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Old 10-02-2012, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:18 AM
 
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She didn't say anything about how to find your proper size, but I suspect I disagree with her methods. Looking into this subject, I have found time and time again that manufacturers actually put you in a bigger band and smaller cup, not the other way around, presumedly because many women hear that they're an F, G, H cup and thick that sounds fake and pornish. I've known many women who started out in that 36D bra and finally found the support they needed by switching to a 32G.

Or was that what she was saying? That would have been a much more enlightening video if she had said a single thing about how to measure or at least how to tell when you have a proper fit.
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Astoria, NY
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LOL another boob thread.

I don't agree with her comment about "vanity sizing". 10 years ago they just had a smaller range of sizes, which means more women were wearing ill fitting bras.

Before my BA, I wore a 34C (should've been a 32D). After my BA I tried on all sorts of bras in all sorts of sizes before being professionally fitted at a 32G, to say that and a 36D bra are equivalent is crazy. A 36D bra fits me extremely poorly and you don't have to be a bra expert to see that...the band rides way up in the back and the I get a 4 boob appearance from the cup.
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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She didn't say anything about how to find your proper size, but I suspect I disagree with her methods. Looking into this subject, I have found time and time again that manufacturers actually put you in a bigger band and smaller cup, not the other way around, presumedly because many women hear that they're an F, G, H cup and thick that sounds fake and pornish. I've known many women who started out in that 36D bra and finally found the support they needed by switching to a 32G.

Or was that what she was saying? That would have been a much more enlightening video if she had said a single thing about how to measure or at least how to tell when you have a proper fit.
What they haven't mentioned, is that the fabrics changed too. Bra bands are much stretchier. So a "36" a while ago probably measured about 36 around with limited stretch. Now that same 36 is probably 33 around, and stretches those 3 more inches.

I also read somewhere that bras were sized to make the band measurement bigger. I.E. a 36 in the 50s was really meant for someone who measured 32 around the rib cage.

Honestly, I think the bra sizes have come around, so the band matches your ribcage measurement. I am one of those who converted from a 40DD or similar to a 34H for a proper fit. The problem is we have set things up so that anyone above a DD is looked at as either a porn star or a freak.
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Astoria, NY
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Soon I will post an album of me in my properly fitted bras and improper fits as to illustrate this difference.
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:37 AM
 
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Alright, found her website which has a bra size calculator and looks like she uses the method that I believe is most accurate.

How to Measure Your Bra Size - Linda's Bra Size Calculator

I still think her statement about 36D being called a 32G now is bizarre and confusing, but whatevs. Now if only any manufacturer made 26 bands, I would be set.
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Old 10-03-2012, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Sudcaroland
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She also advises that women be fitted by a professional.
I wish. But finding a store selling good quality bras that has a professional available to help... that's not that easy!
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Old 10-03-2012, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Up in the air
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What they haven't mentioned, is that the fabrics changed too. Bra bands are much stretchier. So a "36" a while ago probably measured about 36 around with limited stretch. Now that same 36 is probably 33 around, and stretches those 3 more inches.

I also read somewhere that bras were sized to make the band measurement bigger. I.E. a 36 in the 50s was really meant for someone who measured 32 around the rib cage.

Honestly, I think the bra sizes have come around, so the band matches your ribcage measurement. I am one of those who converted from a 40DD or similar to a 34H for a proper fit. The problem is we have set things up so that anyone above a DD is looked at as either a porn star or a freak.
I agree about the 'anything above a DD is porn star-ish'. My breasts are huge, don't get me wrong, but they're very proportional to my body type and height. I wore a 38F for a long time because I just couldn't wrap myself around being a 36GG. I finally relented last year and bought a bra in my actual size and think I had a bit of a freak-out because it fit well...but it was HUGE. My best guy friend calls it my '5 point harness'
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Old 10-03-2012, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I agree about the 'anything above a DD is porn star-ish'. My breasts are huge, don't get me wrong, but they're very proportional to my body type and height. I wore a 38F for a long time because I just couldn't wrap myself around being a 36GG. I finally relented last year and bought a bra in my actual size and think I had a bit of a freak-out because it fit well...but it was HUGE. My best guy friend calls it my '5 point harness'
Hahaha! I don't even think it is huge. I am running into problems though. Only some 34s are fitting me...and well a few weeks ago I tried on a bra, and I would have needed about a 32J in it for it to fit properly.

So I don't think your are huge....mine are the same size. :P I think it just means we are a little bigger than average.
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Old 10-03-2012, 02:23 PM
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Soon I will post an album of me in my properly fitted bras and improper fits as to illustrate this difference.
I for one am looking forward to that.
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