Women’s Underwear Size Guide Chart And Sizing Guide

Women’s undergarments are not made equal, and it can be difficult to determine which one will fit correctly without trying them on first. Wearing a larger size than you need can be uncomfortable and make you look bigger while wearing a smaller size than you need will result in your underwear being too tight and not providing the support you need. If there is a particular brand that you like, then you may already know what size fits best but if this is your first time purchasing panties, a women’s underwear size guide chart can be of great help.

How To Tell What Underwear Size You Are

Brands now are releasing inclusive sizes, meaning they have both regular, plus sizes and another body type. This means that you don’t always have to buy an extra-large or extra small pair of underwear. Instead, you can choose from a range of different sizes from standard sizes to plus sizes. 

It isn’t always easy to tell the right size when buying online or in stores. However, with tips and a size chart, you won’t have to worry about spending money on women’s underwear that doesn’t fit.

Get the tape measure and some underwear that you have laying around. Measure the body measurements such as waist, hips, and thighs while wearing women’s underwear for a more accurate size chart result. Then, check out the women’s underwear size charts below:

Women’s Underwear Size Guide Chart

Bra Sizing Chart

The bra should sit comfortably at the fullest part of your bust. Your shoulders shouldn’t stick out past the edge of the cup. Straps should rest comfortably against your shoulder blades.

To know your bra size, check the size chart below after getting your chest measurement and bust measurement using the tape measure. Read our full Bra size charts here.

Women’s Underwear Size Guide: Bra Sizing Chart
  Over The Bust
Under Bust MeasurementBand SizeCup Size
  BCDDD/EDDD/FGF
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28-29 in (71-74 cm)323486358936913794      
30-31 in (76-79 cm)343691379438973999401024110442107
32-33 in (81-84 cm)36389739994010241104421074310944112
34-37 in (86-94 cm)3840102411044210743109441124511446117
38-41 in (97-104 cm)4042107431094411245114461174711948122
42-43 in (107-109 cm)4244112451144611747119481224912450127
44-45 in (112-114 cm) 444611747119481224912450127    

Band size is measured across the back of the neck, between the shoulder blades, and along the top of the waistband. It does not include any padding while the cup size is measured from the center of the breastbone down to the bottom of the cups. 

Tip: If you want a tighter fit, start with your underarm pit and measure around it. The measuring tape should be wrapped tightly so that you get an accurate result. This is your “apex” point – the ultimate point of reference from which all other measurements will be measured from. Make sure to place the tape directly on top of your body fat and not on any clothing underneath.

Panty Sizing Chart

Your panties should be snug enough to prevent any panty lines but also allow for movement and ease in fit. No matter the style, they should cover your buttocks completely and leave no skin showing. Size chart for panties works the same way as any other regular size chart such as your pant size chart. You need to measure the waist and hip. 

Here’s a size chart to help you with your purchase.

Panty Sizing Chart
Size – US Letter SizingNumeric SizingWaist MeasurementHip Measurement
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XS424 – 25.561-6534 – 35.586-90
S526 – 27.566-7036 – 37.591-95
M628 – 29.571-7538 – 39.598-100
L730 – 31.576-8040 – 41.5101-105
XL832 – 33.581-8542 – 43.5107-110
XXL934 – 35.586-9044 – 45.5112-115
3XL1036 – 37.591-9546 – 47.5117-121
4XL1138 – 39.597-10048 – 49.5122-126

Tip: If your body measurements are in between sizes, get the larger size. Getting the larger size will help you with the range of motion and give you a more uplifted look that’s not too tight.  

Women’s Plus Underwear Size Guide

SizeHipsDress
945 – 46.514W/16W
1047 – 48.518W/20W
1149 – 51.522W/24W
1252 – 55.526W/28W
1356 – 59.530W – 32W
1460 – 63.534W – 36W

Camisole Sizing Chart

Camisoles are typically measured by cup/band/sleeve inches or band length (or both) because there are so many styles of camisoles. There is often some discrepancy when comparing these measurements from different brands. When purchasing, make sure to read the product description carefully and look at several pictures before making a purchase.

Camisole Sizing Chart
Size – US Letter SizingNumeric SizingBustUnder Hip
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XS0-230-3376-8334-3686-91
S2-433-3585-8936-3892-96
M6-836-3791-9639-4099- 102
L10-1238-4096-10240-43102-109
XL12-1441-42102-10643-46110-116

Bralette Sizing Chart

Women come in different sizes. However, most women’s bralettes are often one or two sizes smaller than your bra size. For example, if you wear 34D bras, then buy a 32DD bralette. 

This will help your chances of getting the right fit when ordering online or at least give you an idea of what to look for before buying them.

How to Know If You Have The Right Underwear Size

Knowing how it should feel in your body is a good way to start. Women’s underwear should fit snugly but not too tight; it should be comfortable and supportive.

Butt – Women’s underwear should fit snugly around your butt. Wearing underwear that is too tight can leave red marks around the butt area.

Waist – The waistband should sit comfortably on your waist and not pinch or dig in. Wearing too tight can cause discomfort. Too loose waistband starts to fold over and can cause bunching in your underwear.

Hips – Hips are the widest part of a woman’s body, so underwear that fit well around your hips will be comfortable and look good. The underwear should cover your entire hip area and not be too tight or too loose.

Thighs – The leg holes of the underwear should not be so tight that they dig into your skin; the thigh area should be properly covered. 

Crotch– Women’s underwear should not be too tight or snug in the crotch area. Women’s underwear shouldn’t fit so loose that it moves around when you walk, but it shouldn’t feel like they are cutting off circulation either.

The right women’s underwear size is one that fits your body well and supports all of your curves without feeling too tight or uncomfortable. It should also cover the butt, hips, and thighs for complete coverage throughout your entire body.

If the underwear feels like it is digging into you, then it is probably not the right size. It will end up falling down or riding up when wearing which can cause discomfort and possible rashes or itching. Wrong-sized underwear will not be able to support you properly during wear which can also cause discomfort and possible rashes due to poor coverage in certain areas.

Common Types of Panty Style

Thongs – Women’s underwear that have a narrow strip of fabric that runs between the buttocks and is connected to two wider straps that go around the hips.

Bikini – Women’s underwear with sides that are usually about three inches wide. 

Hipster – These are underwears that sit low on the waist and are designed to provide full coverage in the front and back.

Boyshort – Underwear that is short and fits snugly on the hips. These are similar to men’s boxer briefs, except they have a more feminine cut. 

Lace Panties – These are underwears that have lace detailing on the front, sides, or back.

High Waisted – These are underwear that sits at or above the natural waist and usually covers the belly button. 

Conclusion

Women’s underwear size is a matter of personal preference and comfort, but there are some general guidelines to help you find the perfect fit. Women’s underwear should be snug enough that they don’t fall down or ride up when wearing, but not so tight as to cause discomfort. Women’s panties also need to cover your butt, hips, and thighs for complete coverage throughout your entire body. The underwear size guide chart shows you how to measure women’s underwear and gives you the best suggestions for the perfect body fit.

Please leave your questions below! Thank you for reading.

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