How to measure for a bra or bustier

-Put on your favorite unlined bra. To get the most accurate measurements, do not use a strapless, push-up, wire-free, minimizing, or sports bra. It's best to choose a bra that is free of padding.

-A mirror is very helpful for measuring properly. Being able to see what you're measuring helps with accuracy!

-Remember that your bra size is a guide. Bra sizes can vary from brand to brand and style to style. You may wear a different band or cup size depending on the style or brand.

-Your underbust and overbust (measured across the fullest part of the bust) measurements will help to determine your bra size. The chest size (above armhole) can help if you are in between sizes; it can determine whether you should go up or down a band size.

3 Simple Steps

Step 1 - Band Size

Wrap the measuring tape right underneath your bra, all the way around, along the bra band. The tape should be at the same level from front to back and the bra band should be parallel to the floor. (This is where a mirror comes in handy!) Relax and pull the tape snug, but not too tight or too loose. This is your underbust measurement. It will help determine your band size.

 

Step 2 - Cup Size

Wrap the measuring tape over the fullest part of your bust making sure the tape is lined up with the top of the band in the back. If you're wearing a bra that sits lower in the back (so you're not able to line up the top of the band with the tape measure), pull the tape as straight around as possible at the fullest part of the bust, all the way around. Make sure to leave a little room- the tape shouldn't feel too tight or too loose. This is your overbust measurement. It will help determine your cup size.

 

Step 3 - Chest Size

Wrap the measuring tape over the fullest part of your bust making sure the tape is lined up with the top of the band in the back. If you're wearing a bra that sits lower in the back (so you're not able to line up the top of the band with the tape measure), pull the tape as straight around as possible at the fullest part of the bust, all the way around. Make sure to leave a little room- the tape shouldn't feel too tight or too loose. This is your overbust measurement. It will help determine your cup size.