It should wrap around loosely, not as tight as possible. Choose a bra that fits perfectly when secured on the outermost hook. If you suffer from any of the fit issues above, head to a professional bra fitter—or bust out the measuring tape and follow the steps here.
Round to the nearest whole number. If the number is even, add four inches. Your band size is the sum of this calculation. So if you measured 32 inches, your band size is If you measured 33 inches, your band size is Wrap the measuring tape somewhat loosely around the fullest part of your chest at nipple level. Subtract your band size from your bust measurement and refer to chart. So how can you tell if a particular style fits?
Bend forward at the waist, then slip on the bra and hook it. This ensures your breasts are completely in the cups. The back of the bra should be level with the front.
Make sure the bra is not too loose. You should be able to slide only one finger underneath the band. First, tighten the band, then shorten the straps. Put on a close-fitting shirt over the bra.
If the cups pucker or your breasts bulge, you're not wearing the correct size. Look at yourself sideways in a mirror. Your breasts should sit midway between your shoulders and elbows.
If not, you need a more supportive and better-fitting bra. If you need to go down a cup size for fit, go up one band size, and vice versa. For example, if a 34C is too big for you, move to a 36B. Choose a bra that fits perfectly when secured on the outermost hook.
Put the two numbers together to come up with the bra size; for example, 36B. Now, translate that into sports bra sizes. Try on the bra if shopping in person to ensure a proper fit. The sports bra should be snug but not too tight across your chest. If it is uncomfortably tight, you need a larger sports bra.
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Check the measurement. The number on the tape measure is your true bust, but for fitting bras you need to round to the nearest even number. So if your bust is 33 1/2 inches, round up to 34 inches. While braless or wearing a non-padded bra, measure around the bottom of the band, directly under your bust. The measuring tape should be level and very snug. Round to the nearest whole number. Place one end of the tape measure at the fullest part of your bust, wrap it around (under your armpits, around your shoulder blades, and back to the front) to get the measurement. Waist: Measure the circumference of your waist.