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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Karen's Aha Moment

Okay...that last post? I figured it out. I need a new bra. Mine doesn't fit. I mean, not only does it not fit, it's totally the wrong size. Band AND cup. The reason I'm having a hard time concentrating is because my straps are so tight in their desperate attempt to hold up the cups that they are cutting off the blood flow to my head. In addition to that, the underwires are poking through the lining and eating my flesh, rendering me helpless to maintain any sort of focus for the continual prodding I receive from them. Now I must quickly make my escape to go shopping...I must see a fit specialist. Oh...if only there were a Nordstrom here! I suppose I'll have to make due with Victoria's Secret.

Of course, visiting the mall means that I must face large crowds, which I abhor. But, it is clearly an issue I must face...I mean, this is important, people! Looks like I might get a few hours to myself tonight...I'm asking hubby to watch the kiddos so I can get fitted.

In the meantime, following this are some tips on selecting the right bra size. 80% of American women are wearing the wrong size. Chances are it's you. In addition, I have included a chart that explains the letter size for you. But don't take it seriously, folks. Just the fit info.

(A} Almost Boobs....

{B} Barely there....

{C} Can't Complain.... .

{D} Dang....

{DD} Double dang.....

{E} Enormous.... .

{F} Fake....

{G} Get a Reduction... .

{H} Help me, I've fallen and I can't get up....

Find the bra that fits you best by following three easy steps:

1. Band Size

Be sure you're wearing a good-fitting, non-padded bra while measuring. Wrap the measuring tape snugly around your rib cage, just under your bustline.

Quick Tip:

- Because bras tend to stretch in back, your bra should fit firmly on the loosest hook when new.

Fit & Measuring Tips
Bra Size Chart: Band

2. Cup Size

Did you know 8 out of 10 women wear the wrong size bra? Taking the time to determine your cup size will help you find a bra that not only fits, but looks good under clothing too. Check the images below to determine if your cup is too small, too big or ideal.

Cup Size

Quick Tips:

- The center section between the cups should lie flat on the chest.

- Breasts should never bulge or spill out of the cups.

- Your bra should not leave lines or marks on your skin after prolonged wear.

3. Profile type

Keep in mind that the profile type is not necessarily dependent on cup size. Check the images below to determine which profile represents you best.

Cup Size


Breasts tend to drape in the lower cup and may require a bra with a smaller cup or a push-up style.

Cup Size


Breasts have an equal distribution in the cup and a rounder appearance.

Cup Size


Breasts have the most round appearance and require a bra that provides both lower-cup support and support and coverage for the upper part of the breasts.

Problems & Solutions

The band is riding up your back.

Your band is either too large or needs to be tightened. Adjust your band so it's not so loose or you may need a smaller size.

Your bust is spilling over or bulging under the cup.

Your cups are too small, and you will need a larger cup size.

The straps are digging into your shoulders.

You may need to loosen the straps. Or, your cups may be too small, pulling the bra downward and creating tension in the straps, and you may need a larger cup size.

The cups in your bra are puckering or gapping.

If you're not properly filling out the cup, then your band and/or cup size is too large and you will need a smaller size.

The straps are falling off your shoulders.

Most likely, your band size is too large and you will need a smaller band. It's also possible that your bra has lost its elasticity. Or, if you have sloped shoulders, you may want to try a racerback style.

The wire in your bra is digging in or poking you.

If your bust is being forced to find somewhere else to go, and you are being poked by the underwire in the process, then your cup size is probably too small and you will need a larger size.

Caring for your bras.

It is not necessary to wash your bras every day, but do not wear the same bra two days in a row. If you wash your bras in the washing machine, put them in a mesh bag to protect them from other clothing. Always use the delicate cycle in warm or cool water, and use a delicate detergent without bleach. Never use a dryer; hang your bras up to dry instead.

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