Women constantly find themselves in a cyclical love-hate relationship with their bras. Bra sizes tend to fluctuate between different lingerie brands, sometimes in the cup size and other times in the band size, making it confusing to determine what your true size is. Not only does size fluctuate with brands, but as women’s bodies change over the years their bra size does as well. The best way to overcome the challenge of finding a properly fitting bra is to learn how to measure your correct size. Here are a few things to know that can help you find that perfect fit.

Bras aren’t one-size-fits-all.

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Bras come in many sizes and many styles depending on what you need them for. When bra shopping, there are two things to consider: your body shape and size, and when you will be wearing your new brassiere. There is a difference between an everyday bra and one that’s suited for evening wear.

Breasts come in all different shapes and sizes and there are styles that are better suited for each unique breast shape. Mature women who have gone through menopause may have experienced one of the main symptoms of menopause, a loss of breast fullness. Post-menopausal women need a brassiere that emphasizes support and lift more than they need a flirty bra that doesn’t support as well.

How do you find your correct size?

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There are three essential measurements that every woman should know before setting out to find a perfect-fitting bra. The first measurement to take is your band size, which is the part just under the bust where a bra band would sit. The measuring tape should be level and snug and the measurement should be taken without wearing a bra. You’ll want to round the measurement up to the nearest whole number. Add four inches to an even number and five inches to an odd number—your band size is the sum of the calculation.

Next, you want to take your bust measurement by wrapping the measuring tape loosely around the fullest part of your chest, then round to the nearest whole number. Lastly, you calculate your cup size by subtracting your calculated band size from your bust measurement. Your bra size is your band size with your cup size, and you’ll need to refer to a bra cup size chart to arrive at your final size.

A certified fit expert can properly take your measurements and help you find the perfect coverage for your body type. Soma is one company that offers mature women bras and panties that fuse fashion and function, such as seamless vanishing bras made of 4-way stretch fabric that eliminate lumps and bumps, feature easy-access adjusters, and have lace for a feminine touch. Complimenting vanishing panties also eliminate unwanted panty lines for a seamless look.

At soma.com you can shop final sale prices on clearance styles, take advantage of limited-time offers such as a free panty with purchase, and receive additional coupons when you add your email address to their mailing list. Every full coverage brassiere purchase comes with free shipping and free return shipping. One more reason to love Soma is that a portion of your purchase goes toward helping women in need around the world get back on their feet.

How do you know if your bra fits correctly?

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Ensure that your breasts properly fill the cups by bending forward to slip on your bra and hook it. When making adjustments make sure that the back of your bra is level with the front. You should be able to slide one finger underneath the band to ensure that it’s not too loose.

Breast bulge or puckering cups underneath a form-fitting shirt is a sign of the wrong size. The right level of support holds your breasts midway between your shoulders and elbows. Elastic loosens over time, so make sure that your brassiere fits perfectly when secured on the outermost hook.

Bras aren’t the only fit that changes with maturity. Just because you reach retirement doesn’t mean you’re ready to take it easy. Older adults who are looking to join a senior housing community with amenities suited for active adults may find a perfect fit at Friends Village at Woodstown located in Southern New Jersey. Seniors can choose between cottages or independent living apartments suited to their unique living needs.

Residents at Friends Village have the peace of mind knowing that the Salem County independent living community is equipped to support their health care needs. The retirement community in Woodstown, NJ is a short drive from Wilmington, Delaware, and the surrounding area. Request info or schedule a tour today and see how a senior housing community designed for active adults could be the right fit for your next move.

Finding the perfect coverage bra starts by taking your measurements to determine your size according to your body type, but also changes according to how active you are. If you’re joining an independent living community and staying active, you’ll need a some good support on a daily basis.