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Old 01-05-2012, 05:11 PM
 
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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.
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Old 01-05-2012, 05:24 PM
 
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Nordstrom's lingerie saleswomen are specially trained bra fitters. At some point in my youth, I was fitted and told how to fit myself:

Measure yourself just -under- the bust, against the ribcage, around your back. That will be your back size - the "number" part of your bra size.

Now measure right at the nipple, around your back. You shouldn't be pressing hard, the measuring tape should stay put but not dig in at all. This number will be higher than the first number.

For each number higher, add one cup size. So - if the first size is 34, and the second size is 35, that's a 1-inch difference: an A cup. If the number is 34 vs. 36, that's a 2-inch difference: a B cup. 3 inches is C, 4 inches is D, 5 inches is either DD or E, depending on the manufacturer and the country (USA manufacturers typically call an E, a double-D, and an F, a triple-D. Europe sizing is D, E, and F, respectively).

So if I were to wear a maidenform, I'd be a 36DDD. When I buy a European-made bra, I wear a 36F. It's the exact same size, with different naming conventions.
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Old 01-05-2012, 06:29 PM
 
Location: North Shore Long Island
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Now if only the manufacturers would use some consistency in their sizing.
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Old 01-06-2012, 12:49 AM
 
Location: middleboro, ma
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my biggest issue with bras is that, even with the correct band and cup size, they often don't fit well because of my short torso. the shoulder straps are usually too long for me at their shortest setting. i have to alter them.
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Old 01-06-2012, 12:42 PM
 
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Nordstrom's lingerie saleswomen are specially trained bra fitters. At some point in my youth, I was fitted and told how to fit myself:

Measure yourself just -under- the bust, against the ribcage, around your back. That will be your back size - the "number" part of your bra size.

Now measure right at the nipple, around your back. You shouldn't be pressing hard, the measuring tape should stay put but not dig in at all. This number will be higher than the first number.

For each number higher, add one cup size. So - if the first size is 34, and the second size is 35, that's a 1-inch difference: an A cup. If the number is 34 vs. 36, that's a 2-inch difference: a B cup. 3 inches is C, 4 inches is D, 5 inches is either DD or E, depending on the manufacturer and the country (USA manufacturers typically call an E, a double-D, and an F, a triple-D. Europe sizing is D, E, and F, respectively).

So if I were to wear a maidenform, I'd be a 36DDD. When I buy a European-made bra, I wear a 36F. It's the exact same size, with different naming conventions.
BUT -- some manufacturers use that first measurement + 4 or 5. So if you measure a 31 under the bust, you have to add five to get a band size of 36.

I just bought bras and was ticked to find out that my old standard brand which used the band size as your actual size, just changed to a plus five.... even the woman at the store was amazed at finding this out... she measured me and then the bra.... no one told the staff.
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Old 01-06-2012, 01:21 PM
 
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BUT -- some manufacturers use that first measurement + 4 or 5. So if you measure a 31 under the bust, you have to add five to get a band size of 36.

I just bought bras and was ticked to find out that my old standard brand which used the band size as your actual size, just changed to a plus five.... even the woman at the store was amazed at finding this out... she measured me and then the bra.... no one told the staff.
I don't trust those brands, seeing as they're flat out lying to make us feel like we fit into some "norm". I just compared my 30C bra from a specialty boutique to the 32B Victoria's Secret one and the 32B definitely has an inch or more longer band, when theoretically it should be 2 inches shorter since they use the adding method. The cups appear pretty similar (and should be comparable in volume) but I am partially spilling out of the 30C while the 32B produces some gapping. The straps on the 32B are pulled about halfway while the straps on the 30C are only tightened about an inch.

I trust the brands at my boutique, but if you're shopping online, look for brands that follow the true measuring method. I've heard a lot of positive things about Freya and Panache. It probably takes some trial and error when you have to order online, but when you're in the right sized bra there is a major difference.
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Old 01-06-2012, 03:35 PM
 
Location: US
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I just don't think they make good cuts under 34 period unless you want to spend an arm and a leg. I hate bra shopping. HATE IT.
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Old 01-06-2012, 04:43 PM
 
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I just don't think they make good cuts under 34 period unless you want to spend an arm and a leg. I hate bra shopping. HATE IT.
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.
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Old 01-06-2012, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Bergen County, NJ
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I don't want to be any bigger than I already am ... My full and perfectly perky 36DD breasts have been measured and fitted at a specialty shop, so I know they're be supported correctly

Oh, and they're ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL mine - naturally blessed with my own, "miracles"! hahahaha !

As for "reasonable" prices- it's hard to find cheap bras when you're bigger - I also pay at least 40.00, if not more. I have 2 fantastic strapless bras I had customized for me that cost $128.00 each. Perfect for summer, and sundress season !
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Old 01-06-2012, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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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.
Reminds me of a previous post... I don't understand the thinking behind "don't have to wash all that often"
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