Bras can be super stylish, although certain styles may not be functional for all sizes. While some ladies can rock bralettes and bandeaus, more endowed women desperately need the support of underwire. Regardless, you need to know your size to find your perfect bra.
Bra sizes vary greatly from brand to brand and country to country. You’ve stumbled upon a super comfy looking bra and you find yourself asking, “What is my bra size?”
Here's how you can measure for a bra without having to walk into a department store’s lingerie section and be sized up by a stranger.
What Is My Bra Size?
Women know that one size never fits all. In fact, finding the perfect style, shape, and size for your girls may look like an ever-revolving door of bras until you find the right one.
Bra Size Calculator
If you’ve ever wondered how to measure bra size, then we’ve got you covered. Here are some simple tips, plus a handy DIY bra size calculator.
Also, if you don’t happen to have a measuring tape, don’t worry. We have a few ideas on alternative tools you can use.
First off, you need your measurements. If you can’t get your hands on a measuring tape, find a piece of string, a scarf, or even just an article of clothing that is long enough to wrap around your chest. Then, you can use a ruler, smartphone app, or other measuring device on that item later.
Whatever you use, you’re going to take two measurements: one around your ribcage and one around the girls.
The measurement you get from around your rib cage is your band size. The measurement from around your bust is going to help us determine your cup size.
Your cup size is the difference between your band and bust measurements. Subtract your band size from your bust size, then use the bra size chart below to find your cup size.
Department Store vs. Online Store
Trying on a bra and sifting through bra sizes is like paying for insurance – it’s no fun throughout the process, but once it’s over, you feel good knowing you’re covered.
In a department store, you do get to try before you buy, but you may end up with 12 different bras in your dressing room. To your dismay, the most expensive one fits the best. If you’re an online shopper, you know you can get a better deal elsewhere.
We’re here to help you find the best fit and the best deal anytime you need to shop for a new bra.
Bra Size Conversion?
Bra sizes and measurements vary from country to country. For instance, US and UK bra band sizes are equivalent, but cup sizes vary. When you start to get into EU, Australian, French, and Czechian sizes, though, things start to really get confusing.
For example, a size 36DDD in the US is a size 36E in the UK and a size 80E in the EU. Rather than trying to re-take your measurements for each country, it’s best to use a bra size converter to determine which size you should buy depending on which country you’re sourcing your bras from.
Apples or Watermelons?
Now that you’ve learned how to measure for a bra and how to find the perfect bra for your girls, we hope that you feel more confident in buying a bra online. In fact, we have a huge selection of bras in our online store, with bra styles for every size and shape.
In fact, we care so much about you finding the perfect fit that we even offer a right-fit guarantee.
At Shapermint, our mission is to help women find their confidence through inclusion in a body-positive, judgement-free zone. Join our community and allow us to support you and your girls.