I would be delighted to help you find the perfect fit. Although back sizes in the US and UK are the same, cup sizes are different. We do have conversion charts on our website to help you figure out your UK size based on your US size, but as you mention you could be anything between a 36F and 36H, this covers quite a wide range! If you are happy for me to help you find a bra size to try in general, I can then confirm the corresponding size in the US. If you would like to take a look at the conversion charts in the meantime, please click on this link: http://www.bravissimo.com/help/
. You would then just need to click on Fitting Advice and Sizing, then Overseas Conversion Charts, and this will give you two links; one for cup sizes and the other for back sizes.
Here at Bravissimo we do not use tape measures, so you may find our methods of fitting quite different to some retailers. We find it much easier to establish your correct size by working with the bra you currently wear, rather than calculating a size from a measurement. We also find the tape measure method to be inaccurate as it's quite difficult to establish a cup size by using the one measurement around the middle - two people may measure the same around the fullest part of their boobs, but if one has quite full boobs at the top, and the other doesn't, the volume they require in the cup would be quite different. Bravissimo girls really do come in all shapes and sizes!
So to ensure the best fit for you, in our stores we fit our customers by eye. We have recently added a fitting video to our website to reflect how we do this, and why we believe this to be a much more accurate method. For those of you who are unable to visit one of our stores it will hopefully give you a glimpse into how we work! You can view the video at the following link: http://www.bravissimo.com/perfectfit/fitting-video/
Also, it would be really useful if you could answer the following questions as accurately as possible to enable me to recommend which size it would be best for you to try. However please bear in mind that you may be a different size in each bra you try depending on the style of the bra and manufacturer.
What size and style bra are you currently wearing?
What clothing size do you wear (please confirm both sizes if you wear one size in tops and another in skirts, trousers, etc.)?
How long have you had the bra (if you are unsure, have you had it for more than 6 months)?
How often has it been worn and washed (is it an old favourite that you wear regularly, or only with a particular outfit)?
What hook fastening have you fastened your bra on (the closest one to the cups being the tightest, and the one at the end being the loosest)?
When you buy a new bra do you usually start on the loosest hooks, or can you comfortably start it on the middle/tightest?
If you put your fingers between your back and the band (behind the back fastening) and pull this away from you as far as you can how far can you pull it out (is there a gap of 1-2 inches between the bra and your skin or can you pull the bra out further)?
Does the bra ride up your back at all during the day, or does it sit level with the front?
Do the shoulder straps dig in or slip off your shoulders?
Do your boobs bulge out of the top of the cup, and if so is it a noticeable bulge or do the cups cut into your boobs just a little?
Do the cups wrinkle or feel loose anywhere? If so how much? If you pinch the loose fabric together, how much can you hold onto - 1cm, 2cm, etc. Can you fit any fingers into the cup where the fabric is very loose?
Is the bra you are wearing an underwired style? If so, please answer the following questions:
If you lifted your arms above your head would the wires that lay underneath your boobs lift away from your skin at all, or do they remain firmly against your ribcage?
Do the underwires that sit in the centre of your boobs lie flat on your breastbone? If not, how far do they stick out (in cms or inches)?
Do the ends of the wires that come up under your arms dig in at all during the day? If so, do they come up too far and dig in near your armpit, or do they dig in to the sides of your boobs?
And finally is there anything else you think it would be useful for me to know?