Elaine Needham

Are You Wearing the Wrong Bra Size? Here’s What to Do About It...

Thursday, 8 November 2018  | 

It may surprise you to hear that you could have been wearing the wrong bra size all your life.

According to Harper’s Bazaar, up to 80% of us may be making the mistake of wearing a bra that actually doesn’t fit us properly. Those stats might sound quite dramatic, but it’s not the end of the world - and wearing the wrong size is easily done.

For a lot of women, it’s hard to find a high street underwear shop that sells their size anyway, so many of us simply make do with the closest fit.

Bras can be a pain at the best of times, let alone when they’re not properly fitted. Here is the definitive guide to knowing if you’re wearing the wrong size, and how to measure yourself easily at home so you can check.

This is a tricky question. It’s certain that wearing an ill-fitting bra can create an overall unflattering shape, but is wearing the wrong size actually bad for you?

Some sources have published articles, like this one from The Conversation, whose headline outwardly condemns the ill-fitted bra as a cause of serious health issues. On closer inspection, these end up being lists of symptoms many of us will encounter on a day-to-day basis - grooves in the shoulder, raw skin, and back pain to name a few.

There is little evidence showing that wearing either the wrong size bra size, or no bra at all, is seriously bad for your long term health. However, the physical and psychological effects of ongoing discomfort shouldn’t be disregarded, as they themselves can lead to further health issues down the line.

One of the reported problems associated with wearing the wrong bra size is an increased desire for breast reduction surgery, implying that the issue can contribute to body-dysmorphic thoughts. Another is that, over time, posture can be affected if breasts aren’t supported properly.

Typically, women wear a cup size that is too small, and a band size that is too big. Avoid wearing the wrong size bra, and get yourself measured - or do it yourself at home.

How to Measure Your Bra Size

Measuring your own bra size is very simple, and it can make the world of difference to your everyday comfort. It can also transform underwear shopping from a frustrating experience into an enjoyable one.

You need just two things to measure your bra size:

-      An unpadded bra - the best-fitting one you own

-      - A soft dressmaker’s tape measure

Step 1: Band Size

Measure around your torso directly under the bust line, keeping the measuring tape snug against the skin, and level. Make note of the number in inches, and take a look at the band size table on this page to see what your correlating band size is.

Step 2: Bust Size

Make sure you’re wearing a non-padded bra, and measure the distance around the fullest part of your breast, keeping the tape measure level, and being careful not to pull it too tight.

Step 3: Calculate Your Bra Size

Your bra size is made up of your band size and your cup size. Calculate your cup size by subtracting your band size from your bust size, and use the table on this page to see which alphabetical UK cup size you are. You can also use an bra size online calculator to work out your size.

Remember that your bra size will likely fluctuate and change over time. This is due to a range of factors such as hormones, weight changes and pregnancy, so it’s important to re-measure your breasts every year or so to make sure you’re still wearing the correct bra.

Your bra, if you choose to wear one, should be fundamentally comfortable and supportive. From lacy lingerie to shapewear, never settle for anything less than great quality underwear that is designed from a deep understanding of what your body needs.

Once you’ve measured yourself and know your size, why not treat yourself to a new bra that fits perfectly? Discover the Needundies collection of premium everyday underwear, created with your comfort at the forefront of every design.

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