How to Measure Chest Size
In this article, we’re going to break down how to measure your bra size in three easy steps so that the next time you go bra shopping, you’ll have a better idea of what to look for when trying to find your best-fitting bra.
#1 Measuring Chest Size for Women
Locate a fabric tape measure. This type of tape measure is easy to wrap around your body, and accurately measuring curves. If you don't have one, you can instead wrap a string around your body, then measure that with a ruler.
Find a friend to help you measure. It can be a little tricky to take an accurate chest measurement on your own, so if possible, see if you can find a friend to help you. If not, you'll just need to be extra careful to make sure the tape measure doesn't slip in the back.
Remove your shirt, but leave your bra on. Any extra fabric will add a few centimeters to your measurement. Since you'll be wearing a bra under the clothing you're getting measured for, the extra fabric of the bra should be included in your measurement.
Wrap the tape measure around your chest. Position it so that the tape is horizontal to the ground, and falls just under your armpits. Bring it around your back so that the ends come together in front, across the widest part of your breasts.
Don't stick your chest out or exhale; just stand normally.
Make sure the tape measure is not twisted.
Look in the mirror to find your measurement. The place where the end of the tape measure meets with the other side is where you'll find the number that indicates your chest size.
#2 Measuring Chest Size for Men
Find a fabric tape measure. This type of tape measure is made of soft material that makes it easy to wrap around your body. If you don't have one, you can instead use a piece of string to wrap around your chest, and measure the string with a ruler to get your size.
Consider asking someone to help you measure. You will get the most accurate measurement if someone else is holding the tape, since they'll be able to make sure it's lined up correctly across your back. However, you can still get a very accurate measurement if you just want to do it yourself.
If you must take the measurement yourself, do it in front of a mirror, so that you can see if the tape is parallel to the ground all the way around.
Take off your shirt. Clothing adds extra width to the measurement, so it's better not to be wearing anything on your torso.
Wrap the tape around your torso. Slide it tape so that it surrounds your chest and falls just under your armpits. Rest it securely around the widest part of your chest, which is often above or at the nipple line. If you are performing the measuring yourself, make sure the numbers are turned out so that you can read it in the mirror.
Hold the ends of the tape with both hands in the front of your body, so you'll be able to see the measurement.
Look in the mirror and make sure the measuring tape isn't twisted.
Ensure the tape is at the same height all the way around. It should be parallel with the ground.
Stand normally. Don't puff out your chest or flex your muscles. This will add a few centimeters to the measurement and make it less accurate.
Take note of your measurement. Look in the mirror at the place where the beginning end of the tape measure and the remaining portion meet in the front of your chest. This number is your chest measurement.
Don't look down at the tape to take your measurement, since this can cause it to slip out of place. Look in the mirror instead.
Add 2 inches (5cm) to the measurement for any garment that you want to be slightly loose, such as a dress shirt. Always round up the measurement when buying clothing.