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Finding the right size is important, but how does bra sizing work?

All bra sizes consist of a number and a letter. The number refers to the band size and the letter refers to the cup size. To determine your band size, use a measuring tape to measure around your torso, directly under your breasts. To determine your cup size, first calculate your bust size by measuring around the fullest part of your breasts (usually right under the nipples). Then subtract your band size from your bust size.

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How do larger cup sizes work?

The average cup size is increasing around the world. At the same time, studies show that many women think they need a smaller size than they really do. Now that you know how larger cup sizes work, you can use a measuring tape to determine your bra size. You can also learn a lot about your cup size by looking in the mirror. If your cup size is too small, you’ll see it and feel it right away: Your cups will dig in and your breasts will spill out. If you're wearing the right size, you won’t feel any poking or pinching and the cups will fit your breasts perfectly. The center gore (the fabric in between the cups) should lay flat against your chest, as should the band.

If your cup size is too small, try going up a size to feel and see the difference. PrimaDonna bras offer an impeccable fit and a stylish look for women with larger breasts up to an M cup. Stop by your favorite lingerie boutique and try on a stunning set that makes you feel proud, feminine, and confident.

Know your bra size... and your sister sizes

Now that you know how bra sizing works, you can figure out your sister sizes. These sizes can be useful if a style or a brand runs bigger or smaller than you're used to.

To determine your sister size, move up and down the size chart diagonally. For example, if you usually wear an 80D, try going down a band size and up a cup size (75E) or going up a band size and down a cup size (85C). In this example, 75E and 85C are your sister sizes.

Tip: Make sure you look at the right size on the bra label and the size chart. A European size isn’t the same as a French size.

Same size, same bra?

And finally, this: Your bra size is more than just a math equation. Finding the right bra is an art form. Just because you and your neighbor wear the same bra size, doesn't mean your breasts are identical. You may feel more comfortable in full-coverage bra and she may prefer a bra with a plunging neckline and sheer fabric. All bodies and all breasts are different, and we all have our own personal preferences. That’s why the search for the perfect bra only starts when you know how bra sizes work. Don’t hesitate to ask for help. Your local lingerie boutique would be happy to give you personal advice. If that sounds like an unnecessary luxury, remember that good advice can help you avoid frustration and leaving the store empty-handed. More importantly, it can help you avoid buying the wrong bra. Think about it: Life's too short to wear bad bras!

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