Size Guide – Bra

Referring to Wiki, A bra, short for brassiere or brassière, is a form-fitting undergarment designed to support or cover a woman’s breasts. Bras are designed for a variety of purposes, including enhancing breast size, creating cleavage, or for other aesthetic or practical considerations.

EL DESEO has vast range variety of Bra and BDs to fulfill the need of casual, fancy, bridal, gym, push up, and customized wearing patterns. Imported and export quality Bra and BDs are available in cotton, blended, spandex, silk and usual base materials.

There are many types of ladies bras which cater to varying fashion and functionality needs. The following is a rundown of the most popular kinds:

  1. Padded Bra: These bras help provide better coverage (preventing nipple show) and can be worn underneath almost all clothing items: be it T-shirts, kurtas, dresses or shirts. They are available in many variations, including racerback, strapless, halter, etc.
  2. Push-up Bra: They provide a gentle lift to your bust for a perky look. They may be made from different materials, including lace, satin, cotton, etc. and can be worn underneath almost all forms of clothing.
  3. T-shirt Bra: They boast of smooth cups that do not show underneath the soft fabric of tees. You can confidently sport your most snug-fitting T-shirts and tops in them. These bras also go well under fitted kurtas and tops.
  4. Backless or stick-on Bra: They are best suited for backless or deep-cut tops and dresses. They come with a non-toxic adhesive to help you secure them to your bust.
  5. Sports Bra: They help cut down on bust movement and provide maximum support during various physical activities – from high intensity to low – including running, training, Yoga etc.
  6. Minimiser Bra: They are meant for ladies with fuller busts and help give the illusion of smaller breasts.
  7. Bralette Bra: This is a popular style among young girls and is lightweight, offering comfortable support. These bras can be worn on the beach, during a day out as an outerwear item, or underneath sheer tops.
  8. Balconette Bra: This one is suited for tops and dresses with plunging necklines. It enhances cleavage by providing a gentle lift to the bust while sitting low on the breasts so as to not show through the outfit.
Essential Requirements
  1. Wear a non-padded bra (@ body).
  2. Stand in front of a mirror. 
  3. A measuring tape (Plastic one)

Caution! Don’t use steel tape, as the sharpness may harm the body parts.

Note: Probably you are unware of your true bra size and may be wearing an incorrect one. The common point that may confuse is the band size. Below are the details to remember when buying a bra.

How to Measure Bra Size

This is not essentially correct statement that says, one size fits all – not all bra types, make, models and fabric. Try a bra of any type before you are sure of the size. There would not be a thorough difference in the sizes for every type / brand, but there might be some trade sets.

Step 1 – Measure Your Band Size
  • Wrap the plastic measuring tape around your chest, where your band sits, and ensure that it is snug. This shall not be too tight or loose.
  • Round it off to the next even number if it’s an odd measurement or in fractions. For example, if the measurement is 33 or 33.5 inches, the size will be 34. Or, for 35, try both 34 and 36, again depending on your cup size. Make a note of this final number.
Step 2 – Measure Your Cup Size
  • Wrap the tape loosely around the fullest part of your breast.
  • A simple option is to measure it at the nipple level – this invariably gives an accurate number.
  • Round it off to the nearest or next whole number.
  • Make a note of this final number.
Things To Remember
  • Be vigilant while getting your measurements, especially if you having sagging or larger breasts. Go one step further and get a second opinion if you want to be extra cautious. There have been instances where the difference in sizes was rather alarming when a measurement was taken the second time around.
  • As a rule of thumb, your bra should fit snugly around your body. It should neither be too tight nor too loose.
  • When you go up or down your bra size, the cup size also differs. For example, if your size is 34B, a bigger size for you would be 36A. If you want a smaller size, go for 32C.
  • It is easier to determine your band size first and then map it to your cup size.
  • Remember that your breasts should sit approximately midway between your elbows and shoulders when you wear a bra.
  • The cups will do the lifting with the straps to support them, adjust the straps accordingly.
  1. Which is the best bra to wear?

    All bras can be considered as the best when seen from the lens of what purpose they serve.  A strapless bra would be considered the best for off-shoulder outfits whereas push-up bras would be considered the best for a hint of extra cleavage. That said, the T-shirt bra, made of delicate material and elastic, is best for everyday wear. It is constructed with fabric that goes invisible under clingy and knitted material of usual clothing. The cups of the T-shirt tend to retain their shape (making them look perfect from the outside) and make it comfortable to wear under any kind of clothing.

  2. Is it better to wear a bra to bed?

    Common statement in society is, while sleeping with a “bra on” makes the breasts sag, but that isn’t true. Sagging may be caused due to many reasons such as smoking, breastfeeding, aging, genetics, / weight gain or weight loss and so on. Sleeping with a “bra on” is absolutely okay as long as you are comfortable with it. Please remember, sagging of the breasts is inevitable due to the downward pull of gravity on the mass of your breasts.

  3. What is the difference between a wired and a non-wired bra?

    An under-wire bra has wire under both the cups to give extra support to the breasts, thus, enhancing their shape. A non-wired bra is not wired under the cups, thus, making it comfortable, less structured, and softer on the breasts.

Choosing the right bra is nothing but knowing your exact bra size for every type. However, you can’t just magically arrive at this number. You need to work backward and connect a few dots to get there. Here are a few points:


  • Move your arms around like a windmill to see if your breasts are falling out or hanging from the bottom or if your bra is riding up. In that case, try adjusting the straps first. Otherwise, you will need to go for a smaller cup size.
  • If your bra straps are pinching or digging into your shoulders, or if your breasts are spilling out, making the two of them look like four, you need a bigger size.


  • Bend forward when putting on a bra so that everything goes into the cup and nothing hangs under the wire.
  • Make sure the cup is firm and there is no extra room.


  • Always hook your bra at the closest (first) eye and run two of your fingers under the band. Your fingers should slide comfortably. The bra will loosen up with time, and you can hook it on the next eye then.
  • If your bra is riding up your back and you’re always pulling it down, you need a smaller band size.


  • The center part of the bra should sit just perfectly. It should not stick out or poke your skin.
  • Now that you know how to choose the right bra that fits you perfectly, what are you waiting for? With the number of options out there, bra shopping should not be that bad. There is one for everyone.
  • Here’s hoping our bra calculator helps you. Save the link and skim through it again before you actually go on a bra shopping spree.
  • If you have any questions, please post them in the comments section below, and we we’ll get back to you.
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