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Getting Measured for a Bra

Primary Method (Method 1)

Use this method for British brands (Panache, Freya, Fantasie, etc.), European (Chantelle, Prima Donna, Conturelle, etc.), and most of the more expensive bras (over $40) at Big Girls Bras

Step 1: To determine your band measurement, measure your ribcage directly below your breasts. The tape measure should be parallel to the floor and snug but not pulled tight. If the tape measure shows an even number, this is your band size. If the tape measure shows an odd number, round up to the next even number to get your band size.

Step 2: Measure the fullest part of your breasts holding your arms at your sides. Keep the tape measure level around your body and measure the fullest part of your breasts (over your nipples). There is no need to round this number up.

Step 3: Subtract your band measurement from the measurement of the fullest part of your breasts to determine the difference. The cup size is the difference between the measurements. As a general rule, the difference between each cup size is 1". See our Bra Cup Size Comparison Chart.

Alternate Bra Measuring Steps

Alternate Method (Method 2)

Use this method for American Brands (Bali, Playtex, Leading Lady, Vanity Fair, Exquisite Form, etc.) at Big Girls Bras. This method will produce a larger band size and smaller cup size than the first method.

Step 1: To determine your band measurement, measure across your chest directly below your armpits. The tape measure should be parallel to the floor and snug but not pulled tight. If the tape measure shows an even number, this is your band size. If the tape measure shows an odd number, round up to the next even number to get your band size.

Step 2: Measure the fullest part of your breasts holding your arms at your sides. Keep the tape measure level around your body and measure the fullest part of your breasts (over your nipples). Do Not round this number up.

Step 3: Subtract your band measurement from the measurement of the fullest part of your breasts to determine the difference. The cup size is the difference between the measurements. As a general rule, the difference between each cup size is 1".

If you're more comfortable getting a professional fitting choose a store that specializes in lingerie and carries bras in your size. While most department stores once had trained fitters, only a few do now. It takes a trained eye to know the difference between a bra that kind of fits and one that give you the support and comfort you deserve.

Chart: Bra Cup Size Comparison


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