Do You Wear the Same Bra Size in Every Brand? We Measure Styles From Five Labels to Find Out
To make sure your bras are comfortable, it's really important to get fitted by a specialist at least once a year. The rest of the time, ordering online is completely okay—albeit a little trickier. Band widths vary slightly depending on the company, so you never know how a new label will fit.
To help figure out which size you are at what brand, we measured the end-to-end length of T-shirt bras from five popular lingerie lines—Calvin Klein's Level 3 Seductive Comfort Customized Lift, Victoria's Secret's Full Coverage, Gap's Favorite T-Shirt, Bali's Back To Beautiful and Elle MacPherson's Bare & Bold—to compare proportions. Consult the charts below to see how you size up. (Or down!)
Most of the A-cups were the same size, but Gap Body gives about an extra half-inch for the 32A and 34A. And all of the Calvin Klein styles run small by two or three inches.
Comparing the B-cups, we found the same results: Calvin Klein's were shorter than the rest in every size, and Gap Body's were roomier in sizes 32 and 34.
The same trend continued when we investigated the C-cups, except this time Gap Body's 36 style was a little bigger, too.
When we got to the D-cups, Gap Body 34 and 36Ds were longer than most of the others. Calvin Klein's versions still remained the smallest bra by far.
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