When you buy bras from different countries, sometimes the size on the label is not the same as the U.S. size. Europeans have different standardized sizes. For example, a vendor might indicate "DD (Label E)," or "E (Label F)." The first number is your size, and the second number is the European size you will find on the garment label.
Garments ordered online will not always have your regular size on the label. To compare the sizing of an international product with U.S. sizes, please use the charts attached here.
A UK E-cup is equivalent to a DDD. British brands include Fantasie of England, Freya, Panache, Charnos - Bioform, and Gossard.
Here is how to measure for UK sizing: Measure around your torso, directly under your bust. If the measurement is an even number, add four inches if it's an odd number, add five inches. This is your correct BAND size.
Next, measure the fullest part of your bust. The difference in inches between this measurement and your band size gives you your correct CUP size.
+2 INCHES = C CUP
+3 INCHES = D CUP
+4 INCHES = DD CUP
+5 INCHES = E CUP
+6 INCHES =F CUP
+7 INCHES = G CUP
+8 INCHES = H CUP
+9 INCHES= J CUP
French bras are not available in DD-cups, so a French E-cup generally fits like a DD, and F-cups fit like DDD. French brands include Aubade, Chantelle, Lejaby, and Simone Perele. French lingerie is measured in centimetres, not inches, so an 80F bra would be a 36E in the U.K., and in the U.S. it would be labelled as a 36DDD. Confused yet?
Italian bras usually come in a very limited range of sizes. Bras are labelled size "1" to "4," where "1" fits a 32-inch band and "4" fits a 38-inch band. If no cup size is stated, the bra is designed to fit a B-cup. Italian brands include D&G, Cotton Club, and Prima Visione. Russian lingerie size labelling is very similar to Italian.
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