Pepperberry fitting advice

We’ve answered some of your most common fitting questions here. If you need more help and advice please contact us using the details at the bottom of this page.

What sizes do you offer?

We’ve created our clothes in sizes 8 to 18 with three different curvy options for each depending on how much extra room you need for your bust. Choose from Curvy, Really Curvy or Super Curvy.

Changes to sizes 8 and 10 garments

We've made some improvements to the fit of our products which makes them more consistent with sizes 8-18 at other high street retailers.

We've slightly reduced the waist measurements of our size 8 and 10 garments - so if you've needed to size down to a size 8 or 10 with Pepperberry compared to your usual high street size, you may now need to size back up (so choose your usual high street size). The change we've made is only small, so we recommend checking your measurements against our new size chart to find out your size. No changes have been made to the waist measurement of our size 12-18 garments, as we found these to be more consistent with sizing elsewhere on the high street.

Do I need to know my bra size to find my Pepperberry clothes size?

You don’t need your bra size to find your Pepperberry clothes size. However we suggest that before finding your Pepperberry clothes size you check you are wearing a well fitting bra, otherwise the clothes may not fit properly, or flatter your shape as they should. Our sister brand Bravissimo offers free bra fitting advice and we recommend watching their Quick Fit Guide video.

How do Pepperberry sizes work?

As a general guide, the Curvy size option is similar to a standard high street size and is the size you should choose if you rarely have a problem getting clothes to fit your boobs. Really Curvy is likely to be good for you if you tend to go up roughly one dress size in tops and dresses to get a good fit over your boobs. If you nearly always have to go up a couple of dress sizes to accommodate your boobs, then we suggest trying the Super Curvy option.

How do I find my Pepperberry clothes size?

To find your Pepperberry clothes size you simply need to ask yourself two straightforward questions:

  1. What size do you usually wear to fit your bottom half in a skirt? Let’s say the answer is size 12
  2. How many sizes do you usually have to go up to fit your boobs in if you are buying a dress or shirt?

If for example you wear a size 12 on both the top and bottom half try 12 Curvy, if you have to go up one dress size to a 14 on the top half try a 12 Really Curvy and if you usually have to go up two or more sizes on the top half to fit your boobs in, try a 12 Super Curvy.

What if I’m not sure what size I am on the top or bottom half?

You can also find your Pepperberry size by measuring your waist and the fullest part of your bust and can then use our Fitting Guide to find your Pepperberry clothes size.

What should I do if my measurements fall between sizes?

You should choose the closest size. If your measurements fall exactly in the middle of two sizes then it is up to you whether you choose the bigger or smaller size depending how fitted you want the garment to be.

In stretchy items how do I know whether to choose Curvy/Really Curvy or Really/Super Curvy?

Our non-stretch clothes always come in sizes 8 to 18 with three curviness options; Curvy, Really Curvy and Super Curvy. Because our jersey clothes have more stretch in them they come in a choice of two curviness sizes; Curvy/Really Curvy and Really/Super Curvy. If your Pepperberry clothes size is usually Curvy choose Curvy/Really Curvy in jersey styles. If your Pepperberry clothes size is usually Super Curvy choose Really/Super Curvy in jersey styles. If your Pepperberry size is usually Really Curvy you can choose either curviness size depending on how figure hugging you want the style to be.

Have you changed how your clothes fit on the bust?

In terms of our curviness sizes, we received feedback from our customers that our styles were too full over the boobs. Previously we designed our garments to fit a range of bust measurements in each size, and we discovered that over time we had generally been increasing the amount of bust room in each curviness size so that instead of being a perfect fit for someone measuring in the middle of a size we were often creating a perfect fit for someone at the very top of the size range instead. So over time our curviness sizes generally got bigger, although the amount they grew varied depending on the actual size and the type of style – but it meant that many customers were finding they had to buy a curviness size smaller than they measured. The result of this was that customers who measured Curvy ended up too small for any of our clothes, even though they found fitted high street clothes too tight on the bust. Following extensive fittings in store and analysis of customer feedback, we adjusted our measurements to provide a consistent fit over the curviness sizing using set measurements from within the original measurement ranges. To further improve the fit we also reduced the amount of gathers we added over and around the boob area in some garments, as this had exacerbated the problem further. As a result of these changes some of you may notice that the curviness sizes in many styles are smaller than they have been previously but you should now find the sizing to be consistent. These changes have mainly affected the Curvy and Really Curvy sizes across the range, with smaller changes being made to our Super Curvy sizes. However, although the changes to Super Curvy garments have not been so great, we know the changes mean some people who used to find a Super Curvy fitted them in some styles are now finding it difficult to fit into our clothes at all. For this reason we are trialling Super Duper Curvy.

What should I do if a garment is too big in the bust?

If a style fits your body but is too big in the bust try a smaller curviness size.

What should I do if a garment is too small in the bust?

If a style fits your body but is too small in the bust try a bigger curviness size.

What should I do if I am too big in the bust for Super Curvy?

If this applies to you please let us know – we are currently trialling development of a Super Duper Curvy size and as well as assessing how well this works and whether people like the garments in these sizes, we need to assess demand to ensure development would be viable.

Have you changed how your clothes fit in the body?

We reviewed our waist and hip measurements following lots of customer comments to say that our clothes were coming up roughly one size bigger than standard UK dress sizes. We have recently adjusted the grading to bring our dress sizes in line with the high street; it is worth remembering though that no two retailers have the same measurements for each size and some retailers do come up bigger than others. Equally no retailer has 100% consistency across their range for every style in a given size.

What should I do if a garment is too small in the body?

Because of the unique sizing of Pepperberry clothes if you go up a dress size you need to go down a curviness size to get the equivalent volume in the bust, for example, if you try on a 12 Really Curvy and find that it fits your bust but is too small on your waist, you will need to try a 14 Curvy.

What should I do if a garment is too big in the body?

Because of the unique sizing of Pepperberry clothes if you go down a dress size you need to go up a curviness size to get the equivalent volume in the bust, for example, if you try on a 12 Really Curvy and find that it fits your bust but is too big on your waist, you will need to try a 10 Super Curvy.

Why do some styles fit differently to others?

The styles in our collections are made using a variety of fabrics which means they will all fit slightly differently over your boobs - some are more fitted, whereas others stretch and drape. If you can it is a good idea to try on each style, sometimes you might find that you need to adjust your size slightly depending on the fit and style of the item.

What if a style is too low cut?

If you feel that a style is too low cut or an empire line seam seems to sit too low, we suggest trying a smaller curviness size.

How long are your clothes?

We ‘model’ our clothes on a woman who is 5’ 5” and therefore make our photo shoot samples so that they show you where the clothes would sit on a woman who is 5’5”. We also give the lengths in centimetres for every garment.

If you can’t find the answer to your question, or would like one to one fitting or shape advice over the phone please call us on 01926 459 800, email us at customer.services@pepperberry.com or visit your nearest Pepperberry store.