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How to Tell if You’re Wearing the Right Bra Size

How to Tell if You’re Wearing the Right Bra Size

The Age-Old Question: Am I Wearing the Right Bra Size?

We've all been there; a bra that doesn’t fit… an uncomfortable reminder that can ruin a gorgeous outfit and leave you fiddling with your bra straps all day long. In fact, a recent survey found that over 80% of women in the UK are wearing the wrong bra size, so the struggle is real. But why is it so universal?

Bra sizes can actually vary between brands which means your size can fluctuate depending on where you purchase your bra from. The key is to know your measurements and to keep them handy (e.g. on your phone or in your purse), just in case you fancy a spontaneous lingerie shopping spree! You can then check your measurements against each store's bra sizing guide to find you perfect fit.

How to Tell if Your Bra Size is Wrong

With so many women out there wearing the wrong bra size, it must be hard to tell when a bra doesn’t fit properly. Here are some telltale signs that you’re wearing the wrong bra size:

  • Your breasts spill out or over the cups.
  • The band rides up when you raise your arms.
  • The straps slip down your shoulders or dig in.
  • The underwire pokes into your breasts or armpits.
  • The cups look wrinkled or flat.

Just remember, life happens, and weight fluctuations, exercise, pregnancy, or a new diet can all mean it's time to reassess your bra size. Read on for tips on how to stay comfy and supported.

How to Measure Your Bra Size at Home

The thought of measuring your bra size for the first time can seem awkward and daunting, but trust us, the rewards are worth it. If you don’t have time to go to a bra measuring professional (e.g. in-store at a lingerie stop), you can do it yourself at home. All you need is a measuring tape and some free time, and you can say goodbye to ill-fitting bras forever!

Measuring the Band and Bust

There are two key measurements that you need to take to find your bra size: the band and the bust. Follow these instructions to find yours!

Band

While braless or wearing a non-padded bra, take a measuring tape and measure your torso directly under your breasts, just below where the wire of your bra would sit. You can either do this yourself or ask someone to help you. Make sure the tape is parallel to the floor and at the same level on your back, sides and front. Then, jot down the measurement in either centimetres or inches.

Bust

Next, move the measuring tape up over your breasts to the fullest part of your chest, at approximately nipple height and just under your shoulder blades. Loop the measuring tape around your back, close to the skin but not too tight, and make sure the tape is parallel to the floor at the same level on your back, sides and front. Then, write down your measurement in either centimetres or inches.

Signs You’ve Found the Perfect Fit

Once you have your band and bust measurements, you can check them against any store's bra sizing guide to find your perfect fit for that particular brand. You’ll know whether it’s right if the following occurs:

  • The band feels firm, sits flush against your ribcage, and is level all the way around your body.
  • Your breasts sit perfectly within the cups, which appear smooth with no bumps, ridges, or flat spots.
  • The underwire fully encompasses your breasts and sits flat against your ribcage.
  • The straps sit snugly against your shoulders, with just enough room to slide two fingers beneath them.

Sizing at Scarlett Gasque

This table breaks down your measurements into Scarlett Gasque sizes. But remember – bra sizing isn't a universal language. Being a 34C in Scarlett Gasque doesn't automatically mean you'll be the same size when shopping elsewhere, as each brand has their own sizing quirks! Keep an eye out for those differences and make sure you find what fits you best, regardless of what the label says.

  Centimetres Inches

Bra Size

Bust Band Bust Band

30D

85 - 90

62.5 - 67.5

33-35

24.6 – 26.5

30DD

90 - 95

62.5 - 67.5

 35-37

24.6 – 26.5

30E

95 - 100

63.5 - 67.5

37-39 

24.6 – 26.5

32B

80-85

67.5 - 72.5

31-33 

26.5 – 28.5

32C

85-90

67.5 - 72.5

33-35 26.5 – 28.5

32D

90-95

67.5 - 72.5

35-37

26.5 – 28.5

32DD

95 - 100

67.5 - 72.5

37-39

26.5 – 28.5

32E

100 - 105

67.5 - 72.5

39-41

26.5 – 28.5

34B

85 - 90

72.5 - 77.5

33-35

28.5 – 30.5

34C

90 - 95

72.5 - 77.5

35-37

28.5 – 30.5

34D

95 - 100

72.5 - 77.5

37-39

28.5 – 30.5

34DD

100 - 105

72.5 - 77.5

39-41

28.5 – 30.5

34E

105 - 110

72.5 - 77.5 

 41 – 43

28.5 – 30.5

36B

90 - 95

77.5 - 82.5

 35 – 37

30.5 – 32.5

36C

95 - 100

77.5 - 82.5

 37 – 39

30.5 – 32.5

36D

100 - 105

77.5 - 82.5

 39 – 41

  30.5 – 32.5

36DD

105 - 110

77.5 - 82.5

 41 – 43

  30.5 – 32.5

38B

95 - 100

82.5 - 87.5

 37 – 39

 32.5 – 34.5

38C

100 - 105

82.5 - 87.5

 39 – 41

  32.5 – 34.5

38D

105 - 110

82.5 - 87.5

 41 – 43

  32.5 – 34.5

Shop Scarlett’s Bras

Now you know your measurements, you’re ready to find your new favourite bra. Here are some of our top picks!

Kiss-Me-Quick Bra

A supportive quarter-cup satin bra, with flirty mesh and tulle for a barely-there look, and sweetheart embroidery to get hearts racing.

Colour: Baby Doll Pink

Available Sizes: 30D, 30DD, 30E, 32B, 32C, 32D, 32DD, 32E, 34B, 34C, 34D, 34DD, 34E, 36B, 36C, 36D, 36DD, 38B, 38C, 38D

Price: £140.00

Scarlett Wired Bra

With a 100% silk quarter-cup finish for extra support, elegant satin bows, and cool Aqua Blue embroidery, this bra really turns up the heat.

Colour: Aqua Blue

Available Sizes: 30D, 30DD, 30E, 32B, 32C, 32D, 32DD, 32E, 34B, 34C, 34D, 34DD

Price: £180.00

Wisteria Silk Bra

An elegant three-piece cup bra with supportive underwire in delicate shades of Fresh Lavender. Made with 100% silk.

Colour: Fresh Lavender

Available Sizes: 30D, 30DD, 30E, 32B, 32C, 32D, 32DD, 32E, 34B, 34C, 34D, 34DD, 34E, 36B, 36C, 36D, 36DD, 38B, 38C, 38D

Price: £130.00

Say Goodbye to Uncomfortable Bras…

At Scarlett Gasque, we’re bringing traditional bra styles back into the mainstream to make every day a little more enchanting. Shop our range of timeless, high-quality lingerie and luxurious corsetry now and find your new favourites!

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