:
Band Size Base Number: 29
Band Size Check Number: 34
Cup Size Number: 35
Now, lets put them into a formula:
Band size will be determined by a simple formula: if your base size number is even, add 4; if it is odd, add 5. * This will be your band size and this number should match your band size check number within an inch or so.
29 + 5= 34
*Note: some women find that adding 2 if even and 3 if odd works better to match their band size confirmation number. This happens more often in plus size women.
Cup size will be determined by the difference between the cup size number and band size. For each inch of difference, a cup size is added.
35 – 34= 1 (A)
When we put it all together we have a 34 band size and an A cup size.
Of course, these are just guidelines and there will be mild discrepancies sometimes. For example, the measurements we are working with here give us a 34A cup size, which all looks good and well on paper, but our subject is actually a 34B on average. The formula tends to give a fairly accurate band size, but the cup may be slightly above or below the size we would fit you in. This means that, you guessed it, this formula is a great place to start, but is not conclusive.
Always consult a professional if you are unsure of your fit or have experienced any of those important life changes we discussed earlier in the fit series. That is the only way to be certain you are in the right fit.
If you have any further questions please check our bra size chart and feel free to contact us with any questions you may have concerning your fit. We will be happy to help you find exactly what you need.