Lingerie Fitting Guide
International Dress Sizes
International Cup Sizes
International Back Sizes
- EU sizing is used in a large number of countries in Europe: Austria, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, etc.
- French sizing is mainly used in Belgium, Spain and Portugal.
The Bra Size Guide
If you need to buy a new bra but you're unsure as to how to measure yourself properly, then there is a simple way to get a good, reliable measurement.
Step 1: Measure your Back Size
Take a soft tape measure and measure around your back and under your bust. This will give you an accurate measurement across your back. Find your number, in either inches or centimetres and write it down. Be sure to round everything up to the nearest whole number.
Step 2: Measure your Cup Size
Whilst wearing a non-padded bra, or in the nude, stand upright with your arms at your side and measure the fullest part of your bust. Make sure the measuring tape is parallel with the ground and not lose or too tight. Measure around your back as before and find your number, again round it up.
- If there are 2 inches difference between the band and the cup size then you are a B cup. For example, 32 band and 34 cup you are a 32 B.
- If there are 3 inches then you are a C cup. 4 inches then a D cup, so on and so forth.
How is a good-fitting bra?
When choosing a bra always make sure that the apex of the bra (bottom of the straps at the front of the bra) are wide enough to support your bust. For instance, if you have a C cup or even a D cup, you can go for a slightly smaller apex. However, if you have a heavy bust such as an E, F, G, H or more, then you will need to make sure that the apex of the bra is wide enough to give you good support and lift.
Your bra should be both supportive and comfortable. Don't rely on the straps doing all the work. They should fit nicely but they should not be digging in. Too-tight straps can cause the cups to dig into your bust, while loose straps will slip off your shoulders as you move.
Make sure that the wings of the bra, the bit that goes under your arms, fit snugly,
but not too tight. If there are bulges above the wings, then you may need a bigger cup. If you are buying an underwired bra, bear in mind that there should not dig into. If this happens, you may go for a bigger back size.