Monday, March 19, 2012

Bra Sizing Calculators

Have you ever used a bra calculator to help determine your size?

I've always been a bit skeptical of bra calculators - after all, you could just measure yourself and try to figure out the math on your own, and you'll need to try on bras to figure out exactly what works best for you in any case. Even the best calculators won't give completely accurate results for every single person. However, I'm definitely not out to bash calculators! The good ones are really a great tool - not just for those of us who are trying to figure out our correct bra size for the first time, but even for others who just want to check their current fit against a calculator. I'm also very appreciative of those who put in so much effort to create good calculators in the midst of the multitude of bad ones out there (which invariably give me something hilariously inaccurate, like 32DD).

With that said, here's my experiences with five different "good" calculators - ones that don't follow the dreaded +4 inches rule in regards to determining size. I'll note that the 28GGs I've been wearing have been running too small for me lately, so seem to be veering more towards a 28H, or even a 26HH or so in some brands that run big in the band (most people will experience at least a little variation between brands).

[April Update: I realized that the measurements I used when I first posted this (27.5/36) were not quite as accurate as they could be. A careful remeasuring shows that my underbust measurement is 27 inches (measured firm, but not as tight as possible), whereas my bust measurement is 36.5-37 inches, depending on the bra. I'm going to go with 37 inches as that's what I get with the bra I have that isn't slightly too small. I also found that a 28H/HH seems to be my new current best fit.

Because of this (and the fact that some of these calculators have made some tweaks since I tested them), I'm updating the below results with these new, more accurate measurements. Do note that if you're wearing a bra that is too small, your bust measurement may be smaller than it "really" would be if you were wearing a bra that didn't squish you down! Even a half inch can make a difference in a resulting bra size. Also, it's best to take the underbust measurement braless so your bra doesn't get in the way.]

A Sophisticated Pair Calculator
Measurements entered: 27/37
Resulting size: 26H (Very Snug setting) [UK sizing]
The recently developed Sophisticated Pair calculator has been praised by many for being very accurate. It allows for decimals (no need to round) and you can select one of three settings, depending on how you like your bras to fit (Very, Moderately, or Slightly Snug). It also gives a corresponding US size result.
I do appreciate that this calculator gives 26-band results paired with a suggestion of a size that can be found more easily. In my case, it suggests a 28GG as a substitute for a 26H (the sister size). I've never actually had the opportunity to try a 26H, though I've sometimes wished to! Since the 28GG bras are running too small for me lately, I'd say that this calculator is about one cup size off for me, but still pretty close.

Butterfly Collection Calculator
Measurements entered: 27/37
Resulting size: 28H [UK]
The just-released Butterfly Collection calculator (read more about it here) has you round off your measurements to the nearest number, but it still manages to come up with a very accurate result! It also gives detailed results, depending on your preferences (starting size and looser/tighter band options, as well as different sizes to try in various brands), and gives US size results too.

Linda's Online Calculator
Measurements entered: 27/37
Resulting size: 30I/30J [US/European]
Unlike the other calculators, Linda's gives a US/European sizing result rather than a default UK one. The calculator doesn't currently give under-30 band results, but I'll assume that if it did, it would give me the sister size of the US 30I result - a US 28J - which in turn translates to a UK 28GG (see conversion chart here). Thus, although the results can be a bit confusing for those used to UK sizing, it's really a fairly accurate result in my case - about a cup size small - when taking conversions into account!
At any rate, personally, unless a particular brand is using the +4 rule, 30 bands are too large for me. Apparently, though, Linda's calculator will be updated so that it gives smaller band results sometime in the near future!

Electroniczny Bra Calculator
Measurements entered: 27/37
Resulting size: 28GG [UK]
I'm not quite sure where this calculator originates from, but I found it through a livejournal community several years ago.  Other features of the calculator include showing resulting bra size across 5 different sizing systems, as well as allowing you to push the results up or down in band or cup size to see the sister sizes - a handy feature. Again, it's fairly close, though about a cup size off for me.

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Curves and Corsets Bra Calculator
Measurements entered: 27/37
Resulting size: 28H [UK]
The Curves and Corsets calculator page gives a detailed explanation of how a bra should fit as well as how to measure and use the calculator, emphasizing the need to try on a range of bras rather than just relying on the calculator. It also includes a handy cup size table. The result I get from this calculator is accurate to the best of my knowledge.

So there you have it - five good bra calculators, five varying results - all within the same ballpark, though two gave what I feel is the most accurate (28H). Since sizes can vary between brands, I think it's safe to say that no one bra calculator can solve all of your fitting problems or tell you what size you must always wear. None of these calculators claim to do so - the authors are all careful to say that these are only starting points - but I think many of us tend to want to turn to calculators to just give us an easy answer. But really, we're all so very different - different breast shapes, body types - that we shouldn't expect to have one simple answer that will tell us what size we should wear in every bra.

Are any of these bra calculators spot-on for you? Do you get different results for each?
What are your thoughts on bra calculators?

Was your result a bra size that you've never seen before? Check out where you can buy a wider range of bra sizes in stores and online! For some real-life examples of 30-and-under band bras, take a look at the Bra Band Project!
Also, some thoughts on under-28 band bras and smaller busts.

52 comments:

  1. Thank you for this! I actually got varied results on all of these, but they at least give me a better idea of what to expect now that I'm ordering bras in these size ranges. One of them even suggested a 30F/30FF! o.0

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    1. It can be good to try out a range of calculators so you can get an overall ballpark idea of what to try. I'm curious to learn which turned out to be the most accurate for you!

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    2. I ordered a total of four bras, all of which are different (but very popular and quality) brands. I'll definitely let you know which size and brand fit the best! I seriously am already bra-obsessed. Thank you for introducing me to this world. :D

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  2. I love calculators for a basic idea of where to start. Especially when they consider bandsizes and not using a +4 method. I like the fact that it gives women who do not have the access to a good fitter a place to start. Combined with a proper fit guide, I think that is what will probably work best for most women. As a buyer, we want a starting size, a solid hard number to work with.

    I used the same measurements for each, 26/38 inches. From A Sophisticated Pair 26HH (28GG), Butterfly Collection I got 26J/28HH/24JJ, Lindas was a 30J/30JJ, and Elektroniczny 28H. Have you tried Curves and Corsets? Their calculator also gives me a 26J, which is the most accurate size. http://www.curvesandcorsets.com/uk_files/BraSizingCalculator.htm

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    1. I definitely think calculators have their place, I just like to caution people against abiding to them strictly, since they all can give varying results!

      OH, I knew I'd forgotten one that I've used before! I've linked to the Curves and Corsets one in the past. I think I'll add that to this post - my results vary slightly for that one, too.

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  3. Thanks so much for including us in this post Christine! You're so right that calculators are a starting point - a tool in your kit for finding your bra size - not the be all and end all! xx

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  4. I have used Linda's and Sophisticated Pair and the results were just about dead-on. (I will try again tomorrow and let you know the results.) I just want to mention one sizing tip that bra calculators probably don't take into account. When one measures an odd number underbust, such as 31, the person rounds up to 32. Now when determining cup size,it is typical to subtract the even number (32) from your full bust number. I think you can get a more accurate cup size and better fit if you subtract your actual underbust number (31) from the full bust number. Remember cup size if the difference between underbust and full bust. If you actually measure 31 (even though you will round up to 32 for band size), then subtract the 31 and not 32 since you actually measure 31 and not 32. If your full bust is 38 and you measure 31 then you have a 7 inch differnce not a 6 inch difference. I have an odd number underbust and when I take this extra inch into consideration, I virtually hit my bra size dead-on.

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    1. I'm not sure which calculators use this rule or not, but I have an odd underbust measurement as well and find I get a more accurate result using my actual underbust measurement (roughly 27) for the equation rather than the rounded-up band size (28) - I talk about this a bit in my measuring post (http://boosaurusbras.blogspot.com/2012/01/bra-fitting-how-to-measure-yourself.html).

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  5. Hi. I just tried all these calculators. My ribcage is 31 and my bust is 38 so I used the same numbers in all the calculators. Last summer I discovered I needed the UK bra manufacturers when I lost inches around my ribcage, bust, waist and hips (and lost almost 20 pounds). I knew I needed a size that I couldn't get at JC Penney's. I calculated my UK size to be 32FF. When I tried on 32FF, I was spilling out of the cups at the top and the center gore was not flush. (The brands I had in 32FF was Curvy Kate, Panache, Midnight Grace, and Lepal.) The 32 band fit me like a glove so I went up to a G cup then GG. The GG cup fit the best.


    Linda's calculator was the closest. The size result was 32G.

    Buterfly Collection gave my "best size" in 32FF for Curvy Kate and Panache which I had in 32FF and the cups were too small. My "tighter band" measurement was 30G. I do no think I would pass in a 30G.


    Electroniclly bra calculator gave me a 32F. The F cup would be too small.

    Curves and Corsets gave me 32FF, too, but again, FF is too small.

    Sophisticated Pair was the most off. With the "very snug" fit, it came back to 30FF. I don't think I could find into that size for the life of me. "Moderately snug" was 32E. 32FF is too small so 32E would be worse. The "slightly snug" was 34D. The 34 band probably wouldn't be too bad, but the D cup I am sure would be too small.

    Now those charts that tell you if the difference between ribcage and bust is such and such your UK cup size would be......: The charts says for a 7 inch difference, FF cup for me. (This is the difference between my 28 and 31.)As I said before, the FF cup was too small for me. Now if I measure my bust bending over I measure very close to 39 rather than 38. This gives me an 8 inch dfference which would put me in a G cup which is just about what I wear. I wear GG cup. I have 2 or 3 32G bras and and they fit to a T on my smaller breast but it is slightly too small for the larger one. The GG cups fit both sides perfectly.

    I have read people saying they wear different sizes in different brands and styles. I have Panache, Freya, Fantasie, and Curvy Kate and I have them all in 32GG. From what I have learned abour bra fitting, they all fit me well, but I do wish there was some place I could go to try on bras. The closest place I know of is a Nordstrom's and they are 40 miles away. Someday I might take a drive there.

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    1. So weird. See I have the same measurements (31/38) and my 32F Freya Deco fits. The band did seems to stretch quickly, so I need to try a 30FF, but it's weird to see that my cup size is smaller that someone with the same measurements. Guess it's all individual.

      I also feel odd since I have size two hips (US sizes) and a 31 inch under-bust. How is it all these other bra bloggers have such tiny 28" and 26" ribs?

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    2. HB, bra size really is an individual thing (based off "squish factor", breast shape, body type, preference, etc)... one reason why calculators are just a starting point!

      I will say that many people find that the Deco bra runs big (in both the band and the cup), so you may find a slightly different size works for you in other types of bras.

      And everyone's bodies are so individual! I have about a 27" underbust measurement, and I don't consider myself a "tiny" person. It's also interesting to note that the same measurements can look quite different on two different people, just like two people can weigh the same but have different body types. We're hoping that the Bra Band Project will help illustrate this more!

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  6. Thanks for testing my calculator! I always say that an in-person fitting is better: more accurate, for sure. But my calculator allows me to help women across the globe. It's just a starting point - just like the measuring tape is a starting point in the dressing room. A calculator can't take into account your body and breast shape, or brand and style sizing differences. That being said, I've worked hard to make my calculator pretty darn accurate and certainly take feedback to make it even more so. For instance, we are adding in 28 bands asap!

    Remember, you (and your readers) can always call with your measurements and have a trained Bra Diva guide you through real size and style options - just for you. XO Linda the Bra Lady

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  7. I found that the sophisticated pair calculator was spot on when I selected "very snug" or "moderately snug" but selecting "slightly snug" resulted in a smaller cup size, seemingly because the cup size was calculated by subtracting the bust from the band size after adding 2 inches. The Butterfly Collection on the other hand, calculates a size using the raw underbust measurement and then gives the actual sister sizes rather than re-calculating the cup size after rounding the band up or down, which should be more accurate. That said, it still overestimates my cup size. Most of the calculators give me a result of 30F or 30FF, compared to my usual size of 30E.

    The Electroniczny Bra Fitter comes from the Polish bra fitting lobby. A google search of "Electroniczny Bra Fitter" will bring up a few sites with instructions about measuring, which specify that the underbust measurement should be taken whilst exhaling and pulling the tape measure tight. This gives me a more accurate result with this calculator than measuring normally.

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  8. Thanks for linking to us! I just wanted to let you know that I am aware of the cup size issue and plan on adjusting the algorithm this week. Some of your readers are spot-on that when we recalculate the band, the new size is subtracted from your bust measurement, which yields a smaller cup. This is a simple fix that will be uploaded soon. Beta testing is always fun *cough* yeah right *cough*, and we're trying to correct as many problems as possible! :)

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  9. Another thing to consider when buying bras on the web is to see if a retailer makes their bras differently in anyway.

    Ahh Bra difference

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    1. Are you suggesting that Ahh bras are a viable alternative to larger cup bras? Oh please, explain how the pullover/compression construction provides support or lift. I'm giving the pictures a LOT of credit here, as nobody really looks supported or comfortable in the official page. (And, uh, that 34DD...isn't.)

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    2. Whoa, a spam comment from Ahh Bras!

      Please nobody order one of those.

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  10. Help! Ive just started an underwear website in Chile - after moaning for years at not being able to buy anything above a C Cup i decided to do something about it. Here very few shops offer a measuring service, and everyone thinks theyre a B or C cup, anyone much bigger ends up in something not dissimilar to an Ahh bra mentioned above!!

    Unfortunately my finances dont stretch to having a shop yet, can anyone suggest something to include on my webpage for people to be able to be able to judge their size (the bras are mainly Gossard and Berlei). Ive tried the above calculators and they all bring me out at a 30G (My measurements are 29/37 and wear a 32FF, should really wear a 34F but like a snugger fit) - if i bought a bra online based on those numbers i would be returning it for sure. I know theres no replacement for a proper fitting but the country is nearly 3000miles long!

    Many thanks! Rebecca

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    1. Rebecca, you may want to get in touch with some of the owners/makers of the above calculators - Claire from Butterfly Collection, Linda from Linda's Online, and Erica from A Sophisticated Pair - these ladies all run their own bra stores (also online), so they will probably be able to give you better advice! :)

      They will probably note, thought, that while they have calculators on their sites, the calculators can only be so accurate and are just a starting point. It would probably be helpful to have just a basic explanation of how sizes work (the underbust measurement is about equal to bandsize measurement, and cup size about equal to the difference between bust and underbust, and also include some fitting tips and explain how a well-fitting bra should look and feel). I don't know too much about the brands Gossard and Berlei in particular, unfortunately.

      Hope that helps some! Most of us here in the US with "unusual" sizes are used to having to order and return bras online.

      (Also, I'm curious if you've ever tried a 30G bra? Your measurements do seem to indicate that you're around that size, though it's certainly possible that you'd just be more comfortable in a 32FF! A 34 band seems like it would be much too large for a 29" underbust.)

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    2. Hi Christine - thanks for your advice! I will be sure to drop them an email. Of course there are limits to the accuracy, but i would imagine 90% of women here have never been measured and have no idea of their size - questions like "which is bigger in the cup, 34D or 36F", and the sheer amount of people wearing a 38B lead me to believe so anyway, so i feel the need to put at least a guide on the webpage.

      As for myself - well i'll eat my words! Ive just tried on a 30G and much to my surprise it fits! The last time i was measured professionally I was told i was a 34F and putting my measurements into Gossards own calculator puts me at a 34D!

      Rebecca

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    3. Oh, yes, I think a guide is a really excellent idea! Sites like Breakoutbras and Bravissimo have some fitting guides that might be good examples to look at.

      I've found that most online bra calculators are very inaccurate because they use the "add 4/5/6 inches to underbust measurement to get a bandsize" rule, which is outdated and usually gives a band sizes that is much too big and a cup that's too small (I get 32DD on these kinds of calculators when I'm really a 28H!) - this is why I wanted to round up the really good and accurate calculators that I've come across for this post! I haven't had the best luck even with professional fitters either, sadly :/

      Oh, and have you seen this great post by Busts4Justice in regards to the Gossard calculator? http://busts4justice.com/2012/03/24/gossards-vintage-rose-reviewed-war-on-plus-four-style/

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    4. (also, Rebecca, I did notice that on the Curvaspeligrosas site, the fitting advice gives the usually-incorrect +4 method for band size instead of the more correct starting point of adding 0 inches. I'm not sure if this is your site that you're referring to, but this method is generally regarded as inaccurate nowadays - see here: http://busts4justice.com/2012/03/18/study-finds-4-method-not-accurate/)

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    5. Hi Christine - its changed now :) I confess, until i started looking into it the other day, it was the only way i'd heard of.

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  11. Yikes! I just bought new bras today...one 32DDD and one 34DDD. I will admit both are a tiny bit snug in the cup, but nowhere near a cup size too small (decided to go with it since my boobs are on a bit of a downswing anyhow), and the band on each is as tight as I can stand it. Putting my measurements into all 5 calculators (though I had to fudge the numbers a bit to even get a size from Linda's), I got 2 votes for a UK 28J, and one each for a 30H, 30HH, and 32HH (if I prefer a loose band). After a day of bra shopping, I can say that the absolute largest cup I could wear in a 32 band is a UK FF...and the 32FFs I currently own are too big. As far as the 28 and 30 bands go, I might be able to wear a 30 in Freya (Nordstrom was out of the 30FF I wanted to try), but other than that, I couldn't even get a 30 fastened. I'm pretty sure my current average size is a UK 32F. Alas, even the best of bra calculators don't work for everyone...and in my case, they are WAY off. That's why it's always best to order a few things at a time and in a variety of sizes if you're trying to figure out your size at home with nothing else to go on. As far as the +4 debate goes, I've seen other girls on the bra blogs speculate that +4 works best for women with really bony ribcages that don't have much squish to them. My experience would indicate that that may be accurate, as +4 (or 3.5 at the moment) usually works best for me and I have next to no fat on my ribcage.

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    1. Anon, you're right, calculators are only a starting point! However, it is important to note that a bra with a too-small cup will feel tight in the band even if the band is technically too big - for example, when I first found my correct size, my old, ill-fitting 36DD bras seemed to fit "okay" and 34DD's were "too tight" - but that was because I actually needed a 30G and the cups were too small, forcing the band to make up for the fact!

      Bottom line, the best size for you is the one that fits you best, not just what a calculator or fitter tells you! Some women (not all, and probably not the majority) do need to add 2-4 inches, and will need to adjust cup size accordingly. As long as you're getting a good shape, no discomfort, and you're not getting any of the signs of an ill fit, there's no need to make drastic changes!

      It honestly does sound like your new 32 and 34DDD aren't really the right fit for you from your description, though (from what you said, sounds like going up in cup size might help with the bands feeling too tight)! Here's hoping your nearest Nordstrom gets more bras in the 32F range for you to try out :)

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  12. A note for the bigger-cupped girls out there:

    My measurements are 76-77/109-110cm or appr. 30/43 inches. I have a broad back, not much fat around the ribcage, and very unfirm boobs (what we sometimes call "jello-consistency" in Polish ;-) )
    In most bras I'm 30JJ, 30K in Bravissimo, 30J in a very few Freyas and Cleos; and I can wear some 32Js but they are definitely not as flattering or supportive.

    1. Sophisticated Pair gives me 30J, with the very/moderately options (plus with 32HH for "slightly snug").

    2. Butterfly Collection is very accurate - it gives 30JJ with 32J as the larger band option.

    3. Linda's Online was stumped by my measurements: "Based on the information above, we could not find your bra size. Please check to ensure that your measurements are correct." It works up to 30/41, for which it gives a 30K size.

    4. Electroniczny Bra Calculator (which originates from the Polish Lobby Biusciastych (the Busty Lobby) community) is way off with 32HH.

    5. Curves and Corsets (which, BTW, has changed its address) is on target with 30JJ. New link:
    http://www.curvesandcorsets.com/bra-sizing

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  13. I got sizes like 28HH or 26J, my measurements are 26/38.5 and I've been wearing size 30G. Funny. Never seen a 28 or 26 band, so I've got a problem. :/

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    1. Your measurements sound close to mine (27/37), and I wear a 28H/HH, so about a 28HH/J or so sounds about right for you. Are you in the US? Unfortunately, there are very, very few stores in the US that sell 28 and under band bras, so you'll probably have to order online to find those sizes. But fortunately, there are lots of great online options!

      Some online stores: http://boosaurusbras.blogspot.com/2012/01/bra-fitting-finding-bra-online.html

      The Bra Band Project (has some examples of under-30 band women): http://www.flickr.com/photos/76304212@N06/

      Blogger Bras I Hate, who generally wears a 30H/28J or so: http://brasihate.blogspot.com/

      Good luck! xx

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    2. Thank you! No, I live in Northern Europe. Sounds like the situation here isn't that bad, because size 30 is quite easy to find, but not in a cup size over G. Looks like I'll just order online.

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  14. hi i live in europe and i want to ask you about the sizes my underbust is 28 and fullbust 39 ,i try panache sports bras 28H and it was very tight i try 30H and its a little beter in back but more covered the bust what do ou think?

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  15. Oh... wow. I've always stuffed myself into B-cups because small boobs run in my family and I never really knew how to measure my bra size. I just thought it was a sort of... you level up from a 32 into a 34 and so on. Which is why... I find it hard to believe that I'm suddenly a 28GG... But thank you for all of these calculators.

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    1. Hi Mitsuki - you might want to check out the Bra Band Project (link in one of the tabs on the top of the page) for examples of women who wear a 28GG (and other cup sizes in 28 bands). It's probably not as big as you think!
      If you live in the US, it will be difficult to find a 28GG in stores, but you should be able to find the sister size, a 30G, to try if you live near a Nordstrom, and you can see how it compares. x

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  16. hi iam maria my mesure is 28 backs and 39 bust ,i try panache sports bra 28H and its doesnt coverd all my breast then i try 30H and i have some room in the cups when i pull over the back all is ok then i went to the tailor and i made the back smaller 28,now i have my love bra in my size 28hh,i believe the buterfly collection is the best ,what do you think?i believe that if you are in double letters and the bra hasnt this size fix the back[36h fix 34HH]

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  17. Hi Boosaurus. Lovely article. I am going to have to retry these when I have my partner do the measuring. I was fine with a 32D but I am thinking the band is/are too tight now :( I know my band is either 32 or 33 now and my bust is at 38. Its frustrating when you bump up sizes :P I am going to definately bookmark this page because its extremely helpful and may help me figure out what to do next. Glad you wrote this.

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  18. ive generally worn a 32a and have discovered on all these i should be a 28D or 30C!!! so different to what i thought.

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  19. Butterfly and Curves and Corsets gave me 26K and Elektroniczny 28J. Does any other brand than Ewa M make 26K?

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    1. Ewa Michalak is currently the only company that makes 26 bands (by custom order). But if I were you, I would start with 28J/JJ just to see how the fit is - you may find that a 28 band feels tight enough for you, and they're much easier to find. :)

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  20. I remember when the Butterfly Collection calculator used to suggest different sizes for different brands, that was so awesome! It seems they've gotten rid of the feature now. :( I need to find something like that again!

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  21. I am so glad that I found this website BEFORE going to Victoria's Secret today. I recently had breast augmentation because of having extremely tiny breasts before. I found this website and most calculators put me in between 32F-34E as an average range. Just for fun, I let the girl at VS size me. She said that I am "obviously" a 36B!!! My underbust is 31-33 depending on when in the breath I take the measurement, and my breasts measure 37.5 or so (getting exact here was difficult since I didn't have a good fitting bra to measure with!) So, she must have did that +4 or +5 inches thing, then subtracted to get a B. And then, just for giggles, I humored her and tried it on. The strap was so horribly wrong, and the cups...wow. I "argued" with her in my own subtle way until we got to something closer to reality...a 34D. It was obvious to me that the cups were small since I had back and armpit fat. So, her logic was to "try the 36D." Um, OK, lady...I did try it knowing it wasn't going to fit from the start. It looked awful. I then somehow...not too sure how...but I somehow got her to let me try on a 34DD (or a 34E, depending on how to you look at it). It fit really good! I had tried a 32 band before and it was just really too tight (and I haven't lost weight since then). So even though she insisted that I was a (cough, cough) 36B, I left out of there with 3 new 34DD (34E) bras that fit great. Had I not came here first, I might have gone around thinking I just paid $6,000 to be a 36B! :)

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  22. I've been wearing 36B and 34C cup bras for years and finally had myself measured at 31" band/37" bust. My results for each calculator are different:

    Curves & Corsets: 32E (UK)
    Butterfly Collection: 32F (UK) 32DDD (US)
    Elektroniczny: 34D (UK & US)
    Lindas: 34F/DDD
    Sophisticated Pair: 32DD (UK) 32DD/E (US)

    While trying not to break the bank, I've tried a Freya Deco 32DD which fit perfectly, a Fine Lines 32E and Chantelle 32DD both of which fit perfectly. I did try a Bravissimo 32E cup bra (UK) which was a tad big in the cup. I read somewhere that a UK E cup is actually equivalent to a US F/DDD cup. I'm curious as to why the Butterfly Collection sizes me at a 32F(DDD) though, a full cup size larger than E, which I had tried and didn't fit. I would like to try and see if a 32F fits in any brands. Anybody with similar measurements to mine try 32F?

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  23. Thanks for posting those links, I hadn't known of any except Linda's. My ribs are 32" and full bust 40" or 40.5". I normally wear 36DD or near that, which rarely seem to fit. Linda's suggests 32H (US size I think?).

    At Butterfly Collection: 32GG (UK) / 32H (US) for 40 full bust.

    Curves and Corsets: 32G, which I assume is UK sizing. The Polish site says 34FF (UK). I didn't try Sophisticated Pair yet (b/c my browser needs a newer Flash version for the calc to work).

    Like others, I'm frustrated about bras b/c many are expensive in an accurate size and uncommon so have to be shipped. I'm in the US Midwest near a specialty bra store but they don't have as much as online. Department store JCPenney has carried 'unusual' cups (from Glamorise, Goddess) mainly in 36-38+ bands, only online or catalog, and often sell out too soon if on sale.

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  24. 28J is what I got for your measurements entered into lindas online shop. I was suspicious the size was so off, for me, I entered a 31 and a 42 and got a 32 band and got 32K.

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  25. >~< i got results like 28G or 28FF?? seems rly huge. other bra calculators usually add 2 or 3 in to small band sizes. whats up with that? Rite now wearing a 32DD is fine but its not as snug as i would like should i switch or keep on buying 32s?

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    1. 28FF or G is perfectly normal! :) Check out The Bra Band Project on Flickr for some examples - also, there are several bra bloggers who wear that size range (see Blogroll).

      A 32DD is about equal in cup volume to a 30E and a 28F (UK sizing), so really you'd only be going up one cup size after your band size is correct. 30 bands are much easier to find in the US, so you might see if you can find 30E's and 30F's to try out at Nordstrom to get a better idea of what might work for you. There are lots of places you can find 28FF's online.

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  26. I am very confused about what my bra size should be. I have one bra that seems to fit okay-ish (as far as I can tell). It is an altered 32DDD. I made the band smaller. I have other 32DD bras but they are too small in the cup (I get double boob/orange in a glass/the center gore doesn't tack). My 32DD bras are not altered in the band.

    These are my measurements. They fluctuate somewhat during the month.

    Under bust snug: 23.5/24

    Over bust standing: 33.5

    Over bust leaning parallel to the floor: 35/35.5

    According to the calculators I am 26GG, 26H, 26GG, and 24H. What size should I start out trying?
    thanks!!

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  27. I just commented asking about my bra size like 1 min ago. I thought I should mention that my breast shape is in between full on bottom/full on top, leaning slightly more to full on top. I also seem to need narrow underwires. I don't know if this would affect my bra size.

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    1. Hi there - it sounds like a 26GG/H would ideally be your best bet to start out with. Unfortunately, under-28 bands are currently only available through custom order through Ewa Michalak (the good news is that Ewa Michalak bras are known for more narrow underwires). I would recommend trying out the sister sizes of 28G and 28GG in various brands to see how you get on. :)

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  28. Hi there. I didn't read through all of the comments, so I'm not sure if somebody already mentioned this. I think the reason the Butterfly Collection and Curves and Corsets give the most accurate readings is because they are the only ones that correctly convert between US and UK. For some reason, many people think that a UK D is equal to a US D when it is not. A UK DD is equal to a US D, with the F being equivalent. This is why in US bras you will often see DD/E or DDD/F. one is the US size, while the other is the UK equivalent. Take a look at this chart and note posted by the Butterfly Collection. http://www.butterflycollection.ca/how-to-fit-yourself/

    I didn't want to leave such a long comment, but I know you're big in the bra community, so maybe you can pass this on to the rest of the ladies.

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  29. In my town there are not many bras as I want, if they are fit sports bras or without rods (at least sleeping) less encounter, 38B and 36C I bought because I have under my bust 77cm (30.3in) and my bust is of 99cm (39in), mainly I bought playtex and all sizes in my city are well, I have also used this calculator:
    http://www.85b.org/bra_calc.php

    I never imagined that this article calculators me out from 28J to 32H, and of course I have never seen these carvings in stores, internet only very little, it's rare you see a 34D, more rarely see these carvings and I thought a giant 30I but no, it´s looks normal

    Thank you for the information, I have no idea to this

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  30. i thought i was a 32f but it said i was a 26J.ive noticed that 32 bands are way too big on me so thanx.

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  31. Only two could calculate my size (43in band, 60in bust) and have come out as a UK 42LL or US 42R (A Sophosticated Pair) and secondly 44N (Linda the Bra Lady).

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    1. Turns out one of them doesn't carry my size and the other only goes as high as that cup lol. Anyone know where to get a UK 42LL or USR from?

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