Primarily used to support, cover and elevate the breasts, a bra is a highly important part of women’s clothing. However, its sizes vary depending on factors such as the size, shape and volume of breasts. Some breasts have more volume at the top, while others on the sides or somewhere at the bottom part. All of these things significantly affect the size of bra to purchase. Likewise, the sizing of such undergarment is affected greatly by the measurement system used. Here is a closer look at some of the important aspects used in brassiere measurements.
Different Sizes of Bras
If you wish to purchase the right size of bra, you need to consider the proper band size, which includes measurements of the ribcage or under bust. Different regions and countries use varying sizing systems, which results to non-uniform bra sizes.
European Union countries use centimeters when measuring the size of bra. Extra small or XS measures 60 centimeters, small or S 65 centimeters and medium or M 70 centimeters. For the large or L, the measurement is 75 centimeters, 80 centimeters for extra large or XL and 85 centimeters for double extra large or XXL. In these countries, the measurement is 90 centimeters for 3XL, 95 centimeters for 4XL. In addition, the measurement is 100 centimeters for 5XL and 105 centimeters for 6XL.
In the United Kingdom and the United States, they use inches when referring to bra sizes. The measurement is 28 inches 71.12 centimeters for XS, 30 inches or 76.2 centimeters for S and 32 inches or 81.28 centimeters for M. In addition, the measurement is 34 inches or 86.36 centimeters for L, 36 inches or 91.44 centimeters for XL and 38 inches or 96.52 centimeters for XXL. The remaining measurements are 40 inches 101.6 centimeters for 3XL, 42 inches or 106.68 centimeters for 4XL, 44 inches or 111.76 centimeters for 5XL and 46 inches or 116.84 centimeters for 6XL.
When buying a bra, you also need to consider the cup size, which is basically the difference between the band size and the bust size. If the difference is less than an inch or about 10 to 12 centimeters, the cup size is AA. If the difference is 1 inch or about 12 to 14 centimeters, the bust size is A. For the B cup size, the difference is 2 inches or about 14 to 16 centimeters. Furthermore, the C cup refers to a difference of 3 inches or 16 to 18 centimeters, while D cup refers to a difference of 4 inches or 18 to 20 centimeters. For the E cup, which is more popular as DD, the difference is 5 inches or 20 to 22 centimeters.
The other measurements include 6 inches or 22 to 24 centimeters for the F or DDD cup size, 7 inches or 24 to 26 centimeters for the G, 8 inches or 26 to 28 centimeters for the H, 9 inches or 28 to 30 centimeters for the I and 10 inches or 30 to 32 centimeters for the J. The remaining measurements for the cup size are 11 inches or 32 to 34 centimeters for the K, 12 inches or 34 to 36 centimeters for the L, 13 inches or 36 to 38 centimeters for the M and 14 inches or 38 to 40 centimeters for the N.