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WE TAKE FIT PERSONALLY

How To Measure Bra Size

To find your bra size, you'll need a tape measure and your best-fitting bra (preferably an underwire, not a minimizer or sports bra). If you don't have a flexible tape measure, you can use a string. Need guidance with measuring? Call an amBRAssador™ 1.877.728.9272.

1. Measure your band size

Wearing your bra (no sports bras or minimizers please), take a snug measurement around your ribcage in inches, directly under your bust and level all around. If you get an odd number, round up to the next even number.
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Measure Your Band Size
Measure Your Band Size
Measure Your Band Size

2. Measure your bust size

Take a loose measurement over the fullest part of your bust in inches, keeping the tape level around your body. If needed, round up to the nearest inch.
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Measure Your Bust Size
Measure Your Bust Size
Measure Your Bust Size

3. Calculate your cup size

It goes beyond a letter and a number


Keep in mind, your measurements are just a start. There are many factors that go into which bra will work for you.

Different brands fit differently, some may run tighter or looser depending on their fit model. Fit can also vary due to breast shape.

For further help call an amBRAssador. We are here to help! We know it's a jungle out there. We can help you find the exit.
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Should You Measure Your Own Bra Size?

Measuring your bra size from the comfort of home is a great place to start. Bra size is just that: a start. You wear a different size in every pair of jeans, right? The same goes for bras! Determining bra size is as much an art as it is a science. The amBRAssadors are here if you need support.


The Benefits Of A Professional Bra Fitting

With twenty years of training and experience, our amBRAssadors can measure and fit you, by phone or chat. We often find women are wearing too big of a band size and too small of a cup size. The amBRAssadors understand how to quickly and easily get you into a better fitting bra. It all comes together when we get to know you-your body type, your breast shape, your budget, your style preferences.



Should You Measure Your Own Bra Size?

Measuring your bra size from the comfort of home is a great place to start. Bra size is just that: a start. You wear a different size in every pair of jeans, right? The same goes for bras! Determining bra size is as much an art as it is a science. The amBRAssadors are here if you need support.


The Benefits Of A Professional Bra Fitting

With twenty years of training and experience, our amBRAssadors can measure and fit you, by phone or chat. We often find women are wearing too big of a band size and too small of a cup size. The amBRAssadors understand how to quickly and easily get you into a better fitting bra. It all comes together when we get to know you-your body type, your breast shape, your budget, your style preferences.


 


GET THE PERFECT FIT




How to know when you've found a perfect fit?

You will feel great. You'll look great in a shirt (always try a shirt on over a new bra to check that you like the silhouette). A bra that fits properly will support you comfortably without pinching or discomfort. If you haven't found the right fit yet, don't settle! Sometimes you will have to experiment with your cup or band size to get it just right. Many women make the mistake of going up a band size when it's the cups that don't fit correctly. If you're spilling out over the top or sides, your cup size is too small. And fits will vary among brands. Don't let it concern you. Finding the perfect bra takes time and patience, but the way you will look (and feel) once you have found it will be worth all of the effort.

5 steps to a better fitting bra


A Word About Bra Sizing

We get that bra sizing can be confusing. Our bodies are constantly changing, too, through weight loss, weight gain, pregnancy, nursing and aging. No wonder seven out of ten women are wearing the wrong bra size. Our expert amBRAssadors are on a mission to change that. We recommend getting fitted every six months. Chat with or call (877-728-9272 x4) an amBRAssador for a complimentary, personalized bra fitting.




Bra Size Calculator

Finding your bra size takes time and effort. Let us do the work for you. Use the bra size calculator at the top of this page to help find the right size equivalent in any brand we carry.

Converting Bra Sizes

A bra made by a US brand is sized differently than one from Europe or the UK, so anything above a D-cup may need to be converted. When you're looking at bras on our site, we'll let you know if you need to convert your size in the Fit Note under Product Details.


GET THE PERFECT FIT




How to know when you've found a perfect fit?

You will feel great. You'll look great in a shirt (always try a shirt on over a new bra to check that you like the silhouette). A bra that fits properly will support you comfortably without pinching or discomfort. If you haven't found the right fit yet, don't settle! Sometimes you will have to experiment with your cup or band size to get it just right. Many women make the mistake of going up a band size when it's the cups that don't fit correctly. If you're spilling out over the top or sides, your cup size is too small. And fits will vary among brands. Don't let it concern you. Finding the perfect bra takes time and patience, but the way you will look (and feel) once you have found it will be worth all of the effort.

5 steps to a better fitting bra


A Word About Bra Sizing

We get that bra sizing can be confusing. Our bodies are constantly changing, too, through weight loss, weight gain, pregnancy, nursing and aging. No wonder seven out of ten women are wearing the wrong bra size. Our expert amBRAssadors are on a mission to change that. We recommend getting fitted every six months. Chat with or call (877-728-9272 x4) an amBRAssador for a complimentary, personalized bra fitting.



Bra Size Calculator

Finding your bra size takes time and effort. Let us do the work for you. Use the bra size calculator at the top of this page to help find the right size equivalent in any brand we carry.

Converting Bra Sizes

A bra made by a US brand is sized differently than one from Europe or the UK, so anything above a D-cup may need to be converted. When you're looking at bras on our site, we'll let you know if you need to convert your size in the Fit Note under Product Details.
 


BRA FIT Q&A



Frequently Asked Questions


My underwire pokes me!
You may need to try a different style. You may also be wearing the wrong size. Check your fit: are your breasts spilling out over the top and sides of your bra? This is a sign that your cup size is too small. Are the wires coming up too high under your arms? Your cup size may be too big. You may also find that you would be most comfortable in a wireless soft-cup bra.

I'm full busted, and my shirts always gape between the buttons.
Try a minimizer bra. These bras can minimize your bust by up to 1-1/2 inches and minimize shape up to a full cup size- while maintaining a beautiful shape.

I hate back fat! I always get a bulge above and below my bra band.
There are bras designed to smooth those bulges. Try "Bra-llelujah" by SPANX. You may also like the all-over smoothing fit of a "shaping camisole". It'll make your clothes look fantastic. See all back-smoothing options.

My bra cups are wrinkly and bumpy under my clothes.
If you have wrinkling happening in your cups, you should try sizing down a cup size.

How do I get a smooth look under knits- so nothing (really nothing) shows?
A seamless T-shirt bra will do the trick. It will give you a smooth look with no embarrassing show-through.

I love sexy bras, but by mid-day, I'm popping out!
You're just not wearing the right style for you. You may be wearing a cup size too small, but you may also want to try a slightly more full coverage style. There are lots of sexy bras, and many that will keep you in place at the same time.

My bra is tight and irritating around the band. By mid-day, I can't wait to get it off!
Try loosening your band. If you're already on the loosest hook, you might want to try going up a band size. Sometimes when you do this, you'll have to go down a cup size. Don't get discouraged - it may take a few try-ons to find the right combination.

My straps are too long and fall off my shoulders.
You should look for a bra that has fully adjustable straps. Straps that don't fully adjust limit your comfort and allow for slippage. Another helpful style for you would be a bra that has close-set straps (similar to a U-back style). It helps anchor the straps to your body and prevents them from falling off the shoulders.

What bra is best to convert from day to night?
Wearing a convertible bra is your best bet. Many convertible bras can be worn traditionally, criss-crossed, halter style or strapless.

I'm petite and don't always like wearing a bra. What do you suggest?
Try a bandeau bra. It's supportive enough for small busted women and comfortable for all day wear. You may also like a wireless soft cup bra for comfortable coverage without the structure of an underwire bra.

How do I convert my bra size to European or UK sizing?
It can be tricky finding your comparable size from one designer to the next. It's important to read the information on each product's detail page, it will tell you whether the bra is a European or UK style. If it is, you can refer to our bra size conversion chart as a guide to choosing the right size for you. Typically, there's no difference in US/European/UK sizing until you get to a DD cup size.
 

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