Materials & Makers

At the core of everything we do at NICO is a strong respect for the people we work with, and the environment we work within. We are conscious of the reputation of the fashion industry and strive to promote positive change. Our efforts were recognised when NICO was named the winner of the Lingerie and Swimwear category at the 2013 Source Awards - the global awards for sustainable fashion.

MATERIALS

Modal

Soft, luxurious and one of the most environmentally sustainable options available, Modal is our fabric of choice for much of our current range. We use certified Lenzing fibres which are produced through an innovative process using wood pulp from sustainably sourced beechwood. Full integration at the Lenzing site makes it possible to produce the fibres in a COneutral way. The fibres are then custom knitted for us in Melbourne. 

Bamboo

Bamboo fabrics are perfect for underwear because they are super soft and luxurious as well as being really breathable and comfortable to wear. Bamboo fibre is made by viscosing bamboo plant material. Bamboo plants grow quickly without heavy fertilising, the use of herbicides or pesticides, or the copious quantities of water needed to grow cotton. Bamboo plants remove 5x the carbon dioxide and release 35% more oxygen than cotton/acre. Bamboo is fast growing making it an easily renewable source. The raw material goes through a chemical process to be turned into fibres that can be spun into yarn. We source from suppliers who adhere to ISO 9000/14000 standards where chemicals are contained within the factory and reused and recycled.

Organic Cotton

Super soft and gentle on the skin, our cotton is 100% certified organic. The fibres are grown and spun under strict organic conditions in India. It's grown without the use of toxic pesticides and fertilisers - better for you and much better for the farmers who work with the raw material. The yarns are then knitted into our fabrics right here in Australia. 

 

 

MAKERS

All of our garments are made under ethical conditions right here in our home town of Brisbane, Australia. We were the first underwear brand to gain accreditation with Ethical Clothing Australia. This means that you can be sure that all workers are being paid fairly and working in good conditions.

 


Size Chart
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HOW TO MEASURE

It's best to measure yourself while wearing tight fitting clothing or nothing.

The tape measure should be snug but not cutting into your body.

Make sure the tape measure is level with the ground all the way around.

BUST: Measure all the way around your body at the fullest part of your bust (usually over the nipples).

 

UNDERBUST: Measure all the way around your body at the top of your ribcage - just underneath the bust.

 

WAIST: Measure all the way around your body at the smallest part of your waist.

 

HIPS: Stand with your feet together and measure all the way around your body at the fullest part of your hips (usually just below the hip bones at the top of the buttocks).

 

Don't have a tape measure? Download our printable tape measure here.

 

Get some tips on bra fitting here. ​

 

NICO BRAS

 TRIANGLE STYLES:

 

UNDERBUST

BUST

XS

63-67cm

74-79cm

S

68-72cm

80-85cm

M

72-77cm

86-91cm

L

78-82cm

92-97cm

 

 FULL CUP/UNDERWIRE STYLES:

 

First measure your underbust - this will give you your band size.

 

  Band Size:

UNDERBUST

BAND SIZE

63-67cm

6

68-72cm

8

73-77cm

10

78-82cm

12

83-87cm

14

 

Now measure your bust. Subtract your underbust measurement from your bust measurement. The difference will give you your cup size.

 

  Cup Size:

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN UNDERBUST & BUST MEASUREMENTS

CUP SIZE

10.5-13cm

A

13-15.5cm

B

15.5-18cm

C

18-20.5cm

D

20.5-23cm

DD

 

Bra sizing is about the difference in size between the band (the number) and the cup (the letter). The two are relative! That's why cup sizes vary on different size bands. For example the cup volume of a 10B is bigger than the cup volume of an 8B.

When you change just the cup size, it won't affect your band size. However when you change band sizes, the cup size changes slightly too. So you may find that when you go up a band size, you may have to go down a cup size and visa versa.

This also explains what is sometimes called 'sister sizes'. Basically, each bra size has two sister sizes that are very similar in size:

 

Bra Size Sister Size 1 Sister Size 2
8A/Small 6B  10AA
8B/Small 6C 10A
8C/Medium 6D 10B
10B/Medium 8C 12A
10C/Medium 8D 12B
10D/Large 8DD 12C
12C/Large 10D 14B
12D/Large 10DD 14C
14C 12D 16B
14D 12DD 16C
14DD 12E 16D

 While every body is different, lots of people find they can fit bras within the sister range.

This stuff can be a bit tricky to get your head around but we are happy to help! Just email us for any questions about finding the right fit: orders@nicounderwear.com

 

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NICO BRIEFS & LEGGINGS

 

HIP

WAIST

XS/6

82-87cm

55-60cm

S/8

88-93cm

61-66cm

M/10

94-99cm

67-72cm

L/12 100-105cm 73-78cm

XL/14

106-111cm

79-84cm

 

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NICO BODYSUITS, DRESSES & TEES

 

BUST

WAIST

HIP

XS

74-79cm

55-60cm

82-87cm

S

80-85cm

61-66cm

88-93cm

M

86-91cm

67-72cm

94-99cm

L

92-97cm

73-78cm

100-105cm

 

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