How bra sizes work

Find the right band size

To find your band size, put on a non-padded bra that fits you well. Find a measuring tape, and stand in front of a mirror. Wrap the tape around your body just underneath your bust. The measuring tape should be horizontal to the floor, and quite snug. The measurement in inches is your band size. If it’s an odd number, round down to the nearest even number.

To find your bust size, measure around the fullest part of your breasts. Take this measurement and subtract the band measurement, e.g. if you measure 31 underneath your breasts, and 34 around, the result is 34-31 = 3. Use the result to find your cup size here:

Cup size = Bust size – Band size:

0 = AA <1 = A 1 = B 2 = C 3 = D 4 = DD 5 = DDD/E 6 = F 7 = G 8 = H

Please note that this guide only gives you an estimate to your bra size, as sizes may vary between different bra manufacturers.

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Bra Size Calculator

This easy-to-use bra size calculator helps you to quickly determine your correct bra size in various international sizing systems, including U.K., U.S., and other European sizes. All you need to do is take measurements of your bust and underbust sizes in inches or in centimetres. Input those numerical values in the calculator and then simply click “Calculate” to generate results.

Bra Size Charts for Various Brands

ASOS

UKUSEUFRITAU
30A30A65A80A0A8A
30B30B65B80B0B8B
30C30C65C80C0C8C
30D30D65D80D0D8D
30DD30DD/E65E80E0DD8E
30E30DDD/F65F80F0E8F
30F30G65G80G0F8G
30FF30H65H80H0FF8H
30G30I65J80J0G8I
32A32B70B85B1A10B
32B32B70B85B1B10B
32C32C70C85C1C10C
32D32D70D85D1D10D
32DD32DD/E70E85E1DD10E
32E32DDD/F70F85F1E10F
32F32G70G85G1F10G
32FF32H70H85H1FF10H
32G32I70J85J1G10I
34A34A75A90A2A12A
34B34B75B90B2B12B
34C34C75C90C2C12C
34D34D75D90D2D12D
34DD34DD/E75E90E2DD12E
34E34DDD/F75F90F2E12F
34F34G75G90G2F12G
34FF34H75H90H2FF12H
34G34I75J90J2G12I
36A36A80A95A3A14A
36B36B80B95B3B14B
36C36C80C95C3C14C
36D36D80D95D3D14D
36DD36DD/E80E95E3DD14E
36E36DDD/F80F95F3E14F
36F36G80G95G3F14G
36FF36H80H95H3FF14H
36G36I80J95J3G14I
38A38A85A100A4A16A
38B38B85B100B4B16B
38C38C85C100C4C16C
38D38D85D100D4D16D
38DD38DD/E85E100E4DD16E
38E38DDD/F85F100F4E16F
38F38G85G100G4F16G
38FF38H85H100H4FF16H
38G38I85J100J4G16I

Aubade

Band Size Chart

Bust measurement (in centimeters)
63-6768-7273-7778-8283-8788-92
FR / BE80859095100105
UK / US303234363840
DE / EUR657075808590

Cup Size Chart

Chest measurement (in centimeters)
A77-7982-8487-8992-9497-99102-104
B79-8184-8689-9194-9699-101104-106
C81-8386-8891-9396-98101-103106-108
D83-8588-9093-9598-100103-105108-110
E85-8790-9295-97100-102105-107110-112
F87-8992-9497-99102-104107-109112-114
G89-9194-9699-101104-106109-111114-116

Bare Necessities

Bust Minus Band DifferenceUS Cup SizesEuropeanUK
less than 1″AAAAAA
1″AAA
2″BBB
3″CCC
4″DDD
5″DD/EEDD
6″DDD/FFE
7″DDDD/GGF
8″DDDDD/HHFF
9″DDDDDD/IIG
10″JJGG
11″KH
12″LHH
13″MJ
14″NK
15″OL

Her Room

Band Size Chart

USAUKEuropeFranceItalyAustraliaJapan
28286075660
30306580865
3232708511070
3434759021275
3636809531480
38388510041685
40409010551890
42429511062095
4444100115722100

Cup Size Chart

UCS®USAUKEuropeFranceItalyAustraliaJapan
AAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAB
BBBBBBC
CCCCCCD
D1DDDDDDE
D2DD or EDDEEEDD or EF
D3DDD or FEFFFDDD or FG
D4DDDD or GFGGGDDDD or GH

La Perla

Band Size Chart

LP / IT12345
UK303234363840
DE / EU657075808590
FR80859095100105
ES80859095100105
RU657075808590
US / CA303234363840
JP657075808590
CN657075808590
Centimeters (cm)63-6568-7073-7578-8083-8588-90

Cup Size Chart

P / ITABCDE
UKABCDDD
DE / EUABCDE
FRABCDE
ESABCDE
RUABCDE
US / CAABCDDD
JPABCDE
CNABCDE

One Hanes Place

USAUKEuropeFranceItalyAustraliaJapan
30306580865
3232708511070
3434759021275
3636809531480
38388510041685
40409010551890
42429511062095
4444100115722100
4646105120824105
4848110125926110
50501151301028115
52521201351130120
54541251401232125
56561301451334130
58581351501436135
USAUKEuropeFranceItalyAustraliaJapan
AAAAAAB
BBBBBBC
CCCCCCD
DDDDDDE
DDDDEEDDDDF
DDD/FEFFEEG
GFGGFFH
HFFHHFFFFI
IGJJGGJ
JGGKKGGGGK
KHLLHHL

Panache Lingerie

Back SizeCup Size
UKEUFRAUDDDEFFFGGGHHHJJJK
2860756
3065808
32708510
34759012
35809514
388510016
409010518
429511020
4410011522

Zappos

Band Size ChartCup Size Chart
Measurement (in inches)Band SizeDifference of Band and Bust MeasurementsUS Cup Size
2730<1AA
28-30321AA
31-33342B
34-36363C
37-38384D
5DD/E
6DDD/F
7DDDD/G
8H
9I

Claims (11 )

1. A user assembled and component interchangeable bra system comprising: a first cup assembly having a first center connector area and including a first through passage, and a first main strap connector area; a second cup assembly having a second center connector area and including a second through passage, and a second main strap connector area; a center connector for user selectable engagement to join the first cup assembly to the second cup assembly by direct engagement of said first center connector area to said second center connector area and for user selectable disengagement, the center connector having a pair of spaced apart engagement members including a first engagement member for engaging said first through passage and a second engagement member for engaging said second through passage, where the center connector can be removed from said first and said second cup assemblies by a movement generally in a direction along a length of said spaced apart engagement members, and wherein the center connector first engagement member has an enlarged first terminal end wider than a mid-length width and a second end and wherein said second engagement member has an enlarged first terminal end wider than a mid-length width and a second end commonly supported from said second end of said second engagement member and wherein said first engagement member is generally parallel to said second engagement member and wherein said first terminal end of said first engagement member and said first terminal end of said second engagement member are closer to each other than said second ends of said first and said second engagement members; a first main strap having a first end for user selectable slip fit engagement adjacent the first main strap connector area of the first cup assembly for quick interchangeability, and a second end; a second main strap having a first end for user selectable slip fit engagement adjacent the second main strap connector area of the second cup assembly for quick interchangeability, and a second end; and a joining tape assembly having a first end removably connected to the second end of the first main strap, and a second end removably connected to the second end of the second main strap, and wherein the first and second cup assemblies, center connector, first and second main straps and tape assembly are independently substitutable by a user so that the user is free to substitute different ones of the first and second cup assemblies, center connector, first and second main straps and tape assembly to user customize the bra system. 2. The user assembled and component interchangeable bra system comprising as recited in claim 1 wherein the first and second cup assemblies are half-cup assemblies. 3. The user assembled and component interchangeable bra system comprising as recited in claim 1 and further comprising a first shoulder strap for user selectable engagement between the first cup assembly and the first main strap at a position between the first and second end of the first main strap; and a second shoulder strap for user selectable engagement between the second cup assembly and the second main strap at a position between the first and second end of the second main strap. 4. The user assembled and component interchangeable bra system comprising as recited in claim 3 wherein the first and second cup assemblies are three-5quarter-cup assemblies for covering about three quarters of a human breast. 5. The user assembled and component interchangeable bra system comprising as recited in claim 3 wherein the first and second shoulder straps have buckle fittings for adjusting an effective length of the first and second shoulder straps, and where each buckle fitting has at least one eyelet for interfitting with a decorative object. 6. The user assembled and component interchangeable bra system comprising as recited in claim 5 wherein the buckle fitting is an “8” shaped buckle fitting. 7. The user assembled and component interchangeable bra system comprising as recited in claim 5 wherein the decorative object is a chain extending between the buckle fittings of the first and second shoulder straps. 8. The user assembled and component interchangeable bra system comprising as recited in claim 1 wherein the first and second main straps include a covering layer attached to an elastic layer. 9. The user assembled and component interchangeable bra system as recited in claim 1 wherein the center connector includes a decorative covering for facing away from the user and the first and second cup assemblies. 10. The user assembled and component interchangeable bra system as recited in claim 1 wherein the joining tape assembly is a hook and eye tape. 11. The user assembled and component interchangeable bra system as recited in claim 1 wherein the center connector for user selectable engagement to join the first cup assembly to the second cup assembly includes a tine extending between the pair of spaced apart engagement members.

2. FIND YOUR OVERBUST SIZE

➄ Measure over the bust points in a straight line to get the overbust width, this determines your cup size. ➅ Hold the measure tape loosely around the largest part of your breasts. ➆ Again, keep the tape parallel to the floor. Use a mirror or ask someone to help you.

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Bra Cup Size Conversions

Cup sizes are determined by calculating the difference between over bust (where the bust is the fullest) and under bust measurements. For example: Over bust 85 cm and under bust 70 cm gives the difference of 15 cm, which gives an European B-cup. If the under bust measurement it rounded down, then always base the difference calculation on this rounded number. For example: For measurements over bust 85 cm and under bust 74 cm the difference would seem to be 11 cm. However, we must round down 74 to 70, so the difference is calculated as 85-70=15 cm.

US and UK cup sizes are divided in steps of 1 inch, JP and KO in steps of 2.5 cm (almost but not exactly 1 inch), while the rest in steps of 2 cm. (1 inch = 2.54 cm.)

Be careful of alternative sizing. AU, NZ and IT cup sizes were originally divided in steps of 2.5 cm (almost but not exactly 1 inch). Nowadays, most producers from these countries have adopted the EU / International bra cup sizing convention which is de facto becoming the new standard. However, there are still producers using the 2.5 cm cup size steps.

Precise Conversion (Recommended)

The cup size steps (1 inch and 2 cm respectively) are significantly different and so are the offsets and overlaps, much more so than in band sizes. The Internet is filled with conversion tables that ignores this and are therefore completely wrong, especially in sizes above D-cup. The following is a precise and accurate conversion table for bra cups. It’s highly recommended to use this table over approximative tables.

Bra Cup Size Conversions with Respect to Differences Between Centimeters and Inches CM7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 International EU/FR/ES/BE/ITAA A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T AU/NZAA A B C D DD E F G H I J K L M N O P R S JP/KOAA A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P US AA A B C D E/DD F/DDD G H I J K L M N O P UK AA A B C D DD E F FF G GG H HH J JJ K KK IN 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

Chart: Precise and accurate cup size conversion. Download as image.

Traditional Conversion

Cup sizes do not convert cleanly and precisely. For every four cup sizes based on inches there are five sizes based on centimeters. This means that some sizes convert into a several. The tables below convert sizes with the starting point of the cup steps being 2 cm (EU/Int/AU/NZ/FR/ES/BE/IT), 2.5 cm (JP/KO) and 1 inch (US/UK) respectively. Using three tables makes the conversion process easier. Please note that the precise method above is recommended.

Convert bra cups from EU/Int/AU/NZ/FR/ES/BE/IT to US/UK and JP/KO:

International Bra Cup Sizes and Conversions – Based on EU/Int Sizes and Centimeters Over / Under Bust Difference Corresponding Cup Sizes CM Europe (EU) & International (Int) USA (US) UK (UK) France (FR), Spain (ES) & Belgium (BE) Italy (IT) Australia (AU) & New Zealand (NZ) Japan (JP) & South Korea (KO) 0-12 cm AA A A AA AA AA A 12-14 cm A B B A A A B 14-16 cm B B or C B or C B B B B or C 16-18 cm C C C C C C C 18-20 cm D D D D D D D 20-22 cm E E/DD DD E E DD E 22-24 cm F F/DDD E F F E F 24-26 cm G F/DDD or G/DDDD E or F G G F F or G 26-28 cm H G/DDDD F H H G G 28-30 cm I H FF I I H H 30-32 cm J I G J J I I 32-34 cm K J GG K K J J 34-36 cm L J or K GG or H L L K J or K 36-38 cm M K H M M L K 38-40 cm N L HH N N M L 40-42 cm O M J O O N M 42-44 cm P N JJ P P O N 44-46 cm R N or O JJ or K R R P N or O 46-48 cm S O K S S R O 48-50 cm T P KK T T S P

Table: International bra cup sizes and approximative conversions. Measurements in centimeters, and corresponding cup sizes. Download as image.

Convert bra cups from US/UK to EU/Int/AU/NZ/FR/ES/BE/IT and JP/KO:

International Bra Cup Sizes and Conversions – Based on US/UK Sizes and Inches Over / Under Bust Difference Corresponding Cup Sizes INCH USA (US) UK (UK) Europe (EU) & International (Int) France (FR), Spain (ES) & Belgium (BE) Italy (IT) Australia (AU) & New Zealand (NZ) Japan (JP) & South Korea (KO) 0-4 in AA AA AA AA AA AA AA 4-5 in A A AA AA AA AA A 5-6 in B B A or B A or B A or B A or B B 6-7 in C C C C C C C 7-8 in D D D D D D D 8-9 in E/DD DD E or F E or F E or F DD or E E 9-10 in F/DDD E F or G F or G F or G E or F F 10-11 in G/DDDD F H H H G G 11-12 in H FF I I I H H 12-13 in I G J or K J or K J or K I or J I 13-14 in J GG K or L K or L K or L J or K J 14-15 in K H M M M L K 15-16 in L HH N N N M L 16-17 in M J O or P O or P O or P N or O M 17-18 in N JJ R R R P N 18-19 in O K S S S R O 19-20 in P KK T T T S P

Table: International bra cup sizes and approximative conversions. Measurements in inches, and corresponding cup sizes. Download as image.

International Bra Cup Sizes and Conversions – Based on JP/KO Sizes and Centimeters Over / Under Bust Difference Corresponding Cup Sizes CM Japan (JP) & South Korea (KO) Europe (EU) & International (Int) USA (US) UK (UK) France (FR), Spain (ES) & Belgium (BE) Italy (IT) Australia (AU) & New Zealand (NZ) 7.5-10 cm AA AA AA AA AA AA AA 10-12.5 cm A AA A A AA AA AA 12.5-15 cm B A or B B B A or B A or B A or B 15-17.5 cm C C C C C C C 17.5-20 cm D D D D D D D 20-22.5 cm E E or F E/DD DD E or F E or F DD or E 22.5-25 cm F F or G F/DDD E F or G F or G E or F 25-27.5 cm G H G/DDDD F H H G 27.5-30 cm H I H FF I I H 30-32.5 cm I J or K I G J or K J or K I or J 32.5-35 cm J K or L J GG K or L K or L J or K 35-37.5 cm K M K H M M L 37.5-40 cm L N L HH N N M 40-42.5 cm M O or P M J O or P O or P N or O 42.5-45 cm N R N JJ R R P 45-47.5 cm O S O K S S R 47.5-50 cm P T P KK T T S

Table: International bra cup sizes and approximative conversions. Measurements in centimeters, based on Japanese and South Korean, and corresponding cup sizes. Download as image.

If I wear a ##XX size on brand Y what size I am on brand Z?

You have to try it. If you wear a 38F on one brand, this should be the first size you try on another brand if they have the same size available and see from there.

If the brands use different sizing systems, or even worse, different grading systems. Then it will be inaccurate to make just a straight conversion to find your fitting bra. We recommend doing a comparison by bra measurements to get an idea. For example if you wear a 38H in Freya, chances are that a 85H will fit not fit you in Comexim because these two brands not only use different band and cup sizing, but also use different cup grading, so any conversion will be off.

But, what if I count the cups, could I make the conversion?

This is what Index sizes is. Read its limitations to know why it doesn’t always work 🙂

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