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An A cup and a B cup can sometimes have the same breast volume, but their bust and band size will be different. We discuss more differences between the A cup and B cup in our article below.
- A Cup vs B Cup General Overview
- Similarities and Differences
- How Big Are A and B Cups?
- How to Know if You Are an A or a B Cup
- Which Cup Size Is Better?
A Cup vs B Cup General Overview
The B cup is one cup size bigger than the A cup, which means the B cup is an inch bigger in the bust measurement when compared to the A cup.
An A cup will look smaller on fuller-figured or curvy girls and will look bigger on smaller, more petite girls.
An A cup is usually the size that pre-teens and developing teenage girls wear, though this size is not limited to teens alone. Adult women can also be this size.
A A Cup bra size is when the breast size measures only 1 inch larger than the band size.
A B Cup bra size is when your breast size measures 2 inches larger than your band size.
Similarities and Differences
A and B cups are both considered on the smaller end of the bra size scale. Both of these sizes are usually used by pre-teens, teenagers, though there are adult women who wear these sizes as well. It may be hard distinguish a B cup from an A cup because both of them can have the same cup volume.
Comparing A Cup and B Cup Bra Sizes
|Cup Size||Bust / Band Difference||Average Weight||Best Bra Styles|
|A||1 inch||1 pound||Wireless, bralette, bandeau|
|B||2 inches||1.72 pounds||T-shirt, demi, push-up|
How Big Are A and B Cups?
Sister sizes for A and B cups are very helpful when looking for a bra. If your size is not available, you can go to a sister size equivalent instead of going up or down a cup.
How to Know if You Are an A or a B Cup
There are several ways to measure your breasts. The easiest way to do this is to take a tape measure and measure your bust and your torso. Here are steps on how to take your breasts’ measurements:
Measure Your Band Size
- Remove your shirt and anything that may add to your band size.
- Wrap the tape measure around your torso, just below your breasts. The tape measure should be flat on your skin.
- Try putting one of your fingers between your skin and the tape measure. Make sure that there is enough space or you might end up getting a very tight band.
- Write down the number that you get.
- If it is an even number, add four. If it is odd, add five.
Measure Your Bust Size
- Wrap the tape measure around your bust in the fullest part of your breasts.
Finding Your Cup Size
- After taking the band and the bust measurement, subtract them to get your cup size.
- If the difference between your bust measurement and your band measurement is an inch, then you are an A cup.
- If the difference between your bust measurement and your band measurement is two inches, then you are a B cup.
Are A and B Cups Regular Bra Sizes?
Yes, A and B cups are among the standard bra sizes, which makes A cup and B cup bras easier to find, with many different styles to choose from.
What Does an A Cup Look Like?
An A cup looks small on a body, especially on muscular or broad chests, as it only has a one-inch difference between the bust measurement and band measurement.
What Does a B Cup Look Like?
B cups also look smaller on a body. This cup size will appear larger on smaller, petite women. They will appear smaller on women with larger torsos.
Which Cup Size Is Better?
There is no “better” cup size. A cups and a B cups are both considered small, but they are very versatile bra sizes, as there are so many styles of bras available for both A and B cups. Since A and B cups are smaller, they don’t need as much support and people who are and A or B cup can even go braless if they wanted.