For best results, the breasts should be measured twice: Fortunately, band sizes tend to be equivalent, e.
Hi Lynda My measurements say 35 around to cage above breasts Am I wearing correct size else please correct both UK and U. Hi Erika, I am confused. I measure a 28 underneath my breast but a 38 in bra band size fits me! That sounds like a pretty steep difference in measurement vs. Is it possible the 38 fits you best because you actually need a size like 28J or JJ but have sized up to ensure cup coverage? I did this myself as a teenager and college student.
A 38DDD gave me coverage, but the band was hopelessly big. Can you comfortably wear a 38 band on the loosest set of hooks when new? And is all of your breast tissue encapsulated by the cups? Hi, I really want to order some bras from the UK but have no clue what sizes to get.
I have measured my band at a 30 and my bust at a If a panche bra in 36 k is to small in the cup size but I was measured in a 34 JJ in a US store called intimacy. What size do you think I should looked in to.
Sorry desperate in PA in the US. I hate bras they never fit right. Was the Panache bra in 36K the UK size? It was a UK 36k. Now you see why I hate bra shopping nothing fits right. I live in the US. What size would I need in a bra from the US. And do you know of any place that sells the size I need so I can try them on? Thanks for your response. You can find someone to custom-make a bra, but the Ewa Michalak styles have received some very nice press.
You may also want to check out the blog: If I intend tend to purchase from USA what would my size be? Can you suggest a good brand. Check out Large Cup Lingerie. They are a UK company that offers free International shipping from time to time.
That would probably be the easiest! I have always found it troublesome finding the right bras. I have found a brand in the US, Warner that are consistently comfortable and I need a 34D for their specific brand. When I bra shop in the UK no matter where. I find I try bras in that size and all seem squashed. Can you recommend a brand similar to their style and what rough sizes I should be looking at in the UK?
I am not as familiar with Warner bras, but I have seen from customers they sometimes run generous. You may want to size up to a 34DD in the UK. Also, what brand and styles would you recommend? Check out our Common Bra Problems http: You may also prefer to switch and try styles from another brand like Panache or Comexim.
Fit Fully Yours also has some t-shirt bras in that size range too. Their Sculptresse line also has the fabulous Chi Chi and Flirtini bras. I am a US 36GG. I would be grateful for any advice! This style; however, is not good under a t-shirt. Molded cup bras do not fit well at all, no matter the size or brand. I have purchased mail order and returned at least 10 in the past month. What style do you suggest?
Or are you wearing a US J? Panache sometimes blends a little better than Elomi because of the seam placement. Have you tried the Freya Idol at all?
Goddess just came out with a new non-padded smooth cup bra. Also, check out Fit Fully Yours. The Maxine is available up to J cups band runs small though so maybe try a 40J or 40I instead. Swimsuits are always a little tricky like bras , but I typically suggest starting with your normal size. I wear a 38H, in lane bryant bras. I find if i go to a 40H, the band feels too loose, but I need a bigger cup, because my chest starts to spill over just a bit.
What would my sizing be in UK? I recommend checking through our Bra Naked Truth articles for more information because I do a great breakdown on finding a starting point size and correcting fit issues. Because of my experience owning our own store, I know that VS sizing is not always the best place to start, particularly if you are thinking of going with a UK company.
Check these articles out:. There are also some Canadian online retailers too although none will stock the Bravissimo brand as that is their in-house collection which could make things cheaper on shipping, particularly for any returns. Regardless, check out the fit advice because it will help you figure out if she really needs a 38DD or if there is a size that will fit her better.
Hi I wear a uk size 34GG in all my bras, fauve, fantasie, panache, Im getting married and have a low back dress so need a low back bustier, have been looking at the wacoal and le mystere bustiers, what size would I order?
Depending on how low the dress is, there are low back converters which can drop the back of a regular bra low enough, but it may also be an area where you need to work with alterations.
In some cases, we have worked with alterations to lower the back of an existing bustier to be concealed under the dress. Other times we have taken an older bra and had it sewn into the dress. It just depends on how low the back is.
These could be redone to suit the shape of the dress, but it will add to alterations. Hello Erica, I have just recently discovered the wacoal retro 36 DD. I love this bra and have it in numerous colours. I would love to try A Freya plunge, but it runs in my mind from my time in the UK that the cups run smaller.
Can you offer any advice? Is that the classic Retro Chic? If that fits okay, you may want to look at the 36E or F in Freya. Hi Erica, wow that was a super fast response. Thanks for the advise. I will let you know how I get on. Hi Erica, I have asked you questions before on bra sizing, but can you help with panties. I am thinking on buying the Freya vixen plunge bra, you recommended that I bought two cup sizes bigger, I am a 36 dd in the Wacoal retro and will be trying the 36 F in the Freya Vixen.
I also love the wacoal retro panties in a medium, what would you recommend size wise in the Freya Vixen Panties. As a result, you may find you need a different size depending on the style and manufacturer! I think it also varies from store to store of course , and although band sizes are the same, cup sizes can vary a lot.
I usually fill out an American cup size C, but while getting fitted at Debenhams, I ended up having to ask to try on larger sizes because a C was incredibly small. True, sizing is not always one-to-one, but I think it has more to do with different brands too. Even in America, there are some companies with more generous cups, and within certain brands, individual bras can also run differently.
For people purchasing online, I recommend reading reviews and possibly contacting the retailer to gauge their opinion on sizing. It could help give a better idea on how the cups and band size run and increase the chance the purchase will be successful. A 38HH sounds like a UK size already.
US companies often do not use the double letters. In American, that would be more like a 38L. I am a 40 I in U S but I sag even though cup size fits. Suggestion about size and where to order bras this size. Right now I wear Glamorize Thanks for help. Never knew any one else to talk to about this issue. Have you tried Goddess or Elomi? They give a lot of lift and are better quality than Glamorise.
Keira is about the same price as Glamorise, but the support is amazing! Thank you, I had been going to try Glamorise because I have found Glamorise in larger sizes, but now I am trying to work out which Goddess or Elomi to purchase. Which of the Elomi or Goddess would you consider to be the roomier fitting size for size? Are the sizes directly comparable or is one a UK and one a US sizing.
I also like a fuller coverage. Are you able to offer any insight into one brand over the other? Perhaps suggest a particular style in a particular size? Can you perhaps suggest a totally different brand and size and style that may be preferable given all the parameters? I should mention that I really only wear soft cup bras as my size changes dramatically in the course of the day due to lymphedema and underwire is just too uncomfortable.
Any help would be much appreciated. Based on your measurements, I would say you are probably about a US 50I. Elomi uses UK sizing while Goddess uses US sizing; however, Elomi does not offer any styles in 50 bands and only has one soft cup options anyway. It features a full-coverage design, restricted stretch straps with a movable shoulder cushion pad, and a wireless design.
It does have side stays to keep tissue forward, but they can be removed easily if you prefer. Glamorise may still be on the table. Check out their Magic Lift and bras. In my experience, Glamorise can be a bit stiff at first, so you may want to wash them with a little fabric softener before wearing for a full day.
The band and cups runs small, so I would order the 52I. Hello I usually wear panache bras in a 30G in and want to try other brands as well. Would it be the same size for Fantasie bras? Also I would appreciate it if you could recommend a few bra brands for my body type small waist, large boobs thank you. No, it actually means there can be quite a difference between UK and US cup sizes. I just discovered your blog and thanks for the info. Any idea what that would be in a U. You may actually need a much larger cup.
It could be worth seeing if one is local instead of going through the UK with costly shipping and returns. While looking up converting UK to us sizing I found out from a bra fb page that I am no where near the 36C i have been wearing from a 34GG on my large side. Any advice or help would be awesum I and going on a yr of trying to find my good bra.
First, if you are wearing 34GGs in American sizing that would be a 34J. Watch taking measurements too. I find we had the most issues with returns on our online store when people took measurements leaning over rather than standing upright.
Go to retailer websites like Panache, Parfait, Freya, or Fantasie and see who their stockists are. Stores that carry those brands often have a wider range of sizes. If all of those are still too tall, it may be time to for something Polish, like the brand Comexim. That sounds like a UK size. American companies would call a HH an L cup. In the past the UK and US size was the same, or at least I would look for the Elomi bras that had the same size for both.
Now it seems the majority of the Elomi bras say they come in the UK sizing — could you tell me what UK size I should be looking for in Elomi? Thank you so much! As a result, most people assumed their UK size and US size was the same when in fact, their US cup size was significantly higher. Then, in the last 18 or so months, they realized or finally cared about the error they had made for over a decade and unveiled new tags with the correct sizing for the US.
We have fielded more than a few frantic phone calls from customers and even outright returns because people checked the US tag, saw the size was different than in the past, and sent the bra back with a note saying we sent the wrong size. Anyway, if you buy a 42H in Elomi, that is your UK size. In US sizing, a 42H is a 42K. Thank you so much Erica for the info you provided on the background!
I like to buy new Elomi bras rather often to try out new styles and colors and really like the bandless Elomis, but anymore I would start looking and could never commit because I was no longer finding both the US and UK size — so happy you cleared that up. Can I bug you for one more question?
Check out Morgan, Matilda, and the upcoming Mitzi. Goddess is their sister line, and it uses some of the same fits at a cheaper price point. You want the US 42K there though! Finally, check out Sculptresse from Panache. I did a review you can search for it where I loved it. Thank you very much for taking the time to give your recommendations and assist me with sizing for both Elomi and these other brands!!! Definitely watch some of the reviews, and if you have questions, you can always email too.
Hi Erica, Just a quick note letting you know your sizing help worked great — I bought the Matilda off the chart cute and great fit! I also checked out some of your reviews you are one brave soul and really appreciated seeing the fit of so many bras.
That is so cool there is someone like you doing this. So glad to hear that, Heather! The tag in it says UK: I was very confused by this, as I was under the impression that those sizes would be different across the pond.
For everyday, I wear a Genie bra in size XL which suits my needs very well, but I believe that is they largest size they make. I always recommend double checking the sizes in her closet if you can because that would give you a starting point. Hi I am looking for a proper fitting bra, right now I am wearing a Goddess bra in 36N and an Elomi in 36O which are a little small, I have been to fittings and so far cant find a bra to fit me.
If I want to order bras from Bravissimo what size would I order, also can you make suggestions on other bras that I can try. They have the Alana bra which I hear runs small, so you may want to try the 36L. Beyond this, I would consider Ewa Michalak. I would consider a 36L with her too although I believe she takes measurements. She wears this size and has great suggestions! Hi, Hoping you can make some suggestions for me. Due to the shape of my chest I cannot wear non plunge bras as they dig into my sternum and cause sores.
The Freya deco bra is painful to wear. They have some nice new options like Hero, Fearne, and Pulse which could fit. You may also want to look at Elomi Matilda or other plunge styles. The wires may be slightly wide, depending on your shape, but the center gore is low and comfortable!
I just discovered your website and have a quick question. Am wondering if you believe that a U. Wacoal size 32ddd will be the same as a UK Wacoal size 32E? Thanks in advance for your thoughts! They could give you the bullet look in your exact size. Found this quite by accident.
Thought you might like to be informed. What size should I go for as I read that Panache cups and bands run small? If the Elle is a bandeau style top, then you may want to try either the 34E or the 36DD. If it is more molded or non-padded, you may be okay with your normal size.
If you can, it could be worth ordering two sizes to see which fits best and returning the other. This blog is just what I needed — thank you! My question is, I see some bras I like in an I size. Is it one down from a J? Erica is a lover all things lingerie and is passionate about helping people find the bra which fits and flatters.
Side passions include reading, writing, hiking, dairy-free food, walking her Jack Russell terrorists, and dying her hair everything from black to red. Also, I recommend checking out these articles: Reply What does a 40j mean in us a? Band sizing in Europe and Japan EU does not correspond to underbust circumference, but one add 4 or 5 inches to her measurement, instead of taking the raw number. Thus, to find one's correct EU band size, a rough rule to follow is to round the underbust measurement to the nearest 5 as band sizes increase in multiples of 5 centimeters, such as 55, 60, 65, 70, etc.
Cups increase by 2 centimeters for every band size, instead of the one inch 2. The Japanese labeling system differs only from Europe's in that cup size is listed before band size, such as "B70" instead of "70B".
Just like with other sizing systems, the number indicating band size and the number the bra actually stretches to can vary between brands. If you're looking to try a new brand online, it's always best to look for reviews on bra blogs and places like Bratabase and A Bra That Fits before purchasing. The bra sizing method of Australia and New Zealand AUS most often uses cup size increases of 2cm as seen in manufacturers sizing charts such as Bendon  , Bonds  and Pleasure State .
Band size is measured by dress size instead of underbust. These AUS dress sizes are only based on women with B and C cups, leading to inaccuracy if one chooses a bra based solely on dress size.
Circumference of chest, as used in dress size, does not relay information regarding band size or cup size. However there is substantial variation between manufacturers sizing and cup labelling  with many using unique labelling such as Cake  , Lovable  and BodyWise  Bendon notably is the only one employing UK sizing .
However such conversions are essential in larger cup sizes as this market in AUS is met by equal parts UK, US and European manufacturers whose products display sizes in their own countries conventions without local equivalent [See for example the ranges at Blest Bras  and Brava Lingerie  ].
Many local lingerie and large cup bra specialists are themselves confused by differences in cup labelling and offer misinformation. Such misinformation can result in women wearing several cup sizes too small. The bra sizing method of Italy and the Czech Republic I is listed for mostly historical reasons, as most manufacturers have switched to the EU system.
Bra Size Converter: FR Bra Size to US, UK, EU, IT, AU Bra Sizes: Let us help you convert FR Bra Sizes to other Bra Sizing Systems. This is useful if you are planning to shop bras on theIinternet (you can actually save a lot of money!), or if you are travelling. Using your current bra size as a starting point, refer to the chart below to refine your fit. Bra sizes that share a row are called sister sizes. Move across the chart if neither your cup or band fit, and move up/down the chart if your cups don’t fit. Bra Size Converter: UK Bra Size to US, EU, FR, IT, AU Bra Sizes: Let us help you convert UK Bra Sizes to other Bra Sizing Systems. This is useful if you are planning to buy new underwear on the internet, or if you i.e. are going to shop while you are on holiday in USA, France, Italy or another country.