If you don’t feel comfortable going for a bra fitting, you can also measure your bra size at home…
How to measure your band size
Using a tape measure, measure around your back and ribs (in inches), just underneath your bust. You don’t need to wear a bra for this.
The tape measure should be in a straight line and sit flat against your skin (make sure to breathe during this process or you could measure for a band size that will be too tight). If the measurement is an even number, then this is your band size – if it’s an odd number, then round up to the nearest inch.
How to measure your cup size
To measure your cup size, it can help to wear your favourite bra to hold your breasts in place. Measure around your bust in a straight line. You’ll need to subtract your band size from this number.
For example, if your band size is 38 and your bust measurement is 42, then 42-38=4, so your cup size is D and your bra size is 38D. The higher the number, the larger the cup, which means 0=AA, 1=A, 2=B, 3=C, 4=D, 5=DD, 6=E, and so on.
Though bra sizes are helpful indicators, it’s also important to make sure that your bra feels good. Even if you’re wearing the correct size, the style of bra you choose can affect how supported you feel (we’ll cover this next).
It can help to try on bras in a shop or to order a selection of bras online that you can try on and send back if need be, as finding the right bra can sometimes take some trial and error.