Let's talk about sizing...

Let's talk about sizing...

Feb 9, '2111 comments

Bra sizing can seem like a bit of a mystery and our calculated size can sometimes come as a surprise.

So, what is going on? With a high proportion of women in the UK wearing the wrong size of bra, a historical issue is that many high street retailers use the ‘+4 method’ when it comes to measuring. This method takes your under bust measurement and adds on 4 or 5” (depending if it is an odd or even number) to get your band measurement. It was developed when bras were made from silk and satin and so had no stretch. Now the vast majority of bras have some sort of elastic or give in the material, and so this method is redundant and results in you wearing a bra that is too loose in the band. Why does this matter? It matters because the majority of support you get from your bra comes from the band. At Molke, we take your under bust measurement as it is and match it with the correct cup size for optimum fit, support and comfort.

In terms of cup size, if you have been wearing a traditionally measured bra, our cup size could be significantly larger. Cup sizes are not a standard size across all band sizes, so a DD cup in a 30” band isn’t the same as a DD cup in a 36” band. When you have a smaller band size, you usually have to go up in the cup size to get the same volume, support and comfort.

Our calculator size is very much a starting point. We recognise that every body is different and we all prefer different things in terms of fit, support and comfort. If you are unsure on what size you need to order, or want to check if your new bra is a good fit, please drop our expert fitting team an email at pixie@molke.co.uk and they will be happy to help.

Comments (11)

Molke on May 4, '21

Hi Marissa, it is common for people to find the calculator result a surprise, especially if they haven’t always been measured correctly. Fluctuations in size before and after pregnancy are also really common, especially if you are breastfeeding. We can definitely help you get comfortable and a good fit, so do please drop us an email to pixie@molke.co.uk if you would like any further assistance.

Molke on May 4, '21

Hi Tammy, I have passed your details over to our fab fitting team and one of them will be in touch to see if we can help you get more comfortable.

Marissa Mooney on May 4, '21

Hi there,

I have used the calculator and got a measurement I wasn’t expecting at all. Per pregnancy I was always a 36DD, and I’m currently breastfeeding and according to your calculator I’m 38FF. Is this common for sizing?
Thanks,

Marissa

Tammy Paul on May 4, '21

“The shoulders of my bra are too short and cut into the top of my shoulder and up under the arms. The band and cup size seem to be perfect.”

Quoting from Barbara’s comment above, because I have the exact same problem with my original Molke bras. I’m hoping it will be solved with the Flexi-Size ones, and I’ve just ordered one, but I really loved my original ones too, and I’d love to be able to keep wearing them, if only they didn’t give me such bad back ache.
Is there anything I can do to solve this problem?

Molke on Apr 14, '21

Hi Barbra, sorry we seem to have missed this comment! One of our fitting team will be in touch with you via email to help with your fitting query. If you ever need to reach us please feel free to get in touch via the “Get In Touch” page.

Barbra Payne on Apr 14, '21

The shoulders of my bra are too short and cut into the top of my shoulder and up under the arms. The band and cup size seem to be perfect. What shall I do?

Molke on Mar 1, '21

Hi Carol, one of our team will be in touch via email to help get you more comfortable. If you ever need to get in touch with us please feel free to email on pixie@molke.co.uk.

carol tucker on Mar 1, '21

Hi, I am not worried about support, I can’t stand the pain when I sit down wearing a bra, standing is fine but it cuts in when I sit. even size 42b cuts in because of the band. i came out as L stellar.

Molke on Feb 19, '21

Hi Josephine! One of our team will be in touch via email to help. If you ever need to get in touch with us please feel free to email on pixie@molke.co.uk or give us a call on 01738 553840.

Josephine potts on Feb 19, '21

Do you have a phone number

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