The Lingerie Fitting Room
Size Charts & Information to Help You Buy the Correct Size Lingerie or Sleepwear
Welcome to our fitting room where you can find all the information you need to order the right size lingerie or sleepwear. We have a lot of information on this page but if you prefer just to send us a message for some help please complete the form below:
It is so easy to order the wrong size so it is always worth checking to avoid disappointment. Amazingly, many women are wearing the wrong bra size and an equally large number of people would give the wrong dress size if they were asked right now to state what size they are. So help us to deliver the right size to you first time by checking your measurements against the size chart below. If you are not a UK customer, you will see that there are sizes for Europe and the USA as well. If you are still uncertain after checking your measurements against the chart please feel free to contact us - we are here to help.
Which Bra Size Should You Buy
Working out the bra size you need it not quite so simple. There is a lot of confusion and this is not helped by the international variables.
It is estimated that as many as 80% of women are wearing a bra that does not fit properly. The following notes and charts are just one way to measure for a bra, there are other ways but we know this method works. It is best to get someone else to measure you if you can.
Stage 1. Finding Your Bra Band Size.
Take a tape measure and take the measurement around the rib cage immediately below the breasts. Make sure that the tape measure is at the same level all the way round and is neither too tight or too loose.
Make a note of the result. You will need it to calculate the band and cup size. If it is an even number such as 28 add 4, this will give a bra band size of 32 and if it is an uneven number then you should add 5. The resulting number is your bra band size. eg under bust measurement 30 + 4 = bra band 34 or under bust measurement 29 + 5 = bra band 34.
Stage 2. Finding Your Cup Size.
Take the tape measure again and this time measure around the body at the fullest part of the bust. Keep the tape at the same level all the way round and again make sure it is neither too loose or too tight.
Now take the original rib cage measurement that you made a note of in stage 1 before the adjustment and subtract that from the bust measurement.
For instance, if your original measurement around the ribs was 28 inches and your measurement around the bust is 34, take 28 from 34 and you are left with 6. That number is your cup size. To convert it to the alpha code used by bra manufacturers you need to check the chart below.
So using our example of someone with a 28 inch measurement under the bust and a 34 inch measurement around the bust the calculation is 28+4 = 32 band size. 34-28 = 6 = C. So the bra size would be: 32C.
We hope that the above has explained how you can find your correct bra size but now how to apply that to the various sizes you might see when you are shopping for lingerie is the next stage.
Stage 3. Understanding International Bra Sizes
Different countries use different alpha/numeric coding for their bras. Many manufacturers now show the UK and European standard sizing on their labels.
And on Ever-so-Sexy.com you will find that the bra sizes are given in the UK standard. If you are not from the UK or are unsure which is the right bra size for you then just check the charts here. It is not just the cup sizes that are coded differently in different countries - so here is another chart (below) which shows you how the bra brands are coded in various countries.
A Last Note About Bra Sizes
The cup size on a bra is always relative in size to the band. So a 32D will NOT have the same cup size as a 38D. Going down a band sizes increases the cup size by one - eg 34C = 32D This relativity between cup and band sizes does mean that there is some "overlap" between sizes. This can be seen in practise on our site for the Luxxa range where the two larger options are 32C/34B and 34C/36B. This is very useful if you see a bra that is not in your usual size as you have the option to go either up or down a band size - for instance if your normal bra size is 34C but the bra you want to buy is not available in that size, you could select either a 32D or 36B. We would not however recommend moving more than one band size in either direction as it is the band that provides the main support on your bra and you need to ensure that the band fits properly.
If you are still unsure about the size you need to order then just send us a message and we will do what we can to help. But in the end there is no better way to ensure that you order the correct size than to take your measurements with a tape measure and check our charts to see which size relates to your measurements.