How to measure a bra size at home: a simple trick
Finding the right bra size can be a confusing experience for many women, especially since measurements can often fluctuate frequently throughout a woman’s life. Although many lingerie stores offer a professional bra measurement service, one TikTok user shared a simple explanation of how bra sizing works and how you can measure yours at home by a few minutes.
The hack shared by Kirsten Titus, who posts under the username @pepperonimuffin, has been described by viewers as “the most helpful explanation” of how scaling works.
In the video, Kristen explains how people often question her bra size just by looking at her, and she thinks this can lead women to wear bras that are too small for them.
She said: “It has come to my attention that many women wear bras that are too small, so today I’m going to show you how to measure it.”
All you need to measure your bra size is a cloth tape measure. Kristen explained, “What you’re going to do is you’re going to take a piece of tape measure and then you’re going to measure under your bust. It’s the thing right under your breast and squeeze it as tight as you can so you can get the right size.
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While measuring, make sure the tape runs in a smooth, even line. Although Kirsten recommends snug, the band should be snug but not too tight.
Kirsten continued, “I’m not going to tell you my actual number, but let’s just say it’s 30. Let’s say I was a 29.5, then you’re going to want to round up to 30.
“Next, for our breasts, we will measure the most voluptuous part of our breasts. Boom. You get this measurement and the same, just round up if you are between sizes.
“So let’s just say it’s a 34. I use the correct ratios so I can teach you how to measure your bra, but I’m not giving you my actual sizes because I don’t like to share sizes. You’ll use your bust size as a reference so if my bust is a 30 and my bust is a 30 then I would be a 30AA.
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“If I’m a 30 bust and a 31 chest, I’d be a 30A. Bust 30, chest 32, waist 30B. Bust 30, chest 33, waist 30C. So for me my chest is four inches larger than my bust so I’m a D cup. So don’t let anyone force you to wear a bra that’s too small.
The hack has been liked 2.2 million times, shared 14,000 times and has attracted nearly 7,000 comments with users applauding the explanation. Hannah Lee said, “Twenty-five years on this earth and that’s been the most helpful explanation I’ve come across.”
Another user named Jessica Eaves added, “Thank you for teaching me how to measure to get the cup because I didn’t know that.”
The hack has even been approved by professionals. User MC_Main said, “As a certified bra fitting consultant, she’s accurate.”
How to correctly measure your bra size at home – a step-by-step guide
Bra sizes are based on your band size, which is the number, and your cup size, which is the letter. These measurements are usually determined using a soft fabric tape measure that measures around your bust and just below.
Finding the right bra size is essential for proper comfort and support. You can measure your bra size when wearing a bra.
First step: measure under your bust
To start, take the tape measure and wrap it around your rib cage directly under your bust. Make sure the tape is straight and snug but not too tight. Round up to the nearest even number and that’s your party size
Step two: measure your bust
Then measure directly across your bust, again making sure the tape is snug but not too tight and is in a straight band all the way around. It is best to do this directly in the center of your bust. Macy’s bra fitting specialists recommend inhaling and exhaling deeply to make sure the tape isn’t too tight.
Round the number to the nearest whole number, for example, if the measurement falls on half an inch, round it up. To determine your cup size, start by subtracting your bust measurement from your chest measurement and refer to the cup size chart below.
Cup Size Conversation Chart
- Less than one inch = AA
- One inch = A
- Two inches = B
- Three inches = C
- Four inches = D
- Five inches = DD/E
- Six inches = DDD/F
- Seven inches = G
- Eight inches = H
- Nine inches = I