The appearance of a size also depends on the length aroudn your chest, measured in numbers, the smallest I know of is 8, so if you're and 8C its not very big, however if you were to be a 16C it would be very very big, so it all depends on the combination of cup size and chest size. Using a flexible tape measure, position the tape at the outside of the chest, under the arm, where the breast tissue begins. An "A" means you have just an inch difference between your chest and your breast area. Retrieved 23 January Only data from women in the age group 28 to 30 years.
Is the bra size 36b big for a14 year old? I am 11 and i wear a 32A. How big is a bra size dd? The cup size only determines how far out the breast tissue goes, not the diameter of the breast.
What are the sizes of bras? How big is 75a bra size? Basically, it's not the best a man can admire, but it's ok, not too small nor too large, I myself think it's maybe a bit below average, but certainly near average.
How big is a size d bra? Is the bra size 38b big for a 15 year old? How big is a size 32A bra? Not VERY big, but average for maybe a year old. Um actually to the first answer I am actually a 28 B, 30a, 32AA Yes they are all the same size bras! Depends on the make and manufacturer. They are just numbers so who cares. Should be happy with what ya have. How big do bra sizes go? The highest I've seen them go is a G cup and the band as a Is a 34 H bra size big?
Yes, 34H is big. The average cup size in the U. You usually can't find larger cup sizes like this in your department store and have to shop a specialty store or online to find larger sized bras.
Freya and Fantasie brands have beautiful bras in this size. Bravado offers some nice nursing bras in larger sizes in addition to "average" sizes. If you are in 5th grade and your bra size is 36C is that too big?
Well it depends maybe you just are more mature and faster growing. So it could be normal. If you are still concerned ask your parents or see your doctor. It also depends on your weight and height. As well as age and try researching online but don't freak out! You'll even out and then you'll get hips, ect will be in proportion but faster than most girls your age. Is the bra size 34C a big size for a 12 year old?
Is bra size 34 F big? I wear a 34F and don't look disproportionate. It may however be a difficult size to buy a bra for, I recommend checking out a local maternity store. The people there will be understanding and helpful or at least they should be if you explain that you're not pregnant you just need a bra.
The last time I went to buy one the girl working there said they get a lot of people with the same problem and that 34F is actually a pretty common size. We're all made differently, don't sweat it! Is a bra size c big? Actually, its not just dependent on the cup size The appearance of a size also depends on the length aroudn your chest, measured in numbers, the smallest I know of is 8, so if you're and 8C its not very big, however if you were to be a 16C it would be very very big, so it all depends on the combination of cup size and chest size.
Is a 34d bra size big for a 16 year old girl? In my opinion it is a bit big, but everybody is different and as long as that is the right sized bra for you then that's OK. Is 32b a big bra size? Depends on what age. It depends on build and height etc.. However in the UK I believe a 34D is around average for a woman. Hope this helps x. Is a 38 C bra size big for a 15 year old? See thats wierd- your 15 and a 38c? You probally gonna have huge boobs then!
Cuz My stepmom is a 38c and I thought that was big! Is B bra size it too big for an un-married gal? Bra size acceptance is not determined by ones relationship status. Is the bra size 30F too big for 12 year olds? I'm 11 turning 12 Feb 5 and wear a 36C and I don't think they are small. I don't think 30 is fat. I think you are very skinny and they are natural not from fat.
By the way I am around a normal weight and I'm 5,5. How big is the nipple when your bra size is 34b? Is a bra size 34c big? Is size 30a bra big for an eleven year old? Everybody grows at different rates.
Some young girls start developing early from the age of 9. Others may not start until a little later. Is a size 36a bra big for a 11 year old? Thats actually an opinion question. So in my opinion, thats pretty big. Im only size 32! How big is a c cup in bra sizes? In the USA, bra sizes generally range from AA to N; however, most females have bra sizes on the smaller end of the scale.
The most common bra size is B; thus, a C cup would be larger than average. Measurements for determining what constitutes a C cup vary; one method of measurement involves calculating the difference between one's bust size and band size. What are the typical measurements of a woman who wears a 40B bra?
This is a little bit tricky because not all women who wear a size 40B brassiere are going to have the same hip and waist measurements. It should also be noted that not all bra cup sizes are the same. In October , the S. Camp and Company were the first to measure cup size by the letters of the alphabet, A, B, C, and D, although the letters represented how pendulous the breasts were and not their volume. Camp's advertising in the February issue of Corset and Underwear Review featured letter-labeled profiles of breasts.
Cup sizes A through D were not intended to be used for larger-breasted women. Before long, these cup sizes got nicknames: Catalog companies continued to use the designations Small, Medium, and Large through the s. The Sears Company finally applied cup sizes to bras in its catalog in the s. Adjustable bands were introduced using multiple hook and eye closures in the s.
Prior to the widespread use of bras, the undergarment of choice for Western women was a corset. The band measurement system was created by U. The underwire was first added to a strapless bra in by André, a custom-bra firm. In the s, Dunlop chemists were able to reliably transform rubber latex into elastic thread. After , "whirlpool", or concentric stitching, was used to shape the cup structure of some designs.
Since a brassiere must be laundered frequently, easy-care fabric was in great demand. For best results, the breasts should be measured twice: In November , Oprah Winfrey produced a show devoted to bras and bra sizes, during which she talked about research that eight out of ten women wear the wrong size bra.
Studies have revealed that the most common mistake made by women when selecting a bra was to choose too large a back band and too small a cup, for example, 38C instead of 34E, or 34B instead of 30D. The heavier a person's build, the more difficult it is to obtain accurate measurements, as measuring tape sinks into the flesh more easily. In a study conducted in the United Kingdom of women seeking mammoplasty , researchers found a strong link between obesity and inaccurate back measurement. They concluded that " obesity , breast hypertrophy , fashion and bra-fitting practices combine to make those women who most need supportive bras the least likely to get accurately fitted bras.
One issue that complicates finding a correctly fitting bra is that band and cup sizes are not standardized, but vary considerably from one manufacturer to another, resulting in sizes that only provide an approximate fit. Manufacturers cut their bras differently, so, for example, two 34B bras from two companies may not fit the same person.
Larger sizes are usually harder to find in retail outlets. As the cup size increases, the labeled cup size of different manufacturers' bras tend to vary more widely in actual volume. Even medical studies have attested to the difficulty of getting a correct fit. The current popular system of determining bra size is inaccurate so often as to be useless.
Add to this the many different styles of bras and the lack of standardization between brands, and one can see why finding a comfortable, well-fitting bra is more a matter of educated guesswork, trial, and error than of precise measurements. The use of the cup sizing and band measurement systems has evolved over time and continues to change.
Experts recommend that women get fitted by an experienced person  at a retailer offering the widest possible selection of bra sizes and brands.
If the straps dig into the shoulder, leaving red marks or causing shoulder or neck pain, the bra band is not offering enough support. If it digs into the flesh, causing the flesh to spill over the edges of the band, the band is too small. Similarly a band might feel too loose if the cup is too big. It is possible to test whether a bra band is too tight or too loose by reversing the bra on her torso so that the cups are at the back and then check for fit and comfort.
Generally, if the wearer must continually adjust the bra or experiences general discomfort, the bra is a poor fit and she should get a new fitting. Bra experts recommend that women, especially those whose cup sizes are D or larger, get a professional bra fitting from the lingerie department of a clothing store or a specialty lingerie store.
There is significant heterogeneity in breast shape, density, and volume. As such, current methods of bra fitting may be insufficient for this range of chest morphology.
A correctly fitting bra should meet the following criteria: One method to confirm that the bra is the best fit has been nicknamed the Swoop and Scoop. After identifying a well-fitting bra, the woman bends forward the swoop , allowing their breasts to fall into the bra, filling the cup naturally, and then fastening the bra on the outermost set of hooks.
Experts suggest that women choose a bra band that fits well on the outermost hooks. A bra is one of the most complicated articles of clothing to make. A typical bra design has between 20 and 48 parts, including the band, hooks, cups, lining, and straps. Major retailers place orders from manufacturers in batches of 10, Orders of this size require a large-scale operation to manage the cutting, sewing and packing required.
Constructing a properly fitting brassiere is difficult. Adelle Kirk, formerly a manager at the global Kurt Salmon management consulting firm that specializes in the apparel and retail businesses, said that making bras is complex:.
Bras are one of the most complex pieces of apparel. There are lots of different styles, and each style has a dozen different sizes, and within that there are a lot of colors. Furthermore, there is a lot of product engineering. You've got hooks, you've got straps, there are usually two parts to every cup, and each requires a heavy amount of sewing. It is very component intensive.
Obtaining the correct size is further complicated by the fact that the size and shape of women's breasts change, if they experience menstrual cycles , during the cycle  and can experience unusual or unexpectedly rapid growth in size due to pregnancy, weight gain or loss, or medical conditions.
In fact there are very few advantages in wearing existing bras. Having a bra that's generally supportive would have significant improvement particularly in terms of stopping them going south The skin is what gives the breasts their support" . In , the most common bra size sold in the UK was 36D. Researchers ruled out increases in population weight as the explanation  and suggested it was instead likely due to more women wearing the correct, larger size.
Bra retailers recommend several methods for measuring band and cup size. These are based on two primary methods, either under the bust or over the bust, and sometimes both.
Calculating the correct bra band size is complicated by a variety of factors. For the woman with a large cup size and a between band size, they may find their cup size is not available in local stores so may have to shop online where most large cup sizes are readily available on certain sites. Others recommend rounding to the nearest whole number. A measuring tape is pulled around the torso at the inframammary fold.
The tape is then pulled tight while remaining horizontal and parallel to the floor. The measurement in inches is then rounded to the nearest even number for the band size. If the measurement is even, 4 is added to calculate the band size. If it is odd, 5 is added. Currently, many large U. A sizing chart or calculator then uses this measurement to determine the band size.
A measuring tape is pulled around the torso under the armpit and above the bust. Because band sizes are most commonly manufactured in even numbers, the wearer must round to the closest even number. Bra-wearers can calculate their cup size by finding the difference between their bust size and their band size. The measurements are made in the same units as the band size, either inches or centimetres.
The cup size is calculated by subtracting the band size from the over-the-bust measurement. Cup sizes vary from one country to another. The larger the cup size, the bigger the variation. Surveys of bra sizes tend to be very dependent on the population studied and how it was obtained.
For instance, one U. However, the survey sample was drawn from Caucasian student volunteers at a Midwest U. Bra-wearers who have difficulty calculating a correct cup size may be able to find a correct fit using a method adopted by plastic surgeons. Using a flexible tape measure, position the tape at the outside of the chest, under the arm, where the breast tissue begins. Conversion of the measurement to cup size is shown in the "Measuring cup size" table.
This principle means that bras of differing band size can have the same volume. For example, the cup volume is the same for 30D, 32C, 34B, and 36A. These related bra sizes of the same cup volume are called sister sizes. A study by White and Scurr University of Portsmouth compared method that adds 4 to the band size over-the-bust method used in many United Kingdom lingerie shops with and compared that to measurements obtained using a professional method.
The study measured 45 women using the traditional selection method that adds 4 to the band size over-the-bust method. Women tried bras on until they obtained the best fit based on professional bra fitting criteria. When women wear bras with too big a band, breast support is reduced. Too small a cup size may cause skin irritation. They noted that "ill-fitting bras and insufficient breast support can lead to the development of musculoskeletal pain and inhibit women participating in physical activity.
In , researchers published research on world-wide breast size. They gathered breast data by gathering , individual breast size measurements in different countries.
Only data from women in the age group 28 to 30 years. They found that women born in the United States have much bigger breasts than women in any other country. Their average bra cup size, when converted to the European measurement system, is substantially larger than "F". The mean cup size of women of Canadian origin is "E" according to the EU bra size. Their average breast size is "D". Women born in Africa and Asia, especially those born in East Asian countries, have the smallest breast volumes.
Asian women were found to have an average "A" cup size or even smaller. Bra-labeling systems used around the world are at times misleading and confusing. Cup and band sizes vary around the world. Bra-fitting experts in the United Kingdom state that many women who buy off the rack without professional assistance wear up to two sizes too small. Manufacturer Fruit of the Loom attempted to solve the problem of finding a well-fitting bra for asymmetrical breasts by introducing Pick Your Perfect Bra, which allow women to choose a bra with two different cup sizes, although it is only available in A through D cup sizes.
There are several sizing systems in different countries. Most use the chest circumferences measurement system and lettered cup sizes, but there are some significant differences. Many bras available come in only 36 sizes. The UK uses the inch-system, this means that the difference in chest circumference between the cup sizes is always one inch, or 2. Leading brands and manufacturers including Panache, Bestform, Gossard, Freya, Curvy Kate , Bravissimo and Fantasie, which use the British standard band sizes , and so on.
However, some clothing retailers and mail order companies have their own house brands and use a custom sizing system. As a result, their J-Cup is equal to a British standard H-cup. Their H-Cup is roughly equal to a British standard G-cup. Cup labelling methods and sizing schemes are inconsistent and there is great variability between brands.
This has introduced further sizing scheme confusion that is poorly understood even by specialist retailers. Bra-sizing in the United States is very similar to the United Kingdom. Band sizes use the same designation in inches and the cups also increase by 1-inch-steps. However, some manufacturers use conflicting sizing methods. D1, D2, D3, D4, D In , underwear maker Jockey International offered a new way to measure bra and cup size. It introduced a system with ten cup sizes per band size that are numbered and not lettered, designated as , etc.
The company developed the system over eight years, during which they scanned and measured the breasts and torsos of women. Researchers also tracked the women's use of their bras at home.
In very large cup sizes this causes smaller cups than their English counterparts. This system has been standardized in the European dress size standard EN introduced in , but was in use in many European countries before that date. They increase in steps of 2. Japanese sizes are the same as Korean ones, but the cup labels begin with "AA" for a 7. The French and Spanish system is a permutation of the Continental European sizing system.
Since it starts with size 0 for European size 60, the conversion consists of a division by 5 and then a subtraction of The size designations are often given in Roman numerals. Cup sizes have traditionally used a step size of 2. Manufacturers' marketing and advertising often appeals to fashion and image over fit, comfort, and function. English mechanical engineer and professor John Tyrer from Loughborough University has devised a solution to problematic bra fit by re-engineering bra design Loughborough University.
He started investigating the problem of bra design while on assignment from the British government after his wife returned disheartened from an unsuccessful shopping trip.
He theorised that this widespread practice of purchasing the wrong size was due to the measurement system recommended by bra manufacturers. This sizing system employs a combination of maximum chest diameter under bust and maximum bust diameter bust rather than the actual breast volume which is to be accommodated by the bra.
According to Tyrer, "to get the most supportive and fitted bra it's infinitely better if you know the volume of the breast and the size of the back. It's an instrument of torture. The average breast weighs about 0. If a cup is a hemisphere, its volume V is given by the following formula: If the cup is an hemi- ellipsoid , its volume is given by the formula: Cups give a hemi-spherical shape to breasts and underwires give shape to cups.
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Cup size, band size and volume are huge factors when it comes to finding the right bra fit. Technically, a 38D and a 40C are sister sizes - they'll both technically fit around your body if you're in this size range. Millions of women have found their perfect size without stepping into a dressing room. Loading Give your best answers! You can always update later. Looking for your perfect fitting bra? Use the chart below to refine your fit based on the size you currently wear. If you usually fall in-between cup sizes, find your current size and move up or down a half-cup for a better fit.