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Is Your Bra the Right Size?

Most women wear a bra that doesn't fit  -- typically, the band is too tight or the cups runneth over, according to June McIlwain, an intimate-apparel sales associate at Neiman Marcus in Dallas  -- and if you're a new mom, your dimensions are likely to have changed, even if you're not nursing. To find your true size, grab a tape measure, take off your bra, and follow these steps. (It's easier with help.)

1. BAND SIZE: Measure around your rib cage, just below the bust. The tape measure should be straight around your back and taut against your body. Add five inches to the measurement; if the result is an odd number, add six.

2. CUP SIZE: Measure around the fullest part of the bust, over the nipple. Again, keep the tape measure straight across your back  -- not as tight as in Step 1, but still flat against the body.


If the difference is:

  • 0 inch = AA cup
  • 1 inch = A cup
  • 2 inches = B cup
  • 3 inches = C cup
  • 4 inches = D cup
  • 5 inches = DD or E cup.