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Style Are You Wearing the Wrong Bra Size?

20:08  30 november  2017
20:08  30 november  2017 Source:   seventeen.com

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You can usually spot potential bra pet peeves in the fitting room, so before you get stuck wearing the wrong bra (and adjusting your straps 3475698 times a day), here are a few “If the gore isn’t flat against your chest, your bra is the wrong size ,” she says. · Raise your arms and check for underboob.

Are you wearing the right bra ? A 2008 survey conducted by bra manufacturer Triumph and published in the journal Chiropractic & Osteopathy found that the majority of women (80 percent!) were wearing bras that were the wrong size .

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Nip slips, quad-boob, bands that ride up, straps that fall down - is there anything as annoying as a bra that doesn’t fit right? It’s no wonder, like, half of tumblr is embracing the braless look rn.

But if your bra isn’t supporting you like it should, you might just be wearing the wrong size. According to Orit Hashay, founder of the online bra retailer Brayola, there are a few easy ways to tell if you need to re-measure:

· Your band rides up in the back. “The band provides the majority of the support,” Hashay says. “It’s crucial that it’s tight enough. If it’s riding up your back, it’s not.”

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Wearing the wrong size can make your breasts look bigger or smaller than they actually are , and the media skews perceptions of bra sizes . Your breasts should not be spilling out of your bra the way Victoria's Secret models' do.

“Ill-fitting bras can contribute to chronic headaches, back pain, tingling in the arms, restricted breathing, abrasions, rashes and breast pain, especially during exercise.” Not only could you be wearing the wrong size , you could be wearing the wrong style for support.

· Your straps dig in. When your band is too loose, your straps have to do all the heavy lifting, and that’s never comfy.

· You’re on the tightest hook. This typically means your band is getting worn out or was too loose to begin with.

· You have underboob. “A perfect-fitting bra will lie flat against your body when you raise your arms,” Hashay says. “If you’re flashing side boob or underboob, the band is too tight or the cups are too small.”

Here’s how to measure your size the right way - because when you find a bra that actually fits, it’s almost as liberating as free-boobing.

1. Measure your band size.

Wrap a tape measure around your ribs, just under your boobs. “Exhale to get the smallest measurement possible, and don’t try to stand up super straight or stick out your chest more than normal,” Hashay says.

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You’ve heard the statistic. 80% of women today wear bras that are the wrong size for them. Are you one of those 80%? Is your number, or band size , correct? What about your letter or cup size ? While it’s best to buy your bra with the help of a bra -fit specialist, they’re often not.

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This is your band size - the numerical part of your bra size. If you get an odd number, round up to the next even number.

2. Measure the fullest part of your bust.

This is the first step in figuring out your cup size. Wrap the tape measure securely around your bust, but don’t cinch it. (There should be no boob-smooshing happening.) If you’re between two numbers, round up.

3. Subtract your bust measurement from your band size.

Once you’ve rounded up whatever needs to be rounded up, subtract your band size from your bust measurement. The difference between the two numbers determines your cup size:

Less than 1”: AA

1”: A

2”: B

3”: C

4”: D

5”: DD

(If the difference is more than 5”, you may want to head to a specialty bra retailer to get fitted by a pro so you can make sure you’re getting the extra support you need.)

Quick example: Say your bust measurement is 36.5” (rounded up to 37”) and your band measurement is 33” (rounded up to 34”). The difference is 3 inches, so your ideal bra size is most likely 34C.

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The wrong bra size doesn’t just effect how your boobs look. As it turns out, wearing a bra that doesn’t fit you correctly can result in a whole slew of side effects that are really not fun. How do you know you were never fitted correctly?

So, here are 16 key signs that you ’re wearing the wrong bra size . 1. Your band rides up in the back. It’s common to have a few indications that you were wearing a bra , but they normally fade quickly after you remove your bra .

4. Try before you buy.

You can usually spot potential bra pet peeves in the fitting room, so before you get stuck wearing the wrong bra (and adjusting your straps 3475698 times a day), here are a few things Hashay says to check:

· Make sure the “gore” - the piece of fabric between your cups - is touching your skin. “If the gore isn’t flat against your chest, your bra is the wrong size,” she says.

· Raise your arms and check for underboob.

· Ask a friend or salesperson to slide her hand under the back of your band, then twist her hand 90 degrees. Your band shouldn’t be any looser than the width of her hand.

· If there’s an underwire, it should wrap around your boob. “If the underwire is a finger's width or more lower than your breast, the band size is probably too small,” Hashay says.

Once you’ve found the perfect bra, you can move on to more important things - like figuring out whether you’ve been putting your bra on wrong your whole life.

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