It’s understandable to be overwhelmed at the thought of purchasing your first bra. A new shopping territory consisting of frills, lace, and push-up padding is enough to make your head spin. But whether you’re an early or late bloomer, you’re going to need to buy a bra at some point during your years of puberty, so it’s a good idea to know where to start before your purchase.
What’s Your Size?
You can go to a department store to get your bra size measured or you’re able to do it yourself. If you decide to measure at home, here are a few helpful tips:
First, take measuring tape and wrap it below your breasts, on your ribcage. Make sure the measuring tape is snug; not too tight or too loose. Bring the measuring tape around your back to the front while keeping it under your arms and bringing it to the middle of your chest. Do the same measuring tactic slightly above your chest. You may have a size from anywhere between 30 and 40 inches. Round your size to the nearest even number. This is called your band size.
Bring the measuring tape loosely around the fullest part of your chest. Take the tape around your back and bring it to the front. Take your band measurement and subtract it by your bust measurement. The difference will calculate your cup size. For example, if you measure a 34-inch band size and a 36 inch cup size, the difference equals two which means you are a B cup. Less than one would be AA, one would be A, two would be B, three would be C, and so on.
This method is used to give you a clear estimate of your size. Your size could change depending on the brand and type of bra. Try on a variety of bras and choose what feels right to you.
Types of Bras for Beginners
If you are looking for a bra for gym class, sport bras are perfect. They are usually made out of a stretchy spandex material and will support you when you’re exercising.
These bras are usually for younger teens who have a smaller chest and cannot fill out a cup bra fully. It gives girls basic support, and it’s perfect for beginner bra wearers.
These bras usually have an underwire that will give you extra support. It is thicker and is great fit for more developed girls.
Trying on Bras
Although putting on a bra may seem like common sense, many girls struggle during their first experience.
Many bras have a hook in the back. Hook the bra band around your ribcage area in the front so you’re able to have a clear view of the hook. Once the hook is secure, turn your bra around so the hook is on your back. Pull the straps through your arms and fit it accordingly.
There are usually strap adjusters to make the bra tighter or looser. If there is still space in your cup when you are standing straight, the bra is too big. If your chest is “overflowing” from the cup or feels extremely tight, then the bra is too small.
Although buying bras for the first time could be exciting or hectic, make sure you take the time purchase a bra that fits comfortably. Go with a parent or close friend to help you. If you’re unsure about fitting your size, always ask a store clerk.
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