OVERSEAS SIZE CONVERSIONS
Bra Underband Sizes
Briefs, Swim Bottoms & Clothing
WHAT DOES A GOOD FITTING BRA LOOK LIKE?
The band should follow a horizontal line around your body, and be firm but not too tight when done up on the loosest hook. You should be able to get two fingers underneath the back. If it is riding up your back in a curve, first check that the straps are not too tight then go for a smaller band size. If it is uncomfortably tight, go for a larger band size.
Adjust straps to a comfortable tension. They shouldn't leave a painful red mark. Straps are there for balance, rather than being relied on to provide all the support. Most of the support should be coming from the band, or the cradle of the bra.
The wires should sit flat against your rib cage, in the centre of your bra, and on the side. If there is fabric gaping or puckering, try a smaller cup size. If you are coming out of the top or sides of the cup, go for a larger cup size. If you are coming out the bottom of the bra, try a smaller band size and larger cup size.
PUTTING ON YOUR BRA
The best way to put on your bra is put your arms through the shoulder straps, then while holding the bra at the hooks and eyes, bend slightly forward and let your breasts sit in the cups. Do up the bra behind your back, with the hooks and eyes on the loosest fastening (so as the bra stretches you can tighten it). Reach into each cup and lift your breast tissue up and into the cup so you are sitting inside the wires.
WORKING OUT YOUR SIZE FROM YOUR CURRENT BRAS
Often it is easier to gauge your bra size based on how your current ones are fitting. If they're fitting you beautifully, stick to the same size. There are a few styles that fit a little differently to the norm. We have noted these differences on their product pages, so you can see straight away if you need to adjust the size.
If the band size fits, but the cup size is too small, keep the band size the same, and go up a cup size e.g. 12DD to 12E, 16FF to 16G
If the band size fits, but the cup size is too big, keep the band size the same, and go down a cup size e.g. 12DD to 12D, 16FF to 16F
If the cup size fits, but the band is too tight, go up a band size, and down a cup size (this keeps the cup the same proportion) e.g. 12DD to 14D, 16FF to 18F
If the cup size fits, but the band is too loose, go down a band size, and go up a cup size (this keeps the cup the same proportion) e.g. 12DD to 10E, 16FF to 14G
If the band AND cup are too small, go up a band and keep the cup size the same letter (this will make the cup bigger) e.g. 12DD to 14DD, 16FF to 18FF
If the band AND cup are too big, go down a band and keep the cup size the same letter (this will make the cup smaller) e.g. 12DD to 10DD, 16FF to 14FF
WORKING OUT YOUR SIZE USING MEASUREMENTS
If you wish us to help work out your size from your measurements, here is the easiest way to go.
Measure around your body just underneath your bust, keeping the tape measure firm and straight. We would prefer the measurement in inches, but we can convert from centimeters for you.
Measure across the fullest part of your bust while wearing your best fitting, non-padded bra, again keeping the tape measure straight the whole way around.
Give us a call, contact us through our site, or send us an email with these measurements and we'll do all the thinking for you. When using a measurement chart, there are more cases where the rules don't work, than when they do. We'd love for you to either email or call us once you have taken your measurements, so you can benefit from our expertise and product knowledge. That way we will maximise our chances of having you feeling amazing in the correct size, first time.
Move around a little and make sure you feel comfortable. Stretch your arms and hold them over your head to test if the bra stays in place. Unfortunately there is no such thing as a perfect absolute bra size, don't worry about the size on the tag – it's the fit that counts! Most women have slightly unequally sized breasts. When choosing a bra, it's always best to look at the fit of the larger breast, and have the strap a little tighter on the smaller size – underneath a top, you won't notice the difference.
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