I was doing a bit of research on average sizes and I came across an article written earlier this year in the Daily Mail, which stated the average UK bra size had risen to a 36DD
“the same size as Kim Kardashian” now once my eyes had stopped rolling at this ridiculous statement, I read on and discovered they were claiming this rise was due to the increased obesity problem and the popularity of breast enlargements because it’s the Daily Mail and that’s what they do.
There are a few things wrong with articles like this; Firstly the average should be taken from women who have been professionally fitted because how can you get a true result if people are mostly guessing their size? Secondly; Kim Kardashian is not a 36 anything, her real size is closer to a 28HH and Thirdly; having 36DD breasts does not make you “part of an obesity problem” All this article does is add to the misconception that DD is huge which means women are reluctant to pick up the correct size for them and it also shames women by making them think bigger boobs = fat bodies that need to be banished. It’s, quite simply, wrong on every level.
As a bra fitter myself and from chatting to other people in this profession, it is more likely that the average UK size is a 34FF – 34 bands being worn by ladies who are a dress size 16/18 – in fact the majority of fitters I speak to say the number of women who fall into the A-C range is actually quite minimal and I would agree. What size would you say the person at the top of this post is? something around a 34D..? Well, she’s actually a UK size 10/12 and her bra is a 28GG, a size most people can’t wrap their head around.
If you haven’t been professionally fitted there’s about a 95% chance you wont be in the right size because the high street just doesn’t make bras available in proper sizing. Take a look at your typical store and their fuller bust range will probably be DD-G (if you’re lucky!) now when fitters are saying their average is a 34FF shouldn’t a fuller bust range be G – J at the very least and if they sell clothing in a size 8 (or lower) they should start their lingerie range at a 28 not 32, and if I just take New Look as an example, their curve lingerie is sized between 40C – 44E. I am a curve customer who wears a UK size 20 and a 36HH/J bra… better understanding is desperately needed.
The more women that get fitted for bras, the more we will see shops start to reflect true “average sizing” and a better range of lingerie will start to be available on our high streets. Join the Facebook Group to help find your true fit and share with your friends too.
Also check my rough band size guide to start you off on the right track;