When buying lingerie it’s really important to make sure you buy some that fits, especially when buying online.
It is especially important that you get the right size bra, because roughly around 85 per cent of women wear the wrong size bra. If you do buy the wrong bra size, not only can it look terrible, but it can also be really uncomfortable. What’s more, your bra size changes over time depending on circumstances “ you may lose weight or gain weight, or your breast size may change post pregnancy. Therefore, it is a good idea to measure your breasts on a regular basis.
Many high street shops provide complementary bra fittings, although a recent survey by Which? did find that some services weren’t that good, but you do get more of an idea of size.
However, if you do want to order lingerie online you can actually measure yourself so you get an idea of size.
Some people say you should measure yourself while wearing a bra, but if you are wearing a bra that is too small for you this will distort the measure so it is best to do it with your bra off.
The first thing you need to measure is under the bust itself- you should take a soft tape measure to the bit where the bottom of your bra will naturally sit. When doing this make sure it is level all the way round and doesn’t dip at all the back, otherwise you won’t get an accurate measurement. If you get an even number, add four inches to the figure and for an odd number add another five inches which will make your band size.
To find your cup size, you need to measure around the fullest part of your breast but don’t squish them or else your bra will to. To work out your cup size you simply need to take your band away from the second measurement. If the two are the same you are a cup A. If it is one inch bigger it is a cup size B, two inches a C, three inches a D, four inches DD, five inches E, and so on.
Online bra shopping can be great as there are so many great offers on so that you can find some gorgeous cheap underwear. All you have to do is shop around and most important of all- be sure that the bra will fit!This post is an association with Matalan.