Cup size advice and tips
What is the right cup size and how best to determine it yourself. It is good to know that there are generally two breast shapes. We are talking about the apple shape or the pear shape. This is very useful to know so that you can then focus on which cup best suits your breast shape.
Bras for apple-shaped breasts
To see what breast shape you have, it's best to stand up and look at your breast curve. If the breasts in the whole are wide in shape, then you have apple-shaped breasts. It is best to opt for "padded" cups such as Tshirt Bras (without a share cup seam) of the more expensive brands. This prevents your breasts from sitting very "pressed" in the BH cup
Bras for pear-shaped breasts
To see what breast shape you have, it's best to stand up and look at your breast curve. Now, if you see your breasts narrow in a point down, you have pear-shaped breasts. It is best to opt for a bra with a "deep cup" like the cups with partial cup seams, which will shape your chest to the deepest point of the cup.
FACT: to determine your BHmate
For example, if you measure a lower breast trap (for the band size) of 72 CM take size 70, measure 79, then take a 75. This prevents the back from creeping up or the straps from going down.
A good bra ensures that your sweater or top looks nice, who doesn't know that you see the bra straps under the sweaters or the cups.
Even if the clothes are still so expensive, without a good bra it will not be a success, and a good bra does not always have to be expensive, note the cup choice as mentioned above.
Swap bh for another cup?
Have you bought a bra that doesn't fit well and would you like to exchange it for another cup because it is too big or too small? When swapping the bra, take into account the following rules of thumb, so you'll avoid buying an incorrect cup size next time.
- The size is too small, the cup size is good: Choose the size 1 size larger and the cup size 1 size smaller. Size 75B becomes 80A.
- The size is too large, the cup size is good: Choose the size 1 size smaller and the cup size 1 size larger. Size 75C becomes 70D.
- The size is good but the cup is too small: The size remains the same, choose the cup one size larger. Size 75C becomes 75D.
- The size is good but the cup is too large: The size remains the same, choose the cup one size smaller. Size 75C becomes 75B.
- The size is too small and the cup is too small: Choose the size 1 size larger, the cup size remains the same! Size 75C will be 80C.
- The size is too large and the cup is too large: Choose the size1 size smaller, the cup size remains the same! Size 75C will be 70C.
- The size is too small and the cup is too large: Choose the size 1 size larger, choose the cup one size smaller. Size 75C becomes 80A.
- The size is too large and the cup is too small: Choose the size 1 size smaller and the cup size 1 size larger. Size 75C becomes 70E.
Bra - sizes and measurements of your cup size
Anyone can calculate her cup size quite easily using a tape measure. BH sizes consist of an assembly of the lower breast width and the breast width.
The first is in centimeters and the second in so-called cup sizes.
To determine your own size, you first need to measure the lower breast width. You do this by exhaling and pulling the tape measure quite tightly around your chest just below your breasts. Based on the number of centimeters, you reach the following underspan:
63 - 67 cm: 65
68 - 72 cm: 70
73 - 77 cm: 75
78 - 82 cm: 80
83 - 87 cm: 85
88 - 92 cm: 90
93 - 97 cm: 95
You measure your upper width by pulling the tape measure, after exhalation, loosely (!) around your breasts. Measure the number of centimeters at the point where your size is greatest. That will usually be at the level of the nipples.
Take the difference in centimeters between your upper and lower breast width.
Your cup size is at:
10 – 12 cm: AA
12 – 14 cm: A
14 – 16 cm: B
16 – 18 cm: C
18 – 20 cm: D
20 – 22 cm: E
22 – 24 cm: F
24 – 26 cm: G
26 – 28 cm: H
28 – 30 cm: i (I)
30 – 32 cm: J
32 – 34 cm: K
34 – 36 cm: L
36 – 38 cm: M
38 – 40 cm: N
Please note that for large cup sizes from J this rule of thumb is not entirely reliable. The influence of the shape of your breasts and your body increases as the cup size increases...
And consider the following: for example, if you measure a lower breast trap (for the band size) of 72 CM take size 70, measure 79, then take a 75. This prevents the back from creeping up or the straps from going down.
Calculate foreign cup sizes
Most surrounding countries have their own dimensions for the lower breast width and this can lead to confusion.
The French sizing is the most misleading because it is most similar to ours. For example, cup 75B can be found in France under cup 90B etc. In fact, it's our Dutch cup size + 15 cm.
The British cup sizes are based on inches, with cup 75B coming out at cup 34B (and not at 30 as you would expect). The lower sizes always jump by 2 inches, so that lower chest size 80 equals 36.
The Italian cup sizes only have a single digit indication in the case of cup A/B. Only with larger cups is it put on the label.
Size 75B is therefore generally only indicated by size 2, 80B with 3
Etc. Some brands fall a bit smaller, so size 2 is more like 70B, than with 75B etc.
How reliable is the outcome of the measurement?
Many women do not wear the right size bra.
Also, there are many women who buy a bra without fitting it first.
Keep in mind, however, that every brand and model falls differently, so the sizes may differ from the standard. Of course, it also plays a role that your body is unique, so that certain brands and/or models are more or less suitable for your construction.
Another aspect is the shape of your breasts. With round breasts (as often after a breast augmentation!) the final size will be slightly higher than the
tape measure suggests. The opposite effect will often occur with more "pointed" breasts.
The cup size falls one size back
For those with a lower breast width and/or breast width that lies around the transition from one size to another, it will often occur that one time the smaller, the other time the larger size falls best. Keep in mind that the cup size bounces back one size each time. If the cups of a 75C fit you quite well, but you still find the bra too tight under the chest, then you will have to choose an 80B as an alternative. The cup of the 80B is as deep as that of the 75C. The 80B only has slightly wider brackets (i.e. 80C/75D etc.).
When is a bra right?
First of all, the bra needs to be adapted properly. Simply closing the closure is not enough! Lift standing (preferably not weighed down, because that gives ripple with soft cups) your breasts one by one in the cup of the bra. Only then can you judge the fit!
The bra sits well when the brackets with a bra fall nicely around the breasts.
In addition, the bra brackets should fall on or near the sternum. If the space between the brackets and the sternum is too large, the lower breast width is often too large. Then take a bra with a lower lower chest width and a size larger cup (so 80B can then be replaced by 75C (see above)).
Furthermore, the cups should not wrinkle, the breasts should not bulge (neither at the top nor side) and the horizontal band on the back should be at the same height with the front. When the tyre slides upwards at the back, the lower chest size is often too large.
Swimwear and cup sizes
In swimwear, only the ready-to-wear sizes are usually listed as long as it is an A or B cup. Nowadays more and more brands make swimwear in (larger) cup sizes. If you normally wear a size 38 (75/80), you don't have to fall back to a size 40 because of the larger cup, where the bottom falls too big again and the back of the bikini slides up each time. You better choose a bikini or swimsuit in size 38 with C-cup. As better lingerie and swimwear stores online, we also have a brand in our collection that even goes up to cup E, F or K look at https://www.annamamelle.nl/grote-cup-badmode/