There’s a figure floating around out there that 80 percent of women are wearing the wrong bra size right now. If that seems surprising, think about it for a moment. Does your bra feel like it’s constantly riding up your back? Do you find yourself adjusting it throughout the day? How about those uncomfortable pockets that form near your underarms? If you said yes to any of the above, then you’re probably wearing the wrong size of bra…but don’t worry, you’re certainly not alone.
So why is this such a problem for so many women? Here are three biggies in the world of wrong bra sizes:
1. Not All Sizing Charts Are Created Equal
Sounds like a dirty trick, right? But it’s true. Depending on which sizing chart you’re using, your correct bra size could be drastically different. Trusst Lingerie breaks down this sizing discrepancy really nicely, explaining that what’s called a 32F (also a 32DDD) in US measurements is a 32E according to UK charts, a 70F in European sizing, and a 10F in Australia. If you’re not confused yet, that makes one of us.
The point is that depending on the manufacturer, the store’s sizing chart, and even the professionals there to help you, your bra size could fluctuate. Remedy this by making sure that you’re using the same sizing chart when taking your measurements and when shopping for a bra, or be prepared with a handy conversion chart like the one from Trusst (shared through the link above).
2. There’s a Big Difference between Band Size and Cup Size
I know this is going to sound a little crazy, but bear with me, ladies. You’re probably wearing a band size that’s at least a size or two too large. A sure sign is if your bra is riding up towards your shoulders in the back. A good-fitting bra should stay in place so that it can do its job and offer the support you’re looking for.
Most women tend to choose bands that are too large in order to accommodate their cup size, but the two measurements should be independent and not compromise the other in order to fit properly. If your band is fastened on the tightest hook and is still riding up, it’s too big. If the cups of your bra are puckering, you may need a smaller cup size.
3. Women’s Bodies Are Beautifully Unique
Last but not least, no two bodies are the same. Thus, an identical bra won’t fit the same on two different women, even if their measurements are similar. I know this doesn’t make the process any easier, but the best way to find the right size for your unique body type is to try on a few different sizes and styles and see which is the most comfortable and best-fitting.
Another thing to keep in mind is that nearly all women have one breast that is slightly larger than the other. If the difference between the two is more noticeable for you, buy a bra based on the larger size and use an insert to fill out the other cup.
How to Find the Right Bra Once and For All
If you’ve been in and out of boutiques, department stores, and lingerie fitting rooms everywhere but can’t seem to find anything that gives you the support you need while still being comfy and cozy, you might want to consider trying a different bra material or technology.
Trusst Lingerie has created a high-tech bra designed specifically for fuller-busted women. They’ve ditched the cumbersome, uncomfortable underwire and replaced it with an innovative support system called the BAST System, which is made from a flexible plastic material that conforms to your body and redistributes the weight of your breasts from your shoulders to your core. This luxurious lingerie has also been designed using GARMATEX Kottinu™ fabric, which feels like cotton but lasts up to six times longer. KottinuTM also features wicking and antimicrobial properties to help keep skin dry and comfortable to minimize painful rashes and chafing.
If you’re still confused about bra sizing or just aren’t sure where to start, check out Trusst Lingerie’s super convenient sizing calculator and take the first step toward FINALLY finding the perfect fit for you.