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Bra Size Converter - What's my bra size - two words that can send shivers up your spine. Indeed, it can be frustrating constantly trying to guess the perfect fit, and ending up with a bra that's either too small or too big and never feels quite right.
Disappointed? Don't be, it's not your fault. Bra sizes are complicated and to add to the mix, not all bra sizing systems are the same.
It can be even more confusing if a brassiere that you’re interested in is from another country with a sizing system that’s completely different than what you’re familiar with.
Cup and band sizes can vary. Some countries measure in inches, while others measure in centimeters, etc, etc. What's a person to do?
No worries - you've got this. Here, we share tips on determining bra size, and guidelines for converting tag size measurements to sizes that are easy to understand - no matter where your bras are from.
It's almost impossible to get the size right if you’re working with inaccurate bra measurements. The best place to start is....at the beginning, with your measurements!
Find a quiet moment and take your time so you can focus on getting it right to ensure the best possible bra fit.
Work with a proper soft tape measure; keep it lying smooth across your skin, not pinching too tight, or hanging slack and loose.
Use a full-length mirror to make
sure the measuring tape is parallel to the ground all the way around
While there are some subtle nuances to fitting a bra, here are the basic bra size converter rules.
If you try a bra in your size and it’s not quite the right fit, try a sister size. This means that you keep the same band-to-cup ratio, just up or down a size.
You’ll have a better chance of success when trying a sister size in the same ratio than you would if you just increase or decrease one of the measurements, which can throw off your proportions.
The most common sizing problem? Wearing a bra that’s too small in the cups and too loose in the band.
Solution - if you experience this problem and are wearing a size 36C, you might try a 34D as a starting point for getting a better fit.
A bra band that fits snugly offers better support (yes, a fair bit of support comes from the band). And, a larger cup will also support the breasts and provide a smoother look while avoiding embarrassing side or top spillage.
It’s fun to treat yourself to beautiful lingerie from different countries, and a way to enjoy new and fresh designs, but you can easily run into problems when trying to choose the right size.
Different countries use different standard sizing, so take the time to familiarize yourself with the sizing system of the intimate apparel that you're interested in.
Bras in the UK will fit differently than a French, Japanese or Australian bra.
Your best bet is to refer to an international bra size conversion chart or to simply get re-measured by a salesperson if you are traveling abroad.