To determine your bra size (and to find the perfect fitting bra), it is very important that you measure your body carefully. You need to measure both bust size (over bust) and band size (under bust). See illustration above, and read our measuring instructions below:
1. Measure Under Bust (Band): Measure circumference around your body just under your bust/breasts. Make sure to keep the measuring tape parallel with the ground. Use your measurement to determine your band size from the Band Size Chart below.
2. Measure Over Bust: Wear a non-padded bra (or no bra) while measuring. Stand with your arms at your side (ask a friend for measuring help if possible). Measure circumference around your body (under arms) at the fullest part of your bust. Make sure the measuring tape is parallel with the ground, and not binding. Use both Over Bust Measurement and Under bust Measurement to determine your Cup Size from the Cup Size Chart below.
3. Determine Band Size and Cup Size: Now you are ready to determine your band size and your cup size. Use your measurements to determine sizes from the size charts below.
Bra Band Size Chart, IT:
See measuring instructions above. All numbers in CM.
Tip: Because bra bands tend to strech over time, your bra should fit firmly on the loosest hook when new.
Cup Size Chart, IT:
Please note: There are two different ways that is used to determine Italian Bra Cup Sizes. Some bra manufacturers use a so called "English cup system", where Bra Band Size (determined by using Band Size Chart above) is subtracted from Over Bust Measurement (measurement over fullest part of bust). Other Italian bra manufacturers use a "European cup size system" where bra size is determined by subtracting Band Measurement (Under Bust Measurement) from Bust Measurement (measurement over fullest part of bust).
Check which cup size system your favorite Italian bra brand uses. Or determine your bra size with both systems. That way you are ready to shop from all Italian bra brands :)
Bust - Under Bust Measurement:
Bust - Under Bust = Subtract Under Bust Measurement from Over Bust (bust size) Measurement. Then use the cup size chart below to determine your cup size:
- Under Bust
10 - 12 cm
12 - 14 cm
14 - 16 cm
16 - 18 cm
18 - 20 cm
20 - 22 cm
22 - 24 cm
24 - 26 cm
26 - 28 cm
Bust - Band Size:
Bust - Band Size = Subtract Bra Band Size (determined with Band Size Chart on top of this page) from Over Bust (bust size) Measurement. Then use the cup size chart below to determine your cup size:
- Under Bust
< 2.5 cm
Your Best Bra Size Tips & Tricks...
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