Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Mr. Bra Got It Wrong -- Measuring Above The Breasts, and 1" Equals 1 Cup Size





     First of all: the band goes under the breasts, so why is he measuring her above the breasts ? This doesn´t make any sense.

I try his measuring system out on me:

     I am 27" under the bust, and I wear band size 28. Measuring above the breasts would give me 30", and that would mean I would have to go up a band size if I took these measurements seriously ! 28 bands give me support without being too tights. 30 bands would be ok only when they are brand new, after the first wash I could probably wear them around my hips. I do wear 30 bands only from brands like Discover Mademoiselle and Ewa Michalak which make them really tight.

    Now to the second part. Lets say I accepted the band size 30 for a moment. My breast measurement is 33". According to him, 3" = 3 cups. So he would fit me in a 30C. I wear a 28DD. If I wear a band 30, I need to cup D, because when you go up a band size you need to go down a cup size (so says the band-cup relativity law). 28DD translates to 30D, not just in theory but in practice: a 30C would be too small in the cups for me.

    His measuring system wouldn´t work even if I subtracted my bust measurement from my underbust measurement (instead of overbust). 33" bust - 27" underbust = 6". That would make me a US DDD cup. That´s one size bigger than my correct size.


Where did he go wrong ?

   In the UK measuring system, 1" difference between underbust and breast size does stand for one cup size. With one exception: the A cup is a 2,5" inch difference !
So it goes like this -- 2,5"=A, 3,5"=B, 3,5" = C.
If the difference is less then 2,5", you get AA cup (1,5") and AAA (1" or less -- I think)


So what´s the right was to calculate the bra size ?


   The band size should be the number closest to your underbust measurement (In my case 27" translates to UK/US band 28). If you are using EUR band sizing, then take away 5 cm from your underbust measurement, and go down to the nearest band size (In my case 69cm -5 = 64cm, then I drop down to the next band size 60).
    For the cup size, subtract bust measurement from underbust measurement. Allot 2,5" for cup A, and then every extra inch is a cup size. (In my case: 33" - 27" gives 6". So I take cup DD even though I lack half an inch, but it´s always better to take a slightly bigger cup than one too small, especially because of breast tissue migration). Of course, this size in only theoretical -- depending on your breast shape and how firm - non-firm it is, you might need to go up or down a cup size.


Or just screw all that and just use the calculator:
Click here for the bra size calculator



Congrats, you just broke out of the Bra Matrix !





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3 comments:

  1. I've got an impression that this Retro the girl is wearing at the beginning is pushing her breasts to the sides a lot, though the profile is kind of ok.
    I agree it's nonsense to measure above the breast to get the back size, but unfortunately that's an american "oddness", as far as I remember HerRoom and some other online stores have the same measuring guidelines.
    The third thing, I find an idea of a male brafitter kind of disgusting:( I don't mind getting undressed in front of a doctor, but for me fitting for a bra is a different thing. I has to be a woman.

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  2. Poor girl looked absolutely smashed into those bra cups. Looked to be at least 2 or 3 cup sizes too small for her :(

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  3. I don't care about having a male bra fitter as along as he knows what he is doing. He clearly doesn't. Maybe that is just a starting point but her bra clearly doesn't fit the sides are gaping and her boobs are moving in the cup. that's not good. I'm gonna guss that she is i or 2 band sizes smaller and one or two cup sizes bigger.

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