You may also want to look at Elomi Matilda or other plunge styles. First, if you are wearing 34GGs in American sizing that would be a 34J. I wanted to know what would you recommend for strapless bra?
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. This is because many of them do not take the time to consult with a professional regarding their bra size or even take their own measurements.
Instead, these women rely on the size of their old and used bras when shopping for new ones. This is supported by our study participated by 1, women who were asked in an online panel about bra sizes. Result of the survey showed the following:. Ever wonder why you have the set of breasts that you do?
Here are four of several factors that influence the size and shape of your breasts:. There are several red flags to watch out for when fitting bras, and once you encounter one, you need to either size up or size down.
Here are some of the signs that you are wearing the wrong bra size:. To find a great-fitting bra that provides optimum support and gives you a more flattering form, it is not enough to take your underbust and chest measurements as well as your cup size in consideration.
You must also think about the shape and positioning of your breasts. Here are several breast types and the bra styles that suit each one best:.
Do you have a slightly larger bust? Then it is important that your bra is the right size and fits well. As a rule, a big bust is very heavy and should be properly supported with the appropriate bra. Women with a large bust whose bras do not fit properly can suffer from various physical discomforts. When buying, you should consider that the intended support of the bra is 80 percent dependent on the underbust brace and not on the wearer of the bra, as is often mistakenly suspected.
If the brace of your bra fits too loosely and slides upwards, the bust load is transferred to the bra straps. As a result, the bra straps intersect causing tension and pain in the back and neck area. Do you have a big bust? Then you should pay attention to the following aspects when choosing the right bra:.
With breasts of different sizes, the shape of the breasts is often different, the nipples sit in different positions or point in different directions and the volume can vary from side to side. In the case of pointed breasts, however, the course between the upper part of the breast and the nipple is conspicuous and can appear almost triangular in profile.
To a certain extent, bras with molded shells act as a template and shape maker shapewear. They do not allow the nipples to shine through the upholstery and clothing, creating a balanced appearance. To increase the symmetry in case of small side differences, the beam lengths can simply be adjusted.
For larger differences in volume, on the other hand, cushions and pillows are suitable. But even then it is important to choose the right bra size first. Breast malformations, operations, and hereditary predisposition can lead to a pronounced difference between breast sizes. However, removable cushions or additional cushions can be used to achieve a more symmetrical shape. Shell bra cups or variable padded push-up bras can be used as the basis for this. Removing removable pads and cushions on the side of the larger breast is ideal and easy.
On the side of the smaller breast, on the other hand, they are inserted so that support is provided in the underbust area. On the one hand, this has a relieving effect. On the other hand, the breast tissue is pushed upwards by this measure, fills the basket and promotes a symmetrical appearance.
Brassieres with straps running over the neck are suitable for asymmetries as well as for pointed breasts. The breasts are automatically raised slightly, which makes the upper part of the breast more voluminous.
In addition, different sizes can be easily compensated for by the aforementioned aids. Inserts that are used attract less attention or are easier to laminate. However, it is also important for these triangle or neckholder bras to focus on designs with padded cups.
There are many advantages that come with regularly wearing properly-fitted bras. Aside from hiding the nipples and enhancing the aesthetics of your upper body, wearing a supportive and right-fitting bra might help delay the sagging of the breasts.
It also reduces the pain and discomfort you feel when your breasts are bouncing, especially if they are larger than average. Bras also provide insulation, reduces friction, and regulate sweating in the bust area. Nowadays, a lot of women choose not to wear a bra at home and in public. Women are hit by puberty at different ages.
However, there are early bloomers that develop breasts as early as 8 years old and late bloomers that do so at 15 years of age. Therefore, your daughter should start wearing bras when you notice that her chest is starting to grow since she may already begin to feel discomfort and pain at that point. Moreover, your child might be more self-conscious about her chest, and she may unknowingly alter her posture to hide the protrusion of her bust.
There is no rule of thumb at what age you should start wearing a bra. The age at which a girl needs or wants a bra is a very individual thing. The decisive factor for most girls is the desire to feel beautiful and feminine with a bra. Another reason, of course, is for the breast to have support. You may also want to check out styles with a stretch lace like Panache Jasmine or Envy too.
The lace tends to accommodate fuller tissue better, and the other styles should be open enough at the top to not cut into any tissue. Based on your measurements I would look at around the 34GG to UK H cup, particularly since you have found some bras which fit well in this size cluster, but you may want to start with H cups in general to ensure you have enough cup depth.
You may also like the following styles depending on breast shape: I hope this helps, and if you have more questions, please feel free to email me! Hi Erica nice blog! I like to look at reviews to see how people felt the band and cups ran to double-check. Do you know if that is true for her bras? Her brand is Von Follies. In addition to checking out Lingerie Addict, I would double-check Bratabase to see if they have measurements available.
It does seem like there are stateside retailers of Von Follies, like Bloomingdales, too if you want to see if a local place would have it available to try in person. The cut of the bras and the shape of the cups may be at odds with you, which can create fit issues. I ordered a swimsuit top and it was 38dd from Curvy Kates from UK which I wear in the states and it was way to small. Here are a couple sexy ones:. I can never find bras that fit me in stores in the U. I prefer plunge bras or bras that show a little more cleavage.
What size bra should I be looking for and where should I be looking? I am happy to help. I also make some style recommendations too. Sometimes there are some fabulous boutiques a little further out, but having access to a fitter as well as the ability to try the bras first would really help.
Have a great day! I love your blog posts. Thanks so much for sharing what you know about this subject. It really feels like a jungle to me. I wanted to ask you if you know anything about the Fantasie sizes. Most of the time I wear a 65G European size. I recently started to order bras from UK and have figured out that a 65G should be a 30F. But I noticed on a tag on a couple of bras by Fantasie, that say: Do you know anything about this?
And thanks again for sharing your knowledge. It has helped me a lot when picking bras. I am glad the blog has helped you navigate the jungle. Eveden has two sets of tags out there on the marketplace, and I know at least one of them is wrong. However, I know that Fantasie sometimes just takes their cup size and applies it across the board, meaning they will say a UK F cup is also a US F cup. Their conversions other sizing systems are not always accurate and have raised a lot of questions here lately too.
Hi, I am looking to buy a bra from Boux Avenue and I was wondering how their sizes run. I measured myself and found myself to be 28 inches around the rib cage underneath the breasts and then 32 inches around the breasts.
So I assume that would make me a 28D. I have bought a UK sized bra off Amazon before, the Cleo Neve Plunge t-shirt bra, but I found the band to be too tight and the straps set too wide apart, making the cup wires dig into my armpits. I have a small rib cage so that bra was too wide. What would you say about buying bras from Boux Avenue? Hi Erica, I usually buy Fantasie 32 G which fits me well but want to try Wacaol would I need the same size or do the Wacaol bras come up smaller?
The Wacoal 32G is smaller in the cup than the Fantasie 32G. Now, that said, Wacoal often cuts a pretty tight band, so you may be happier with a US 34H in their bras. Hi Lynda My measurements say 35 around to cage above breasts Am I wearing correct size else please correct both UK and U. Hi Erika, I am confused.
I measure a 28 underneath my breast but a 38 in bra band size fits me! That sounds like a pretty steep difference in measurement vs. Is it possible the 38 fits you best because you actually need a size like 28J or JJ but have sized up to ensure cup coverage? I did this myself as a teenager and college student. A 38DDD gave me coverage, but the band was hopelessly big. Can you comfortably wear a 38 band on the loosest set of hooks when new? And is all of your breast tissue encapsulated by the cups?
Hi, I really want to order some bras from the UK but have no clue what sizes to get. I have measured my band at a 30 and my bust at a If a panche bra in 36 k is to small in the cup size but I was measured in a 34 JJ in a US store called intimacy. What size do you think I should looked in to. Sorry desperate in PA in the US.
I hate bras they never fit right. Was the Panache bra in 36K the UK size? It was a UK 36k. Now you see why I hate bra shopping nothing fits right.
I live in the US. What size would I need in a bra from the US. And do you know of any place that sells the size I need so I can try them on? Thanks for your response. You can find someone to custom-make a bra, but the Ewa Michalak styles have received some very nice press.
You may also want to check out the blog: If I intend tend to purchase from USA what would my size be? Can you suggest a good brand. Check out Large Cup Lingerie. They are a UK company that offers free International shipping from time to time. That would probably be the easiest! I have always found it troublesome finding the right bras.
I have found a brand in the US, Warner that are consistently comfortable and I need a 34D for their specific brand. When I bra shop in the UK no matter where. I find I try bras in that size and all seem squashed. Can you recommend a brand similar to their style and what rough sizes I should be looking at in the UK?
I am not as familiar with Warner bras, but I have seen from customers they sometimes run generous. You may want to size up to a 34DD in the UK.
Also, what brand and styles would you recommend? Check out our Common Bra Problems http: You may also prefer to switch and try styles from another brand like Panache or Comexim. Fit Fully Yours also has some t-shirt bras in that size range too. Their Sculptresse line also has the fabulous Chi Chi and Flirtini bras. I am a US 36GG. I would be grateful for any advice! This style; however, is not good under a t-shirt.
Molded cup bras do not fit well at all, no matter the size or brand. I have purchased mail order and returned at least 10 in the past month. What style do you suggest?
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.
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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. You need to measure both under bust measurement and over bust measurement. See illustration above, and read our measuring instructions below. To find your bra size, follow these quick and easy steps: Get a measuring tape and put on your newest, best-fitting bra with an underwire and no padding. Adjust the straps to make sure your center breast is halfway between your shoulder and elbow. thoughts on “ UK vs US Bra Sizing ” Rishia. June 7, at pm. Permalink. I like your blog No, I LOVE your blog. This is THE best explanation on bra sizing by far and only. There’s the UK conversion associated with the charts in the series as well as on the calculator. Depending on what brand you are looking for, it.