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Bra Fitting & Sizing Guide - Sizing Tips, Video & Advice

Bra Fitting Tips

This page is designed to explain all things ‘bra fitting’. Check out our easy to follow steps and handy before and after images to help you find the perfect fit. Find out what boob type you are and what bras will work for you. Learn about ‘sister sizing’ and what it really means as well as having some of those pesky ‘technical terms’ broken down by our Jargon buster. Overall a very very useful page.

Boob Shapes

Top Heavy

Boob Shapes - Top Heavy Boob Shapes - Top Heavy

This is where your boobs are heavier on top and tend to spill out of bras. The best style is a balcony bra with a slightly higher gore to help contain your girls.

Suited Styles

Ellace  /  Cascade  /  Daily Dream

Bottom Heavy

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This is where your boobs are heavier on the bottom and tend to need a little up-lift to add volume to the top of the breast. Try a balcony/balconette style.

Suited Styles

Tease  /  Ritzy  /  Daily Dream

Side Heavy

Boob Shapes - Side Heavy Boob Shapes - Side Heavy

This is where your boobs head east and west and may be slightly further part in the middle. To counteract try a plunge style that will bring them back into the centre.

Suited Styles

Cabaret  /  Atomic  /  Florence

Cleavage Heavy

Boob Shapes - Cleavage Heavy Boob Shapes - Cleavage Heavy

These boobs just want to be best friends and are always meeting in the middle. Separate them out with a balcony style with a high gore.

Suited Styles

Dreamcatcher  /  Portia  /  Princess

Full

If you have Full all over boobs, which means they are of equal density all over then you’re lucky as most styles will fit you.

Suited Styles

Princess  /  Cabaret  /  Vixen

Bra Sizes

In bra fitting there are 3 variables.

  • The cup size (the letter on the label) i.e 30GG
  • The band size (the number on the label) i.e. 30GG
  • The physical volume of the breast. i.e. How much tissue there is.
“Sister Sizing: Refers to bras that hold the same volume of breast but differ in the back size they fit.”

The variables determine the size you wear and also how each size relates to one another. Below is a diagram displaying how changing the variables affects the how bra sizes relate to one another.

Breast Volume Stays the Same (Sister Sizing)

It’s useful to know your ‘sister sizes’ for times when you may need to try a bigger/smaller back. I.e. the sister sizes to a 32F would be 30FF and 34E.

Cup Size Stays the Same

The second diagram shows how breast volume increases by one ‘size’ every back size you go up, even though the letter stays the same. It shows that ‘FF’ cups are only the same proportionally to the body they are teamed with.

Back Band Stays the Same

This diagram shows that if the back band stays the same and you increase the cup size, the volume of breast goes up accordingly.

Jargon Buster

Back Band

Back Band

This is the strap that runs around your back. It does 80% of the work when uplifting your boobs so it’s very important!

Breast Tissue

Breast Tissue

This just refers to any part of your chest which is classed as ‘boob’.

Cup

Cup

The section of the bra that holds your boobs.

Two-Finger Tension

Two-Finger Tension

This refers to the tightness of the straps, you should comfortably be able to fit two fingers under your straps, one on top of the other- no more, no less. They shouldn’t fall down or dig in.

Breast Root

Breast Root

This refers to where your breast joins on to your torso and the area that takes up.

Central Gore

Central Gore

The bit of the bra in-between the cups. This should touch your chest and sit flat.

Scoop & Swoop/Jiggle

Scoop & Swoop/Jiggle

The act of pulling all your breasts into the cup to ensure the perfect fit.

Underwires

Underwires

These are the wires that run around the underside of the cup. They help to give the bra structure and give maximum support. They should never hurt you or be uncomfortable- if they are you probably need a different size.

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Find your UK Size

All our bras & swimwear are listed in UK sizing. To find your UK size, refer to the UK size columns below against the size you normally wear.

Find your UK Size

All our bras & swimwear are listed in UK sizing. To find your UK size, select the US bra size you normally wear:

Bra Cup Size

UKUSEUAUFR
DDDDD
DDDD/EEDDE
EDDD/FFEF
FGGFG
FFHHFFH
GIIGI
GGJJGGJ
HKKHK
HHLLHHL
JMMJM
JJNNJJN
KOOKO

Bra Back Size

UKUSEUAUFR
282860675
303065880
3232701085
3434751290
3636801495
38388516100
40409018105
42429520110
444410022115