To think mothercare bra fitters need proper training

(36 Posts)
CaffeineBomb Fri 01-Apr-16 20:04:05

I was sorting through my dresser and found one of my pregnancy bras from last year after going to a lovely lady at m and s, 34GG really comfy, fit well and was like a dream after wearing underwire until
35 weeks. The only reason I went there is because mothercare didn't have the size they claimed I was in stock, anyone want to guess what mothercare thought I should be wearing? It was shockingly out and looking back I really should have complained

DoesAnyoneReadTheseThings Fri 01-Apr-16 20:04:57

44B

RubbleBubble00 Fri 01-Apr-16 20:07:42

Guessing 38d

BloodyHell33 Fri 01-Apr-16 20:08:38

32a

NeedsAsockamnesty Fri 01-Apr-16 20:09:05

They are shocking in there and sram to tell everybody they are a 44c

dementedpixie Fri 01-Apr-16 20:09:49

You're just lucky M&S got it right as they normally add inches to the back size too

CaffeineBomb Fri 01-Apr-16 20:10:02

They told me I was a 36j! If I had a bra that big my boobs would now be swinging around by my knees! confused

A lot of nursing bras are on American cup sizes so they skip lots of the double letters - but YANBU as mothercare (and M&S 99% of the time) are shite at fitting

CaffeineBomb Fri 01-Apr-16 20:11:54

dementedpixie I've had good and bad experiences with m and s. I prefer bravissimo but that was another 40 minutes away and I remember needing nothing more than to get out of my underworld bra immediately grin

CaffeineBomb Fri 01-Apr-16 20:12:34

Underwired!! Not underworld

this for example where the J would be roughly equal to a GG as they're missing ff, gg and hh

Glitterkitten24 Fri 01-Apr-16 20:18:11

Immediately prior to this pregnancy I was measured as 32e in bravissimo.

The maternity bras I have from mothercare from last pregnancy are 38b!
I dug them out this time around but they are fit for nothing except perhaps to sleep in. Dreadful fit!

CaffeineBomb Fri 01-Apr-16 20:18:13

I didn't think double letters were the equivalent of a whole cup size? Learn something new each day!

The back measurement was still too big though meaning that I had no support and the J came from her measuring my bust as they had no bras in that size to try

The woman in m and s looked at me like I was a loon when I asked for a 36 J grin

unimaginative1979 Fri 01-Apr-16 20:18:13

It's not that far out!

Your 34GG would have been comfy it may not of fitted correctly.

CaffeineBomb Fri 01-Apr-16 20:20:10

It fit fine, I checked it the way they do in bravissimo. I just don't rate mothercare bras much anyway and don't see how you can do a bra fitting without giving someone a bra to try on

Yup, double letter are whole cup sizes and basically mean an inch difference from the previous size - they're not a half way house. Americans tend to do D, DD, DDD, F, G, H and so on. You don't get that many US sized bigger cup bras ( as they hardly make any!) but nursing bras seem to be the exception.

I suspect the Mothercare woman thought it went like the normal alphabet, some of them get lost at DD...

Heirhelp Fri 01-Apr-16 20:27:28

Double cup sizes are half sizes. So DD is half way between a D and an E.

I have never been fitted correctly in M and S. I need to go and get fiited for a feeding bra and I would rather go to M and S or mothercare as they are closer but I think I will make the effort to go to Bravissimo so I know it fits properly and I know how to feeding bra should fit.

Mousefinkle Fri 01-Apr-16 20:29:07

Yanbu. I'm so glad I'm not the only one. I was a 38 FF in my first pregnancy, she measured me as a 34 DD confused.

No, they're not heirhelp. They're full sizes. It's half way between a DD and an D, but the difference between a D and a D is the same as the difference between a D and a DD.

dementedpixie Fri 01-Apr-16 20:35:28

Each cup size is a difference of 1 inch including the double cup sizes so the double cup sizes are a full cup size bigger not a half cup

Heirhelp Fri 01-Apr-16 20:40:05

statically do you mean that the distance between A and a B is the same between DD and an E?

That was meant to sad C and D, fat fingers, but yes - each cup size is 1" bigger than the one before. The exception is AA, which means <1" difference and is the only time the double comes before the single

Heirhelp Fri 01-Apr-16 20:46:55

Every day is a school day. Thanks. My boobs are much bigger than I thought!

CaffeineBomb Fri 01-Apr-16 20:47:11

Shouldn't they make it clearer that's the sizing system they're using? Would mean vastly different sizes in different brands/shops I would never think to assume I'd been measured in US sizes confused

Heirhelp Fri 01-Apr-16 20:51:04

Statically I am really confused about how to measure myself now. I might have to ask the bra ladies on the style board.

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