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Bra: the guide and size matches

2023-11-29T14:37:56.352Z

Highlights: The French bra sizing system includes two key measurements: cup size and bust circumference. The cup size is represented by letters (A, B, C), while the bust circumference is expressed in centimeters. In the French measurement system, a bra size can be entered as "90 C" Some countries use different size systems and equivalencies may vary between measurements, which can lead to confusion when shopping internationally and/or online. Each brand may indeed present variations in its models, which means that a specific size may not fit all bras from that brand.


We know it all too well: finding the perfect size for a bra can be a real obstacle course. To make sure you don't make a mistake, here is the guide and the size matches.


Bra: the French measurement system

The bra sizing system includes two key measurements: cup size and bust circumference. The cup size is represented by letters (A, B, C, etc.), while the bust circumference is expressed in centimeters. For example, in the French measurement system, a bra size can be entered as "90 C": 90 indicates the bust circumference in centimeters and C represents the cup size.

How to take your chest measurements?

To accurately determine the size of a bra, it is therefore essential to measure the back circumference and the bust circumference. Maintaining an upright posture during these measurements is essential to ensure accuracy. In addition, the measurement should always be carried out in the same place, as a difference of a few centimetres can have a significant impact on the actual size. It is also imperative to measure yourself without clothing, as these could alter the measurements.

To measure the circumference of the back circumference, you have to stand and place a tape measure flat just below the breasts, taking care not to squeeze it too tightly or leave it too loose.

The size of the back circumference for a bra can thus be determined by referring to the following correspondences:

  • from 63 to 67 cm: size 80
  • from 68 to 72 cm: size 85
  • from 73 to 77 cm: size 90
  • from 78 to 82 cm: size 95
  • from 83 to 87 cm: size 100
  • from 88 to 92 cm: size 105
  • from 93 to 97 cm: size 110
  • from 98 to 102 cm: size 115

In order to determine the cup depth, you must then measure the circumference of the bust circumference: stand up straight and place the tape measure horizontally, flat on the chest at the tip of the breasts. The difference between chest and back circumference corresponds to the size of the cup. For example, if the back circumference is 80 cm and the chest circumference is 95 cm, simply calculate the difference: 95 - 80 = 15.

Here is the list of the main matches for cup sizes based on the difference between chest and back circumference:

  • 13 cm difference: A cup
  • 15 cm difference: B cup
  • 17 cm difference: C cup
  • 19 cm difference: D cup
  • 21 cm difference: E cup
  • 23 cm difference: F cup
  • 25 cm difference: G cup
  • 27 cm difference: H cup
  • 29 cm difference: cup I
  • 31 cm difference: J cup
  • 33 cm difference: K cup

In the example mentioned, the measurement is equivalent to a B cup.

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The main bra size systems according to the country

Some countries use different size systems and equivalencies may vary between measurements, which can lead to confusion when shopping internationally and/or online.

To untangle this tangle of sizes, here are some common size correspondences.

Back circumference:

FranceEuropeUnited KingdomUnited StatesItaly
806530301
857032322
907534343
958036364
1008538385
1059040405
1109542427
11510044448
1201054648

Bra cup size:

FranceEuropeUnited KingdomUnited StatesItaly
HasHasHasHasHas
BBBBB
CCCCC
DDDDD
EEDDDD/EDD
FFEDDD/FE
GGFGF
HHFFH

How do I find the perfect bra size?

To find the perfect bra, it is essential to consider not only the size, but also its fit and support. Each brand may indeed present variations in its models, which means that a specific size may not fit all bras from that brand... Fitting remains the key to determining the right fit.

Source: lefigaro

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