If you’ve ever had the feeling of being uncomfortable in a bra, it may be because you were wearing the wrong size! At La Donna, fit and quality is our number one priority. We want our customers to feel comfortable, supported and good! Here’s a friendly guideline on how to measure your bra size – and you can even do it yourself in the comfort of your own home (which makes choosing a bra online that little bit easier)!
1. Measure under your bust
With a measuring tape, place it directly under your bust and around your body. Keep the tape firm against your body and take note of the measurement in inches. This will be the size of the under band of your bra. Ideally, do this whilst wearing a soft cup bra or no bra at all to get the right calculation. (Tip: if you get an odd number, round up).
2. Measure over your bust
Now take the measuring tape and place it around the fullest part of your bust.
What’s my cup size?
With your measurements, simply subtract your band size from your bust size and that will give you your cup size.
Example: If your band (under bust) size measured as 36 inches and your bust was 40 inches you would subtract 36 from 40 which equals 4 (40-36 =4). Using the chart below, you can find your cup size. (With this example, you would be a 36D which in Australian sizing equates to a 14D).
1” = A
2” = B
3” = C
4” = D
5” = DD or E
6” = F
7” = G
8” = H
Now you have your bra size 😊
For conversions to Australian and other international sizing please see the chart below:
Now that you know your bra size, here are a few things to help recognise you are onto a winner and wearing the right cup size:
Having a band that fits well means you will get the support you need. When you first buy a bra, make sure you have it done up on the loosest hook so over time you are able to tighten it. The band at the back should sit in line with the front (and not riding up – if it rides up, the band is too big). Also ensure it’s not too tight – you can test this by putting a finger in between the band and your body – if you are unable to do this, it is too tight.
Make sure the area between the cups sits flat against your chest. (There definitely should be no gaping in this area)!
It’s also important to know that over time your bra size can change due to things like age, pregnancy, weight change and exercise so it’s good to make a habit of measuring yourself or getting fitted once a year.
Lastly, we want you to enjoy the beauty of finding the right bra and feeling great so we hope this guide has helped! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out and HAPPY BRA SHOPPING! 😊
Robes, dressing gowns, kimonos - whatever you like to call them, I've just gotta say, I love my robe! Honestly, I have a robe that's perfect for every season and they're probably my most worn attire in my house. (Yes, I have not ventured out in my robe - well, apart from the time my pet escaped when I had the front door open and chased him down the street while my neighbors watched on)! Nonetheless, I truly believe they are one piece of clothing that are highly underrated.
Some can make you feel cosy, comfortable and super warm. Others make you feel beautiful and sexy and some can just make you feel at "home". From popping one on after a shower or when you get out of bed to indulging in a beautiful silk robe whether it be a special occasion or every day! The love for a robe is endless ;)
If you are looking for some inspiration for your next robe that you can feel amazing in, I highly recommend these...
I guess there are a lot of stories that start with 'once upon a time' and the story of La Donna dates back to 1975. From this time until the present day, La Donna boasts a proud and rich history that has seen 3 generations be part of such an iconic establishment. A family business that has grown throughout the years and continues to serve their clients with a beautiful range of products whilst offering the warmth, care and personal touch that small family businesses love to do! An important factor that sees a retail boutique stand the test of times throughout an ever changing retail climate over 44 years and counting! What we have seen and experienced over 5 decades gives testament to the dedication and commitment to maintain a business that understands it's clients needs and provide them with the very best service, quality and care. But who was it that created this wonderful business?
It all started in 1975 with a strong and passionate Italian woman who was a dress maker with an eye and appreciation for fashion, quality and beautiful fabrics. This was indeed my Nonna, Carmen. She thought that opening a boutique in Melbourne would be a fantastic idea to provide women with imported Italian made handbags and clothing (yes, we didn't always have lingerie) and with her knowledge and love of Italian fashion, she was able to add that special sophisticated European style to women's wardrobes that we still see to this day. Along with her daughter-in-law Marie and son Maurizio, they established their first boutique in Toorak Village naming it 'La Donna' - which is Italian for 'the woman'. Embodying a sense of style and fashion, La Donna was well on its way to becoming everyone's new favourite fashion boutique!
In the 1980's, lingerie, swimwear and sleepwear were introduced into the boutique and La Donna soon became the number one destination for intimate apparel attracting high profile personalities and celebrities who absolutely loved visiting the boutique and wearing our beautiful garments. The loyalty of our customers is something we are so appreciative of. (Even to this day, we have many long standing clients who have come to us for years - and that's including my Nonna's clients from the 80's and 90's can you believe)! It is something so special and to have these ongoing relationships further strengthens the love of what we do.
Carrying brands like La Perla, Faber, Armani and Moschino, we became distributors to David Jones and select boutiques across Australia throughout the 2000's. Having the opportunity and connections to be introduced to and work with the top Italian labels gave us the exact craftsmanship we wanted to offer our clients. We are proud to now have the exclusive Italian made label Cotton Club by Roberto Crescentini that boasts beautiful fabrics, designs and the quality that has forever been the core of our products.
The whole family has proudly been apart of the business over the last 44 years and are still very much actively involved and enjoying what each new day brings us. Remembering the days of the old manual credit card machines and shops closing at 1pm on a Saturday (!!) to today where we have expanded our business to include online shopping where people from all over the world can now access our beautiful garments. We are dedicated to evolving with the times and are excited to see what the future will bring!