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Bra to Bear III

According to a research conducted in 2007, 85% of women wear incorrect bra size. Your size can be measured as follows: (viz. Michael Rabinowitz in The Handbook of Style (Quirk Books, 2007)


Step One: Measure Band Size

  1. Measure yourself while wearing an unlined or thinly lined bra.

  2. Using a soft measuring tape measure around your rib cage in inches – just beneath the bust. Ensure that the tape is snug, smooth, and level in the front and back.

  3. If your measurement is even, add four inches to this number to get your band size; if your measurement is odd, add 5 inches to this number to get your band size. Fuller figured women with rib cage measurements of more than 36 inches may only need to add 1 or 3 inches to get to the next even numbered band size.


Step Two: Measure Cup Size

  1. Keeping the measuring tape straight and snug, measure around the fullest part of your bust.

  2. Subtract this measurement from your rib cage measurement.

  3. The difference is the basis for your cup size; each inch of difference is equal to one cup size.

You can look up your cup size here:

  • less than 1 inch = AA cup

  • 1 inch = A cup

  • 2 inches = B cup

  • 3 inches = C cup

  • 4 inches = D cup

  • 5 inches = DD cup (E)

  • 6 inches = DDD cup (F)

  • 7 inches = DDDD cup (G)


Get Fitted for a Bra

Dr.Fisher’s staff is best equipped to provide you with a complimentary bra fitting consultation. In addition to measuring you for your accurate size, the staff will also be prepared to help you find bra styles for specific outfits or occasions.

Further, just because you have a bra fitting once doesn’t mean you’re finished. No, the experts at La Senza say that women’s bra sizes change up to six times during their lives. The lingerie retailer’s national online survey results revealed that 45 percent of women surveyed have never had a professional bra fitting and 64 percent of respondents have been wearing the same bra size for up to five years.

Puberty, pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight gain, weight loss, menopause, and variations in fit between different brands and styles… there are many reasons why you should regularly go for a bra fitting to ensure proper fit and comfort throughout your life.

Bra to Bear – Part One

Before bras, there were corsets, whose function was to lift and shape breasts upward. In the past, women did not move as much, did not jog, did not commute, and consequently there was little need for this type of undergarment. The modern bra with its two separate cups was gradually developed from the corset in the early 20th century.

Generally, the bigger the breasts, the more support you need. Women with small-to-medium size breasts, if they are used to wearing bras, probably feel a little uncomfortable without them. However, this is more a psychological issue and a question of habit: women tend to feel awkward or less self-conscious without bras if they are used to wearing them. In fact, you become used to automatically wearing bras, it is possible to not even notice or pay any attention to the slight discomfort from bras. So much the more important it is to ascertain the correct size and make certain it fits.

Although credible studies have not been conducted in this field, for obvious difficulties of arriving at objective statistical results, it is a common knowledge that tighter bras may have some link to breast cancer… In the field of plastic surgery, the surgeon is actually the best person to consult on the size, shape and aperture of the bra, because he knows your anatomy better than you. Dr.Fisher will provide you not only with advice, but also with the correct bra you should wear for 3-6 months after the operation.

Dr.Fisher’s general (non post-operative) advice:

1. Adjust the straps to the maximum length.

2. Lean forward into the cups and rest your breasts into the supports.

3. Reach behind to hook the bra on the middle hooks of the closure.

4. Put the straps on your shoulders.

5. Position your breast in the cup by slipping a hand into the cup and lifting the breast while aligning the underwire on your ribcage along the natural crease of your breast to prevent pinching of the breast tissue.

6. Tighten the straps so that they support the breasts lightly without cutting into the skin or putting too much strain on the shoulders.

7. Adjust the straps every time you put on a bra.

Further, while bras do give breasts support, they do not ultimately prevent sagging. Gravity will eventually take its effect. However, fortunately, you can visit Dr.Fisher – the Expert in combating this type of gravity!