Your Guide to Sizing
In the United Kingdom, there is an extraordinary number of women who are not wearing the right bra size. To many, it may seem impossible to pick out a bra or other pieces of lingerie over the internet that are sized correctly. Fortunately, it is a lot easier than you think. Take a moment to follow the steps and recommendations outlined in this sizing guide to ensure your purchase from Twilight Lingerie provides you with comfort as well as style.
How to Measure Yourself
There is a simple two-step process for achieving a superior fit by measuring yourself at home. All you need to find the perfect size is a pen, paper, and a tape measure. The first step is to find out your bust size. This is done by measuring your bust at the fullest part: nipple level. Make sure the tape measure is not twisted and that it is even across the back and front of the body. For an accurate measure, make sure you are wearing a bra that is only lightly padded or not padded at all.
The second step is using the tape measure to figure out your under band size. Take the tape measure and wrap it around the rib cage just under the bust line. To get your band size, add four if the measurement is an even number. Add five if the measurement is an odd number. You can use the bust size and band size to get an accurate bra size.
For a Great Fitting Bra, Try These Tips
By some estimates, four out of every five women are wearing bras that are the wrong size. That means the vast majority of us ladies are going about with loose straps, the “double boob” effect, or baggy cups. This not only causes us to undersell one of our best assets, but it also is likely causing you undue discomfort and back pain. To help your boobs look and feel their best, we have come up with this list of five tips to remember when choosing a bra:
- Pay Attention to the Wires – To ensure the wire sits along the natural line of your breast, scoop your boob into the cup when you put the bra on. The wire creates your bra’s shape. It is time to go up a cup size if you find you have too much boob to fit.
- Adjust Your Shoulder Straps – Make sure your shoulder straps sit comfortably on your shoulders without digging in. If they are digging in, adjust them. You do not want to take on the weight of your boobs, so do not tighten them too much. It is time for a smaller band size if you find yourself doing that.
- Do Not Let Your Cup Runneth over – There should be no gaping or bulging once you have scooped your boobs fully into the bra’s cup. Try a bigger cup if you are bulging out of the cup. Conversely, you may need a smaller cup size if there is extra space.
- Good Centre Fit – In the middle against your breast bone, the wires of your bra should lie flat. Your boobs probably need more space if they are pushing the centre of the wires away. Try a bigger cup size.
- Firm Band – Your band should not feel restrictive, yet it should be firm to get the right level of support. Try a smaller size if it rides up or moves around during the day. This is a sign that it is too big.
SEXY CLOTHING SIZES
We conform to industry sizing conventions for all of our clothing items, including corsets, teddies, babydolls, dresses, and more. They are either based on body size (small, medium, large, and others) or number size (size 8, 10, 12, etc.)
How to Measure for Clothing
As mentioned with the bra sizing above, you will need a tape measure, pen, and paper for this. For the bust measurement, see the above bra sizing section. The process is the same for clothing.
- Hip Measurement – With feet together, stand on a level surface. Keeping the measuring tape parallel to the floor, measure around the fullest part of your bottom and hips. This should be around 18 to 23 centimeters below your waistline.
- Thigh Measurement – Again, keeping the tape parallel to the floor, measure around the fullest part of your thigh while standing with your heels apart.
- Waist Measurement – To find your natural indentation in your torso, bend to one side. This is called your natural waist. For a more comfortable fit, keep one finger between the tape and your body while keeping the tape parallel to the floor as you run the tape around your natural waistline.
Choosing the right corset size is the single most important element to get it right if you want that perfect hourglass figure.
Corset sizing is based on waist measurement and desired reduction. So it has nothing to do with your dress size. The general rule for getting the right size is to deduct 2 to 6 inches from you natural waist line. Where to measure is just below your ribcage at the narrowest part, make sure the tape measure is straight and not too tight.
Deduct 2″ : you are new to corsets or want the look without the pain.
Deduct 4″ : this is the standard corset size choice and will be right for most people
Deduct 6″ : you are experienced, or in the stages of waist training. As waist training goes through many stages your corset size reduction will increase over time to your desired result. But 6″ is the maximum for most people.
Plus size- For pinups with a waist measurement of over 34 inches you should probably best choose a corset size of 6 inches smaller than your natural waist size.
Remember you do not have to tighten the laces all the way all the time, so having a bit of wiggle room in the size is a good idea. Especially if you opt for a modesty panel, as this enables you to lace looser without showing a gap.
Corset sizing varies from style to style, and designer to designer. Ordering a reduced waist size in a specific style and size does not mean all styles in this size will accommodate you the same way. Therefore, we recommend submitting measurements when ordering to ensure the fit. We are happy to provide sizing information on specific styles upon request. If you are unsure as to which styles will best accommodate you, feel free to contact us.
Corsets should be ordered 4-6 inches below the natural waist measurement for proper function and fit. Keep in mind, a solid frame has less give than a softer frame, and a 6 inch reduction would not be recommended in this case (large lacing gaps may result). Corsets should not be ordered with a 2 inch reduction, unless the wearer is waist training or tight-lacing and requires the next smallest size.
The fullest part of your bust (not bra size – measured over bra)
Bust measurement (not bra size)
The narrowest part of your waist (directly under your rib cage)
Around the top of your hip bones
Around lower full hip
How To Measure:
Wear your standard undergarments.
Use a fabric tape measure – keep parallel to floor when measuring.
Ask someone to assist you so your arms are relaxed and tape is parallel.
Standard Sizing note: In order for a standard size corset to properly accommodate you, your bust, and hip measurements must be 3-4 inches larger than the corset measures closed.
Cup styles for corsets accommodate a A-C cup. D cups or larger will find the bust section smaller and may not provide support required for adequate fit.
All corsets are sized by waist size, in 2″ increments. Corsets should be ordered 2-6 inches below your natural waist measurement, depending on the desired effect. For example, if the measurement around the narrowest part of your relaxed waist is 30″, you would typically order your corset in size 28″. Keep in mind that the lacing will not show skin through the back if the corset is ordered too large.
If you are waist-training, or tight-lacing, a new corset should be ordered when you are able to lace your corset completely closed.
Waist Size is typically determined by measuring snugly at the narrowest point (between your ribcage and hipbone, usually about one inch above the navel).
If you have any questions about how our items might fit you, please do not hesitate to contact us.