23 June 14

THE ULTIMATE BRA FITTING GUIDE

A women’s world would be so much easier if we had universal bra sizes! However as it stands the lingerie industry and bra sizes differ all throughout the world and from brand to brand. How do you measure your bra size and find the perfect bra just for you?

There are two main factors to finding the right bra for you, one is your bra size and the other is your bra shape. Combining the two together will give you a comfortable, supportive bra you can wear all day long.

In this bra fitting guide we will take you through:

1. Finding your bra size: not every fitter agrees with using a measuring tape, however this guide if not aimed at professional bra fitters. It's for women who want to find and measure their bra size themselves.

2. Finding your bra shape: This is just as important as your bra size.

3. An international bra size converter because we are moving into a global economy so you need to know this is you're buying bras online.

4. The Equivalent  Bra Size Chart: So you can tweak your fit if you need to.

NOTE: These techniques will get you pretty close if not spot on to your bra size, but always remember to check your fit because every bra id different.

HOW TO MEASURE YOUR BRA SIZE 

# It is always recommended that you get professionally fitted for a bra because to measure your bra size while can be accurate it does differ from person to person. Remember that all bras have a “sister size” so if you measure a bra size that doesn’t seem accurate try its sister size.

1. BRA BAND SIZE

Wrap the measuring tape around your rib cage snugly just under your bust. Make sure you’re wearing a good fitting, non-padded bra while measuring, measure in inches. If it’s an odd number go down one. Use the Band Size chart below to convert your band size.

  • Bras stretch in the back; your bra should fit firmly on the loosest hook when new;
  • Band is level from front to back;

 Bra Band Size Converter

Australia

8

10

12

14

16

18

20

22

24

26

UK & US

30

32

34

36

38

40

42

44

46

48

Europe/ Japan

65

70

75

80

85

90

95

100

105

110

2. CUP SIZE 

Wrap the measuring tape around your breasts. Measure in inches the fullest part of your bust. Simply subtract your band size from your bust measurement and that will give you your cup size. Use the chart below to find your cup size.

 

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
AUS A B C D DD E F G H I J K L M O
UK A B C D DD E F FF G GG H HH I J JJ
US A B C D DD/E DDD/F G H I J K L M N O
EURO/ JAPAN A B C D E F G H I J K L M N


3. Smaller Cup sizes A – D

You have converted your measurements and have both the band and cup measurement. Now to tweak! Go up in your band size and down in your cup size.

For Example:

Band Measurement: 32 inches = Australian Size 10

Bust Measurement: 35 inches

Cup Size: 35 – 32 = 3, Equals a C cup

Bra Size: 10C

NOW go up a band size and down a cup size = 12B (US, UK 34B)

4. Larger Cup Sizes DD Cup & Up

You have converted your measurements and have both the band and cup measurement. Remember you want it to be a snug fit that way it is guaranteed to support you.

For Example:

Rib Cage Measurement: 34 inches = Australian Size 12

Bust Measurement: 40 inches

Cup Size: 40 – 34= 6 Give’s me an E Cup.

Bra Size: 12 E (US, UK 34E)

FINDING YOUR BRA SHAPE

Finding a bra shape is just as important as finding their bra size.

The bra shape that is best for them depends on whether they have high set, low set, wide set or low set breasts.

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The distance between your forehead and chin is usually the distance between your chin and the top of your cleavage.
HIGH SET BREASTS
If your cleavage is higher than the distance between your forehead and chin it means you have high set breasts

LOW SET BREASTS

If your cleavage is lower then the distance between your forehead and chin it means you have low set breasts.

NOTE: There is NOTHING wrong with this and your breasts are not abnormal, it’s just like most women have one breast bigger than the other

WIDE AND CLOSE SET BREASTS
1. If the breasts start/sit just under the armpits or is there a little space between the underarm and breast?
2. Also look at the space in between the breasts; is there no gap, a little gap or a bigger gap for example more the 2 cms?

WIDE SET BREASTS
Wide set breasts are sitting next the underarm and if there is a large gap in between the breasts than they are wide set breasts. A key indicator for this is underwires always dig in under their arm.

CLOSE SET BREASTS
If there is space between the breasts and the underarm and if there is no gap or a little gap, for example around 1cm in between the breasts then they have close set breasts.

THE BEST BRAS FOR HIGH SET BREASTS

Balcony bras are great and some plunges; having high set breasts they run the risk of your boobs sitting under your chin or cutting them off so the body appears shorter in length. These bras are great as they give support and still allow women to wear V neck and scoop tops that will flatter their body.

NOTE: In Australia we know balcony and balconette's as the same bra however personally I think they're different, balconette's have more of a sweetheart neckline, like a 3/4 cup bra if you know what I mean...

 

balconette bra

 

THE BEST BRAS FOR WIDE SET AND LOW BREASTS

Balcony bras are fab  because the cups are designed to fit the breasts and they have longer straps because of the difference in shape. This will not only flatter your body shape, but it will offer heaps better support.  It is common for women who have low set breasts also have wide set breasts. The cups on Balcony bras on positioned wider or further apart than other bras therefore balcony bras much more comfortable as the bra won’t dig in under the arms.

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THE BEST BRAS FOR CLOSE SET BREASTS

Most bras are made for close set breasts they can usually wear a few different shape bras. The best ones are balcony and full cup bras, bigger breasts may find that plunge bras will cause spillage because the breasts naturally want to fall in the middle giving a double boob look. (They usually sit great when you first put them on then as the day goes on the creep into the centre.)

Full cup bra

BOTTOMS SIZE GUIDE 

SIZE

DRESS SIZE GUIDE

WAIST (INCHES)

HIPS (INCHES)

S

8-10

24-27

34-37

M

12-14

27-30

37-40

L

14-16

30-33

40-43

INTERNATIONAL BRA BAND SIZE CHART 

Australia

8

10

12

14

16

18

20

22

24

26

UK & US

30

32

34

36

38

40

42

44

46

48

Europe/Japan

65

70

75

80

85

90

95

100

105

110

INTERNATIONAL BRA CUP SIZE CHART 

 

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
AUS A B C D DD E F G H I J K L M O
UK A B C D DD E F FF G GG H HH I J JJ
US A B C D DD/E DDD/F G H I J K L M N O
EURO/ JAPAN A B C D E F G H I J K L M N


SISTER SIZE 

The Equivalent  Bra Size Chart: Every bra has a sister size which means the CUP size is the exact same but the band size is different, sometimes you need to tweak your bra size for that perfect fit.

To find your bras sister size you do two things:

  1. Go UP in the cup and go DOWN in the back
  2. Go DOWN in the cup and go UP in the back

Note: All bra sizes are in Australian Sizes

Bra Size Sister Size 1 Sister Size 2
10A 8B 12AA
10B 8C 12A
10C 8D 12B
10D 8DD 12C
10DD 8E 12D
10E 8F 12DD
10F 8G 12E
10G 8H 12F
12A 10B 14AA
12B 10C 14A
12C 10D 14B
12D 10DD 14C
12DD 10E 14D
12E 10F 14DD
12F 10G 14E
12G 10H 14F
14A 12B 16AA
14B 12C 16A
14C 12D 16B
14D 12DD 16C
14DD 12E 16D
14E 12F 16DD
14F 12G 16E
14G 12H 16F
16A 14B 18AA
16B 14C 18A
16C 14D 18B
16D 14DD 18C
16DD 14E 18D
16E 14F 18DD
16F 14G 18E
16G 14H 18F
18A 16B 20AA
18B 16C 20A
18C 16D 20B
18D 16DD 20C
18DD 16E 20D
18E 16F 20DD
18F 16G 20E
18G 16H 20F

 

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