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Old 01-06-2012, 06:11 PM
 
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Reminds me of a previous post... I don't understand the thinking behind "don't have to wash all that often"
You mean you feel they have to washed as often as any clothing item or you don't understand why that's relevant?

I certainly hope you're not washing your bras after one wear, they'd stretch out and pill up after a month! Bras aren't like panties that get actually dirty every day so you have to own 20, you only need 4 or 5 bras in different colors/styles so you can afford to spend more on them.
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Old 01-06-2012, 06:22 PM
 
Location: middleboro, ma
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if your expensive bras can't handle frequently washing, you paid too much for them.
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Old 01-06-2012, 06:26 PM
 
Location: US
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What do you consider a reasonable price for a bra? Seems like it should get pretty high priority since it's something you (probably) wear everyday and you don't have to wash it all that often.
LOL oh a must everyday!

40 somethings are ok like VS in couple cuts. But really nice ones are always over 60. I do wash mine everyday. I walk a lot = sweat. I really never wear anything that touches my bare skin twice.

Today I did find a nice sports bra though on clearance at an old navy. Pretty comfy. I wear the same size as you so if you want to check them out its a small that fits that size.
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Old 01-06-2012, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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You mean you feel they have to washed as often as any clothing item or you don't understand why that's relevant?

I certainly hope you're not washing your bras after one wear, they'd stretch out and pill up after a month! Bras aren't like panties that get actually dirty every day so you have to own 20, you only need 4 or 5 bras in different colors/styles so you can afford to spend more on them.
IMO - bras needs to be washed every few wearings. They don't pill or stretch if you wash correctly.
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Old 01-06-2012, 07:25 PM
 
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I think most women will just find a size that fits comfortably for them. I have never been fitted and feel comfortable in the bras that I buy. I only measured myself the traditional way and buy bras accordingly. I have tons of bras in the same size and I feel fully supported and comfortable.

I order bras online since my cup size is larger and have had no issues. Even if the online company has a special way they do their band sizes I adjust my measurements to their way and find a great bra.
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Old 01-07-2012, 12:15 AM
 
Location: CA
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I know I am probably wearing the wrong bra size, but I just plain have not wanted to order online because a good bra fit can be style/cut as much as size, and the trial & error on process is hard to do with online orders. The options in the size I likely need are limited too; I know, I've looked. Often, the cut/style of bras with small bands and largish cups are made for huge boobs. They always show a model with those watermelon boobs mentioned in the OP, when I'm definitely sporting modest oranges myself (haha). I can't see myself in those bras.... It seems they have more options for 30DD women than, say, 30C. I prefer delicate cut bras (read: thin straps & band), since I don't need an over-the-shoulder-bolder-holder. I also don't want the other extreme - tons of padding because they assume all smaller busted women want more boobage. It's hard to find a FLATTERING fit that doesn't either mash my boobs or add 5" of padding.

I KNOW I likely need a 30 band, though, if not smaller. I measure 27 across the rib cage and 32 across the bust; I'm a skinny girl but neither flat chested nor busty. Depending on the measuring method, I could be 28D, 30C, 32AA, 30B, etc. The overbust method makes me 30B, the traditional underbust would make me 32AA, but the best fit I find in most stores in 32B or 32C. ( I tried this site, and I seem to be a 30C or D based on my measurements & what most bras measure at those sizes. The 30Ds have 27" bands when stretched & just 7" cups, which is relatively "small").

Many of my bras with a 32 are too big in the band, and if they fit okay they are brand new & worn on the smallest hook. Most of my bras are 32B, and while the cup seems right on most (but probably too small on others; that's why I have some 32C also), the loose band causes the cup to not 'sit' right either. If I pull the band tighter with my hand, then the cups sit well. It's like the band is about 1-2" too big.

VS sales girls have told me to go down a cup size (to 32A or worse - to 34A!), but then my boobs just fall out the bottom or squish out the tops & sides. I think VS bras run big in the band in general; I've measured their bands in comparison to CK or DKNY and they tend to be longer for the same size. It's funny, because VS models all look like they need small band sizes, such as 30 or 28.

And yes, I admit that the mental images associated with cup sizes are hard to shake. I "look" like a B cup, or what most people imagine it to look like (since it doesn't indicate size on its own). Being a 28D sounds silly, but I'd totally buy one if it fit & was a non-hassle. I think a lot of women are like me - they just don't want to be bothered with the hassle. This is especially true if you like to own a LOT of bras like I do. I want at least 3 nude, everyday, t-shirt bras to rotate, plus tons of other options, some practical and some "feel good pretty" bras. I like to have at least 10 bras at any given time.
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Old 01-11-2012, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Utah
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If so many women are wearing the wrong size, why don't department stores carry cup sizes bigger than a DDD? I know I'm wearing the wrong size. But I've yet to find a store that has larger cup sizes. Don't have a home computer and I can't search at work (blocked) for any specialty stores in my area. Very frustrating!
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Old 01-12-2012, 11:36 AM
 
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Not to mention quality issues -- I bought three bras the same size recently via mail -- and one of the bands was a couple of inches shorter, one of the bands was an inch longer and one was spot on...... after I figured out they started the +5 thing so they were all wrong anyway....
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Old 01-12-2012, 11:54 AM
 
Location: New York
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You mean you feel they have to washed as often as any clothing item or you don't understand why that's relevant?

I certainly hope you're not washing your bras after one wear, they'd stretch out and pill up after a month! Bras aren't like panties that get actually dirty every day so you have to own 20, you only need 4 or 5 bras in different colors/styles so you can afford to spend more on them.
I can't imagine wearing something once and NOT washing it. Everything I wear comes off in the evening and goes in the laundry basket. unless its like a cashmere sweater and I wore a t-shirt underneath it, then it might survive 2/3 wears.
If your bras can not survive being washed and go out of shape that I would suggest spending more money on better quality ones. I would spend average $50 on everyday bras and $80+ on anything fancier. I spend about $60 on my sport bras.
I own about 10 / 12 everyday bras (neutral and seamless)and probably 20 fancier ones all with matching bottoms. They are always worn as a set and go into the laundry together.
If I ever wear a bra that starts to feel uncomfortable it goes straight into the bin. Life is too short.
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Old 01-12-2012, 12:12 PM
 
Location: here
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I know, I know, it's been brought up before but I really wanted to share this. Fact is, you're probably wearing the wrong bra size. You may think you're a 36B but in reality you're probably a 32D. We have these perceptions of what a C or D or DD or G looks like and then can't imagine that our average sized boobies could possibly fit into cups that big.

Think again. This lady went from a 36C (as fitted by "specialists" at Victoria's Secret) to a 32H.

When I tell people I'm a 28D/E, they imagine cantaloupes and are confused by my oranges. I think every woman should get properly fitted at a specialty lingerie store, not the dreaded V.S. or department store.

This is the blog entry the picture is from. Very enlightening site.
I found my current, and I believe correct, size by trial and error. I'm a 32D which is a hard to find size. Going to a normal dept store, I would only find 32C (too small) or 34D (too big). I went to a Bali/Hanes outlet store and had to ask an employee to show me what comes in a 32D. There were only about 4 styles in the entire store. What a good feeling to finally be in the right size! And what a pain that I can't just go to a dept store and find one in my size!

My other issue is that I have a long torso and have to let the straps all the way out. I can't buy a normal sports bra because they don't have adjustable straps; or anything that comes in a S, M, L because they are either too big around, or too tight in front.

ETA unless I sweat, I don't wash bras all the time. Sweaty sports bras of course get washed each time.
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