How do you know what size bra you wear?

How do you know what size bra you wear?

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8 out of 10 women are wearing the wrong bra size.

The key to discovering the right bra size is know the exact measurements and use them as a reference when choosing the bra.

It is important to remember that the exact bra size is not only switch from brand to brand, can also change into bra style function. What may look like a large bra size in one style could end up as a medium bra size in another.

How do you know what is the right bra size?

Bra sizes are given by a number and one lyrics.

The number refers to the width or perimeter of the thorax (indicates if the woman's body is wide or narrow) and the letter indicates the breast volume, the A cup being the smallest.

Step 1: Measure the outline size.

Measure around the chest with a tape measure just below the chest. The tape measure should be parallel to the ground, and the measurement should be taken after all the air is expelled from the lungs (the measurement should be as small as possible).

In Spain, as the French sizing is used, the number we obtain must be add 15. If the number is odd, round to the nearest even number.

For example, if the contour is 90 cm, the size will be 90 + 15 = 105.

In Spain the contour sizes range from 5 to 5. From 80 to 100 are the contour sizes that can be found more easily in stores, although there are more.

Step 2: Measure the cup.

The contour should be measured but above the chest (above the nipples).

It is best to take this measurement with your bra on, but without padding, and you have to make sure that the measuring tape is parallel to the floor and that it is not too tight while we take a full breath.

The difference between this measurement (step 2) and the submammary contour (step 1), before adding 15 to it, will give us the cup we have.

So shall:

  • Cup A: if the difference between the two contours is 12 to 14 cm.
  • Cup B: the difference is 14 to 16 cm.
  • Cup C: from 16 to 18 cm.
  • Cup D: from 18 to 20 cm.
  • Cup E: 22.5 cm.

For every 3 cm difference one cup size increases or decreases.

Cups in Spain are represented by a single letter, in alphabetical order. In stores, the easiest to find go from A, which is the smallest, to E, which is the largest. But in addition to these cup sizes, there are also smaller cups such as the AA cup, and larger ones such as the F, G, H and I cups, although they are less frequent to find.

How do you know if you are wearing the correct bra size?

The best way to know if we are wearing the correct bra size is to stand in front of a mirror.

Some signs that indicate that the bra size is not adequate are the following:

  • If the bra turns outextremely uncomfortable.
  • If the suspenders fall off. Suspenders must fit properly.
  • If thebra band is too loose. If it's too loose, your shoulders will carry all the weight, which can lead to back problems and shoulder pain.
  • If hechest is drooping.
  • If hechest only rest on the contour band, it is because the band or cup is the wrong size.
  • If thesuspenders and / or contour band dig into the body. If hehoop nails the sides of the chest. If the bra is leaving red marks, a larger cup or girth size may be needed.
  • If thecontour band mounts on the back, is that the size of the band is wrong.
  • Yes chest pops out from the bottom of the brawhen you lift your arms, you are not wearing the correct size band.
  • Yesthe bra cups are so tight creating a double bubble effect, the wrong cup size is being used.
  • If the cup fabric is so loose that fabric wrinkles, it is because the cup size is not correct.

What health problems can not wearing a proper bra size cause?

Such an everyday garment for women such as the bra can bring some health problems (never serious) if it is not used properly. The most common problems caused by not wearing a suitable fastening size are:

  • Back pains, especially at the dorsal and cervical level.
  • Headaches.An ill-fitting bra can cause some headaches. If the bra is too tight, it causes strain on the shoulders, neck and back, and in turn can cause headaches.
  • Skin irritations. Underwire bras, popular for shaping and elevating the bust, can causepainmastitis andallergies as a consequence of the direct contact of the skin with the metal of the ring when they are worn.
  • Appearance of fat lumps because of the hoop that gets stuck.
  • Sagging of the chest. Over time, especially in the case of women of a certain age and / or with large breasts, misuse of the bra can cause irreversible damage to the ligaments of the breasts (Cooper's ligaments), which are what they support the breast, making it more distended, which can not only cause pain, but also make the breast sag.
  • Shoulder pain.A sagging chest can make women tend to tighten their bra more than necessary and can cause shoulder problems due to the pressure of the strap.
  • If a bra is too tight, it constricts the lymphatic vessels and prevents proper drainage of breast tissue, leading to fluid build-up. Although some even claimed that this could lead to breast cancer, numerous studies have shown that applying pressure to cells does not cause cancer to develop.

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