Definitely watch some of the reviews, and if you have questions, you can always email too. I like to look at reviews to see how people felt the band and cups ran to double-check. If a cup is a hemisphere, its volume V is given by the following formula:
How to Determine your Bra Size?
Or are you wearing a US J? Panache sometimes blends a little better than Elomi because of the seam placement. Have you tried the Freya Idol at all? Goddess just came out with a new non-padded smooth cup bra. Also, check out Fit Fully Yours. The Maxine is available up to J cups band runs small though so maybe try a 40J or 40I instead. Swimsuits are always a little tricky like bras , but I typically suggest starting with your normal size. I wear a 38H, in lane bryant bras. I find if i go to a 40H, the band feels too loose, but I need a bigger cup, because my chest starts to spill over just a bit.
What would my sizing be in UK? I recommend checking through our Bra Naked Truth articles for more information because I do a great breakdown on finding a starting point size and correcting fit issues. Because of my experience owning our own store, I know that VS sizing is not always the best place to start, particularly if you are thinking of going with a UK company. Check these articles out:. There are also some Canadian online retailers too although none will stock the Bravissimo brand as that is their in-house collection which could make things cheaper on shipping, particularly for any returns.
Regardless, check out the fit advice because it will help you figure out if she really needs a 38DD or if there is a size that will fit her better. Hi I wear a uk size 34GG in all my bras, fauve, fantasie, panache, Im getting married and have a low back dress so need a low back bustier, have been looking at the wacoal and le mystere bustiers, what size would I order?
Depending on how low the dress is, there are low back converters which can drop the back of a regular bra low enough, but it may also be an area where you need to work with alterations.
In some cases, we have worked with alterations to lower the back of an existing bustier to be concealed under the dress. Other times we have taken an older bra and had it sewn into the dress. It just depends on how low the back is. These could be redone to suit the shape of the dress, but it will add to alterations. Hello Erica, I have just recently discovered the wacoal retro 36 DD. I love this bra and have it in numerous colours. I would love to try A Freya plunge, but it runs in my mind from my time in the UK that the cups run smaller.
Can you offer any advice? Is that the classic Retro Chic? If that fits okay, you may want to look at the 36E or F in Freya. Hi Erica, wow that was a super fast response. Thanks for the advise. I will let you know how I get on.
Hi Erica, I have asked you questions before on bra sizing, but can you help with panties. I am thinking on buying the Freya vixen plunge bra, you recommended that I bought two cup sizes bigger, I am a 36 dd in the Wacoal retro and will be trying the 36 F in the Freya Vixen. I also love the wacoal retro panties in a medium, what would you recommend size wise in the Freya Vixen Panties.
As a result, you may find you need a different size depending on the style and manufacturer! I think it also varies from store to store of course , and although band sizes are the same, cup sizes can vary a lot.
I usually fill out an American cup size C, but while getting fitted at Debenhams, I ended up having to ask to try on larger sizes because a C was incredibly small. True, sizing is not always one-to-one, but I think it has more to do with different brands too. Even in America, there are some companies with more generous cups, and within certain brands, individual bras can also run differently.
For people purchasing online, I recommend reading reviews and possibly contacting the retailer to gauge their opinion on sizing. It could help give a better idea on how the cups and band size run and increase the chance the purchase will be successful. A 38HH sounds like a UK size already. US companies often do not use the double letters. In American, that would be more like a 38L. I am a 40 I in U S but I sag even though cup size fits.
Suggestion about size and where to order bras this size. Right now I wear Glamorize Thanks for help. Never knew any one else to talk to about this issue. Have you tried Goddess or Elomi? They give a lot of lift and are better quality than Glamorise.
Keira is about the same price as Glamorise, but the support is amazing! Thank you, I had been going to try Glamorise because I have found Glamorise in larger sizes, but now I am trying to work out which Goddess or Elomi to purchase. Which of the Elomi or Goddess would you consider to be the roomier fitting size for size? Are the sizes directly comparable or is one a UK and one a US sizing. I also like a fuller coverage.
Are you able to offer any insight into one brand over the other? Perhaps suggest a particular style in a particular size? Can you perhaps suggest a totally different brand and size and style that may be preferable given all the parameters? I should mention that I really only wear soft cup bras as my size changes dramatically in the course of the day due to lymphedema and underwire is just too uncomfortable.
Any help would be much appreciated. Based on your measurements, I would say you are probably about a US 50I. Elomi uses UK sizing while Goddess uses US sizing; however, Elomi does not offer any styles in 50 bands and only has one soft cup options anyway. It features a full-coverage design, restricted stretch straps with a movable shoulder cushion pad, and a wireless design.
It does have side stays to keep tissue forward, but they can be removed easily if you prefer. Glamorise may still be on the table. Check out their Magic Lift and bras. In my experience, Glamorise can be a bit stiff at first, so you may want to wash them with a little fabric softener before wearing for a full day. The band and cups runs small, so I would order the 52I. Hello I usually wear panache bras in a 30G in and want to try other brands as well. Would it be the same size for Fantasie bras?
Also I would appreciate it if you could recommend a few bra brands for my body type small waist, large boobs thank you. No, it actually means there can be quite a difference between UK and US cup sizes. I just discovered your blog and thanks for the info. Any idea what that would be in a U. You may actually need a much larger cup. It could be worth seeing if one is local instead of going through the UK with costly shipping and returns. While looking up converting UK to us sizing I found out from a bra fb page that I am no where near the 36C i have been wearing from a 34GG on my large side.
Any advice or help would be awesum I and going on a yr of trying to find my good bra. First, if you are wearing 34GGs in American sizing that would be a 34J. Watch taking measurements too. I find we had the most issues with returns on our online store when people took measurements leaning over rather than standing upright. Go to retailer websites like Panache, Parfait, Freya, or Fantasie and see who their stockists are. Stores that carry those brands often have a wider range of sizes. If all of those are still too tall, it may be time to for something Polish, like the brand Comexim.
That sounds like a UK size. American companies would call a HH an L cup. In the past the UK and US size was the same, or at least I would look for the Elomi bras that had the same size for both. Now it seems the majority of the Elomi bras say they come in the UK sizing — could you tell me what UK size I should be looking for in Elomi? Thank you so much! As a result, most people assumed their UK size and US size was the same when in fact, their US cup size was significantly higher. Then, in the last 18 or so months, they realized or finally cared about the error they had made for over a decade and unveiled new tags with the correct sizing for the US.
We have fielded more than a few frantic phone calls from customers and even outright returns because people checked the US tag, saw the size was different than in the past, and sent the bra back with a note saying we sent the wrong size. Anyway, if you buy a 42H in Elomi, that is your UK size. In US sizing, a 42H is a 42K. Thank you so much Erica for the info you provided on the background!
I like to buy new Elomi bras rather often to try out new styles and colors and really like the bandless Elomis, but anymore I would start looking and could never commit because I was no longer finding both the US and UK size — so happy you cleared that up. Can I bug you for one more question? Check out Morgan, Matilda, and the upcoming Mitzi. Goddess is their sister line, and it uses some of the same fits at a cheaper price point. You want the US 42K there though! Finally, check out Sculptresse from Panache.
I did a review you can search for it where I loved it. Thank you very much for taking the time to give your recommendations and assist me with sizing for both Elomi and these other brands!!! Definitely watch some of the reviews, and if you have questions, you can always email too. Hi Erica, Just a quick note letting you know your sizing help worked great — I bought the Matilda off the chart cute and great fit! I also checked out some of your reviews you are one brave soul and really appreciated seeing the fit of so many bras.
That is so cool there is someone like you doing this. So glad to hear that, Heather! The tag in it says UK: I was very confused by this, as I was under the impression that those sizes would be different across the pond.
For everyday, I wear a Genie bra in size XL which suits my needs very well, but I believe that is they largest size they make. I always recommend double checking the sizes in her closet if you can because that would give you a starting point.
Hi I am looking for a proper fitting bra, right now I am wearing a Goddess bra in 36N and an Elomi in 36O which are a little small, I have been to fittings and so far cant find a bra to fit me. If I want to order bras from Bravissimo what size would I order, also can you make suggestions on other bras that I can try. They have the Alana bra which I hear runs small, so you may want to try the 36L. Beyond this, I would consider Ewa Michalak. I would consider a 36L with her too although I believe she takes measurements.
She wears this size and has great suggestions! Hi, Hoping you can make some suggestions for me. Due to the shape of my chest I cannot wear non plunge bras as they dig into my sternum and cause sores. The Freya deco bra is painful to wear. They have some nice new options like Hero, Fearne, and Pulse which could fit. You may also want to look at Elomi Matilda or other plunge styles. The wires may be slightly wide, depending on your shape, but the center gore is low and comfortable!
I just discovered your website and have a quick question. Am wondering if you believe that a U. Wacoal size 32ddd will be the same as a UK Wacoal size 32E? The chest circumference is measured on top of the highest point of your breasts, and just like your underbust circumference, it is usually recorded in inches per U. Once the difference between your bust and underbust is determined, the answer is converted to its corresponding alphabetical letter e.
For example, if your bust measurement is 34 inches and your underbust is 32 inches, then the difference between the two is 2 inches. The alphabetical equivalent of this in a generic U. This easy-to-use bra size calculator helps you to quickly determine your correct bra size in various international sizing systems, including U. All you need to do is take measurements of your bust and underbust sizes in inches or in centimeters.
You need to use a measuring tape to get accurate measurements of your bust and your underbust. It is also advisable to note your size in centimeters. Then, all you need to do is to refer to the generic size charts found below. It must be noted, however, that exact measurement of each bra size may vary depending on the brand or manufacturer. There will be instances in which you might find yourself purchasing a bra from a foreign brand following a slightly different sizing system.
Should you need to convert European sizes to U. To accurately determine your bra size, you need to take measurements of your band size and your cup size using a measuring tape. You may seek the assistance of a professional or a trusted friend to accomplish this. You may also choose to take your own measurements, but it is best to do this while standing upright in front of a mirror.
Keep in mind that you should not wear a bra or loose clothing while taking these measurements. Also known as your underbust width, you can measure your band size by wrapping the measuring tape directly under your breasts. Make sure you are breathing normally when doing so and that your chest is relaxed. This prevents the likelihood that you end up taking your measurements incorrectly.
Write down the value on a piece of paper in inches and in centimeters. In principle, you should measure under the bustline twice. The measuring tape should apply loosely around your upper body. It is important that it does not pinch the skin. In addition, you should let yourself inhale during measurements. You then enter the determined length.
Then you should apply the tape tighter around your upper body for a second time, this time allowing the tape to pinch the skin slightly. This time you should breathe while taking measurements and enter the value.
Before you can get your cup size, you need to measure your bust size. To do this, you need to wrap the measuring tape around your upper torso and on top of the highest point of your breasts i. Make sure that the measuring tape is at the same height in the back as in the front and that it is parallel to the ground.
Take note of the measurement in inches and centimeters and write it on a piece of paper. Now look up your bra size in the bra size chart above or use the bra size calculator. Cup sizes typically vary per country, especially for larger bra sizes. Make sure that the measurements you are subtracting are in the same units; they must be both in inches or centimeters. Once you have the difference, all you need to do is refer to a size chart to determine the alphabetical equivalent of your cup size.
A sample chart for U. If you plan on using a bra size calculator like the one provided below , you may not even need to calculate your cup size. All you may have to measure are your underbust width and your bust size, and once you have inputted the appropriate information to the calculator, you will then be provided with the bra sizes which suit you best. Shopping brassieres can sometimes get frustrating.
And even if they do have your size, something may be slightly off with the fit. For example, maybe the cup size is just right but the band size is too loose. Some women may immediately take this as a sign to move on and search for some other bra that might fit them.
In determining your sister size, you have the option to go one size up or one size down. In doing so, the number of your band size and the letter of your cup size shifts by one size. For example, if your bra size is 34C, you have the option to try either a size 32D or a size 36B. You may refer to the chart below and use it as a guide to help you identify your appropriate sister sizes.
The adjacent sizes to the left one size down and right one size up of your real bra size are your sister sizes. A bra, which is a shorter term for a brassiere, is an undergarment that is meant to cover the breasts and provide support to the person wearing it. It is regarded to be among the most complex garments to ever be manufactured.
Its main components include:. Bras come in different shapes and types, which serve various purposes and are meant for specific body types. As a guide, here are several of the most common bra styles currently being sold in the market:. At present, the clothing industry has made it possible for women to choose their preferred brassieres from a wide selection of styles which suit their needs and tastes alike. Choosing the perfect bra, however, is more than just about fashion.
Believe it or not, wearing an ill-fitting bra can actually make you sick. It can cause headaches and neck pains, which may eventually lead to posture problems. Even worse, it might negatively affect how well your lymphatic system functions. A lot of women, as it turns out, do not wear the right bra size.
Bra-wearers can calculate their cup size by finding the difference between their bust size and their band size. The measurements are made in the same units as the band size, either inches or centimetres.
The cup size is calculated by subtracting the band size from the over-the-bust measurement. Cup sizes vary from one country to another. The larger the cup size, the bigger the variation.
Surveys of bra sizes tend to be very dependent on the population studied and how it was obtained. For instance, one U. However, the survey sample was drawn from Caucasian student volunteers at a Midwest U. Bra-wearers who have difficulty calculating a correct cup size may be able to find a correct fit using a method adopted by plastic surgeons. Using a flexible tape measure, position the tape at the outside of the chest, under the arm, where the breast tissue begins.
Conversion of the measurement to cup size is shown in the "Measuring cup size" table. This principle means that bras of differing band size can have the same volume.
For example, the cup volume is the same for 30D, 32C, 34B, and 36A. These related bra sizes of the same cup volume are called sister sizes. A study by White and Scurr University of Portsmouth compared method that adds 4 to the band size over-the-bust method used in many United Kingdom lingerie shops with and compared that to measurements obtained using a professional method. The study measured 45 women using the traditional selection method that adds 4 to the band size over-the-bust method.
Women tried bras on until they obtained the best fit based on professional bra fitting criteria. When women wear bras with too big a band, breast support is reduced. Too small a cup size may cause skin irritation. They noted that "ill-fitting bras and insufficient breast support can lead to the development of musculoskeletal pain and inhibit women participating in physical activity.
In , researchers published research on world-wide breast size. They gathered breast data by gathering , individual breast size measurements in different countries. Only data from women in the age group 28 to 30 years. They found that women born in the United States have much bigger breasts than women in any other country. Their average bra cup size, when converted to the European measurement system, is substantially larger than "F". The mean cup size of women of Canadian origin is "E" according to the EU bra size.
Their average breast size is "D". Women born in Africa and Asia, especially those born in East Asian countries, have the smallest breast volumes.
Asian women were found to have an average "A" cup size or even smaller. Bra-labeling systems used around the world are at times misleading and confusing.
Cup and band sizes vary around the world. Bra-fitting experts in the United Kingdom state that many women who buy off the rack without professional assistance wear up to two sizes too small. Manufacturer Fruit of the Loom attempted to solve the problem of finding a well-fitting bra for asymmetrical breasts by introducing Pick Your Perfect Bra, which allow women to choose a bra with two different cup sizes, although it is only available in A through D cup sizes.
There are several sizing systems in different countries. Most use the chest circumferences measurement system and lettered cup sizes, but there are some significant differences.
Many bras available come in only 36 sizes. The UK uses the inch-system, this means that the difference in chest circumference between the cup sizes is always one inch, or 2. Leading brands and manufacturers including Panache, Bestform, Gossard, Freya, Curvy Kate , Bravissimo and Fantasie, which use the British standard band sizes , and so on. However, some clothing retailers and mail order companies have their own house brands and use a custom sizing system.
As a result, their J-Cup is equal to a British standard H-cup. Their H-Cup is roughly equal to a British standard G-cup. Cup labelling methods and sizing schemes are inconsistent and there is great variability between brands. This has introduced further sizing scheme confusion that is poorly understood even by specialist retailers.
Bra-sizing in the United States is very similar to the United Kingdom. Band sizes use the same designation in inches and the cups also increase by 1-inch-steps. However, some manufacturers use conflicting sizing methods. D1, D2, D3, D4, D In , underwear maker Jockey International offered a new way to measure bra and cup size.
It introduced a system with ten cup sizes per band size that are numbered and not lettered, designated as , etc. The company developed the system over eight years, during which they scanned and measured the breasts and torsos of women. Researchers also tracked the women's use of their bras at home. In very large cup sizes this causes smaller cups than their English counterparts. This system has been standardized in the European dress size standard EN introduced in , but was in use in many European countries before that date.
They increase in steps of 2. Japanese sizes are the same as Korean ones, but the cup labels begin with "AA" for a 7. The French and Spanish system is a permutation of the Continental European sizing system. Since it starts with size 0 for European size 60, the conversion consists of a division by 5 and then a subtraction of The size designations are often given in Roman numerals.
Cup sizes have traditionally used a step size of 2. Manufacturers' marketing and advertising often appeals to fashion and image over fit, comfort, and function. English mechanical engineer and professor John Tyrer from Loughborough University has devised a solution to problematic bra fit by re-engineering bra design Loughborough University. He started investigating the problem of bra design while on assignment from the British government after his wife returned disheartened from an unsuccessful shopping trip.
He theorised that this widespread practice of purchasing the wrong size was due to the measurement system recommended by bra manufacturers. This sizing system employs a combination of maximum chest diameter under bust and maximum bust diameter bust rather than the actual breast volume which is to be accommodated by the bra. According to Tyrer, "to get the most supportive and fitted bra it's infinitely better if you know the volume of the breast and the size of the back.
It's an instrument of torture. The average breast weighs about 0. If a cup is a hemisphere, its volume V is given by the following formula: If the cup is an hemi- ellipsoid , its volume is given by the formula: Cups give a hemi-spherical shape to breasts and underwires give shape to cups.
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Find your UK Bra Size from body measurements with our UK Bra Size Chart. The International Size Reference Guide. Women. Bra Size Chart, UK How to Determine your Bra Size? To determine your bra size (and to find the perfect fitting bra), it is very important that you measure your body carefully. Cup Size = Over bust measurement (inches. - A cup size Capacity bra cup size increases in proportion to the waist. That is, the capacity of the cup in a 80D bra is more than a bra 75D, despite the fact that you are using the same letter D to denote the size of the cup. Cup volume (cup size) is increasing when the band size is decreasing (and that the cup volume is decreasing when the band size is increasing). Because of this, more cup sizes can fit your breasts, if the band size changes.