Whether it’s too big or too small, most GG (Genetic Girls) girls wear a bra that is the wrong size for them. It’s no different when it comes to transgenders, transsexuals or cross-dressers either. Believe it or not, a huge portion of TS’s, TG’s & CD’s don’t even know how to measure their bra size, they just experiment by trying on different bras until they find one they “think” fits them. This method not only usually leaves the woman wearing a bra that is the wrong size for them, but very frequently also leaves the woman wearing a bra that is unflattering and eventually uncomfortable for her breasts as well.
I am currently a 38B myself, but for the longest time I was wearing the wrong bra size as well. Before I go into how to measure yourself for your bra size, let’s take a look at how you can tell if the bra you are currently wearing is most likely the wrong size for you. According to the Intimate Apparel Council, women should always re-measure themselves at least every six (6) months. This is due to any weight loss or gain which could effect your bra size.
The following are six (6) ways to tell if the bra you are wearing is the wrong size for you:
- Your bra cups have wrinkles
- You have a bulge above your bra cup or at your underarm
- The center panel (the fabric between the bra cups) doesn’t lay flat against your skin.
- The back is higher than the front.
- The straps leave marks on your shoulders.
- It’s hard to slide a finger under the band of the bra.
Now that we have covered (no pun intended) how often you should re-measure yourself, and how to tell if your current bra is the wrong size, now let’s cover how to measure yourself to determine your proper bra size.
First, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. For GG’s alone there are several methods out there on how to measure for their bra sizes. When it comes to TS’s, TG’s & CD’s, it’s even harder because most instructions you find out there are for GG’s. TS’s, TG’s & CD’s bodies are formed differently then GG’s, and this can pose a problem when measuring. Due to this, it is always best to get a professional fitting done. If you can’t, or simply don’t want to get a professional fitting done, you can do it yourself as well. Even if you do decide to measure yourself, it is still best to have a friend measure you.
There are two measurements you must find out: Band size and cup size. When measuring yourself, you should use a good quality fabric tape measure and if you wear flase breast forms, make sure you are wearing them while you measure yourself.
To find your band size (circumference of your rib cage), take the following measurement:
Measure around the chest directly below the breast and over your belly. It is very important to make sure the tape measure is straight when wrapping around your rib cage. If it’s not streight, this will give you the wrong strap size. The top portion of the tape measure should be just under the bottom of where the base of your breast “jets” out from your chest. Also, make sure the measure is above the bulge of where your belly starts to “jet” out from your chest as well. This is very important because your bra will “ride” up above your belly while wearing it, and If you measured too low, it will alter the size as well.
If the under-breast measurement is an odd number, add 5 inches. If it’s an even number, add 6 inches. For measurements bigger than 33″ around, also add another 3″. This is your band size.
Now that you have determined your band size, let’s find out your cup size:
Measure around the chest at the height of the fullest part of the breast. The measuring tape should be held horizontal, and your arms should be down. Remember to wear your breast forms if you wear breast forms.
Calculate the difference (how many inches) between this number and your band size… this will determine your cup size. To do this, use the following chart:
Half inch difference – AA Cup
One inch difference – A Cup
Two inches difference – B Cup
Three inches difference – C Cup
Four inches difference – D Cup
Five inches difference – DD/E Cup
Six inches difference – F Cup
Seven inches difference – G Cup
Band size = 42.
Full bust measurement is 45.
45 – 42 = 3″ difference.
Cup size = C.
Result: your bra size is 42C
As stated above, this is just one of several varied methods for measuring yourself for your bra size. Also, you need to keep in mind that bras are like shoes, blouses, jeans, dresses or any other types of clothing… different manufactures vary on their sizes. What is a 42C (for example) for one bra manufacturer may be a different size with another bra manufacturer… sizes can vary.
When choosing a bra, stay away from under wire bras if you wear breast forms. The reason for this is because the metal under wire could puncture your breast forms. Also, when ordering a mail order garment where a proper fit is important, make sure that the return policy of the company is well understood before purchasing. This way you can return the item if it does not fit properly.
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