Bra size meaning: 10A….18G….12D…you are all familiar with the letters and numbers printed on your bra tag, right?!….But what do these combinations actually mean? Bras are highly technical garments and their sizing can be just as intricate.
8…10…12….14….16… – these numbers are the bra’s ‘band size’. They actually have nothing to do with the size of your breasts, but rather, the circumference of your rib cage. And more often than not, they can differ from your clothing size (so if you wear a size 10 dress, this doesn’t always correlate to a size 10 bra). Band sizes in Australia and New Zealand feature only even numbers and can progress from size 6 up to size 26. The number is incredibly important to understand, because, without a band size, the letter is irrelevant.
A…B…C…D…DD…E…Each letter actually represents a one-inch difference between your band measurement and your over-bust measurement…so if there is one-inch difference, you are an A cup…2 inches mean a B cup, 3 inches a C cup, and so forth….but heck!...we don’t measure in inches in Australia or New Zealand…which can make the calculations even more confusing! But not to worry, our expert fitters in-store or online can help you out!
Essentially though, these letters are all to do with proportion – that means, someone wearing 12D has significantly smaller breasts than someone in a 16D, even though they are both wearing a D bra. What’s more, the person wearing the 12D bra has breasts that are the same size as someone wearing a 10DD or 14C. It’s called your sister size.
Before the days of Kim Kardashian, Sofia Vergara and Amber Rose, women had a thing about not wanting to appear ‘too big’…and manufacturers realised they would sell more bras sized as DD rather than E, because alas, it sounds ‘smaller’. For a long time, DD was the largest cup size made and women distorted and squeezed their breasts in order to follow the trend for smaller busts. Today, however, those with DD+ are celebrated, and innovative brands such as Triumph are designing high quality, beautiful and supportive lingerie styles to suit these women. Check out our DD+ collection or browse below.
Bra sizes also vary across the globe. An Australian/NZ size 10 for example is a size 4 in the USA, size 38 in France and Spain, a size 36 in Europe and a M in Japan! To avoid any confusion, check out our International bra size chart, which will help to convert any bra size into your Australian/NZ size.
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