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To think this bra doesn't fit?

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StuntNun Sat 23-Feb-13 18:30:35

I went to John Lewis for a bra fitting last week as I have changed size post-pregnancy. The sales assistant sized me as a 34G which I was surprised at because I have been wearing a 36 on the second set of hooks so I'm not convinced a 34 would do up. Anyway she brought me three size 36F bras to try on as they didn't have any in 34G. I bought one because I really needed a new bra but I feel a bit squished in it - my boobs are pushed together at the front.

AIBU to think this bra doesn't fit and I should just order in size 36G from the Internet?

StuntNun Fri 08-Mar-13 02:30:27

Thanks SC. So the cup volumes of 34G and 36F are the same, but that doesn't mean they will both fit me. I can put my fist under the band of the 36F so the back size is far too big. I went on to buy a Freya 32GG and a Panache 32H but now that I have worn them a while I'm still not sure they are the right fit since in both the centre front is about a centimetre out at the front and the Panache is riding up a bit at the back. They are nursing bras though so I think their support is compromised by the drop cups. I suspect part of my problem is caused by the two shops I went to not having a great selection so I ended up with the best fit they had rather than exact right fit.

Basically in terms of volume there is something called sister sizing - if you go up in the back 1 size, you have to decrease the cup size to maintain the same volume. So in theory a 34G should have the same cup volume as a 36FF. However it is a little debatable as to whether it is one or two cups per back size (Married said recently that she reckons 2 back sizes is balanced by 3 cup sizes which seems about right to me)

so a 30c, 32c, 34c cannot contain the same breast tissue.

StuntNun Thu 07-Mar-13 23:02:00

I'm still a bit confused by the equivalent sizes. If I was measured at 34G why would the fitter put me in a 36F?

Tortoise Thu 07-Mar-13 21:52:53

Yes that's right.
I linked to them further down(up? lol) thread.
Will see if I can find it. Am on phone so but tricky.
I'm going into Debenhams Saturday so any ideas or sizes to try if one doesn't fit would be fab grin. Thanks.

woo hoo Lilliana!

HMMM ok Tortoise. Am I right in saying we've had a panche sienna which "fitted" but poked under the arm, and these two which are a bit big in the cup? WHich are the new ones (and what size)

Tortoise Thu 07-Mar-13 16:25:22

Urgh, these 2 bras don't fit either sad .
Ones a panache and cup too big.
Other one cup too big too sad

Lilliana Thu 07-Mar-13 11:45:11

Hurray new bras arrived this morning and feel so much better. Norks actually feel supported for the first time grin thanks so much for rescuing my boobs SC!

Thanks ladies will try bigger cup I'm a size 14 in maternity wear at the moment so back isn't massive

Tortoise Tue 05-Mar-13 12:44:05

I've packaged up bras for returning and ordered 2 from Debenhams! Hope at least one of these fit.

50shades I am also inclined to think it's cup rather than back

Greenkit Mon 04-Mar-13 18:17:54

SC quote - Hmm, right at the bottom can actually be a sign the bra is falling forward too.

Have you ever tried an entirely different shape of bra - something like the Bravissimo Alana, which is much higher in the centre.

That is the sort of bra i usually go for, it could be if I find the right size it will fit without hurting me.

SorrelForbes Mon 04-Mar-13 16:42:40

Hmmmm, I don't get on with Fantasie at all, I find them quite uncomfortable.

If the band is ok back to front then it's definitely worth considering a bigger cup.

Thanks Sorrel it's a fantasie smooth cup bra it's digging in a bit round back but probably as I have rib spread from baby , the wireless maternity bras look awful and sausage like on me , just checked and it's a 36f so might try a G
Many thanks xx

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Mon 04-Mar-13 15:46:09

Thanks SC!

ArtemisatBrauron Mon 04-Mar-13 12:47:10

Will do statistically - was fitted as a 34 C and same week as 32 D by M & S but by different lady, am actually a 28F or sometimes 30 E...

SorrelForbes Mon 04-Mar-13 12:38:31

50shadesofmeh Sorry about the delay! On those measurement I would say try a 34G but if your 36G isn't comfy then I think you're probably going to need to go up a cup. Can you post where it was uncomfortable and what style/make the bra is?

Sorry correction under bust 34 and over 42 was measuring in daft position

Hey folks I'm 36 weeks pregnant normally a 34E but bought a 36G last week but not comfy at all,
I'm measuring 36.5 under boobs and 43.5 around widest part of boobs, I would be forever in your debt if anyone could give me some advice .

Given that it's now Monday, could those of you who have experienced bad fittings please fb or tweet the heck out of the retailers and direct them to the campaign, blog, twitter etc? We might be more likely to get reactions during the week.

Doctrine it suits my friend who is that shape

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Mon 04-Mar-13 09:10:17

SC, my boobs (34F) are quite wide set but full, do you think the Satine would work on me?

Viewofthehills Sun 03-Mar-13 22:32:21

Off to Bravissimo when I'm in London this week. Always thought I was too small to get a bra there smile

lustybusty Sun 03-Mar-13 18:53:04

Yeah, I had a similar experience with losing weight (couldn't get my head round going from a 22 to a 14, still insisted on buying size 18 trousers and wondering why they kept falling down!!)
I'm just so pleased she's gonna be more comfortable now. grin

SorrelForbes Sun 03-Mar-13 18:50:18

Yes, my friend went from a 36D to a 36F and is now in a 32GG!

Some people do have to do it in "steps" to get used to a GOOD bra. It could also be if she is particularly lacking in padding that she needs 1 size more than she "measures" at. But that's a pretty massive improvement!

lustybusty Sun 03-Mar-13 18:15:33

Statistically, just home from shops, she was most comfy in 32d, so I allowed her that (but am expecting another shop in a month or so when she gets used to the "tightness"). She was amazed, gobsmacked and very happy. :-) thanks ladies for giving me the confidence to help her!!
And stealing from another poster on one of the threads biscuitbiscuit <- boobies emoticon!!

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