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Wacoal Bra Sizing Guide

Wacoal Bra Sizing Guide A Good Fit | Signs of a Bad Fit | Your Bra Size Will Change If | How To Measure | Bra Types for your Bra Wardrobe | Care Instructions

According to Wacoal, 8 out of 10 women are in the wrong size bra. A bra should make you feel beautiful as well as enhance your wardrobe. A properly fitting bra should contain, support, lift, and shape your bust, as well as be comfortable.

A Good Bra Fit
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  • Breast tissue is completely contained in the cups.
  • Absolutely no gaps or wrinkles in the cups or any spilling over of breast tissue.
  • Center section between the cups should lie flat on the chest.
  • Wires lay flat against the chest wall and wrap around and do not touch breast tissue.
  • Band of the bra must anchor low at or below shoulder blades.
  • You should be able to run 2 fingers under the band without any shifting of the garment.
  • With side view, bra/breast should sit in the middle to upper half of arm between elbow and shoulder.
  • Bra should remain anchored and not shift when raising arms above head or sitting in a chair.
  • The bra must feel comfortable.
Signs A Bra Does Not Fit
  • Bra is uncomfortable.
  • Straps fall off shoulders.
  • Underwires poke or bother.
  • Back of bra rides up.
  • Breasts bulge or spill out of the top or sides of the bra.
  • Pain in neck and shoulders. In this case, a supportive bra which evenly distributes weight is appropriate.
  • Bra leaves lines or marks on skin after prolonged wear.
  • Straps dig into shoulders.
  • Cups are not full, or are puckering or gapping.
  • Breasts sag and have no lift or support.
Bra Size Will Change If...
  • You gain or lose 5 lbs or more since your last refit.
  • You start or stop an exercise program since your last refit.
  • You get pregnant or have just given birth.
  • If it has been more than one year since you were measured.
  • You are going through menopause.
How To Measure Your Bra Size

Determine Band Size

  1. Wear a good-fitting, non-padded bra and face the mirror.
  2. Wrap the measuring tape very snugly around your rib cage, just under your bustline. Make sure the tape is even and parallel with the floor.
  3. Exhale and pull the measuring tape as tightly as possible. This is your Rib Cage measurement.
  4. If the measurement is odd, add 5". If the measurement is even, add 4". If the measurement is 40" or above, add only 3-4 inches. This is your Band Size.
  5. Use this chart as a guideline.
  6. Select the Band Size according to your Rib Cage measurement as follows:
Rib Cage 27-28" 29-30" 31-32" 33-34" 35-36" 37-38" 39-41" 42-43" 44-45"
Band Size (USA) 32 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48
UK 32 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48
Europe 70 75 80 85 90 - - - -
France 85 90 95 100 105 - - - -
Italy 1 2 3 4 5 - - - -
Australia 10 12 14 16 18 - - - -
  1. To confirm the Band Size, wrap the measuring tape loosely around your rib cage, just above your bustline and under your arms. This measurement should equal the Band Size.

Determine Cup Size

  1. Wear a good-fitting, non-padded bra.
  2. Wrap the measuring tape around the fullest part of your bust, making sure the tape is parallel to the floor and lying flat around your body.
  3. This will be a loose measurement. You should be able to easily insert 2 fingers sideways between the side of your breast and the tape. This is your Bust Measurement.
  4. The difference in inches between the Band Size and the Bust Measurement will determine the cup size:
Bust Minus Band 0" 1" 2" 3" 4" 5" 6" 7" 8"
Cup Size (USA) AA A B C D DD/E DDD/F G H
UK AA A B C D DD E F FF
Europe AA A B C D E F G H
France AA A B C D E F G H
Italy - A B C D DD E F FF
Australia - A B C D DD E F FF

Bra Types

Wacoal Seamed Bras   Seamed/Embroidered - Worn under suits, blouses, heavier fabrics. The seams maximize lift and support and provides excellent separation of the breast tissue.


Wacoal Seamless Bras
  Seamless - Perfect under fine gauge knits and t-shirts providing a smooth silhouette.


Wacoal Contour Bras
  Molded Contour - Lightly lined bra is a must for great shaping and opacity purposes. A winner under t-shirts and knits, contours come in a variety of styles with convertibility.


Wacoal T-Back Brasl
  T-Back - A must for under any sleeveless or tank styled top.


Wacoal Strapless Bras
  Sports Bra - A must have for active women, sports bras have been designed to provide maximum support during physical activities.


Wacoal Strapless Bras
  Strapless - For complicated necklines or evening wear.


Wacoal Minimizers
  Minimizer - For women who would like to appear smaller busted. The average Wacoal minimizer will reduce a woman's bust line approximately 1".


Wacoal Minimizers
  Soft Cup - You don't have to sacrifice the shaping and support of underwire because soft cup bras utilize molded cups to shape your bust line perfectly.


Wacoal Push-up Bras
  Push Up - Ideal for women looking to be naturally enhanced.


Wacoal Drop Dead Sexy Bras
  Drop Dead Sexy - Just because you deserve it.

How To Care For Your Bra

Ideally, hand wash your lingerie

As an alternative to hand washing, Wacoal recommends the following:

  • Machine wash a bra inside of a mesh lingerie wash bag.
  • Fold the cups together, fasten the hooks and eyes, and place the straps and hooks and eyes inside of the cups.
  • Place the bra in the bag and into the washer.
  • Use mild detergent, no additives or bleach.
  • Remove from wash bag and dry hanging or flat.

Never place any lingerie in the dryer.

The rule of thumb is that a bra should be washed after every time it is worn to remove body oils, perfumes, moisturizers, self tanners, etc. A bra should be retired after being worn and washed 100 times as it will not offer as much support as needed.

Tips

  • Always wash bras and panties before you wear them for the first time.
  • Measure your bra size every year.
  • Replace your bras every 6 months due to wear from laundering and use.