1. Take a flexible tape measure and pull it around your ribcage - at the spot where your bra under band would sit. Pull it tight, just like you would do with your bra (but not too tight so you can't breathe). Write down the centimeters. The reason why you need to pull tight is because your measurement tape doesn't have elastic in it, while your bra band does. We're trying to create the same sizing to get the best fitting bra.
2. Slide the tape measure up and measure across your breasts (at the point where your breast are the furtherest away from your chest), ideally wear an unpadded bra when you do this. Have the tape measure snug around your breasts, but not too tight. The tape measure should not make an indentation on your skin.
Write down the centimeters of the second measurement.
These two numbers are important to find your bra size.
Measurement 1 = Underbust size
Measurement 2 = Bust size
1 = 76cm 2 = 100 cm
This would be a size 75F / 12E
Why is the Q-LINN size different?
You'd be surprised to know that there is no such thing as a standard sizing model for bras. Every brand has a slightly different sizing method, and even every bra style will feel different on your body. That's why you may be a 14C in one style but a 12D in another style.
Q-LINN uses the European way of creating bra sizes, based on a number and a letter.
The number coincides with the amount of centimeters measured around the under band of your bra (tight around your rib cage). This is loosely in line with the Australian dress sizes, but not always completely the same.
The letter in the sizing is based on the measurement around your breasts. The further the breasts are away from the chest / ribs / sternum the higher the letter will be. Each cup size is approx.1 inch further away from the chest.
Also -- and please don't take this the wrong way -- many women wear the wrong bra size. The most common mistakes we see when we fit women is that the band is too wide, or the cups too small.
Bra band too wide - why does this matter?
When your bra band is too wide - either because you've purchased the wrong size, or because the fabric has stretched over time - you will not get the support from your bra. Most of the heavy lifting is done by the under band. This can only work when the band is firm (but not too tight) against the body. A band that is too loose will creep up in the back and you'll find you're constantly pulling the bra straps up over your shoulders. It will also create headaches and sore shoulders because the weight of the breasts is no longer supported by the under band.
Underband should sit firm against skin
Under band too wide = creeping up on the back
Under band too tight = digging in, causing pain
Bra cup too small - how do I know?
This one is pretty easy really. Women naturally have 2 breasts. So when you're wearing a bra and it looks as if you have 4 breasts you know something is wrong.
The bra cup should cover the breast, but not dig in. When the edge of the cup creates a hard line with breast tissue spilling over the top of the edge of the cup, it means the cup is too small. The same is true for the sides of the cup. When there is excessive breast tissue spilling over the sides of the cup (under the arm pits) it means the cup is too small.
Cup size should cover the breast without digging in
Breast tissue spilling over the top = cup size too small
Breast tissue spilling out of the sides = cup size too small
Bra cup too large - what does that look like?
A cup that is too large will be gaping and puckering. The breast has room to move inside of the fabric of the cup and you don't have the feeling of support that you expect from a well fitting bra.
It can also mean that you've chosen the wrong style: When the cup has room on the top you may not have enough breast tissue to fill the top of the cup (in other words, your breasts aren't filled enough for this style). A balconet style might be a better fit for you.
How to fit a sports bra with a wire?
All Q-LINN sports bras have a wire. The reason for this is that the wire creates structure to the bra and separates the breasts. This means that the support is created through encapsulation rather than compression which is a lot more comfortable to wear.
However, it is important that the wire is large enough to encapsulate the breasts. Bra wire should not sit on top of your breast tissue as this will cause bruising, chafing and pain in your breast tissue.
When you try on a bra make sure the wire sits flat against your chest in between the breasts and follows the breast on the outside of the tissue. You may need to re-adjust the breasts to sit inside the cup and away from the wire. If you can't move the breast tissue inside the cup and away from the wire, it means that the cup is too small.
Example of a well fitting bra: The band is firm but not tight, the breasts are covered by the fabric of the cups without spilling over the top or out of the sides. The wire sits around the breast tissue offering support without digging into the skin.
This is the Amsterdam bra in the Violet Ice colour.