Bra Fitting Size Guide
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Fact: Most women wear a bra that is the wrong size.
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The Right Stuff
Get the choice of bra right and it will do more for your appearance and the inner you than a bathroom full of anti-wrinkle creams, a shopping basket full of cake, or a ‘tiny’ glass of Chardonnay (un-oaked).
We believe in the power of clothes and especially lingerie. You know it makes you feel good about yourself. The right fitting bra will change your outlook. Try it? Not sure that it would suit you? Order a selection and try them on at home and make the effort for yourself and then for your lover.
It’s a pain isn’t it? Visiting shops and looking at all those hangers full of straps and not knowing where to start. Put one thing in your mind. I am unique and I want the best for my breasts.
You will need a different range of sizes because your body changes.
Buy a bra that is going to fit not the bra-size you want to be.
Bras vary by manufacturer and by garment type.
Measurements are starting points; a tape measure cannot record your breasts accurately.
How to Size
Band size and cup size complement each other. They are not independent size ranges; they are interrelated measurements.
The numbers, eg ’34,’ are absolute. The cup size, eg ‘C’ is not. The cups are relative to the band size. As a band gets bigger, the ‘U’ of the cup increases in width. What does that mean? It means that a ‘C’ cup in a ’34.’ a ’36,’ or a ’38′ is different.
What should I do to make sure I get the right fit?
1. Put on a regular bra, no padding.
2. Check Band Size
- Measure the length around your rib cage directly below your bust. Make sure the tape is parallel to the floor.
- Pull the tape so it is snug around you.
- Round the measurement to the closest whole inch (either up or down).
- If the number is even – add four inches.
- If the number is odd – add five inches.
- This final number is (likely) to be your band size.
3. Cup Size (bust measurement)
- Measure around the fullest part of your bust, tape parallel to the floor.
- Round this number up or down to the nearest whole inch.
- Subtract your band size measurement from the second larger measurement.
- The difference is your cup size.
At least you now have a starting point.
Your bust measurement is 36 inches and your band size is 34″ therefore you subtract the 34″ from the 36″ and get 2.” That difference of 2 inches will make your cup size a ‘B.’
Here’s a Handy Table of Cups – Difference Standard Cup Size
|0″ – .5″||AA|
|.5″ – 1″||A|
|5″||DD or E|
|6″||DDD or F|
See our Size Guide Table for the difference in sizes by country.
Let’s be sensible and not blind ourselves with those patronising tips you get from other sites. You should know your size. You will know that there will be some variation depending on brand. This is a guide to sizes only so make sure you’ve read the return policy.
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