Hello Erica, I have just recently discovered the wacoal retro 36 DD. Bra cup sizes were invented in and band sizes became popular in the s.
I have so much breast tissue that no one knows I had them done since they look and feel real. So hopefully I will be able to and get all new bras. You may also want to check out styles with a stretch lace like Panache Jasmine or Envy too. The lace tends to accommodate fuller tissue better, and the other styles should be open enough at the top to not cut into any tissue. Based on your measurements I would look at around the 34GG to UK H cup, particularly since you have found some bras which fit well in this size cluster, but you may want to start with H cups in general to ensure you have enough cup depth.
You may also like the following styles depending on breast shape: I hope this helps, and if you have more questions, please feel free to email me! Hi Erica nice blog! I like to look at reviews to see how people felt the band and cups ran to double-check.
Do you know if that is true for her bras? Her brand is Von Follies. In addition to checking out Lingerie Addict, I would double-check Bratabase to see if they have measurements available. It does seem like there are stateside retailers of Von Follies, like Bloomingdales, too if you want to see if a local place would have it available to try in person.
The cut of the bras and the shape of the cups may be at odds with you, which can create fit issues. I ordered a swimsuit top and it was 38dd from Curvy Kates from UK which I wear in the states and it was way to small. Here are a couple sexy ones:.
I can never find bras that fit me in stores in the U. I prefer plunge bras or bras that show a little more cleavage. What size bra should I be looking for and where should I be looking? I am happy to help. I also make some style recommendations too. Sometimes there are some fabulous boutiques a little further out, but having access to a fitter as well as the ability to try the bras first would really help. Have a great day!
I love your blog posts. Thanks so much for sharing what you know about this subject. It really feels like a jungle to me. I wanted to ask you if you know anything about the Fantasie sizes.
Most of the time I wear a 65G European size. I recently started to order bras from UK and have figured out that a 65G should be a 30F. But I noticed on a tag on a couple of bras by Fantasie, that say: Do you know anything about this? And thanks again for sharing your knowledge. It has helped me a lot when picking bras.
I am glad the blog has helped you navigate the jungle. Eveden has two sets of tags out there on the marketplace, and I know at least one of them is wrong.
However, I know that Fantasie sometimes just takes their cup size and applies it across the board, meaning they will say a UK F cup is also a US F cup. Their conversions other sizing systems are not always accurate and have raised a lot of questions here lately too. Hi, I am looking to buy a bra from Boux Avenue and I was wondering how their sizes run.
I measured myself and found myself to be 28 inches around the rib cage underneath the breasts and then 32 inches around the breasts. So I assume that would make me a 28D. I have bought a UK sized bra off Amazon before, the Cleo Neve Plunge t-shirt bra, but I found the band to be too tight and the straps set too wide apart, making the cup wires dig into my armpits.
I have a small rib cage so that bra was too wide. What would you say about buying bras from Boux Avenue? Hi Erica, I usually buy Fantasie 32 G which fits me well but want to try Wacaol would I need the same size or do the Wacaol bras come up smaller?
The Wacoal 32G is smaller in the cup than the Fantasie 32G. Now, that said, Wacoal often cuts a pretty tight band, so you may be happier with a US 34H in their bras. 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. Cup sizes are only one half an old married couple, and it is their long-suffering partner, the band size, that gives the cup size any kind of significance.
The little known fact to finding the right size bra is that cup sizes vary widely from one band size to another, i. The band of the bra is designed to represent your torso girth with everything from the width of the cups to the placement of the straps to the length of the wings shifting with each size to ensure people receive a customized fit.
As you step up in band size, the entire bra scales upward because the designer recognizes that the person wearing this band is proportionally bigger than the person who wears a smaller size. Thus, if a person wears too big a band size, fit issues ensue, such as the underwire extending too far on the sides, the band not snugly supporting the breasts, the straps being too wide set, and proportionally bigger cups requiring a smaller size to fit. So, how do cup sizes factor in?
Simply put, they follow a pretty straightforward formula although certain European brands will scale each cup size by centimeters instead:. For example, all of these sizes are cup-size equivalents:.
And here is the heart of why cup sizes mean absolutely nothing without a band size to define them. The person who wears a 28DD, for example, has less breast tissue than the person who wears the 34DD. In fact, a 34DD is cup size equivalent to 28FF! Below are some sample measurements for a person who might wear these sizes:. As you can see, each DD cup represents not only a completely different set of measurements but also a completely different sized person.
However, I do want to note that some people choose to size up in the band for comfort or health reasons.
Bra sizes marked with the same color (placed in the same row) are sister sizes and do have about the same cup volume (actual cup size) as your usual bra size - and may fit you! So, if you i.e. are using bra size 34C, a 32D or a 36B may also fit your bust! See which bra sizes that have same cup volume in the bra sister size charts below. Remember: Different "bra sister sizes" can be used by the same woman (cup volume will fit). But it is no guarantee that all band sizes will fit. Bra sizes that are the same in volume are often referred to as “sister sizes”. The grey cells in the table below demonstrate how the sizes diagonally adjacent from the top right to the bottom left are the same in breast volume i.e. the same volume of breast tissue spread across different size rib cages (band sizes).