How to Measure Yourself for the Correct Bra Size


The Right Bra For Me

A bra should be supportive, functional, and fun all at the same time. When you get fitted for a bra, you are not only getting fitted for a body type, but a personality as well. Wearing the correct bra size and style changes your whole persona. You become more confident, proud, and comfortable; giving you the confidence to do what you dream of doing, which will make a profound difference in your life.

The Test

While wearing a bra, lift your boobs with both hands. If you notice any difference in the way you feel you are wearing the wrong size bra. This is where we want to help you.

Getting Your Perfect Fit

Measuring yourself for a bra is an art and not an exact science, but our fit guide can provide you with a useful starting point.

It’s best to measure yourself when you’re wearing a bra – make sure it has no padding and is not a minimizer.

For your band size pull a tape measure around your torso, right underneath your breasts. Make sure that it lies flat at the back and in a horizontal line all the way round. Pull it real snug to get an accurate measurement. When you take these measurements, round to the closest whole inch, either up or down. (For example, if your measurement is 29 3/8", round to 29". If your measurement is 29 1/2" or more, round to 30".)

If the rounded measurement you come up with is an even number, add 2 inches. If the rounded measurement you come up with is an odd number, add 1 inches. The result is your band size.

Example: 33" + 1" = 34" band size

For your cup size measure around your torso, across the fullest part of your breast. Again, make sure that the tape measure is at the same level all the way round, but this time take care not to pull it tight. Round up or down to the nearest inch as you did to find your band size. Now, subtract your original underbust measurement from this second measurement. The difference is your cup size (see chart below). Example: 38" - 33" (underbust measurement) = 5" = DD cup size

Difference     UK Cup Sizes US cup Equivalent European Cup Equivalent
0"-1/2" AA AA AA
1/2"-1" A A A
2" B B B
3" C C C
4" D D D
5" DD DD/E E
6" E DDD/F F
7" F DDDD/G G
8" FF H H
9" G I
10" GG J
11" H K
12" HH L
13" J M
14" JJ N
15" K O

Once you get past the D cup sizes and larger, there tends to be a discrepancy among brands as to what to call sizes beyond a D cup. We hope this chart, based on the country of origin of the manufacturer, clears up some of the confusion.

 

1. Fill your cups ...

Baggy cups are not a good look. Try going down a cup size. If your cups are creasing around the nipple, however, that's a different matter. Try going down a back size to pull the fabric taut.

2. ... but don't overflow

Spilling out over the tops or sides of your cups won't make your breasts look bigger (there are padded and gel-filled push-up bras to do that). It just means that you're wearing too small a cup size: try the next one up. For most women, one breast is larger. In many cases one breast may even be one cup size larger than the other. In such situations, you should choose the cup size that fits your larger breast.

3. Don't let the straps take the strain

A bra's main support comes from the band, not the straps. So make sure that you're wearing the correct band size: too big, and your straps will end up taking the weight, which will cause them to dig in.

4. Think horizontal

Look in the mirror side-on. Is your bra band at the same level all the way round? If it's riding up at the back, you probably need a smaller band size. It even helps to pull the back about an inch lower then the front, that should give you a clean line and take care of some of that “back fat”.

5. Finger rules

Never mind a rule of thumb; here's what you need to know about fingers. Your bra band should feel tight and firm, but with enough space to insert two fingers under the back band, and one under the centre front.

6. Fasten a new bra on the loosest hook

Fascinating bra fact: a bra can grow up to 4" due to wash and wear. So when you buy a new bra, make sure that it fits properly on the loosest hook; you might need to tighten it with wear.

7. Underwiring should lie flat at the front

The centre front of your bra should lie flat against the breastbone. If it doesn't, it's telling you to go up a cup size.

8. Underwiring sits on the bone

And while we're talking about underwiring, check the wire at the side of the bra. It should sit on the ribcage, without digging into any of the breast.

9. Bring a t-shirt

The best way to see what shape a new bra will give you is to try it on under a tight fitting t-shirt. Look at yourself from all angles and make sure that you get a smooth line with no unwanted bulges.

10. Get moving!

You wouldn't buy a pair of shoes without walking around in them. So why should buying a bra be any different? Don't just stand there: stretch out and flap your arms to make sure it feels comfortable when you move. Also make sure to sit down in your new bra, this will tell you whether the bra will dig and bother you when you are sitting in it all day!

Please note the difference in UK and US panty sizing

UK Sizing US Sizing
10 S
12 M
14 L
16 XL
18 XXL

Confused?

Please call 443.869.5324 and one of our fit specialist will be glad to help you out.