How to Measure
Thread tape measure under arms, across shoulder blades at back and around fullest part of bust at front. Relax arms at sides while keeping tape parallel with floor. This is your bust measurement. If this measurement falls on the ½ inch, round up.
Bend to one side to find natural indentation in torso. This is your natural waist. Run tape around natural waistline, keeping tape parallel with floor and one finger between body and tape for a more comfortable fit.
Stand on a level surface with feet together. Measure around fullest part of hips and bottom (approximately 7" - 9" below waistline), keeping tape parallel with floor.
Stand with heels apart and measure around fullest part of thigh (approximately 1" below crotch), keeping tape parallel with floor.
What's the right way to put on a bra?
Answer: Each time you put on your bra, slip the straps over your shoulders, hold both ends and lean forward and let your breasts fill the cups. Straighten up and hook your bra in the middle set of hooks.
My bra cups wrinkle. Why?
Answer: If the cups of your bra wrinkle, it usually means your bra is too big. You may need a smaller size. Cups should contain each breast completely and fit smoothly.
Why does my bra ride up in the back?
Answer: If your bra rides up in the back, check the shoulder straps and adjust them to a comfortable length without having them cut into your shoulders. Also, try hooking your bra more snugly, so it fits better.
No matter what bra I choose, I bulge over the top and sides. Why does this happen?
Answer: If your breasts bulge over the top or sides of your bra it may be too small for you. Check to see if it's the right size by taking your measurements. Then, check the style of your bra. You may be more comfortable with a bra cut for a fuller shape.
Why do my bra straps slip off my shoulders?
Answer: If straps keep slipping off your shoulders, they may by too long, or the cups may be too big. If you're not filling out the top of the cup, your straps will slide down your shoulder. Try a smaller cup size.
My bra cuts into me when I move. Is it the wrong size?
Answer: If your bra is uncomfortable when you move, try hooking the back closure less tightly, or try the next larger band size.
It's hard to get the right size bra because one breast is larger than the other. What should I do?
Answer: If one breast is noticeably larger than the other, adjust the straps so the strap for the larger breast is looser than the smaller breast strap. Always fit the cup size to the fuller breast first.
How to Buy Lingerie for Your Girlfriend
1. Know your girlfriend's size. Go through her drawers, sneak a peak at her laundry or go shopping with her. There is nothing worse than buying lingerie that's too small (are you trying to tell her you want her to be smaller?) or too big (are you saying she's fat?).
2. Go through your girlfriend's drawers to find out what she likes. Find out what her favorite color is and what kind of lingerie she likes. Unless you know your girlfriend well, now is not the time to purchase a new look for her. Stay away from novelty outfits, wigs or costumes unless you are sure she would like them.
3. Consider going through a catalog with her, or asking her to circle things she likes in a catalog so you can get some general ideas of her taste.
4. Think about the body parts she complains about and the body parts she likes to emphasize. Maybe she feels like she has a great bust, but doesn't like her hips. When buying lingerie, you may want to purchase something that emphasizes her breasts, while skimming her hips at the same time.
5. Talk to a salesperson at your lingerie store. These sales people are experienced at helping hapless men find the perfect lingerie for every personality type and every body type. As long as you know your girlfriend's personality, and what she likes and doesn't like, a sales person will do everything in their power to help you find a good gift.
6. Be prepared to spend some time finding your girlfriend the perfect gift. You may have to go to several stores and talk to a few different sales people before you find a good gift.