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18-07-2006
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Ok, this has been bugging me for awhile This is the type of chart I've always seen that is supposed to tell you your bra size:

To find out your body size, wrap a measuring tape around your diaphragm while wearing a bra. Add five inches to this measurement to find out your total body size. If it's an uneven number, round up.

Then place a measuring tape around the fullest part of your bust. The difference between this measurement and your total body size decides your cup size. Here's how to calculate.

* If your bust measurement is up to an inch larger than your body size, your cup size is A.

* If your bust measurement is up to 2 inches larger than your body size, you're a B.

* Three inches larger, you're a C.

* Four inches larger is a D.

* Five inches larger is a DD.

* Six inches larger is a DDD.

Now, when I do this to myself it says I should wear a 30B - is this even a real size? Also what about models, whose measurements are usually 33-23-33 or 34-24-34? If you add about 2 inches to the waist for the rib cage a 33-23 model would wear a bra size 30C and a 34-24 model would wear a 32B? Am I just confused or do these charts just not work?
if you are worried that its not correct, there is another way to do it. instead of measuring under the band and adding five, you can measure just above the breasts and that should be the correct number without having to add anything.

as for cup, there is another trick. you start the tape at your side, under your armpit, like where the underwire hits. then, look at the number where the measuring tape hits the middle of the nipple. starting at five for an A and going from there.

Ive found that these ways work better, because sometimes, with adding, ive found that peoples band size would be bigger than what is around the bust, does that make sense. so it just ends up confusing.

like what she is saying here
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i think im a freak of nature. the bra sizing thing doesnt work for me- my boobs are too small. i measure 30.5 on my rib cage (so +5 = 35.5) but then only 33.5 around the fullest part! so is the body size supposed to be bigger once you've added 5, or the bust size? because apparently when i do this, i get a -AA?? hhahah. whatever. i fit into a 34A so im just going to disregard this measuring thing!
i work at VS, i hate measuring, im awful at it the traditional way (most of us are) but the other way is just better. i hope i explained it alright

also, for those that ask, at VS, we measure you wearing your bra, but if you are wearing a sports bra, a minimizer, or a pushup/padded bra we cant measure acurately and like, we send the person to the wardrobing center where they try on a bra in the size they normally wear and then we measure them.


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Yeah I never really did that sizing-in my freshman year I was able to float between a 34 and 36 C but able to wear some B's-but then by the end of that year I had outgrown them so I knew I needed it in D's. Pretty much the best way is to take some into the dressing room and try them on because that way you'll know what fits the best.

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I've always been measured with bra off. I have never enjoyed it much!

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If you are just going to try on a bunch of bras to see what fits- this might be helpful. If you're wearing the bra on the loosest hook and it sits well, you are at least wearing the right back size. Most women wear their bras on the loosest hook meaning they are probably wearing a bra 2" too loose in the back measurement.

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19-07-2006
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Seriously I don't understand half a word here, in Europe sizes usually start from 80 which is a rather small size, most woman are around 90-95. This thing of A or AA or stuff like that, I've never ask for that plus all my bra's are 85 A B or C, I've got all kinds and they all look the same to me.


Anyone knows how to meassure yourself in french/spanish sizing? From what i cann see they are the same.

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19-07-2006
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Seriously I don't understand half a word here, in Europe sizes usually start from 80 which is a rather small size, most woman are around 90-95. This thing of A or AA or stuff like that, I've never ask for that plus all my bra's are 85 A B or C, I've got all kinds and they all look the same to me.


Anyone knows how to meassure yourself in french/spanish sizing? From what i cann see they are the same.

A bra size converter for you http://www.85b.org/bra_conv.php

Apparently there are far more different bra size systems than I was aware of..

US, UK, AUS/NZ, EU/JAP and BELGIUM/SPAIN/FRANCE


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11-12-2006
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hanne have you ever bought freya or rigby and peller bras--i am thinking of orderung some, and am wondering how the sizes run in comparison to american brands

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I am not sure how the sizes compare, the best bras i own are by rigby and peller, and i am getting a freya bra for christmas from my mum.

I was measured last week in selfridges, that was done without a bra on, but was very quick, and professional, then she brought out some bras to check the size.

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really? my main issue is that my chest sits closer to the center of my chest---so i need more support to seperate and define ---does that make sense? i have tried panache-the superbra, and was unimpressed---tight with litle support... how does it compare to that for instance?

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I am not sure if you would want a full cup bra but that would cover everything you want, and they are excellent support wise.

I started wearing them as I am a 30DD and not too many places stock that size.

I know a woman who runs a sewing school specialising in making underwear, and she claims that rigby and peller are the best made bras you can buy.

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so awersom.. i have to order them online--as in philadelphia---no one carries my size---ogh the fat american plight---i have decided to get my bras orderedfrom a british/euro company. i ama 30dd as well

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