August 12, 2022
ARE YOUR CUPS RUNNING OVER?
In her lifetime, a woman could wear up to 6 different bra sizes due to factors such as pregnancy, weight fluctuations and gravity. It is important to check your bra size annually and make any changes if necessary.
So what is the right fit?
Wearing the correct size bra will mean you will look great, be well supported and ward off unnecessary discomfort.
Your band size: Using a cloth tape measure: Measure around your body directly under your bust. The tape measure should be parallel to the ground and fit snugly. Take the measurement, rounding to the closest whole inch (either up or down).
Your cup size: Measure around the fullest part of your breasts. The tape should be just touching your bust and be parallel to the ground. Round the measurement to the nearest inch (either up or down). Subtract the band size
measurement from the cup size – the difference is your cup size.
- 0 – 1/2 inch = AA
- 1/2 – 1 inch = A
- 2 inch = B
- 3 inch = C
- 4 inch = D
- 5 inch = DD or E
- 6 inch = DDD or F, etc.
Picking the right sports bra
Repetitive and high impact activities make the breasts bounce, stretching the breast skin and ligaments. Exercising in and wearing an unsupportive bra can cause problems such as chronic back pain, poor posture, neck and shoulder pain, and premature breast sagging as they lose their natural elasticity. There are 2 types of sports bras:
Compression bras are suitable for small to medium breasts and large breasted women (cups 32A-36B). They help press the breasts against the chest wall to minimise bounce and enhance support.
Encapsulation bras are suitable for large breasted women where there is much more bounce. They help support and hold each breast in a sturdy cup.