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Measuring for a Bra

Kitten von Mew by Ade Pitman - RAF Fancy 2011

Sometimes it does shock me, the lack of women who get measured for a bra.

My eyes were first opened when I used to host a Body Confidence Course for women. Part of this would be looking at how our clothing, body language and posture can have a huge effect on how we feel about ourselves and make us look larger than we really are.

The beauty of a well fitting bra is that it can help to ‘proportionalise’ (Cambridge, please add that to the dictionary) our bodies. So many of us wear bras that are too small that give a weird ‘mono-boob’. We have 2 breasticles ladies, divide and conquer!

I have recently been upgraded by Mother Nature herself to a respectable 36D, which is ample enough for anyone. Whether you are blessed with flapper girl bee stings or wibbly wobbly vampire biscuits, make the most of what you have.

I have never been afraid of getting measured for brassieres and it is because of my well fitting bras that my nipples aren’t currently tucked into my socks. If prudish about going into a lingerie section and asking for a measure (they now do it with you wearing your current bra, which I find a little strange), then there are plenty of places online that can help. Just remember that different makes of bra can fit slightly differently. Don’t trust any website that says “stick breast infront of webcam thankyou please and weez tell you real nice size…” A good guide you can use to measure yourself at home is this…

Measure under your bust in inches. If it is an odd number (31″, 33″, 35″…) add 5″ to the number and 4″ if it is an even measurement (32″, 34″, 36″…). Write it down.

Measure across you bust at the largest point (if your nips are still at that level, this is usually central).  If your bust is the same size as your under bust measurement, you are typically a size A cup. 1 inch more is a B cup, 2 inches more is a C cup etc.

So…If you are 33″ under your bust, you add 5″, which makes a total of 38″. If you measure across your bust and it is 40″, you would be a 38C.

We change bra sizes throughout our lives, whether due to the ‘Crimson Tide’, pregnancy, weight gain and weight loss or other factors, so try and measure yourself at least every couple of years.

Right, so what are you waiting for? Breast foot forward and all that…

About Kitten von Mew

Vintage pinup girl in Great Britain, singing at WWII events, vintage fairs and Blitz Balls with 1940's, 50's and Christmas classics. I also model for Heyday Online, Luxulite Jewellery and have been featured in many publications including Vintage Life, Daily Telegraph, WW2 Reenactors Magazine and more. My other interests include creating Steampunk hats and accessories, writing, being a mother to Betsy Boo, vintage fashion and flea markets! I run a none-profit crafter's group in Snitterfield every week to help combat loneliness, depression and more.

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  1. obviously all women are perfect, but i think sometimes you/they are too polite to point out wrongnesses. Eg someone comes in with an unflattering outfit and a polite lady says ‘you look really nice’, whereas what is required is something a little more constructive.


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