Bra Fitting Guide

 

Around 80% of women wear the wrong bra size. Getting the fit right is so essential for comfort, support and confidence - did you know a well fitting bra improves your posture and figure in an instant

 

How to Measure Yourself at Home

 

Underband

 

Ideally wear the best fitting unpadded bra that you have. Measure around the rib cage, under the bust. The tape should be pulled firm around the body. Ensure tape is parallel to the floor all the way round. This is the underband measurement.

 

Cup Size

 

Measure over the fullest part of the bust. Ensure tape is parallel to the floor and not twisted.

Subtract the underband measurement from the over bust measurement to ascertain the cup size.

 

If the measurement is half an inch then round down to the nearest inch.

 

The Difference

(inches)

 

 

0

 

1

 

2

 

3

 

4

 

5

 

6

 

7

 

Your cup size is

 

AA

 

A

 

B

 

C

 

D

 

E

 

F

 

G

Please note that these are UK bra sizes

 

 

Tips for finding the best fitting bra

 

The band should feel firm and supportive, as well as being horizontal across the body, being the same level as the front of the bra. The hook and eye should be fastened on the loosest hook, ensuring you can fit two fingers underneath it.

 

The Underband

 

If the underband ‘rides up’ it is too big. If the underband ‘digs in’ it is too small.

 

The Cups

 

The breast should be fully encased within the cups. The cup should offer good support and forward projection, creating a smooth silhouette. If the cups are wrinkling and loose offering no support, it is too big and if the breast is spilling over at the neckline and underarm, it is too small. If the underwires are not sitting flat against the chest the cup size is too small.

 

The Straps

Straps should lie flat on the shoulders, not slip down or leave marks. Straps help balance the weight of the breast, rather than provide support and uplift; this is generated from the underband.

 

Remember

Centre front sits flat against the body. The breast should be completely encased in the underwire, which should be following the natural crease of the breast.

Frequently asked questions about bra fitting:-

Q. The cups are wrinkled or the foam cup sits away at the top of the bra

A. The cup is too big, go down a cup size

Q. My shoulder straps are digging in

A. You need to go down a back size

Q. The under band is riding up my back

A. The under band is too large, go down a back size

Q. The under band is rubbing against my skin

A. The under band is too tight, go up an under band size

Q. My breasts are spilling over the cups

A. Your cup size is too small, go up a cup size

Q. My breasts are spilling out of the sides

A. Your cup size is too small, go up a cup size

Q. The underwires are not sitting against my breastbone

A. The cup is too small, go up a cup size

Bra Style Guide

Balcony/Balconette

This style creates cleavage, making it perfect for scoop neck top with wide set straps

Plunge

A really comfortable shape that look great with low cut tops

Push-up

This enhances the size and shape of your bust, perfect for eveningwear

T Shirt

An ideal everyday bra, as it is very comfortable and creates a seamless shape

Full Cup

Wear a full cup if you want more coverage, as it covers the whole of the breast

Strapless

Everyone woman should own a strapless bra as it is a must for occasion wear and strappy tops

Multi-way

The straps can be detached for a strapless look, worn as a halter neck or crossed over at the back

Maternity

A very supportive style, maternity bras often double as nursing bras

Sports

Sports bras come in a number of variations depending upon the intensity of your chosen exercise

Minimiser

Minimiser bras are ideal to wear with fitted tops and button up shirts if you find the fabric a little stretched or the buttons pull. A minimiser bra  will redistribute the breast tissue giving the appearance of a reduced bust size yet still comfortable to wear.

 

 

Bra Band Sizes Conversion Chart

bra size

Bra Cup Sizes Conversion Chart

Bras – Cup Sizes

Swimwear and Brief Sizes

Swimwear and Brief Sizes


Accept
We use cookies to give you the best possible user experience.

If you continue, we assume that you consent to receive all cookies on all our websites. You can find out more information about cookies here