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Read This Before Buying Lingerie Online

By March 30, 2019 May 30th, 2019 No Comments

When it comes to lingerie, if you’re going to explore the world of online shopping, it’s essential to know with certainty your correct sizes. With my help, we’re going to build up your self-confidence while we build your lingerie collection! So fun!

Now, let’s get something straight: It’s not uncommon to have multiple sizes of bras in your drawer that all fit great. This is a result of the various brands applying their own measurement standards. It is also what is known as “sister Sizing”. I’ll get to the details of Sister Sizing in a moment.

My first trip to Victoria Secret made me realize this concept. Not to give out too much personal info, but I have always worn a 34C until I was fitted at VS. They told me I was a 32DD! I nearly choked! How was that possible? I don’t want to rule out the fact that I could’ve been wearing the wrong bra size- which is quite likely, as I can’t recall the last time I was measured. But, more likely is the “sister sizing” concept.

In order to ensure you are wearing the right size bra (and to avoid the shock you may feel upon bra shopping) let’s start with figuring out your band size. The band size is the number portion. You’ll need a soft measuring tape or alternatively a ribbon or string. There are actually two schools of thought on this number, which has drawn some online attention so it’s necessary to review both. However, the method you decide to use will ultimately depend on your band size. Here are the methods:

  1. Classic Method

    • Using a soft measuring tape, measure around your rib cage directly below your bust.
    • If you get an odd number, add five. If it’s an even number, add four. The reason you add five is because there are no odd numbers in band sizes.
      Note: This method is more commonly applied to bra sizes less than a D cup because you’ll find the band will be too tight on your rib cage.
  2. New Method

    • As noted above, measure around your rib cage directly below your bust. The number you measure is what your band size is.
      Note: If you are larger than a D cup, it is likely this is the method you’ll prefer. With a larger cup size, women like the added support by a tighter band size.

Next, you’ll need to find your cup size. Using your soft measuring tape, measure around the largest part of your bust.

Subtract your band size from your bust size. The difference in inches represents the letters in cup sizes. For example, 1” = A cup, 2” = B cup, 3” = C and so on.

If you have a size larger than 4 inches it starts to get tricky depending on the brand. Some continue on with the alphabet and some start to double the letters, for example, D, DD, DDD etc.

Check out my Ebook for more information on cup size, I share a handy chart!

Sister Sizing

Sister sizing allows us to move to the left or right on the bra sizing chart and still have a great fit. If the majority of your bras are a 36D, you could move to the right to a 38C and still have a comfortable fit. This is because the calculations are based on cup volume. This is also why it’s important to understand your band size in addition to a cup size.

Keep in mind, there is a range where the structure of a bra will change because it needs to support a certain amount of volume. For example, if you are a 36DD you might find your sister size 38D doesn’t give you the same support you need. It is also important to note, you won’t want to sister size more than one to two sizes to the left or right.

Now that you’re armed with knowledge, it’s time for the FUN part- your online shopping experience!

Still have questions? Feel free to send me an email or check out my FREE Ebook for more info!

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