Bra Glossary — What Does That Mean?

What does that mean?  How do I understand the “bra language”?

Here are a few definitions of some commonly used words.

1.  Average Coverage —  allows some of the breast to be uncovered or exposed.

2.  Contour Cup — are cups that are lightly padded for shaping and nipple concealment.

3.  Padded Cup — is when the padding is thick enough to increase the appearance of your breast size.

4.  Demi Cup — covers the lower half of the breast while the top portion is exposed or uncovered.

5.  Minimizer — is a bra that flattens (redistributes) the breast to reduce the front projection.

6.  Strapless Bra — is a bra without straps.

7.  T-Shirt Bra — is usually a contour bra that shapes and and prevents your nipples from showing through.


Does My Bra Fit?

A well fitting bra lifts, supports, and shapes. The correct fitting bra will make you look younger and thinner.  A wrong fitting bra will make you look messy and older.  If your bra is uncomfortable, you are wearing the wrong size.

Every brand and style will fit different even if they are the same style. A Maidenform demi cup is going to fit differently from a Wacoal demi cup.  A Bali full coverage cup is going to fit differently from a Vanity Fair full coverage cup.  When you find a brand and style that fits you perfectly, stick with it.  When trying to figure out your bra size, first find your band size (the number), then go up or down with the cup size (the letter).  The band should fit comfortably snug when hooked on the loosest row of hooks.  

If you are now wearing a 38C, try a 36D.  If the cup is too small, try a 36DD.   If you are wearing a 42D, try a 40DD.  If the cup is too small, try a 40DDD.  If you are wearing a 34B, try a 32C.  If the cup is to small, try a 32D.

Looking good and feeling good is empowering.  Your dresses and tops will fit so much better when wearing the correct fitting bra.  Get your copy of ……The Ultimate Bra Fitting Guide, before you go bra shopping and find out how to choose the correct fitting bra.


December 19,2012


You did it!  

Your book — The Ultimate Bra Fitting Guide — has been published.

This is the email I received on December 19, 2012 at 11:30am.

October 8, 2012 —– I decided to get the book,  that had been written for  about a year, published.   2 1/2 months later, my book is no longer a dream, it is a reality.  Debra (the writer), became Debra —- the published author.  After changing the title, about 3 or 4 times, and editing, what seemed like 100 times, The Ultimate Bra Fitting Guidewas finalized and published.

I have been a full time bra specialist/fitter for 9 years.  It did not take me long to realize how much I enjoyed educating, and making women happy for the first time in many of their lives.  So, here I am with 2 adult children (33 and 27), 2 grandsons (9 and 3), 1 husband, 1 cat and a new career. 

I am a published author and welcome to my world!

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What Is A Bra Fitting?

The Ultimate Bra Fitting Guide by Debra Sanders-Steele

A bra fitting is a private session between you and a woman who has been measuring women for bras as a full  time profession for awhile (5, 10, 15, 20 years or more).  With only your bra on, a tape measure is wrapped around your rib cage (to get the band size) and then wrapped around the largest part of your breast (to get the cup size).  If the band size is an odd number, round up to an even number.

There are no right and wrong ways to figuring out your bra size during a professional fitting.  Different opinions exist as well as different methods.  No matter how the professional fitter comes up with the numbers,  you will still have to try on many styles and brands.  How the bra fits will determine your final size.

For complete instructions on how to measure for your band and cup size, turn to page 5 of — The Ultimate Bra Fitting Guide.

P.S…….I also cover the different methods used to calculate  the band size.

This Is A Good Fitting Bra

How do you know if your bra is fitting good or bad?  We always talk about a bad fitting bra and how to fix the problems, but this time I am going talk about a good fitting bra.

1.  The underwire should go around the under part of your breast.  The wire should never poke or stab into your breast (cup too small).

2.  The middle part between the cups should lay flat against your rib cage between your breast.

3.  There should be no wrinkles or gaps in the cup.  The cups should encase your breast perfectly.  Your breast should not be bulging out from under your arms or from the middle front of the cups (cups too small).

4.  Your band should be snug and supportive when fastened in the loosest row of hooks, when new.  Your band should never move up or shift as you are moving around (band too big).

You can find more about this topic in The Ultimate Bra Fitting Guide.