Hm. yeah, I failed the pencil test at age 14, so bras have been a must for me for a looong time. According to this, and other tests as well, I'm supposed to be a 32C or D but whenever I try that size I feel like there is a steel ring wrapped around my lungs.
For sports bras I've always hated the "una boob" bands, especially the ones that pull over the head, once you break a sweat, taking that thing off is down right painful.
This summer I finally found my perfect running bra, the Victoria's Secret VSX bra. It keeps everything in place AND has a really awesome breathing material.
I have to suspect that either something is wrong with this article, or something is wrong with my measuring tape. I did this as directed & came out 42C, even at my heaviest, that size was too big for me, & I'm 75 lbs. lighter than that now, so is my measuring tape messed up?
I have been measured at Victoria Secrets and my BRA size was the same when I used this technique.....Thanks now I know how they got it!!
9/16/2009 3:28:52 PM
oh and I do not agree with the measuring instructions here.........you HAVE to try it on....it says Im WAY bigger then I am according to this
9/16/2009 3:26:57 PM
I have trouble finding a sports bra with enough "center" coverage. If I leave the house in it, it "looks" like I'm not wearing a bra at all.... I only started failing the pencil test a few years ago.....before that I never wore a sports bra.
9/16/2009 1:59:30 PM
I have never found measuring insturctions before. Thanks. This is very helful.
9/16/2009 1:13:17 PM
Not every bra manufacturer uses these measuring instructions to size their bras. I've seen companies that recommend not adding any inches to your band size, other that say add 5 inches, and still others that say to measure your chest under your armpits and over your breasts to get your band size (!).
Why is there not a universal measuring and sizing system is beyond me and beyond frustrating.
Nancy, thank you so much for this article!!! It inspired me to buy the appropriate sports bra. I bought two -- an Enell and a Moving Comfort. It is important to measure yourself exactly as the manufacturer specifies. I ordered mine from Amazon, and they both fit great. Headlights are not a problem.
I am considering (once I lose more weight) buying more of the Moving Comfort bra for everyday wear -- it looks great with regular clothes as well.
Again, thank you!!! I suspect that ill-fitting bras (sports or otherwise) are as common as ill-fitting shoes.
I used the calculations and came to the size 32D. That is really a difficult size to find. In the passing yreas, I have suffered wearing a 34C to get something to cover myself. The band is too big, moves around, and the cup is too small, I'm spilling out the top, and I have what seems like perminent groves in my shoulders from the straps being too short. I realize that the cup size is the difference between the swell of supported breast and the ribs/chest measurement under the breast...why is it so hard to find a bra of any kind (but wired) for this size?
7/26/2009 3:42:02 PM
I use the champion bra also. It is great!! I pay over $40 for mine, but I take care of it and it has not failed. I call it my "Helga the Viking Bra" because it really does work and there is no bounce. I can also breathe fully, which is important with aerobics....
I'm really grateful because jogging and running really are my favorite exercises.
7/23/2009 10:07:34 AM
As someone who failed the infamous Glamour Pencil Test at the tender age of 21, I have serious, longstanding appreciation for this article! It's a must-read for all of us who can't even remember what perkiness once was!
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