I promised in the comments of yesterday’s post that I’d try to track down the cup size graphs and charts I’d remembered seeing in Busted! by Ali Cudby that compared cup size measurements across many of the major brands. These charts are available as PDFs on the Busted! website– go to this link to subscribe (for free!) to access these and other fun bra-related materials. And now, to business!
For small-busted ladies (“petite” in the lingerie world doesn’t necessarily refer to overall stature, but to bust size specifically), here is a chart comparing how some of the major small-bust brands measure up against each other.
For average-to-full bust ladies, here is an extensive chart covering many of the major brands. Unfortunately, newcomers like Claudette and Curvy Kate aren’t included, and this chart won’t include some of the more popular independent labels, but it should be helpful in terms of navigating the major e-retailers and department stores (click to see slightly clearer/larger versions).
Bear in mind that there’s more to fit than the number and letter on the tag. Breast shape, cup construction, personal preferences, strap placement, and all sorts of other factors will affect your decision about whether or not a bra is right for you. Sometimes you’ll even prefer to wear two different sizes in the same brand, depending on the style of bra. Just as with most measuring systems, these charts should be taken as guides and not as absolute authorities.
Again, this shouldn’t be taken as an absolute authority. For example, both Panache and Bravissimo offer KK cups, and many Polish makers follow the UK system. I hope this at least will help clarify why you might find yourself wearing an FF-cup in one brand and an H in another.
Happy shopping, and have a great weekend!