What’s your bra size? 32A, 34C, 38DD? And what’s with the letters and numbers?!
Whatever you think it is, there’s a good chance you’re wrong. According to research, up to 80% of us are wearing the wrong bra size. Ask any bra fitter and they’re sure to tell you the majority of women leave with a different sized bra to the one they walked in with.
So where are we going wrong?
One of the biggest reasons is that we simply don’t get fitted. Instead we make assumptions.
For example, if you’re small you go for an A; average a B; bigger than average a C and so on. As you can see, our methods aren’t exactly the most scientific.
The reality is you could look on the smaller side but actually be a C. Another is that our size isn’t static – it changes over time as we age, and with fluctuations in weight. If that wasn’t enough to deal with, some women’s breasts change size depending on where they are in their menstrual cycle. No wonder so many of us aren’t wearing the right size if we’re growing and shrinking every few days!
While the wrong bra may not seem like a big deal, it can cause some real physical problems. Bras that are too tight can damage breast tissue and even cause breathing difficulties. Inadequate support can lead to neck, shoulder and back pain, as well as pinched nerves. You’re also more likely to see premature sagging, and nobody wants that.
Pass the tape measure, please!