It was in 1913 when a New York socialite, Mary Phelps Jacob, made a discovery that changed fashion forever. This year marked the creation of the first brassiere which consisted of tying two handkerchiefs together with a ribbon. Now bras have been innovatively designed with a woman's comfort and style in mind. And they are worn by women to enhance, minimize, support or show off their bust. But regardless of a woman's intention in wearing a particular bra, fit is crucial. It can define the level of support and comfort that bras provide. But how do you make sure you are getting the right fit? Of course, key to this is accuracy in measurement.

Start out by using a measuring tape to measure around your bare rib cage, immediately below your naked breasts. This corresponds to the band size fitted to your figure. Also measure the widest part of your bust as accurately as possible. Take note of the difference between the band size and this measurement. If your bust measures a half inch bigger than your band size, then you should cup size of AA. A half to one inch more than band size indicates an A cup, 1 to 2 inch difference indicates a C cup, 3 to 4 inches for a D cup and 4 to 5 inches can fit into a DD cup or E. It would be better as well if you could try out the item itself to test whether it fits snugly and comfortably to your breast.