Choosing the right bra size
You've probably heard that as many as 75% of women wear the wrong bra sizes. Unfortunately, that sad percentage is
about right. Finding the right bra size is part science and part art, with a bit of perseverance thrown in.
There's no magic bra size calculator that works on every woman and for every brand, but our recommended bra sizing methods should work for you.
Measuring yourself isn't fun, but it's SO worth it. Wearing the right bra size helps your waist look thinner, your
bust look fuller and your body look taller. Your shoulders and back will feel comfortable and your clothes will
fit better. Convinced? Let's get to it.
If you wear a larger bra size, explore our JMS bra sizing guide.
How to measure your bra size
Wear your best fitting bra. You may find it helpful to have a second person help you measure. Or you may just want to stand in front of a mirror and measure yourself.
Find your band size
Measure around your chest, just below your underarms, with a tape measure. Measure snugly but not tightly. The number you get is your band size.
Find your bust measurement
Take a loose measurement around the fullest part of your bust.
Find your cup size
Subtract your band measurement from your bust measurement. Then use this simple bra size chart to find your cup size.
|1"= A||5"= DD||9"= I|
|2"= B||6"= DDD & F||10"= J|
|3"= C||7"= G||11"= K|
|4"= D||8"= H|
If your bust measurement is 39 and your band size is 36:
39-36=3, so your cup size is C and your complete bra size is 36C.
International bra size chart
The bra size chart below will help international customers
translate between the bra sizes they recognize and the bra sizes used in the United States.
Be sure to use the band size and cup size parts of the chart.
International Band Size Guide
International Cup Size Guide
Is your bra fitting correctly?
Check the fit of your bra in four areas: straps, band, cups and center gore.
Adjustable straps allow you to continue to get your best fit as the elastic in the straps loosens due to wear. Your straps should stay in place without digging or slipping. If your straps dig or slip, you may be wearing the wrong band size. Bras with convertible straps may give you a better fit.
The band, not the straps, provides most of the support in the bra. The band should fit securely but not tightly. You should be able to fit a finger between the bra band and your body. A new bra should fit best in the loosest row of hooks, because the bra will loosen with wear. You will switch to the tighter rows of hooks over the life of the bra. The band should not ride up. If there are gaps at the bottom of the cup, the band is too loose, a sign it is time to buy a new bra.
The cups should look full and smooth, without spillage. If the cups look kind of empty, you need a smaller cup size. If you are seeing spillage on the sides or the top of the cups, you may need a larger cup size or a bra designed with more cup coverage or higher sides. If you wear an underwire bra, the underwire should be flat against your chest without pinching anywhere.
You should not be able to stick a finger under the center gore. It should lie flat against your chest.
Which brand is best for you?
Bra sizing DOES vary by brand. The descriptions below may help you select the right brands for you.
A smaller-busted woman may need to go down a size to fit well in a brand designed mainly for larger women. A large-busted woman may need to go up a size to fit well in a brand designed mainly for smaller-busted women.
Maidenform offers a great selection of t-shirt, push up and lift bras, including some of our sexiest bras. Maidenform does have extra coverage bras as well as demi bras and bra sizes from 32A to 40DD. Maidenform also offers sports bras.
Bali is a classic bra brand that includes a wide size range and a great selection of beautiful and sophisticated bras. Bali Bras are the most popular brand on our website. Lilyette by Bali carries a size range more appropriate to larger-busted women and emphasizes fit, support and minimizers. You’ll find Bali bras in sizes from 32B to 50DDD and Lilyette by Bali bras in bra sizes 34C to 44DD.
Playtex 18 Hour bras are popular with women who wear larger bra sizes and want plenty of coverage and support. Playtex Secrets bras are designed to fit your curves and feature contemporary styling. The Playtex brand also offers nursing bras. Bra sizes 32C-44D.
JMS bras are designed for the same women who love JMS legwear, panties and apparel. JMS bras emphasize comfort and fit and come in bra sizes up to 52DD. Traditionally, JMS bras were wirefree but recent introductions have expanded to underwire.
Glamorise bras offer hard-to-find sizes and supportive bras, including sports bras, for full-figured women. Bra sizes 32C to 54K.
Champion bras offer the support you need for working out, running and other vigorous exercise. Lots of colors and styles are all designed to keep you comfortable on the move. Bra sizes 34B-44DDD.
A final note:
Bra size is not a constant. You probably do not wear the same bra size you wore five years ago. Many factors can affect your bra size, in addition to the brand or style you choose, including weight gain or loss, aging, exercise routine and pregnancy. We recommend you measure your bra size annually.