Although many women believe they have determined their proper size based upon the overall fit of undergarments, many of us are not wearing the proper size. Experts in the lingerie industry estimate as much as 70% of women are wearing the wrong size because the band and/or cup sizes are not correct. For the correct fit follow these simple steps:
While wearing a bra, wrap a tape measure snugly, but not too tightly, around your rib cage just under the lower edge of your bra. Add 5 inches to that measurement to determine your band size. If this measurement is an odd number, round it up by one inch. To determine your cup size, measure over the fullest part of your bust. The difference between this measurement and the band measurement will give your proper cup size. If the difference is:
1" your cup size is A
2" your cup size is B
3" your cup size is C
4" your cup size is D
5" your cup size is DD (European E)
6" your cup size is DDD (European F)
7" your cup size is F (European G)
If you are still uncertain of your size you should visit a professional fitter. Our flagship store in Arizona (Phoenix) offers this complementary service. Buying high quality products is only the first step in finding the perfect foundations. A proper fit will ensure your undergarments are comfortable and provide support with smooth clean lines under clothing.
The United States, United Kingdom and continental Europe have slightly different systems for super-sized bra cups. Americans move from A, B, C and D to DD, DDD, E, F and FF cups. The British prefer to go from A, B, C, D to DD and then E, F, to FF and then G. The Continental Europeans take a more straightforward approach, moving straight up the alphabet from A, B, C, D, E, F, G and H to I.
Adjust straps or reduce cup one size if adjusting doesn't work.
Buy only adjustable, high quality products and measure your size for the proper fit.
Band slides up.
Try a tighter hook and/or loosen the straps. Reduce band one size if adjusting doesn't work.
When trying on bras make sure the band fits level and isn't too tight when you use the center hook.
Straps leave marks.
Loosen straps slightly. If adjusting doesn't work, you need a more supportive bra.
Avoid demicups. Buy full cup bras designed to support or minimize. Fuller busted women should consider some of our Rigby and Peller and Lepel lines. These brands run up to G cups without sacrificing style. A must have for our plus size customer.
Breasts spill out the sides of a bra.
Increase the cup size.
Try full cup bras. The Premier bra from Lepel is a sexy solution to this problem. The side panels are strengthened to provide extra support allowing for the front and back of the bra to be styled with fine lace, an the extra details not normally found in most support bras.
Fabric isn't smooth across bust.
Extra material or wrinkles are caused by too large a cup size. Reduce cup by one size.
Try microfiber instead of lace when seamless is required. Try Chantelle's Divine collection. This cutting edge bra with a single front panel and hidden underwire gives you a modern and sleek look.
Want a stylish panty with more coverage than a thong but less coverage than a traditional brief.
Try either a tanga or bikini.
Our Chantelle line provides a number of styles with bikini style briefs which are high cut on the leg and very flattering.
Our Eclat collection from Lou comes with a sexy tanga; the perfect alternative to G-strings and thongs.
For one of the most stylish and comfortable thongs, try our Cosabella line. Cosabella is the choice among Hollywood celebrities because they are virtually undetectable under the most form fitting fashions. For women who are interested in the seamfree look without wearing a thong, the Italian brief or boy short will also work.
Favorite style has been discontinued.
Buy similar products from the same manufacturer. Although intimate apparel styles and fabrics change rapidly, manufacturers all have unique aspects to their products which make them more appropriate for certain figures.
Many of our manufacturers carry basic collections which are available from season to season. The buyers at LSOAź work hard to select only the best lingerie on the market. We know you love the products we have hand selected as much as we do and want to provide you with a final chance to place and order for your favorite prior to their discontinuation. Check out our "Last Call" page to see if your favorite style is heading into retirement.