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More than 80 percent of women are wearing the wrong bra size

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Bras. These small pieces of fabric are a big deal—for your sides, back, and, of course, boobs.

Did ya hear the one about the Buzzfeed writer who went to six different stores to get fitted—and got six different assessments? No wonder 85 percent of women still wear the wrong bra size!

Find your match:

Sports

The first layer has cups for separation (read: no uniboob); the top layer zips up to prevent bounce. Victoria’s Secret Knockout Front-Close Sport Bra, from $56, victoriassecret.com

Basic

Here, being #sobasic is so necessary—smooth cups won’t show through even your thinnest white tee. Wacoal La Femme Underwire T-Shirt Bra, $60, wacoal-america.com

Sexy

No bows or cheesy frills here. With its plunging neckline, and scalloped edges, it’s a modern bombshell. Triumph Iconic Essense Underwire Bra, $88, triumph.com

Backless

You get 25 wears out of this sticky bra. Hand-wash, store in its original packaging, and avoid lotion when it’s on. Fashion Forms Go Bare Backless Strapless Bra, $36, macys.com

Strapless

Elastic sides and back allow for a custom fit, with silicone gripper strips to keep it locked in place—up to size DDD. Chantelle Sublime Invisible Strapless Bra, $78, journelle.com

Ordering Online?

As with jeans, not ideal unless you already know how the brand fits. But if you must, here’s the 1-2-3.

  1. Measure under your boobs with a tape measure. That number is your band size.
  2. Measure the fullest part of your bust.
  3. Subtract the second number from the first. Each inch in difference equals a larger cup size. (1 inch = A, 2 inches = B, 3 inches = C, and so on)

What Age Is Your Bra?

If it’s reached toddler status, it’s time to go: Within a year of use, bras stretch and start to lose their support, says Jenny Altman, a style and fit expert. Since sports bras sustain the most bounce, they’ll max out at six months if you hit the gym two or three times a week.

Treat It Right

So sayeth the Bra Gods: To extend a bra’s life, don’t wash or dry it in a machine; it messes with the underwire and padding.

No time to hand-wash? Do it in the shower! (Or at least put your bra in a mesh lingerie bag in the washer.) Then lay flat or hang by the center to dry.

Wash every two or three wears, but don’t don the same bra twice in a row—too much stretching.

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