How to measure your bra size

How to measure your bra size

This is a guest blog by our luxury designer lingerie partner brand Aria + Leya.

One of the perils of online shopping is getting the right size clothing for your body shape and size. This is also a worry when it comes to shopping online for lingerie. Intimates are an integral part of everyday living, so it really does suck if the pieces you have been eagerly waiting for don’t fit right because that’s money down the drain. If you are someone who has faced this problem or is wary of online shopping because it is confusing, then we have some great news for you. Below, we are illustrating a comprehensive guide to measuring your bra size with accuracy so that you know exactly what to add to your cart online. (If you would prefer to do this with a professional consultant, we also offer a free fitting consultation in-store at bare essentials Trivandrum). Book a free consultation in-store by clicking here.

Here’s what you should know before we get into the details. Most lingerie brands have their own sizing system. But that is no reason to panic, because there is always a chart that is indicative of what those sizes actually mean so people all around the world are able to get the perfect fit. Aria + Leya, our luxury designer partner brand for lingerieswimsuits and yoga tops has its own sizing chart that you can refer to when buying their products. Now back to knowing how to measure your bra size correctly.

Tools for measuring your bra size: All you need is a notebook and pen and a measuring tape along with your best fitting bra.


Steps to measure your bra size

Steps to measure your bra size

Step 1: Full Bust Measurement – Put on a bra that you own that fits you best. i.e. your current favourite bra. Then wrap a measuring tape around your chest. Both ends of the measuring tape should meet in between your breasts. Tug at the tape and jot down your measurements. The bust is just another word for chest.

Step 2: Band Measurement – This is to get the correct measurement of the bra’s band meaning the piece of material that is the base that goes around you to the back where it meets and is clasped for support and security. So you want to wrap the measuring tape right underneath your breasts, tighten it securely to get the accurate measurement. Make sure the tape is going around in a steady, even line. It should feel snug, but not too tight. Measure in inches: if it’s an even number, that is your band size. If it’s an odd number, round it up to the nearest inch. The number is your band size.

 Step 3: Bra Size – Now you need to work out your cup size. With the above two measurements noted, it’s time to calculate the correct/nearest cup size category that you fall into. All you need to do is find out the difference between your bust measurement and band measurement using basic subtractions. Every inch of difference is equivalent to a cup size. For instance, one-inch difference means you are an A cup, a two-inch difference is a B cup and so on and so forth it goes. The difference denotes your cup size. 0 = AA; 1 = A; 2 = B; 3 = C; 4 = D; 5 = DD; 6 = F; 7 = FF; 8 = G.

Using the three steps mentioned above should get you to the closest cup size that is suitable for your breasts. Combine your band size and the cup size, so you have a number followed by a letter, for example: 32C. This is your benchmark measurement — but remember, there’s a whole lot of nuance involved in finding the perfect fit, like considering your style and fabric preferences. If you are still unsure, you can always go down to our lingerie store and get measured by one of the store girls or just have a friend take your measurements.

Aria + Leya was created to serve the needs of the modern, busy woman. Lingerie is an everyday necessity, and there is no reason for the typical woman to have to stop her busy day to run into a store when with just a few clicks online, she can have the goods delivered to her in the comforts of her home. 

Below are all the bras currently selling on Aria+Leya – have a quick perusal and enjoy the witty names and descriptions that come with. Do note, that we have three categories – AzureTerra and Essentials. Start with the essentials as that is everyday wear and move into Azure and Terra for more playful looks. 



Inspired by the desire for unpretentious essentials that are dynamic and practical. Classy, soft microfibre and lightweight cottons; Smooth lines, simple prints with a focus on fit and modern comfort – a new look for neutrals. 

The festive spirit of a Rajasthan palace reigns supreme, bold and magnanimous. Gardens of pink bougainvillea and glorious lake sunsets inspire luxury and comfort. Floral and peacock lace, block prints, turquoise detailing, bright satins layered with pintucks.

The great outdoors beckon from time to time and we are drawn to its understated elegance and spellbinding earthy sensuality. Delicate leafy laces, vintage prints, cream tone on tone embroidery, and silky satins in rich nocturnal hues.



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