Bra Fitting


A well fitting bra can improve posture, enhance a figure and increase confidence so wearing the right bra size is very important. Yet, it’s commonly reported that 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra size. What’s more, all too often different brands come up different sizes, so its good to have a starting point from which to base your size. 

Follow the below instructions to find out your bra size and if you have any questions regarding a particular brand’s fit just email us on Alternatively book a Fitting Appointment at the Bordello Showroom. 

To calculate the bra size, you will need two measurements:

The Band Size

Wrap a soft tape measure snugly around the ribcage at band level making sure that the tape is level around the front and back. Bra sizes come in even numbers eg. 30, 32, 34, 36, 38. Round the measurement up to the nearest inch or add 2 inches to the measurement to get your band size. e.g. a 32.5 inch measurement would be a 34 starting point for your band size. If this feels too big then try a 32 but remember whilst it should fit snug, you should still be able to slip two fingers inside the band comfortably.

The Cup Size

Take a measurement around the fullest part of the bust at the nipple line making sure the tape is straight around the back. 

The difference between the two measurements gives the cup size e.g. if your band measurement is 33 inches and your cup measurement is 36inches, then your bra size is 34c. See table below.  

Inches 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Size AA A B C D DD E F  FF G


The shape and size of a woman’s breasts can change regularly as life brings changes and fluctuation in weight. For this reason we recommend re-measuring yourself regularly. 


Putting a bra on. 

As strange as this may sound, many women still put a bra on incorrectly which means it will not sit comfortably or correctly and it will reduce the life span of your bra.  

To put a bra on, place your arms through the straps and lean forward to place your breasts into the cups.  Then do up the bra behind your back. DO NOT be tempted to do up the bra at the front and then twist it up and around your body. Not only will it no longer be sitting correctly but it will loosen the elastic of the band and stretch it and could damage the underwire. 

If possible fasten the bra on the loosest hook. You can tighten the band as the bra wears and becomes looser. Always adjust the straps so that they fit comfortably and support your breast correctly. This small adjustment can make a big difference to the fit of your bra. 

To check if you like the fit and shape of a bra, see how it looks under your clothing. If it gives the shape and contour you like then Eureka! 


Trouble Shooting  - The common problems 

  • Your bra band is riding up your back.Try a smaller band size. 
  • Your straps are leaving indent marks.Try a smaller back size so the band rather than the straps supports that bra. 
  • The underwire is digging under your armpit. Try a bigger cup size. 
  • Your breasts are falling out the bottom of the underwire. Try a smaller back size and larger cup size. 
  • Your breasts are spilling out of the front of your cups. i.e. the four boob effect.Try a smaller band and larger cup size. 
  • Your bra underwire does not touch your rib cage at the front between the breasts.Try a larger cup size. 



UK 32B 32C 32D 34B 34C 34D 36B 36C 36D
US 32B 32C 32D 34B 34C 34D 36B 36C 36D
AUS 10B 10C 10D 12B 12C 12D 14B 14C 14D
ASIA 70B 70C 70D 75B 75C 75D 80B 80C 80D
EU/RUSSIA 70B 70C 70D 75B 75C 75D 80B 80C 80D
FRANCE 85B 85C 85D 90B 90C 90D 95B 95C 95D
ITALY 1B 1C 1D 2B 2C 2D 3B 3C 3D



UK XS (8) S (10) M (12) L (14) XL (16)
US 4 6 8 10 12
AUS 8 10 12 14 16
ASIA 36 38 40 42 44
EU/RUSSIA 36 38 40 42 44
FRANCE 38 40 42 44 46
ITALY  40 42 44 46 48



Care Instructions 

Bras have hard work to do supporting your breasts and treat them kindly and the longer they will last. To give the fabric time to recover, try not to wear the same bra two days in a row. 

To prolong the life of your lingerie do not bleach, dry clean, iron or tumble dry. We recommend hand washing in cool water and always using gentle detergents. 

If you do absolutely have to use the washing machine, we advise placing the items in a delicates bag to prevent them fighting with other items in the machine and becoming damaged. However, please note that machine washing does cause Lycra, lace and delicate fabrics to degrade quicker. Use the hand wash or delicates cycle on a very low temperature and definitely wash colours separately. 

Dry items on a towel by gently rolling them to soak up any excess water and don’t dry directly on a radiator. 


Latex Care Instructions

Bordello recommends that you store your latex in a cool dark place away from heat and daylight. 

Always use talcum powder or light water based lube inside all latex clothing as a dressing aide and re-talc after use. Use a damp cloth for cleaning and a water based lube for polishing. Take extra care with printed latex as the print may wear more easily. 

Avoid contact with metals and oils, which can stain or cause damage. This includes baby oil, moisturizes, fake tan etc.