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s/o boobs...

I bet sooo many of you ladies are wearing the wrong bra size... usually everyone goes for the looser band size which makes them go for a smaller cup... but the tighter the band (not too tight of course) the longer each bra will last! Not to mention, if it's sliding up your back because it's not tight enough, chances are, you are slipping down in the front... not what you want in a bra...

My first bra fitting story: I worked at a lingerie store in college, and we had to fit bras and as sort of initiation (and pure neccesity) I got fitted...  I can't even remember the size I was, I must have blocked it out... (plus, I was just getting on BCP so that had a part in the growing process for sure) but after they fit me, I was a 32F... which is like a DDD... But don't get scared! Everyone always freaks out if they hear anything bigger than a D (I was one of them, I used to think a C was big)... but the band size effects the cup... if I tried on a 36... it would have to be a single D to fit my boobs right! So I buy a few bras and live my life... a year or so later, we move to the OBX and I work at a different lingerie store. This lady fits me and says my band can be tighter! Which moved me to a 30FF... which did scare me, but they fit so well I can't go back to a 32F... it feels too loose. PLUS, I can wear my 30's for WAY longer because when it starts to stretch out, I can just go to a tigher hook!

If you are already on the tightest hook when you buy it, what happends when it stretches from wear.... it's too loose... the tighter you go, the longer it will last!

True story: my MOH came in to be fitted and she told me she was wearing a 36 A.... now let me tell you... she is a stick... she is super tall and thin. I measured her and she could be wearing a 32.... which would make her a C. She said 'NO WAY', and to wean her into the idea, I let her try a 34 B... she thought it was super tight... (which it isnt if you can put two fingers under your strap in the back- and lift it off of you more than an inch or two)... her 36 was just falling off of her... anway, she got the 34 B which she thought was way better. And she is like every other customer I fitted for years...

It's really worse than jeans, because not only are they weird measurements, but every company makes them differently and we are all made differently!

Don't even talk about victoria's secrets, they make their own bras, so they can tell you what size you are for THEIR bras, but not anything else...  I went in one day and asked them to fit me, whatever size they SAID i was, they couldn't find anything that fit me... (i am a tough case though, tiny rib cage and huge rack...) it was kind of a trick question...

Whooh, that was really long!

So, what's your bra size? Got any good bra fitting stories?

Re: s/o boobs...

  • Well according to you, I'm wearing the wrong size. But the little tag on my bra says 38B.

    I've never been formally fitted before so who knows what my actual size is.

    ETA: I just stripped down in the bathroom at work to check my tag - it's 36B, not 38B. But I think I own both sizes.

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    Well according to you, I'm wearing the wrong size. But the little tag on my bra says 38B.

    I've never been formally fitted before so who knows what my actual size is.

    If you don't like how it cuts in, you should go up a cup. the wire should be sitting nicely on the outskirts of your tissue, not pushinng or poking their way in. (and some brands may make their wire higher up, or make their cups tighter than others, so it's honestly bra to bra).

    An older lady I used to work with- her name is Marge and I love her to death. She would spend at least an hour fitting people... if one size didn't work for this one brand, she would try a whole new size and keep going till she found the most absolute perfect fit.

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    BTW - Emily, I just added you on FB

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  • True story- that doesn't work for everyone. And I hate it when people tell me it does, because it doesn't work for me. 

    Your formula is based on a calculation of measurements that are frequently done incorrectly AND doesn't take into account the length of the crest of the breast (ie: from the top to the bottom).   This, IMO is the truest measurement of your proper bra size, because otherwise your cup size is messed up and your band size has to compensate for the largeness/smallness of the cups.

    My band is really small already (a 32 or 34 depending on brand) and I'm a DDD or a G (depending, again, on brand).  I cannot wear a 36DD.  It is ridiculously loose in the band and I have overhang in the cups.  Likewise, a 30H would be too tight and the cups would come up to my shoulder.

    Finally, Memily, you should just buy new bras when yours stretch out.  I know what kind of an investment it is to buy bras around your size, but really it will be worth the money down the road when you don't have to have a reduction and spinal surgery like my mom did from wearing poorly fitting, stretched out bras for years. When the elastic on your band stretches out, even on a tighter hook, the bra isn't working as it was engineered to, and is applying more pressure on your shoulder, creating a curvature on your spine and applying pressure to your cervical disks.  Wanna know how much those are to replace?  About $75,000.  Makes that $100 bra purchase seem more reasonable, no?

    I'm a big believer in proper bra fit, and unfortunately,  this is one of those myths that people who work in lingere sales perpetrate.

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  • dumb question....

    where exactly are you supposed to measure for your band size?

    Give me some step by step here. I always just buy what I think fits.. haha

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  • I just got sized last week actually.  With this pregnancy, I have been falling out of my 36DD.  I am now a 38F...ugh.  I tried a size up because it was the only size that had the nude color.  It had a small gap but still supported me well.  I told her that I may get one size up to allow for anymore growth.  She asked me "Do you think you'll grow anymore?"  I answered " I am only 18 weeks so probably."  She looked like she saw a ghost.  I know I have a big boy growing in there but geeze...thanks lady!
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  • image maryandkirk0909:

    True story- that doesn't work for everyone. And I hate it when people tell me it does, because it doesn't work for me. 

    Your formula is based on a calculation of measurements that are frequently done incorrectly AND doesn't take into account the length of the crest of the breast (ie: from the top to the bottom).   This, IMO is the truest measurement of your proper bra size, because otherwise your cup size is messed up and your band size has to compensate for the largeness/smallness of the cups.

    My band is really small already (a 32 or 34 depending on brand) and I'm a DDD or a G (depending, again, on brand).  I cannot wear a 36DD.  It is ridiculously loose in the band and I have overhang in the cups.  Likewise, a 30H would be too tight and the cups would come up to my shoulder.

    Finally, Memily, you should just buy new bras when yours stretch out.  I know what kind of an investment it is to buy bras around your size, but really it will be worth the money down the road when you don't have to have a reduction and spinal surgery like my mom did from wearing poorly fitting, stretched out bras for years. When the elastic on your band stretches out, even on a tighter hook, the bra isn't working as it was engineered to, and is applying more pressure on your shoulder, creating a curvature on your spine and applying pressure to your cervical disks.  Wanna know how much those are to replace?  About $75,000.  Makes that $100 bra purchase seem more reasonable, no?

    I'm a big believer in proper bra fit, and unfortunately,  this is one of those myths that people who work in lingere sales perpetrate.

    I'm sorry Mary, I didn't mean to go preachy about it. And your right it doesn't work for everyone. I don't use measurements when I fit people. I usually just go with what they were wearing and guess and check. They do make really full-cup brands that take into account the crest sizes. I'm sorry about your mom needing sugery. It's good to know that the pressure on your shoulders don't just effect your shoulders, but everything down your back. I guess I'm a little brainwashed, but I have noticed alot of women having improved bra sizes after getting a little more informed about bra sizes. It's always good to know all the facts though.

  • Well, I have 34B and 34C bras. I only buy mine from VS. That being said, I know I could wear a 32, but guess what? They're hard to find and so I get the 34 and wear it on the tighest clip and it's just fine. I was fitting into the B cups better before BCP's but since then C is really better for me. I can still get away with the B cup though depending on the shirt I'm wearing.

     

  • Here's a good bra fit story for you:
    In college I worked at JCPenney for a while. When I started, I worked in the women's dept, and would cover lingerie sometimes so I had to do the bra fit certification thingie. So one day, this old lady comes in (probably in her 80's) and says she wants a bra fit. So I say OK, grab my tape measure and tell her to follow me to the fitting room. She says "No matter, let's just do it right here!" and she whips off her shirt in the middle of the store. I just stared at her, and she goes "when you're my age, you just don't give a f*ck anymore!"
  • I'm a 34 C but I used to be a B (thanks weight gain).  I've never been formally fitted; maybe I should be hmmmmmmm.....
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  • image michelle142:

    dumb question....

    where exactly are you supposed to measure for your band size?

    Give me some step by step here. I always just buy what I think fits.. haha

    I measure right under the bust and make it good and snug, but don't do it too tight. Add 2 to that and that should be the right band size, sometimes it's not, it's really up to the brand (why it's good to go with/to someone so they know what's wrong with the one you have on and where to go from there- not to mention it's good knowing about different brands and how they fit before you go and try on millions)

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    Here's a good bra fit story for you:
    In college I worked at JCPenney for a while. When I started, I worked in the women's dept, and would cover lingerie sometimes so I had to do the bra fit certification thingie. So one day, this old lady comes in (probably in her 80's) and says she wants a bra fit. So I say OK, grab my tape measure and tell her to follow me to the fitting room. She says "No matter, let's just do it right here!" and she whips off her shirt in the middle of the store. I just stared at her, and she goes "when you're my age, you just don't give a f*ck anymore!"

    Nice!  I love it:)

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  • Nobody's bra calculations work for me.  (ha, y'all suck!).  My crest is on the smaller side, but side to side (across the crest) is VERY large.  Basically, I have smaller, but REALLY full boobs.  (seriously, they go all the way into my armpits). 

    I've been measured liek 100 times and they all come up with something different.  I drives my crazy.  And talk about varying by bra brand... I have a miserable time trying on bras.  If the brand is "true to form" I shoudl be a 36C.  But most of the time I have to buy a d-cup to get something that my boobs aren't spilling over.  It's annoying.  Mostly b/c I have fantastic boobs and rarely can I find anything that makes them look that way!

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  • image amelianguy:
    Here's a good bra fit story for you:
    In college I worked at JCPenney for a while. When I started, I worked in the women's dept, and would cover lingerie sometimes so I had to do the bra fit certification thingie. So one day, this old lady comes in (probably in her 80's) and says she wants a bra fit. So I say OK, grab my tape measure and tell her to follow me to the fitting room. She says "No matter, let's just do it right here!" and she whips off her shirt in the middle of the store. I just stared at her, and she goes "when you're my age, you just don't give a f*ck anymore!"

    OMG no joke! That happend to me so many times! Don't even get me started on older ladies... I had to go in there and hook them in and help them get the straps on... yeah... all up in their biz....

  • image amelianguy:
    Here's a good bra fit story for you:
    In college I worked at JCPenney for a while. When I started, I worked in the women's dept, and would cover lingerie sometimes so I had to do the bra fit certification thingie. So one day, this old lady comes in (probably in her 80's) and says she wants a bra fit. So I say OK, grab my tape measure and tell her to follow me to the fitting room. She says "No matter, let's just do it right here!" and she whips off her shirt in the middle of the store. I just stared at her, and she goes "when you're my age, you just don't give a f*ck anymore!"

    That. is. awesome.

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    Nobody's bra calculations work for me.  (ha, y'all suck!).  My crest is on the smaller side, but side to side (across the crest) is VERY large.  Basically, I have smaller, but REALLY full boobs.  (seriously, they go all the way into my armpits). 

    Nooner - I think we're boob twins. Seriously, I have the same set-up going on.

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  • Amelia, your old lady story just totally made my night.  I kind of want to be that woman one day.

    Also, Emily, it's very true a lot of women do need to know how to measure themselves better for a bra, but since, like you said, so many companies have their own way of sizing, how does it even matter what size you actually measure up to if it won't necessarily be accurate for a particular brand?

    You also said that few women are A's and I believe it, but that's because I rarely see many particularly tiny-chested women.  I, however, would bet you $100 that I am in fact a typical A.  I wear a 34A and I can say that a 32A is usually too tight in the band, while a 32B has too many gaps in the cups, meaning I can't fill it out.  Not sure what else I could wear!

    One dumbass at Victoria's Secret measured me once OVER my sweater while wearing a bra, and said I was a 32C.  Both H and I laughed pretty hard about it and I told the woman that if she saw me topless, she would clearly see that there is barely an inch of difference in size between under my boobs and over my boobs.  My total over-bust measurement is only 32.5 inches.  (Which makes it odd that I have to wear a 34 band, but I digress.) Most C cups can't measure that unless they have the ribcage of a 10 year old.

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    Nobody's bra calculations work for me.  (ha, y'all suck!).  ..... but side to side (across the crest) is VERY large.  Basically, I have smaller, but REALLY full boobs.  (seriously, they go all the way into my armpits). 

    neuner---I don't even know if I HAVE armpits. I go from front boobs to back boobs.... Sad  Nobody's bra measurement calculations work for me either. The lady at VS was measuring my mom and my mom says "let her measure you for sh!ts and giggles." So the lady measured me and told me I was a 38DDD, then she looked at me sadly and said, "I'm so sorry" (like I just told her I was dying), "how do you find bras that fit??"

    And don't get me started on sports bras. I HATE Angry sports bras. They never fit right either. The larges fit my rib cage, but not my cups (and I know they are supposed to be tighter in the cup for sport support, but when the bra gives you 4 pairs of boobs--1 in the cup, & 3 poking out of the top, sides, and bottom--they don't fit). And the extra larges just fit my cups, but the band is so big that my boobies fall out of the bottom when I lift my arms. Sad

    I hate boobs.

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  • I went to VS and got fitted for the first time. I was a 34 B in Target bras and they said I was a 34 D at VS. It fits better so I guess as long as I am buying VS bras thats what I will go with.

    Also I didn't know places like JC Penney would fit you for a bra. I thought only VS did, I have been deprived.

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    And don't get me started on sports bras. I HATE Angry sports bras. They never fit right either. The larges fit my rib cage, but not my cups (and I know they are supposed to be tighter in the cup for sport support, but when the bra gives you 4 pairs of boobs--1 in the cup, & 3 poking out of the top, sides, and bottom--they don't fit). And the extra larges just fit my cups, but the band is so big that my boobies fall out of the bottom when I lift my arms. Sad

    I hate boobs.

    You need an underwire sports bra.  I'm wearing my Champion one right now, and I love it so so much--- it has sculpted cups and underwires as well as a clasped back (with 3 hooks and 6 sets of eyes- super super customizable) instead of the normal stretch material.  This bra is freaking armor.  I only have one because it was like $129, so I double up with a normal  one and an underwire top (VS has great ones- I got several in size "D" that are way stretchy enough to get my DDDs in there because of the dri-fit material) when I can't wear it.   

    I bought this one in store at d!ck's.  It's an XXL. 

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  • funny that I read this now as I am waiting for a call from my local lingerie store... I am an oddity. I am a 34 H when measured properly. Most brands dont make that size, so I have to purchase a 36 and get it altered. I never knew that you could alter a bra --- but this store has someone that is trained to do so. I have the hardest time finding a bra that doesnt come up to my neck (usually have to wear a demi cup) or isnt like a cone boob bra. I love going to victoria secret and when they ask me if htey can fit me into a bra I just laugh... They measured me at a 38 d last time I was there and I kindly asked for them to bring me one. I tried it on, opened the door and kindly showed the girl that she was WAY off. I know it was kind of rude, but as she tried to adjust and give me a 36 and 34- I just laughed. If you are larger than a typical D -- check out Fantasie bras -- they are super comfortable and dont give you the oldlady bra look.
  • I don't think I've ever had a bra that fit me perfectly. I've kind of given up on it and have resigned myself to either having gaps in the cup or be spilling all out of them.

    Bra shopping has to be the most frustrating shopping of all. Well, shoe shopping comes a close second, I am a size 11 (I'm almost 5' 11") and it's impossible to find shoes that I like in my size.

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    image sarges05girl:

    And don't get me started on sports bras. I HATE Angry sports bras. They never fit right either. The larges fit my rib cage, but not my cups (and I know they are supposed to be tighter in the cup for sport support, but when the bra gives you 4 pairs of boobs--1 in the cup, & 3 poking out of the top, sides, and bottom--they don't fit). And the extra larges just fit my cups, but the band is so big that my boobies fall out of the bottom when I lift my arms. Sad

    I hate boobs.

    You need an underwire sports bra.  I'm wearing my Champion one right now, and I love it so so much--- it has sculpted cups and underwires as well as a clasped back (with 3 hooks and 6 sets of eyes- super super customizable) instead of the normal stretch material.  This bra is freaking armor.  I only have one because it was like $129, so I double up with a normal  one and an underwire top (VS has great ones- I got several in size "D" that are way stretchy enough to get my DDDs in there because of the dri-fit material) when I can't wear it.   

    I bought this one in store at d!ck's.  It's an XXL. 

    I was just going to ask you where you got it! I've tried on several underwire sports bras before and they don't cover me up on top as much as I'd like. I may have to make a trip to D!ck's and see what I can find. Thanks!Big Smile

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