bra guide

How to find your perfect plus size bra

Finding the perfect fitting bra starts with knowing your correct size. According to research, as many as 75% of women wear the wrong size bra. And if you wear a plus size bra, it can be even harder to find a bra that fits.

In order to find the right size bra, you will need to take your measurements. It only takes a few minutes, so let's get started.

Measuring your bra size

While wearing a bra that fits you well, stand in front of the mirror with a tape measure. You may want to ask a friend to help you measure.

1: Band size

Measure Your Band Size

Pull the tape measure around your chest, just below your underarms. Hold the tape measure so it is firm against your body, but not squeezing you. This measurement is your band size. If you get an odd number, round up.

2: Bust measurement

Measure Your Bust Size

Now measure loosely around the fullest part of your bustline.

3: Cup size

Subtract your band size from your bust measurement to find your cup size. Match the number to this bra size chart to determine your cup size.

Example:

Let's say your bust measurement is 51 inches and your band size is 46 inches. 51-46=5, so using the chart below, you are a DD cup. You will want to shop for size 46DD bras.

1"= A 5"= DD 9"= I
2"= B 6"= DDD & F 10"= J
3"= C 7"= G 11"= K/td>
4"= D 8"= H

One more thing:

If you haven't measured yourself for a year or more, your bra size may have changed. Exercise, aging, pregnancy, and weight gain or loss can affect your bra size. Pick a month and try to remember to measure during that month every year.

Bra Size Chart for International Customers

The chart below compares bra sizes used in the United States with bra size conventions in other parts of the world. You will need to use both the cup size and the band size parts of this chart.

International Band Size Guide

USA UK Europe France Italy Australia Japan
30 30 65 80 0 8 65
32 32 70 85 1 10 70
34 34 75 90 2 12 75
36 36 80 95 3 14 80
38 38 85 100 4 16 85
40 40 90 105 5 18 90
42 42 95 110 6 20 95
44 44 100 115 7 22 100
46 46 105 120 8 24 105
48 48 110 125 9 26 110
50 50 115 130 10 28 115
52 52 120 135 11 30 120
54 54 125 140 12 32 125
56 56 130 145 13 34 130
58 58 135 150 14 36 135

International Cup Size Guide

USA UK Europe France Italy Australia Japan
A A A A A A B
B B B B B B C
C C C C C C D
D D D D D D E
DD DD E E DD DD F
DDD/F E F F E E G
G F G G F F H
H FF H H FF FF I
I G J J G G J
J GG K K GG GG K
K H L L H H L

Bra fit checklist

Now that you know your right bra size, let's double-check that your bras are fitting you correctly.

Bra fit checklist

Band

Bra Band

The band is the main support feature of your bra, so it is important that it fits well. When you buy a new bra, fit it to the loosest row of hooks, so you can tighten it as the elastic loosens over time and washings.

  • Is the band secure but not too tight? If you can't fit a finger between the bra band and your body, the bra is too tight.

  • Is the band too loose? If there are gaps at the bottom of the cup, the band is too loose and the bra will ride up.

Center Gore

Bra Band
  • Does the center gore (the area between the cups) lie flat?

  • Can you stick a finger under the center gore? The center gore should be tighter than that to keep your breasts from slipping out the bottom.

Cups

Bra Band
  • Are there "empty spots" in the cups of your bra? The cups should look full and smooth. If there are pockets in the fit, you need a smaller cup size.

  • Is there spillage on the sides (under your arms) or over the top of the cups? If so, you need a larger cup size or a bra design with more cup coverage and/or higher sides.

  • If you wear an underwire bra, is the underwire flat against your chest? If the underwire is riding up, you need a larger cup size. If it is pinching or poking, you need to buy a new bra.

Straps

Bra Band

Look for adjustable straps so you can tighten the strap over time as the elastic loosens.

  • Do the straps rest comfortably on your shoulders without pinching or digging? You don't want to see a reddish strap imprint when you take your bra off at the end of the day. Adjust the straps, switch to convertible straps, or try a different band size.

  • Do the straps slip off your shoulders? If adjusting the straps doesn't fix the problem, toss the bra. Either the elastic has lost it or you need a different size.

Try different brands to get your best fit

Not all bra brands fit the same way. You may find bras in several brands that fit you wonderfully, but they probably won't all be the same size. You may need a different size in a Bali bra than you do in a Glamorise bra. Although all the bras on JMS.com are designed for fuller figures, the size profiles vary.

Learn which Brand is best for you.
Playtex Bras

Playtex bras are one of the most popular brands at JMS.com. Full-figured women looking for support and coverage in a wirefree bra love Playtex 18 Hour bras. Playtex Secrets bras, designed to fit your curves, feature contemporary styling in both underwire and wirefree styles. Playtex also offers nursing bras.
Playtex: 32C-54DD, S-3XL

JMS Bras

If you're a fan of Just My Size panties, legwear, and apparel, you'll love JMS bras, Available in wirefree and underwire styles, JMS bras offer comfort, fit, and support at value prices. Try JMS Modern Curvy bras for contemporary styling.
JMS: 38C-54DD

Glamorise Bras

If you wear a hard-to-find size and need excellent support, Glamorise bras may be right for you. Glamorise bras also offers plus size sports bras.
Glamorise: 32C-58K

Glamorise Bras

Beautiful and sophisticated Bali bras fit average and full-figured women. Lilyette by Bali is designed to offer fit and support larger busts. Both brands have an outstanding collection of minimizers.
Bali:32B-50DDD
Lilyette by Bali: 34C-44DD

Leading Lady Bras

Leading Lady bras specialize in hard-to-find sizes, such as small cup sizes with large band sizes. These seamless bras offer excellent support and a great fit, even for women who need challenging sizes.
Leading Lady: 38A-54G

Elila Bras

Elila bras offer unparalleled support for the full-busted woman. If you're looking for comfort, support, and fit combined with fashion-forward, sexy designs, Elila is the bra for you. These wirefree bras are available in hard-to-find sizes.
Elila: 34F-52N

Champion Bras

For workouts, running, and other strenuous exercise, look to Champion bras for the support you need. You'll love the colors and sporty styling. If you sometimes find exercise uncomfortable because of bounce, a Champion sports bra can solve that issue for you.
Champion: 34C-42DD

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