Here are 4 easy steps to finding the perfect fit:
- Snug band: Your band should support 80%, straps only 20% so it needs to be snug and close on the loosest clasp when new to allow for stretch.
- Cup size and band size are separate but linked!!: As your band size gets smaller, your cup size gets bigger. My cup size fits a 38B cup, 36C cup, 34D cup, and 32DD cup BUT my rib cage is small so I should wear a 30 inch band. My bra size is actually a 30DDD
- Don't rely just on a measuring tape: It can be a good starting point though so try this method as it came the closest to my size when I tried it (gave me a 32DD reading). Remember though that fit is holistic so try things on and don't be scared by big letters.
- If your lingerie store doesn't sell your perfect size: Don't give up! Buy the cup size that fits then have the band altered. Since no one sells my size for less than $80, I have purchased 34D bras a few times and had the band made smaller. Some stores like this one will do alterations for free.
Tip: European and international lingerie companies have more diverse sizes than US brands so break out of standard VS and try brands like Chantelle or Wacoal.