Finding the Perfect Bra for Your Body
with Alison Deyette from StyleBakery.com

as seen on: ABC The View, January 5, 2007


According to barenecessities.com, as many as 8 in 10 women wear the wrong size bra, so chances are the bra you're wearing at this very moment isn’t your correct size. A properly fitting bra is not only comfortable- it's truly flattering. The perfect bra can lift, separate, accentuate, minimize or maximize – all you have to do is find the right one. Your quest for the perfect bra begins with the perfect fit and Bare Necessities is here to help.

There are two important measurements you'll need to know to figure out your correct size – the Band measurement, and the Cup measurement. The Band measurement represents the numeric portion of your bra size – the 36 in a 36C. The cup measurement will be used to determine your cup size – the letter C in the size 36C.

Step #1: Band Measurement

Measure under your arms, high on your back, around the top of your chest. If this measurement is an even number, then this is your band size. If this measurement is an odd number, then add 1" to determine your band size. Record that number, you'll need it for step 3.

Step #2: Cup Measurement

While wearing your favorite supportive, comfortable bra, measure loosely around the fullest part of your bust. Record that number, you’ll need it in a sec.

Step #3: Do the Math

Subtract your band measurement from your cup measurement; each inch represents a cup size. For example: if your band measurement is 34" and your cup measurement is 36", then the difference between these measurements is two inches, and you'd wear a B-cup.

See the chart at barenecessities.com for more information on cup sizes.


Bras featured in the segment:

I need cleavage: Wonderbra Strapless Wonder

It’s hard to find a strapless bra that gives lift, separation and cleavage (instead of flattening)

Convertible strapless push-up can be worn several ways

Deep plunge front to wear with low cut tops/dresses

Incredible cleavage – pushes breasts in or “kiss-me cleavage”

Sizes:  32A – 38C

Price:  $30.00

Where to buy:  Macy’s or barenecessities.com

I want to minimize my assets: Bali Platinum Minimizer

For large busted women who want a sleek, minimized look, this elegant minimizer reduces the bust up to 1 1/4”

Beautiful lace details

Smooth, seamless cups

Sizes:   36C – 42DDD

Price:  $34

Where to buy:  Exclusively at Macy’s and macys.com

I’m plus size and need a low profile bra to wear with fashion tops: Cacique Plunge Bra

Plus size, large busted women often have to wear full coverage bras to get the support they need – yet these make wearing plunging necklines impossible

Ultra-low neckline to wear with plunging tops and v-necks, but still get the support you need

Removable pads for a lot or a little lift

Plush wire casing for comfort

Non-slip straps

Sizes: 36C-44DD

Price: $38

Where to buy: Lane Bryant and lanebryant.com

I’m between sizes: Playtex Thank Goodness It Fits, $25 - Simone

Playtex reinvents the A, B, Cs of bra sizes with Nearly A, Nearly B and Nearly C

Hard-to-fit women have twice the choices

Lightly lined cups help create a great shape, even for flat-chested women.

Price:  $25

Where to buy: department stores nationwide and figleaves.com

Preventing Bra Bulge: Avenue Seamless Comfort Bra Plus Size

Consider it your new everyday bra. Advanced technology provides a soft and smooth feel.

Soft, stretchy fabric will not dig in or bind, perfect for minimizing bulges in the back, shoulders and sides

Wide banded bottom and straps provide support, comfort and lift. Mesh insert with small cutouts for added breathability. Hook-and-eye back closure.

Sizes: 40C-48DDD.

Price:  $30

Where to buy:  Avenue and avenue.com

(note: sizes smaller than 40C can get the same comfort and bulge prevention from the Sassybax Bralette, available at barenecessities.com)



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