HOW TO DETERMINE YOUR BRA SIZE
Stage 1 – Wearing a good fitting bra, measure directly under your bust and around your back. Hold the tape so that it feels FIRM around your back – this is your under-bust measurement
Stage 2 – Measure across the tip of your breast and around your back whilst still wearing your bra – this is your over-bust measurement
Stage 3 – Drop us an email at email@example.com giving us the above measurements plus your usual dress size (ie 10, 12, 14 etc) for tops and the bra that you are interested in. We can then advise you on the size that you should order.
REMEMBER that measuring alone only a guide. The right bra for you may, in reality, be a slightly different size, as the key is in the fit. We are trained bra fitters and pride ourselves on being able to help you find a perfect bra for you by measuring and fitting you in person. If you are unable to come into the store, the then following tips are aimed at helping you to make your own judgements:
- The band of your bra should fit snugly around the narrowest part of your back and be the same height all the way round
- The bra should be close to the body at the front and sit evenly in the middle
- Your breasts should be enclosed in the cup with no wrinkling of the fabric
- Your breasts should not bulge over the top or side of the cup
- You should be able run two (but no more than two) fingers under the ban
- Always start on the loosest hook. This way you can tighten it up as the bra stretches, giving you more wear
COMMON PROBLEMS AND HOW TO RESOLVE THEM
- The band is digging in around my body or the band is overstretched – Here the band appears to be too tight, so try a bigger band size e.g. 34 to a 36. To keep the cup size the same you must go down a cup size e.g. 34C = 36B
- The shoulder straps are digging in – You may need to loosen the straps. If this does not work it maybe that the underband is too big, thus giving you no support, and the weight of your bust is being borne by the straps. The underband acts as 80% of the bra’s support so try going down a band size e.g. 40 to a 38.
- The straps keep slipping off– Here you need to adjust the straps so they are a tighter fit. For more support you may need to try a bra with wider straps. Sometimes this can also be caused by the underband of the bra being too loose.
- My breasts are bulging out of the top or sides of the cup – This is a really common problem – the reason is that the cup size is too small. Try a larger cup size e.g. B to a C cup
- The fabric is wrinkling on the cups– Here the cup is too big. Make sure you lift your bust into the bra. If the fabric still wrinkles try going down a cup size e.g. D to a C cup. This can sometimes happen if your breasts are different in size. Choosing a bra with a stretch lace cup can help, as the fabric will stretch to fit each breast individually.
- My bra is riding up at the back or moving around – Here your band size may be too big. Try lifting your arms up to see if the band is tight enough. If it is riding up try going down a band size e.g. 36 to a 34. To keep the cup size the same you must go up a cup size e.g. 36C = 34D
SOME USEFUL TIPS
We’re well aware that buying lingerie on line can be fraught with difficulty. Manufacturer sizing tends to assume that we all sport hourglass figures, whereas in reality many of us are pear or apple shaped (requiring a larger brief) or larger on top (perhaps needing a smaller bottom). Things are complicated by the fact that different manufacturers do size their products differently so the tables above are just a general guide.
Here, we’ve tried to share our experience in fitting and wearing different brands, to give you a bit of “insider” knowledge:
ANITA – their briefs tend to be a little on the small size and we would recommend that you go up a size if you are in any doubt. Their swimsuits and bras are fairly true to size, but remember that they don’t have any “double” sizes such as DD, FF, GG etc. If you are a “double” size, we recommend that you go up a cup size – eg if you are a 34DD you need to choose the 34E. This is one of the few brands which has an I cup, so bear that in mind.
B.TEMPT’D – Bras tend to be fairly true to size. Briefs are similar, but, if you have any doubt, go up a size.
CHANTELLE – Again fairly true to size, if not a little generous in bras. Briefs may fit a tiny bit on the small side, so if you are between sizes, maybe best to go up a size.
ELOMI – Created for larger back and cup sizes. Some of their bras have been specifically designed for ladies who are petite in stature too (we have pointed this out in their descriptions). Pretty true to size.
FANTASIE – We think that their bras and briefs are pretty true to size. Again on the briefs, if in any doubt, go larger.
FREYA – Again this brand is pretty true to size, but, on balance, we’d say it is more suited to a firmer bust and a petite build.
GODDESS – An excellent choice for a voluptuous figure and pretty true to size
PRIMA DONNA – Bras are fairly true to size although they do not have double sizes. If you are a DD you will need an E cup. FF you will need a G cup and so on. The briefs are small so we recommend that you go up a size. If you are a size 14 choose a large and if you are a size 16 choose an extra large.
MARIE JO – Bras are fairly true to size although they do not have double sizes. If you are a DD you will need an E cup. FF you will need a G cup and so on. The briefs are small so we recommend that you go up a size. If you are a size 14 choose a large and if you are a size 16 choose an extra large.
PANACHE – Tends to fit a bit on the tight side for bras. Sometimes you need to go up a back size.
WACOAL – We think that their bras and briefs are quite true to size. Their full briefs are indeed full, so if you want something a little more sexy go for the bikini, tanga or even the thong!
EMPREINTE – Again this brand does not have double sizes. If you are a DD you will need an E cup. FF you will need a G cup and so on. We think that the bra underbands are quite generous and so are the briefs.
AUBADE – A fairly true to size brand, but, be warned, the balconette bras are seriously low cut!
LEJABY – The lingerie from the Elixir range is a little more generous than that standard range. Briefs can be a tad small on a rounder bottom!
Remember that we’re always happy to help with any of your queries – just call us in the boutique on 01905 619031 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org