A bra is something that almost all women wear on a regular basis but there is still a lot of confusion over bra sizes and what they actually mean. For example, some smaller busted women wonder if a 32aa bra is smaller than a 32a bra. Understanding the difference between the two can help you to choose a size that is going to be right for you. In addition, understanding what the numbers and letters stand for can also help you to be informed when choosing a bra size and will take a lot of the confusion out of the issue.
When looking at any bra, you are going to notice a particular pattern in the size that will always exist. The bra size is going to be a number after which, there will be a letter or perhaps a series of letters (aa). Even though there is very little difference between some of the bra sizes that are available, there is still going to be a difference and it can make you more or less comfortable, depending upon which one you choose. It is also important to understand, although there are some standards that exist when it comes to bra sizes, each manufacturer may measure them differently, at least to a certain extent. That being said, here is the standard for bra sizing.
The number that is in the bra size is actually the size of the band. In order to measure this properly, you should not measure around the breasts but rather, you should measure underneath them. By measuring around the torso under the breasts, you can get an accurate idea of the band size that is going to be needed. It is going to be necessary for you to round that number up. If you come up with an even number, add 4 inches. If you have an odd number, add 5 inches.
You then need to measure the bust size. Using the same measuring tape, measure around your torso but this time, measure across the nipples. You will need that measurement and the band size measurement to get your cup size. In order to do so, you will take the difference between the band size and the bust size. That is going to give you the number that is necessary to determine your cup size. You can look at a chart on the Internet to determine the cup letter when you have calculated the cup size.
There are many different letters which measure the cup size. They range from AA, which is the smallest at less than 1 inch all the way up through O, which is 15 inches. So back to the original question, when determining if there is a difference between 32aa and 32a, there indeed is a difference. Although the band size is the same, the 32aa bra is for a cup size of less than 1 inch. The 32a bra, on the other hand, is for a cup size of 1 inch. It isn't much of a size difference, but it is going to make a difference in the way that it feels when you wear it.
Claire Pearl, the author of this article, is a fashion designer and an expert on bra design for petite women. She used information and resources from LuLa Lu amongst other sources in researching this article. Find out more here.