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Size Guides

Welcome to our fitting room where you will find size information with international size comparison charts. This has been designed primarily for our international customers who may not be familiar with the UK sizing shown on our product pages. As there can be differences between manufacturers please also check any further size information supplied on the product pages.

Shopping on line for lingerie and swimwear can mean you are met with strange sizing that is not familiar to you. To help we have created the following charts. 

Starting with bra sizes you will find that we use the UK system of sizing on the product pages and in the chart below you can see the equivalent sizes for a number of countries. 

Bra Band Sizes by Country
UK/USA EU/Japan France  * Italy  Aus
30 65 80 0 8
32 70 85 1 10
34 75 90 2 12
36 80 95 3 14
38 85 100 4 16

* Spain, Portugal and Belgium also use the French sizing code sometimes.

When you buy a bra you have two sizes to take into consideration, the band, sometimes also called the back, and the cup size.

Cup sizes relate to the shaped section of a bra that holds and supports the breasts and where a bra is under wired the cup size also relates to the under wires. A letter code is used for the cup size. With the exception of Japan most countries use the same letter code for the first 4 cup sizes, A to D. After that it does get a bit more complicated. You will see that for the UK sizing we have separated out DD and E. This is because there is a very slight difference in these cups but in reality most people who wear a DD cup or E cup can wear either DD or E.

International Cup Size Comparison Chart
UK USA Europe Italy Australia Japan
A A A A A B
B B B B B C
C C C C C D
D D D D D E
DD DD or E E DD DD F
E DDD or F F E E G
F G G F F H

We have only listed the core sizes in the above charts, most of which are available from our brands and can be found here on in our bra collection. There are larger and smaller sizes which generally are available through shops that specialise in the extra small or large bra sizes.

As you can see by the two charts above there is no international standard for bra sizing. So this can make shopping for a bra really difficult. So if you have any questions please contact us.  

A useful fact to know about bra cups sizes is that they are relative to the band size. This means that not all cup sizes with the same letter code are the same. If you normally wear a 34C and decide you need a 36 band then you should buy a B cup. Equally if you need a 32 band then you should buy a D cup. The D in the smaller band and the B in the larger band both have the same size underwires as those in a 34C. This fact can be helpful if the bra size you normally wear is out of stock you have the option to move up or down a band size and choose the relative cup size knowing that it will fit.

Of course you may not be visiting Essili to buy a bra. So here is more information about the size codes used for panties, suspender belts, swimwear and nightwear. As manufacturers sizing may vary from the standard please always check the information on the product page before placing your order.
 

Size Comparisons - UK - USA - Europe
  UK USA EUR Bust Waist Hips
XS 8 4 36 79/81cm 58/61cm 84/86cm
S 10 6 38 84/86cm 64/66cm 89/91cm
M 12 8 40 89/91cm 69/71cm 94/96cm
L 14 10 42 94/96cm 74/76cm 99/101cm
XL 16 12 44 99/101cm 79/81cm 104/106cm
XXL 18 14 46 104/106cm 84/86cm 109/111cm
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