Size Guide

Did you know over 85% of the worlds population of women are wearing the wrong bra size.

There are many reasons for this but one of the main reason is lack of knowledge of how a bra should fit and feel, also how to measure and fit yourself for a bra.  After all you are the person ultimately who knows how it feels.

At Beau Dame we have designed an easy to follow fitting guide for you.  There are many conflicting ways to measure yourself we have used the tape measure method firstly so it gives you an idea of what size you are.  
It is very important that you know how a bra should look like and feel like when it is fitted properly.  
It will take you a few seconds to obtain your correct bra size.

How To Measure for your perfect fit bra.

Full measurement instructions below:-



Measure your Band Size

Firstly make sure you are wearing a non padded bra when measuring your bra size. The first measurement is around your 
whole body directly under your bust using a soft tape measure.  The tape should be held quite firmly but not too tightly 
across the rib cage so that it feels uncomfortable.    If the measurement is an even number, add 4 inches (10cm).  
If the measurement is an odd number, add 5 inches (12.5cm)
E.g.  If the measurement is 28 inches then add 4 inches = 32.  Therefore your correct bra size is 32 inches.  
If your measurement is 29 add 5 inches = 34 inches.  We now have your band size.

Measure your cup size

Measure around the fullest part of the bust, you may need some help with this, the tape should be firm but 
should not be digging into the bust or sliding off the bust.  The difference between this measurement and 
your bra size is your cup size.  The chart below will convert your measurement into cup size.

E.g. your bra size is 32inches the fullest part of your bust is 36 inches.  The difference between the two 
measurements is 4 inches.  According to the table below this would make your cup size DD.

Cup Size Chart

 

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Size Chart

(inches)Cup Size
Band Size29303132333435363738
23.5 28AA 28A 28B              
25.5   30AA 30A 30B 30C          
27.5     32AA 32A 32B 32C 32D 32DD 32E 32F
29.5       34AA 34A 34B 34C 34D 34DD 34E
31.5         36AA 36A 36B 36C 36D 36DD
33.5           38AA 38A 38B 38C 38D


International Bra Sizes Comparison Chart

Bra Sizing

UK 30 32 34 36 38 40 42
France 80 85 90 95 100 105 110
Italy X 1 2 3 4 5 6
Euro 65 70 75 80 85 90 95
Australia X 10 12 14 16 18 20
USA 30 32 34 36 38 40 42

Cup Comparison

UK A B C D DD E F G GG H HH J JJ
France A B C   E F              
Italy A B C D DD E F            
Euro A B C D E F              
USA A B C D DD DDD F G GG H HH J JJ


Parts of a bra.

If you are confused about the different parts of a bra, want to know or ask about a feature of a bra, below is an overview
of the different parts of a bra.

1. Apex Measurement
The distance between apexes (industry speak for nipples) depending on size.

2. Strap
Important factors - rigidity, stability of support, flexible to allow comfortable body motion. Wide straps = greater support. Pleacement - fuller figures = straps closer to the neck.

3. Center Gore
The most important part of the bra! This has an inner liner (which should be flush with the skin), an outer decorative fabric, and a supportive inside panel, all working in unison to pull breasts together.

4. Wire
Holds up the bra. Wire length and shape are changed for different types of “push,” which can be up to enhance or down to minimize. Wires mostly made from flexible galvanized steel, doesn’t rust and is mostly nonallergenic. (essential for a strapless)

5. Wing
The band wrapping around the body, hooking in the back and connecting the cups. This will widen as the size of the bra increases, for additional support.

6. Cup
Fabric rigidity and stretch = comfortable, supportive cup. Too much stretch can create a “bouncing ball” look and feel. Different plies (each ply equals a layer of fabric) also affect support; the same bra style might use one ply for a 34A while a 38DD needs two plies and an interior sling.

7. Hookup
Where the wing and cup meet.

 

Style/shape guide - Bras.

Below is a overview of the different bras types available - 
Full cup bra - A full cup bra = fantastic support for bigger cup sizes. Straps are slightly wider and positioned more centrally than other bras.

¾ cup bra - Gives a natural support with less coverage. Great with everyday items, e.g vest tops and blouses.

Balcony bra - Gives an uplifting and supportive silhouette. Holds the breast from underneath the bust, wider strap positioning with less control at the top.

Plunge bra - Illusion of increased cleavage due to the low cut silhouette. The wire is more cut away to expose maximum cleavage. Supported from the base and sides of the bra.

Push-up bra - Pushes the breasts together to increase the projection. Many boaster pads available. Great with low cut tops.

Multi-Way bra - Maximum flexibility on how to wear your straps e.g. strapless, halterneck, crossover, one shoulder and conventional. Wear what you want with this one. Correct band size is needed to ensure the bra stays in place and feels slightly firm. Fit with and without straps.

Minimiser bra - Reduces the bust size by 2.5cm. Moves the breast towards the chest and to the side. The minimiser has a wire to allow this reduction without damage to the breast. Best worn under blouses or tighter tops.

Seamless bra - Gives a natural looking shape. Looks great after washing, back to its natural shape. Worn under tight fitting tops with no bra lines.

Sports bra - Reduces breast movement and reduces strain on the ligament of the breast. We recommend a good supportive bra for any sports. Features -  underbands, adjustable straps, support frame through the cup, performance fabrics.

Maternity and nursing bras - Non-wired to protect as the breast develops and the milk ducts grow. Maternity bras are engineered to support the breast with the increased weight in maternity. Nursing bras all have the drop cup feature to help in breast feeding.

 

 

If you have any questions relating to our size guides please email us at info@beaudamelingerie.co.uk