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How do I find my bra size? How do I find my girdle size?

BRA FITTING

Bra fitting is more of an art than a science and our size can change throughout our lives, based on weight gain or loss, hormonal changes and many other reasons.It's a good idea to remeasure yourself whenever you're about to replace your bras. Why? While cost is not always a factor in bra quality, bras are an investment and wearing the right sized bra enhances your overall well-being -- if you're comfortable, it shows! Not to mention it'll look better under your clothes and let's face it, when we look good, we feel good!

While there are some expert fitters out there, finding one is not always easy. Sometimes, you have to do it yourself but if you have a willing friend or mate that's even better.

Cloth tape measures are preferable, but I've also used plastic ones. Make sure it's not stretched out!

Measure with your most comfortable bra on (unpadded, non-contour) and start by measuring directly under your breasts and straight around your back.

Make sure the tape is snug but not taut. Is it parallel to the floor (does it lie in an even horizontal line around the rib cage beneath your breasts)?

Next, measure directly above your breasts (around the top of your rib cage), drawing the tape measure under your arms and around in front. Again, keep it snug but not taut (it shouldn't dig into your skin).

By measuring both ways, you can see if you get a fairly consistent measurement -- round odd numbers or fractions UP. This is your band measurement.

Now measure loosely around the fullest part of your breasts.

This is the number you need to determine your cup size.Subtract your band measurement from the full bust measurement.

Refer this number to the chart below to determine your cup size. For example, your band size is 34 and the fullest part of your bust measured 39? Start with a 34DD.

CUP SIZE CHART -- One Cup Size per inch

less than 1/2" AAA cup 7" G cup
1/2 to 1" AA cup 8" H cup
1" A cup 9" I cup
2" B cup 10" J cup
3" C cup 11" K cup
4" D cup 12" L cup
5" DD/E cup 13" M
6" DDD/F cup 14" N

This number is not necessarily your final bra size, but it is a good starting point to finding the best fitting, most comfortable bra for your body. And don't get hung up on the numbers (or letters). I know of two women who have been wearing 36C for years. After proper measurement and fitting, one of them has learned she is actually a 32G and the other learned that she is a 34DD!

Bras differ from manufacturer to manufacturer, European sizing is different from American is different from Australian, so always let the actual fit and feel of the bra be the final determining factor.

International Band Size Conversion Chart:

USA UK EUR France/Spain Japan Australia
28 28 60 75 60 6
30 30 65 80 65 8
32 32 70 85 70 10
34 34 75 90 75 12
36 36 80 95 80 14
38 38 85 100 85 16
40 40 90 105 90 18
42 42 95 110 95 20
44 44 100 115 100 22
46 46 105 120 105 24
48 48 110 125 110 26
50 50 115 130 115 28
52 52 120 135 120 30

International Cup Size Conversion Chart:

USA UK EUR France/Spain Japan Australia
AA A A A A AA
A B B B B A
B C C C C B
C D D D D C
D DD E E E D
DD E F F F DD
DDD/E F G G G E
F G H H H F
G H I I I G
H I J J J H
I J K K K I

Most of the bra's support should come from your band, not the straps (they shouldn't dig into your shoulders). As a rule, there should be no spillage from cups, wrinkles, bags, etc.and the bra should be hooked on the last hookset (as the bra ages, it stretches a bit so you want to be able to use the tighter hooks to compensate for this as your bra gets older).

For more detailed information, I strongly recommend Ali Cudby's book Busted! It's a super easy read and a wealth of information. Can't get the book? She has an excellent site called Fab Foundations, and an extras page where you can get size comparison charts for a variety of manufacturers and more!

GIRDLE SIZING

1. Measure around your natural waistline keeping the tape comfortably loose.
2. Measure around the fullest part of your hips
3. Your girdle size is your waist measurement unless your hips are more than 10" larger than your waist. In this case, go the next size up.
For example, if your waist measurement is 30" and your hips are 42", you should go with a size 32 girdle.

USA Sizes
WAIST in Inches 24 26 28 30 32 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 58
HIPS in Inches 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 58 60 62 64 66 68
Your Size Is XS S M L XL 2X 3X 4X 5X 6X 7X 8X 9X 10X 11X 12X 14X 15X

 

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