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A well fitting bra can make a huge difference to your comfort and overall appearance.

The right bra can improve your posture and help prevent back ache. And yet, according to Bravissimo, 80% of all woman wear the wrong size bra.

Breast size can change for many reasons - following pregnancy, weight loss or gain, after being on the contraceptive pill or they can simply change for no apparent reason at all. Perhaps your breasts were never actually the size you assumed they were!
Find Out Your Bra Size

Getting your correct size is actually quite simple.

You need to take two measurements to determine your bra size.

Band Size

Firstly measure around your chest, under your bust, where the lowest part of your bra should sit.

For this first measurement, the tape measure should be held quite firmly but should not feel uncomfortable. Try to relax - don't try to breathe in. And make sure the tape measure doesn't slip down your back while you take your measurement.

Take this measurement in inches.

If it is an even number, add four.

If it is odd, add five.

The resulting number is your band size.

EXAMPLE: If your underbust measurement is 27" then your band size measurement is 32" (27" + 5"). If your underbust measurement is 28" then your band size measurement is also 32" (28" + 4")

Note When buying bras from Europe, the band size is measured in centimetres. In this instance there is no addition made to the under bust measurement.

Cup Size

Secondly measure around the fullest part of your bust.

The tape measure should sit lightly on your bust but not squash it. This measurement in inches is your bust size and is used to work out your cup size.

The cup size is obtained by subtracting the band size from the bust size.

If the two are the same, you are an A cup. If your bust size is one inch larger than your band size, you are a B cup, two inches larger and you are a C cup. This continues through the alphabet, though not in a strictly linear fashion, due to the presence of cup sizes such as DD.

Bras are bought by band size and cup size, for example 34B or 36C.


EXAMPLE: If your band size measurement is 27" and your bust size measurement is 30" then the difference between the two is 3" and therefore a D cup. If your band size measurement is 27" and your bust size measurement is 31" then the difference between the two is 4 " and you are therefore a DD cup.

Still not sure if you are wearing the correct bra size? Check out our Are you wearing the right size bra? page.

It is recommended that everyone should have a professional bra fitting every year or so.

Many large department stores offer a free measuring service and although it may not be to everyone's taste to have a stranger prod at your boobs, I can personally say (after years of avoiding a bra fitting myself) that it was not nearly as bad as I thought it would be (see my bra fitting experience).

BRA SIZE TABLE
Under Bust Measurement (inches) Band Size Bust Size Measurement (inches) Cup Size
25-26 inches
(63-67cm)
30 (65cm) 29" (74 - 77cm)
30" (77 - 79cm)
31" (79 - 81cm)
32" (81 - 83cm)
33" (83 - 85cm)
34" (85 - 87cm)
35" (88 - 90cm)
36" (90 - 92cm)
37" (93 - 95cm)
38" (96 - 98cm)
39" (98 - 100cm)

AA
A
B
C
D
DD
E
F
G
H
J

27-28 inches
(68-72cm)
32 (70cm) 31" (79 - 81cm)
32" (81 - 83cm)
33" (83 - 85cm)
34" (85 - 87cm)
35" (88 - 90cm)
36" (90 - 92cm)
37" (93 - 95cm)
38" (96 - 98cm)
39" (98 - 100cm)
40" (101-102cm)
41" (103 - 105cm)
42" (106 - 108cm)
43" (108 - 110cm)
AA
A
B
C
D
DD
E
F
G
H
J
K
L
29-30 inches
(73-77cm)
34 (75cm) 33" (83 - 85cm)
34" (85 - 87cm)
35" (88 - 90cm)
36" (90 - 92cm)
37" (93 - 95cm)
38" (96 - 98cm)
39" (98 - 100cm)
40" (101 - 108cm)
41" (103 - 105cm)
42" (106 - 108cm)
43" (108 - 110cm)
44" (111 - 113cm)
45" (113 - 115cm)
AA
A
B
C
D
DD
E
F
G
H
J
K
L
31-32 inches
(78-82cm)
36
(80cm)
35" (88 - 90cm)
36" (90 - 92cm)
37" (93 - 95cm)
38" (96 - 98cm)
39" (98 - 100cm)
40" (101 - 108cm)
41" (103 - 105cm)
42" (106 - 108cm)
43" (108 - 110cm)
44" (111 - 113cm)
45" (113 - 115cm)
46" (116 - 118cm)
47" (118 - 120cm)
AA
A
B
C
D
DD
E
F
G
H
J
K
L
33-34 inches
(83-87cm)
38 (85cm) 38" (96 - 98cm)
39" (98 - 100cm)
40" (101 - 108cm)
41" (103 - 105cm)
42" (106 - 108cm)
43" (108 - 110cm)
44" (111 - 113cm)
45" (113 - 115cm)
46" (116 - 118cm)
47" (118 - 120cm)
48" (121 - 123cm)
49" (123 - 125cm)
A
B
C
D
DD
E
F
G
H
J
K
L
35-36 inches
(88-92cm)
40 (90cm) 40 (101 - 108cm)
41 (103 - 105cm)
42 (106 - 108cm)
43 (108 - 110cm)
44 (111 - 113cm)
45 (113 - 115cm)
46 (116 - 118cm)
47 (118 - 120cm)
48 (121 - 123cm)
49 (123 - 125cm)
50 (125 - 127cm)
51 (128 - 130cm)
A
B
C
D
DD
E
F
G
H
J
K
L
37-38 inches
(93-97cm)
42 (95cm) 42" (106 - 108cm)
43" (108 - 110cm)
44" (111 - 113cm)
45" (113 - 115cm)
46" (116 - 118cm)
47" (118 - 120cm)
48" (121 - 123cm)
49" (123 - 125cm)
50" (125 - 127cm)
51" (128 - 130cm)
A
B
C
D
DD
E
F
G
H
J
39-40 inches
(98-102cm)
44 (100cm) 45" (113 - 115cm)
46" (116 - 118cm)
47" (118 - 120cm)
B
C
D
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