One big issue I have is with calculating the band size. Every day I see women who are wearing band sizes at least one, sometimes 2 sizes too big, and cup sizes at least one cup size too small. But let me deal with, for now, with the band size. It's a big issue.
Women are measured around the rib cage just under the breast at the "infra-mammary crease line" - that's the line of demarcation between the chest and the breast. The less pretentious among us, just call it the rib cage (RC). You have to exhale all the air from your lungs; if you inhale - you will measure larger than you really are. Try it...EXHALE & measure, then INHALE & measure. The results will be about 3" or more difference. You should exhale to measure. By the way, no one tells you to exhale while measuring, and no one tells you where to position your arms. Do you measure with your arms up in the air? Down at the sides? It's hard to measure yourself in either position, so should you have someone else measure? No one makes that really clear, either.
Once you have the RC measurement, you need to do some basic math to get the band size. In the
Playtex (www.playtexnet.com) has you add 5 for the band size and round up to the nearest whole number. So I'd be 37 and round up to a 38 band. I've never worn a 38, so what am I doing wrong? I've been wearing a 36 band and it does fit. Honest!
WonderBra (www.wonderbra.com) should be the same, since they and Playtex are both owned by the Sara Lee company. They have a bra size calculator that's kind of fun to use on their site. Hmm, it won't let me enter half inches, but that's ok, I entered 32, so I come out to a 38. Maybe I have been wearing the wrong size?
But hold on a minute! Fresh Pair, a retail outlet (www.freshpair.com) carrying a lot of different manufacturers, including Playtex and WonderBra, has you add 4" if you are an even number and 5 if you are an odd number. They don't say anything about those in between. So now, I am a 36 band! The incredible shrinking woman! I'm much happier with this band size.
Frishmans, who also sells WonderBra and Playtex at www.frish.com, has a different story. They tell me to determine the band size by adding 2-3” to the measurement, round up if you get an odd number. So I would be a 34 band size (if I add 2) and a 36 band if I add 3 and round up. Now I'm really happy! I've gone from 38, to 36 to 34, all without dieting or exercise!
Maybe across the pond, they know what's going on! In
Italians are just plain different (!) and they assign single digit numbers to the centimetre measurements. I'd be a 3(rounding down from 81.3)
Good grief! No wonder 8 out of 10 women say their bras don't fit!