That is so cool there is someone like you doing this. Since the bra industry suffers from a lack of standardized sizing, variation in how tight or loose a band is cut varies even with UK manufacturers, and across the pond, the problem exists too. As a result, you may find you need a different size depending on the style and manufacturer!
The numbers used today for our bra band size e. Back then, women with the measurements of were determined to be the ideal hourglass silhouette of the day. Now, this is where marketing came in. The industry decided to have the bra band sizes sound more appealing to women. So, they took the underbust measurement, added inches to it, and came up with the band sizes that we use today. This is why you add the 4 or 5 inches to your underbust measurement when you are calculating your bra band size.
She wanted us to tell her what her US bra size would be. There is no easy answer to her question, unfortunately. This is because there is no consistancy in bra sizing between European brands and American brands when it comes to cup sizes larger than a D. Over the years, various bra manufacturers, in their attempt to be unique, have varied their bra sizing from the traditional naming of cup size.
It used to be that American manufacturers would size their bra cups as follows: European manufacturers sized their cups: But, British manufacturers had their own scheme: So you can now see why it would be difficult to convert one size to another. Here is my personal suggestion to women who have breasts larger than a D cup, and want to find their bra size in a different brand. Know how many cup sizes larger you are than a D, and then you can always find your correct size.
Cup sizing up through a D is universal. The grading of cup sizing is also universal. Therefore, if you know you are 3 cup sizes larger than a D, you can simply find the D cup size on any bra manufacturer sizing chart, count up 3 cup sizes from there, and that will be your size. Using our cup sequences method, you would be an F cup in the European example, and an E cup in the British example.
But let me make it even easier for you. At HerRoom, we have this great fitting chart we always keep current that compares all the brands we offer. Simply find your cup size under the brand you know fits, then go up and down the column to determine your size in other brands. Now what about band size?
Well, thank goodness this is pretty standard across all brands. 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?
Reply Goddess makes an N cup. You could try and see how the fit is. Reply I bought a bra in Ireland last summer at Bramora.
Reply I just found this blog and I love and appreciate you for founding this much need info Reply Glad you enjoyed the post! Reply Your blog has been very helpful! Reply I love your blog. Please help me Reply I just measured myself again and the bra that I have on is the white cacique 38H. So hopefully I will be able to and get all new bras Reply Hi Doris! Reply Hi Erica nice blog! Reply Thanks Erica, that was very helpful! Here are a couple sexy ones: Lingerie Fashion Blog I love your blog posts.
Reply Hi Lynda My measurements say 35 around to cage above breasts Thanks Nia Reply Hi Nia! That was a quick response. I am sorry to address you wrongly above. Reply Hi Erika, I am confused. Sand Reply Hi Sandy! Reply Hi, I really want to order some bras from the UK but have no clue what sizes to get. Reply 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. Reply It was a UK 36k. Reply I have always found it troublesome finding the right bras.
Check these articles out: Sandra Reply Hi Sandra! Reply You are most welcome! Reply Hi Erica, I have asked you questions before on bra sizing, but can you help with panties. Hi, I have a question: Reply Thanks so much Erica.
I really appreciate your time and the sharing of your expertise. Reply im a 38 L UK. Reply Thank you so much Erica for the info you provided on the background! 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 Reply Hi Kimi! Affiliate Disclosure — Love-of-Lingerie participates in affiliate advertising that is compensation based, including Amazon amazon. The compensation earned does not influence the information on this site, and Love-of-Lingerie does not accept merchandise or payment from manufacturers in exchange for writing reviews.
Therefore, if you know you are 3 cup sizes larger than a D, you can simply find the D cup size on any bra manufacturer sizing chart, count up 3 cup sizes from there, and that will be your size. Here’s is an example: suppose you know you are a DDD cup in the US which is 2 cup sizes larger than a D cup. UK vs US Bra Sizing. Share this: Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) An I “eye” cup is a north American size which equates to a UK G. You’d need to look more for an L or M cup in north American/US sizing. 🙂. Bra size guide and converter. Below you will find a bra size converter, to convert to international sizes. The first chart converts the band size, and the second converts the cup size.