To determine your band size measurement, you will need two simple things: A soft measuring tape and a non-padded bra. Wearing your non-padded bra, stand in front of the mirror and bring the measuring tape horizontally across your back at band level. Bring the tape around to the front, ensuring it is under your arms and just below your bust line. Write down the measurement.
- Did you get an odd or half number? Round down to the nearest number.
- Remember to keep your arms down and your elbows in while measuring. If your arms are raised, your ribs will be expanding and this will give you a higher measurement and thus, a looser band
To determine your bust size measurement, use the soft measuring tape, measure completely around the fullest part of the bust. Be careful that the tape isn't too tight and binding or too loose and pulled away from the body. With the tape in position, take a breath in and out, allowing it to slide to its most comfortable fit.
- If the measurement falls on a half inch, round up.
- It may help to lean forward while you measure.
- In most cases, the fullest part of the breast will be the nipple.
To determine your waist size measurement, measure your waist at the narrowest part. Ensure the measuring tape is not too tight and at a comfortable height.
To determine your hip size measurement, Measure the hip at the widest point. You may have to move the measuring tape slightly up or down to find this point. Ensure that the tape doesn't get twisted as it may alter the measurement.
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Sizing & Conversion
Women's Size Conversions
Hosiery Size Chart
Hosiery Size Chart
- The size charts are general guideline for you to follow, measurements may vary according to style.
- Some styles may have their own particular design that could result in different measurements to those provided.
- When reading the description of a style look for words like "adjustable", "stretch", "soft' or "lightly padded" to get an understanding of how the style fits.
- Corresponding cup sizes are a guide, sizing will vary by body type and garment styling.
International Size Conversion
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Intimates care guide
All underwired garments need the same care when washing – this includes bras, swimwear and strappy tops! We recommend that you hand wash these items as machine washing can shrink the fabric, misshape the wires and cause them to push through the fabric. If the wires come out of the garment completely they can cause considerable damage to your washing machine, which can be costly to fix. Good news for your repair man, but definitely not for you! We also recommend that you dry your underwired garments away from direct heat, as radiators and tumble dryers can also damage and degrade the wires.
To keep your intimates in tiptop condition, we recommend that you hand wash it. It is best to use cool water when you are hand washing as hot water can damage delicate fabrics like lace, embroidery, bindings and elastic. Using cool water will help keep the garments colour and will prevent white fabrics from going grey.
Most of our nightwear is machine washable. To keep your nightwear in the best condition, always follow the washing and ironing instructions on the label inside the garment as it always depends on the type of fabric the nightwear is made of. Bobbles may appear on garments whose fibres clump together due to repeated rubbing. To avoid bobbling, we recommend using washing liquid and choosing a delicate cycle with a gentle spin-dry. You can also put clothing in a pillowcase before washing. Use a sweater comb to delicately remove bobbles should they appear.
You can prolong the life of your swimwear and help protect it against the damaging effects of chlorine, perspiration and suntan lotion by rinsing it out in cool water immediately after you have used it. You should avoid using fabric conditioner as this breaks down Lycra and degrades swimwear. Remember that most swimwear does not offer protection against the harmful effects of the sun and you can still get burnt through your swimwear if you don't have sun protection on underneath it. So make sure you apply your suntan lotion all over before you bask in the sun – we recommend that you apply it half an hour before putting your swimwear on, as lotions can stain the fabric.
Most garments come with washing instructions printed, but below you will find some general guidelines to help you preserve the life of your favorite underwear. We recommend to always hand wash your intimates, as this will lengthen the life of them.
- Jersey Knits - Machine wash cold. Tumble dry low. Do not iron if decorated.
- COTTON - Machine wash warm. Only non-chlorine bleach when needed. Tumble dry medium. Iron medium.
- COTTON/SPANDEX - Machine wash warm. Only non-chlorine bleach when needed. Tumble dry low. Do not iron.
- COTTON/POLYESTER - Machine wash warm. Only non-chlorine bleach when needed. Tumble dry low. Do not iron.
- NYLON/TRICOT - Machine wash cold. Only non-chlorine bleach when needed. Tumble dry low. Do not iron. Do not use fabric softener.
- POLYESTER/SPANDEX - Machine wash warm. Only non-chlorine bleach when needed. Tumble dry medium. Do not iron.
- If you need any assistance ensuring you the right size, please contact our store for a FREE personalized sizing appointment!
Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)
Q:HOW SHOULD I CLEAN MY BRAS?
A:We always recommend to hand wash your intimates, as this will lengthen the life of them.
Q:HOW OFTEN SHOULD I BE MEASURED?
A:At least once a year, or if you gain or lose five to seven pounds.
Q:WILL CERTAIN BRAS FIT BETTER?
A:Think of shopping for bras like shopping for jeans: some styles fit and flatter more than others. Similarly, some bras will suit your natural breast shape more than others. If you love the idea of a perfect coverage style but the cups don't hug your curves, try a demi or push-up. Finding the perfect bra is an art, not a science.
Knowing your size is just a starting point to finding a bra that fits well. Most women stick to always buying the same size -- and end up with too many bras that aren't right for them.
Actually, many of your bras should be different sizes, because the fit is so much more important than the number on the tag, and varies among different brands and styles.
The more bras you try on, the quicker you will be able to recognize when a bra fits well -- and how it should look when it's most flattering to your body shape. Start with the size closest to your measurements, and then try on more. It also helps if you try on a few different styles of tops with your new bra. If you ordered online and you're trying on bras at home, this will be easy. If you are out shopping, wear a form-fitting T-shirt with a button-down blouse on top -- and try on the bra with each separately. With a little practice, you'll become your own bra fit expert -- and you'll have a lingerie drawer filled with more comfortable bras.
Q:HOW MANY BRAS SHOULD I HAVE?
A:A woman should own a wardrobe of bras that suits her lifestyle. She should have one with seams, one without, a contour, push up, minimizer (if needed), a sports bra, t-back and a strapless. Once she finds a favourite, she needs three of that one style -- one to wear, one to wash, and one in the drawer to rest This will extend the lifespan of her bra wardrobe.
Q:WHAT IS THE BEST CARE FOR BRAS?
A:Please view our Product Care guide and our Underwear Laundering guide above.
Q:HOW OFTEN SHOULD I REPLACE MY BRAS?
A:Depending on how a bra is cared for, how often it is worn, and if it is properly fitted, the rule of thumb is after 100 washings and 100 times worn, a bra should be retired. The elastics will give out and lose the ability to give the support needed.