Bra sizing

I attended a seminar last night about correctly sizing your underwear. It was held at my friend Laura’s photography studio, and given by a local fashion designer, JaNelle. Apparently it’s going to be a series. With brownies and champagne. So, hmmmm. Anyway–

JaNelle took our measurements outside of our clothes and gave us the formula to figure out bra sizes based on that. There was a lot of consternation in the room, including from me because the formula said that instead of 38D, which is what I wear, I should be in a 43B. Gee criminy. I took my measurements again this morning without clothes in the way, though, and according to JaNelle’s formula 38D is the real, really correct size.

Want to find your accurate bra size? Here’s the formula:

First you need three measurements. When you take the measurement, have your feet together, your head up, and your arms down. To find the right height on your chest to measure around, imagine that your girls are perfectly perky (I said imagine), and the tape should go horizontally around where your nipples would be.

With the tape hitting that part of your back, take the measurement above your boobs, around your nipples, and around your ribcage below your breasts. You should take these measurements in inches to get American sizes. Now comes the math.

Your band size is the same as the measurement around your ribcage below your breasts.

To find your cup size, subtract your above measurement from your around measurement. If the result is less than 1.5, you are an A cup. If it is 1.5 to 2.5, you are a B cup. From there on, you go up one cup for every two inches: 2.5 – 4.5 is C, 4.5 – 6.5 is D, etc.

Then JaNelle taught us how to figure out correct panty size… because correct panty sizing eliminates VPL (Visible Panty Line). You need two measurements, also in inches:

First measure around the widest part of your hips & bottom. Then measure from your belly button, between your legs, up to the same height as your belly button on your back.

Subtract the second number from the first, and that’s your panty size.

By the way, as far as choosing what bra to wear… I’m sold on Cacique balconette bras. Those things are built like tanks and have a nice flattering shape.

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