to ask if you do "Flashdance bra removal"?

(188 Posts)
amazingmumof6 Mon 24-Jun-13 13:33:24

I don't like wearing bras. when I get home ( back from school run etc) I always take them off.
especially when I was pg (every time) I had to take them off quickly at odd locations, when I felt sick - although normally in the car,

but I either can't take my t-shirt or top off coz II was/am in public or just can't be bothered.

so I do it the "Flasdance" way ever since I saw the film. it's quicker.

is it just me or others do this too?

RubySparks Mon 24-Jun-13 13:36:47

I do it do... Think lots of people do! Flashdance is fab movie too, bought the DVD the other day.

Tee2072 Mon 24-Jun-13 13:43:52

Since long before she did it on Flashdance.

bragmatic Mon 24-Jun-13 13:44:34

I fear we are in the same age bracket....

Moominsarehippos Mon 24-Jun-13 13:45:11


freddiefrog Mon 24-Jun-13 13:45:31

I'm embarrassed to admit I've never seen Flashdance, so not sure what the Flashdance bra removal is, but if it involves undoing it, slipping the straps off under the sleeves of your top and fishing it out, then yes grin

ClaraOswald Mon 24-Jun-13 13:46:31

Years of practise at school swimming lessons. smile

AnyFucker Mon 24-Jun-13 13:47:45

yes, if I am understanding the "Flashdance" thing correctly

I have been with DH for many years, but he is always a little shock and awe when I do this grin

Moominsarehippos Mon 24-Jun-13 13:51:01

Just because men can't do it with their pants!

DameFanny Mon 24-Jun-13 13:57:30

I've been known to put mine on this way in the dim and distant past if I found it in last night's bag on the way to work blush

Startail Mon 24-Jun-13 14:15:05

Yes, and leaving radom bras in your car is most blush when your the one student with a car and give lifts to male student friends without thinking.

HoHoHoNoYouDont Mon 24-Jun-13 14:18:05

This has always amazed boyfriends, they've never quite understood how it comes off grin

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe Mon 24-Jun-13 14:20:03

Yes, now I know what this is. I then fling it at my husband and he puts it on his head. blush

Itsaboatjack Mon 24-Jun-13 14:20:24

It's usually the first thing I do when I get home.

Flobbadobs Mon 24-Jun-13 14:22:53

Yes, and like AF's husband mine s always without fail impressed grin

MortifiedAdams Mon 24-Jun-13 14:25:44

I havent seen flashdance. Im presuming you mean unclipping and pulling it out of one sleeve? If so, yup!

amazingmumof6 Mon 24-Jun-13 14:28:30

moomins - but I can also do it with some of my strechier knickers too!grin

Lovelygoldboots Mon 24-Jun-13 14:36:55

I won a Flashdancw tshirt once from a competition in Blue Jeans magazine. That was 30 years ago shock. I can't take my bra off like that as I can't reach round the back. I pull my arms through the straps, twizzle it round and take it out from underneath my jumper.

FruitOwl Mon 24-Jun-13 14:38:12

I love the episode of Friends where Rachel attempts this to try and impress Joshua and it goes horribly wrong!

plainjaney Mon 24-Jun-13 14:41:54

I do this, and I'm giggling at LyingWitchInTheWardrobe comment as well because my DH also puts it on his head then starts doing WWII Pilot impressions...

On the subject of Bras do you ladies put yours on? I was watching something on TV the other night and she put her bra on forwards and fastened it herself at the back! Must be witchcraft because I'm buggered if I can do that! Have to fasten it at the front and spin it blush

Moominsarehippos Mon 24-Jun-13 14:44:09

Bloody hell, amazing - that's either very slack elastic or you have awfully short legs! Is there a YouTube clip at all..??

WilsonFrickett Mon 24-Jun-13 14:44:28

I do this! I also have just learned to put my bra on forwards and fasten it at the back. I'm 42. Every day's a learning day.

Lovelygoldboots Mon 24-Jun-13 15:02:37

I'm a front hooker ans spinner. My DD is 11 and has just started wearing bras and does this too. I'm very proud grin

I always used to do up at the front and spin round but have now learnt that if your bra is loose enough to do this easily then it doesn't fit properly. Now I have a proper fitting bra I have had to adjust and can now do up at the back. It's awkward and fiddly but worth it for a proper fitting bra.

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe Mon 24-Jun-13 15:58:56

plainjaney... my husband does that too, not very well. He also does his 'fly' impression (with the cups as the 'bug eyes'). He does it pretty well but I wish he wouldn't... blush

amazingmumof6 Mon 24-Jun-13 16:13:33

moomins I did it today when sitting on the loo.
trousers and knickers round ankles.
there was a hole in my knickers so I decided to take them off and go commando <rebel>
but I had my shoes on so pulled one side through leg of jeans, loop over shoes, then in, then pulled them through other leg.

same as bras.

that's what made me think if other people do the bra trick - couldn't ask about knickers, could I?grin grin grin grin

AnyFucker Mon 24-Jun-13 16:13:59

I have always done up my bras at the back. I am very bendy though. I quite often have to reach around and help DH out < ahem >

puds11isNAUGHTYnotNAICE Mon 24-Jun-13 16:16:08

<wanders of to google flash dance bra removal>

puds11isNAUGHTYnotNAICE Mon 24-Jun-13 16:17:31

Oh yes I can do that.

nenevomito Mon 24-Jun-13 16:18:13

Every woman takes off her bra from under her clothes at some point surely?

amazingmumof6 Mon 24-Jun-13 16:18:53

lovely I am PMSL @ *I'm a front hooker!*grin grin grin grin

me too!

Richard Meadly (sp) once said when he was younger he'd seen his mum do the front hook & spin, with her back to his.
he was mortified at the sight of "disappearing breasts"!grin

juneybean Mon 24-Jun-13 16:19:30

I haven't tried for a while but I suspect my cup is too big for my sleeves!

BeaWheesht Mon 24-Jun-13 16:21:29

I can't believe people do their bras up at the front and spin them round - doesn't it squish your boobs when you spin it?

WilsonFrickett Mon 24-Jun-13 16:33:32

No Bea, you fasten it then spin it round under your breastage. Then you pull up the arms and don the cuppage grin

SorrelForbes Mon 24-Jun-13 16:35:09

I always used to do up at the front and spin round but have now learnt that if your bra is loose enough to do this easily then it doesn't fit properly

YY, totally correct. If you can spin with ease, it's too big.

amazingmumof6 Mon 24-Jun-13 16:35:15

no bea

you hook in the front, bra cups on back.
then you spin bra so now cups are in front.
place the girls in then put the straps on. ta-da!

I can do it grin never seen flashdance though hmm

I used to be a front hooker but having ds, putting on weight then falling pregnant again has made my boobs and belly a lot bigger than i'm used to and it's uncomfortable to twirl it round. now i do it 'the grown up' way ..

amazingmumof6 Mon 24-Jun-13 16:47:42

< hands out t-shirts with slogan "I'm /I used to be a front hooker" >

Ha! I'd wear a front hooker tee with pride grin

amazingmumof6 Mon 24-Jun-13 17:09:16


should it have bra cups printed on back?grin

BeaWheesht Mon 24-Jun-13 17:37:25

Ohhhhhhh i see. Still don't understand why you'd do it that way though !

amazingmumof6 Mon 24-Jun-13 17:41:09

I can't hook it in the back.

Yes grin yes it should and an unhooked bra clip under the writing at the front grin

Yup, front hooking is all wrong and normally means it's a duff fit!

(Did manage to subtly remove an offending bra out the sleeves in a Toby Carvery once. Even Dh didn't realise what was happening until later!)

JaquelineHyde Mon 24-Jun-13 18:32:51

I think all women must take their bras off like this surely and all men are bewildered by it smile

As far as putting them on goes, I am a back fastener and I didn't realise so many people couldn't put them on at the back! shock

amazingmumof6 Mon 24-Jun-13 18:34:51

stat mine are definitely wrong fit, old and falling apart, but if anything they are too small!wink

neverputasockinatoaster Mon 24-Jun-13 18:39:22

I can take my bra off like this. First worked out how to do it in Chemistry lab when I was about 12. Blooming thing was annoying me so I removed it while pretending to concentrate very hard.

I used to be a Front Hooker but now I can put my bra on and do up at the back...

amazingmumof6 - based on recent evidence wink I'd say there's about a 95% chance they are actually too big in the back and a mile too small in the cup in reality. Measure like this here

amazingmumof6 Mon 24-Jun-13 19:17:07

nope, tight as fuck. I'm 4-breasted woman IYSWIMgrin

but will check your link later, thank you

No problem smile

Just fyi - a bra that is way too small in the cup( a la 4 boobies!) often feels too tight in the back. The cups literally steal the back fabric. Once the cup is actually big enough then suddenly the back seems very different. Seen it on myself often enough - I'm a 30HH, couldn't do up a 30F if I tried

angry = the colour of my face when trying to do up said 30F

Catmint Mon 24-Jun-13 19:22:02

I can do it.

Am also a front hooker/spinner, this is very difficult to do if damp, wrenching the bra round can cause back injury. (Ask me how I know, ouch!)

amazingmumof6 Mon 24-Jun-13 19:30:56

stat that is excellent advice!thanks

be my bra guru, please!smile

ZebraOwl Mon 24-Jun-13 19:38:58

I have an unfortunate tendency to [partially] dislocate my shoulders if I try to do my bra up at the back...

I've also never seen Flashdance but am well-practised at Removing Bra Whilst Retaining Top. I use it when changing for ballet, too...

Bunbaker Mon 24-Jun-13 19:44:54

No. I don't find bras uncomfortable. I look like a boy without one anyway sad

amazingmumof6 Mon 24-Jun-13 19:53:12

\ tennis _tennis /

tennis bra!grin

SoTiredAgain Mon 24-Jun-13 20:08:34

Just did it. Ah, the sweet relief!

amazingmumof6 Mon 24-Jun-13 20:09:42

that reminds me - oh yes, bra's off.

relief! grin

Amazing if you feel brave enough to post your underboob and dangling forward overboob measurements then I'm sure more than one of us will be able to give you some suggestions of sizes to try. There is a thread in S&B if you don't want to do it on this one or you could pm. The bra interventions on here have been great and prompted me to post a comment on the DM website the other day when they reported Courtney Thingamewhatsit as a DD cup when she clearly isn't grin

Posted too soon...

There have been lots of MNers who have been in uncomfortable bras that they couldn't wait to get out of at the end of the day. After advice on here, almost all are now in comfy ones smile

amazingmumof6 Mon 24-Jun-13 20:42:55

yep, why not, I have no dignity leftgrin

(not with the amount of knickers-dropping through my pgs, births and bf watched by student MW and Docs and HVs)

I'll figure out what measurements are needed.

Underboob - hold tape quite tight
Overboob - no bra and bend over so that they dangle towards the floor and then loosely measure. It's very glamorous grin

Banderchang Mon 24-Jun-13 20:48:10

No, no, no, you CAN be a front hooker with a correctly fitting bra, but you need to do the front hooking with the bra at waist height, then spin it round, THEN hoick it further up into position. I always front hook mine, and have very well-fitting bras.

Measuring guide is on that site, but basically:

tits oot!

Measure underbust in inches, firmly - no loosey goosey measuring
Bend forward, as close to 90 degrees as you can manage without toppling. Measure around the widest /lowest part. Basically take overbust measurement whilst leaning over.This is a looser measure - you don't want to be pulling them up at all

HSMMaCM Mon 24-Jun-13 20:50:21

Did it just a second before spotting this thread grin

Used to be a front hooker ... Now rear hooker. Sometimes I just can't get the hooks to meet and ask DH to help and he just wails "this bra's too small" - useless!

Lweji Mon 24-Jun-13 20:52:15

Will it seem very wrong that I first heard of it from a teacher at Uni? grin

Actually, it was in the context of being able to release two people from each other when both their hands were tied.
Sounds worse?


Just a magic sort of trick, though.

That could work admittedly Banderchang- as long as you're not an apple shape smile

amazingmumof6 Mon 24-Jun-13 20:54:12


that is exactly how I do it!

but now I want to make you all laugh.......

amazingmumof6 Mon 24-Jun-13 20:55:02


tennis tennis

tennis balls! grin

Just did it <easily led>. I do tend to pull the loosened bra out of the bottom of my top (IYSWIM confused) rather than through the armhole though a la Rachel from Friends/me when younger. Harder to wiggle a wired F-cup to freedom blush

I don't think I've ever seen Flashdance! I'm 38 so can't even claim to be too young!

plainjaney Mon 24-Jun-13 21:04:33

Funnily enough Id been thinking today that my Bra's weren't fitting comfortably, the straps are falling off my shoulders at the tightest. I've lost a fair bit of weight and not been resized so telling me that because I can spin my bra you are probably right blush

This weekend I shall get measured! careful re getting fitted in stores. Only places who fit properly, consistently are Bravissimo, Leia, Rigby and Peller and John Lewis. and a few independents. Most othhers getting it sooooo wrong

M&S, fitting a 30HH in a 36F, I AM looking at you. Yes, you!

Plain where will you get measured? The high street can be awful at it, especially m&s. Can you do it yourself?

plainjaney Mon 24-Jun-13 21:23:22

Ohh girls I dont know now! Was considering the high street but not so sure now.
Last time I bought bras was when Id lost weight, I reasoned as I was a 38dd I must now be a 36dd and thats where I am currently but they don't fit properly.

Might make DH's day and ask him to do it for me smile

What dress size are you plainjaney?

I'm a size 20 and wear a 36 band.

SnoopyLovesYou Mon 24-Jun-13 21:41:17

I v rarely do this to be honest. And I have always done my bra at the back. I like wearing a bra as I hate the droopy feeling of not wearing one! Love the support. Apropos... where do you get gorgeous, luxurious underwear? I need very high waist pants, no vpl please and not fussy about bras. A lot of ones on high street look crappy and please don't say m&s. I'm shopping for me. Not my granny ;-)

SnoopyLovesYou Mon 24-Jun-13 21:43:29

Ps I don't have any living grandparents. That was just a joke. Seriously though I'm in my early thirties and I want to wear NICE underwear now :-)

So i'm the only one that was wondering why everyone hasn't done this on holiday, during the evening entertainment.

In your groups you have to nominate someone to go on stage, they have to collect objects, handbag, lipstick etc, the last one is a bra ( i've normally unhooked in advance when i recognise the game), you whip it off (flash dance style), then run on the stage to dress your male partner in it?

Classy bird, me.

amazingmumof6 Mon 24-Jun-13 22:28:24

I have to say in defence of M&S..
<puts on flame proof bra>
.that I bought I bought a pair of really nice magic knickers! (shaping thing)

staff was great, they were lovely to my 5 boys who were giggling at the sight of BOOBIES everywhere!grin

Knickers are ok - just the bra fitting that sucks shock

Nottalotta Mon 24-Jun-13 23:00:03

Yes i can indeed do this. I'm a front hooker and wearing the same size bra as when i was 10yrs younger and at LEAST 2stone lighter!! So help required pkease.....tightish underboob measurement 32......loosish leanibg forward around boobs measure 39.....

Thanks all! (secretly hopes i'm wearing the right size as have about 50lovely bras....)

I can't do up at the back either, never have. I try from time to time but always go back to front hook and spin. My bras fit perfectly so the spin is more of a hoick but it works for me.

Very rarely take my bra off when fully dressed but hsve bern known to do the sleeve thing. Never seen Flashdance, despite being a teenager in the 80s or whenever it was.

nottalottaAre you wearing something close to a 32F? If not, shopping time smile

Nottalotta Mon 24-Jun-13 23:09:34

Oh god. Really really not.

Nottalotta Mon 24-Jun-13 23:10:22

F???!?!?!? Bloody F?!?!? Seriously? I have teeny boobs!

AnyFucker Mon 24-Jun-13 23:13:53

I wore a 34B for 30years !

Until SC sorted me out. I am actually a 32D/DD. Go me !! (and I would consider myself small in the boobage dept)

IMO, M+S are shit at fitting but the bras are good quality once you get your true size.

Nottalotta Mon 24-Jun-13 23:18:36

Ok so off to m&s to try on a 32f tomorrow. I think i'll be laughed out of the changing rooms but will have a go!

On a 32, an F really isn't huge. You know all those stories you see in the papers saying x celebrity is "a 34DD" and celebrity has boobs like melons? They're all bollocks. Katie Price is probably about a 26 or 28JJ at least. Christina Hendricks is estimated at about a 32HH - possibly bigger cup IME.

I saw a particularly funny one recently claiming Nicole Sherzinger is a 36C. Nicole would be able to put a 36 on, wrap the strap round her and make the damn thing front fastening.

Cup size is relative to back size, not absolute. An f on a 28 is a LOT smaller than an F on a 34 for example.

Follow the advice here so you know what to look for when you are trying. M&S bras aren't the best and sizing can be a little off so if you have a department store like debenhams or john lewis maybe try there too.

amazingmumof6 Tue 25-Jun-13 00:04:02

stat how do you know so much about bra stuff?

are you a bratender?grin

I'm seriously impressed!

Just a slightly sad enthusiast with big norks who had to work it out cos nowhere around here had a clue for a long time! There are a few of us on here (see all the bra intervention threads that seem to fill really fast) - I've seen SorrelForbes and RubberBullets upthread for example. AnyFucker is a former convert and now a fully fledged tit monitor wink

Bunbaker Tue 25-Jun-13 06:25:28

"M+S are shit at fitting but the bras are good quality once you get your true size."

I agree. I went from a 32A to a 32B thanks to the brilliant advice on here and all but one of my bras are from M and S as they offer a wide range for the less well endowed.

plainjaney Tue 25-Jun-13 08:11:42

StatisticallyChallenged I'm a 14 top 12 bottom now from a 20 top 16/18 bottom. Not actually been measured since I was at my biggest. As I say I just dropped a back size instead.

Definitely worth whipping out the measuring tape then plainjaney - averages from the refits on here seem to suggest most 12-14s are somewhere around a 30 or 32 back. Some more, some less obviously as it depends on shape too: the apples tend to have bigger back sizes than their hourglass dress size sharers for example

I was wearing 42D but after these lovely threads am now wearing 36K. I've always worn non wired but plan to be brave and try underwired when I finish bf. That won't be for a long time yet though as dd is only 13m

I had a fitting at Bravissimon last year and bought a couple of bras there, which were very comfy except for the straps slipping a bit much, they were set slightly too far out on the cups I think. Anyway I went to M&S recently and tried on loads in my Bravissimo size and found some that fitted perfectly, so comfy and I hardly know I am wearing them. I'm 36E, prior to the Bravissimo I had been in 38C measured by M&S a few years ago.

I made note of how I put it on this morning, wasn't sure yesterday exactly what it is that I do, being a front hooker. I fasten it at the fron at waist level then spin as it is nice and loose there before bringing it up popping them in and giving a good scoop to each side. The scooping makes a big difference.

Yes, scooping is a must.

CalamityKate Tue 25-Jun-13 15:43:42

Can I ask - what about women who have long dangly boobs? Surely if they do the "lean forward and measure" thing they'll end up with a too big cup size and have to sort of fold them up?

Mine are a bit of the dangly persuasion Kate - the scooping really helps to get them placed properly in the cups. Not sure about getting the measurement right in the first place though, I tried the lean forward and measure thing a few months ago and it gave the same result as the Bravissimo fitter doing it by eye and has led to me getting very comfy bras.

the lean forward is normally pretty close but any measuring tape result for cup size is only ever a start point.

SnoopyLovesYou Tue 25-Jun-13 16:45:30

Where do you go to get a Bravissimo fitting?

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Tue 25-Jun-13 17:00:14

I have to say that after a bra thread I posted my measurements and it was amazing the difference it made, I was not entirely convinced to be told I was a 38 H shock instead of a 40 DD but lo and behold went out and bought a real cheapy pack of two with matching pants in ASDA to try and what a difference, it really was the first bra that I wasn't dying to rip off when I got home! in fact it was so comfy I forgot I was wearing it. It looks better too.
Oh I am a back hooker and definately a flashdance remover. smile

LaQueen Tue 25-Jun-13 17:01:34

Yes, I have been known to do this...DH is always awed, and thinks it akin to witchcraft.

But, then he never mastered undoing a bra one-handed of social negatives of attending an all boys' grammar school, methinks?

Don't know flashdance but from another comment I'm assuming it's the pull it out through the sleeve thing and I do that. I hate wearing bras. though it's impossible to do with my crop top bras, which come off over my head once my arms are out!

Any Bravissimo store snoopy -

Bravissimo have a chain of shops, but they are fairly few and far between, the one I went to is in Solihull. They are aimed at the larger end of the market (E cup plus I think).

Bravissimo have far too few and far between, my nearest is a few hundred miles away sad They do D cup and above as most women seem to be those sizes when fitted properly and the high street doesn't want to cater for them

SorrelForbes Tue 25-Jun-13 17:50:43

Stolen from someone else's blog:

"Did you know that if shops and (some) fitters stopped using the outdated +4 method of measuring, the most commonly sold bra size would be somewhere around 32F-G, instead of 36DD?"

Funny Sorrel, isn't that about what we said seemed to be average from the bra threads too?

SorrelForbes Tue 25-Jun-13 19:01:15

Yes, all my friends and relatives 'intervened' so far have discovered they are in the 28E - 34G bracket.

peppersaunt Tue 25-Jun-13 19:40:34

Taught to do this by college boyfriend on camping trip! Should've twigged I was not his only girlfriend...

plainjaney Tue 25-Jun-13 20:29:42

StatisticallyChallenged I'll let you know what I measure at when I get around to doing it (having a horrible week thus far and not had chance).

Hanginggardenofboobylon Tue 25-Jun-13 20:46:05

I love how any remotely bra related thread turns into an intervention! These ladies know their stuff, 36D to 30GG here!

TentUpFirstBunkUpLater Tue 25-Jun-13 21:56:14

I don't understand why anyone wants to take their bra off if needing to be upright (sitting or standing)

My breasts weigh a ton or so it seems and I am way more comfortable with the scaffolding on. I am a 34F or 34FF Bravissimo fitting depending on the bra and hate the feel of the 'droop'

TentUpFirstBunkUpLater Tue 25-Jun-13 22:01:28

And I totally agree with StatisticallyChallenged grin

I first got fitted at Bravissimo in 2004 and it has completely made a difference to my posture

My boobs are totally sheepdog and I love it

Tent I guess that no bra is more comfortable than badly fitting bra.

AnyFucker Wed 26-Jun-13 08:23:31

What are sheepdog boobs ? smile

sparkle12mar08 Wed 26-Jun-13 08:30:01

I love the way we hijack any remotely breast connected thread, no matter how tenuous, and turn it into an intervention one grin We're shameless!

Utterly shameless sparkle!

CelticPromise Wed 26-Jun-13 08:35:05

Ha I knew as soon as I saw the title that I would find the bra nerds gurus here. No rest til the whole of MN is intervened!

MadBusLady Wed 26-Jun-13 08:35:31

Yes, but I don't pull it out the sleeve. For a bit of extra trouble but more drama you unhook both arms and then pull it out the front of your top.

shock < DP's face.

MadBusLady Wed 26-Jun-13 08:36:21

sparkle I hi-jacked a breastfeeding one the other day. blush She said she was a 34 back and a size 8/10 or some such, and I couldn't resist!

DownstairsMixUp Wed 26-Jun-13 08:42:26

I do it up at the front then spin round. I'm a funny size though as I'm 30H but if I downsize to the 28 backsize it's really really tight. I'm convinced I'm somewhere inbetween them two sizes!!

AgathaF Wed 26-Jun-13 08:45:11

nottalotta you measurements are the same as mine and I'm a 32F/FF. Used to wear a 36D until one of the lovely bra threads last year.

The bra intervention threads have been great. The only problem now is that I find it very annoying when women insist they are in the correct size when I know bloody well they are not grin.

SorrelForbes Wed 26-Jun-13 08:45:39

I am utterly shameless when it comes to bra sizing! I have noticed my friends starting to apologise when they see me if they are wearing a badly fitting bra!

Trills Wed 26-Jun-13 08:46:33

I don't find my bras that uncomfy...

Trills Wed 26-Jun-13 08:46:58

Also this is not a question of reasonableness, it is a question of "do you do this?" therefore YABU.

AnyFucker Wed 26-Jun-13 09:07:43

Does anyone wear a (soft) bra in bed ?

I hate that flop over the side feeling

HazleNutt Wed 26-Jun-13 09:09:04

I wear Bravissimo PJ tops in bed, they come with a built in soft bra.

amazingmumof6 Wed 26-Jun-13 09:29:39

about hi-jacking: I don't mind!
and it's my thread so I'm happy it turned out to be a thread about giving advice.

and to the poster who said im BU - I guess I'm but only because I should have posted this in Chat.

if you don't like the question you absolutely do not have to get involved......

have you seen my \ tennis _ tennis /

tennis bra? grin

CelticPromise Wed 26-Jun-13 10:28:28

I wear underwired bras all the time, even in bed. I have tried to find a suitable soft bra but no luck. I hate them flopping about!

BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Wed 26-Jun-13 10:46:47

Just done the measuring! Have always worn 34/36 B or C and should be 32G!
Can't wait to try flowers

BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Wed 26-Jun-13 10:48:26

Oh and yes to Flashdance Flopout, and am FrontHookerSwiveller grin

That's great Bewitched

AnyFucker Wed 26-Jun-13 13:53:18

BBB, that sounds about right smile

happy hunting ! (your boobs will thank you for it)

< proud owner of newly pert boobs instead of the sad and squashed ones I had before ID (Intervention Day) >

AgathaF Wed 26-Jun-13 13:57:12

Those of you who wear bras (soft or otherwise) in bed, does it stop you getting a 'cleavage crease' like the one I have been sporting for the last couple of years? Mine starts the day red and creased and ends the day just creased. Either way, I'm not that keen on it.

AnyFucker Wed 26-Jun-13 14:00:50

No, Agatha, that is just age sorry smile

MadBusLady Wed 26-Jun-13 14:03:18

I've been trying to sleep on my back more since I heard about this. Maybe my boobes will just gradually vanish into my armpits though.

MadBusLady Wed 26-Jun-13 14:03:53

Oops, not sure where that e came from.

Ye Olde Boobes...

AgathaF Wed 26-Jun-13 14:04:58

I thought as much. Just grasping at straws really. Although I saw something advertised a year or so ago that looked like a sports bra with a role of foam running down the cleavage that was supposed to be to prevent that delightful crease. It just didn't look very, well, attractive grin.

AgathaF Wed 26-Jun-13 14:06:57

A quick google has produced these little gems here and here.

Ye gads!

AnyFucker Wed 26-Jun-13 14:09:06

dear god

ISeeSmallPeople Wed 26-Jun-13 14:10:09

Eew. I'd rather just cover up my the wrinkly old cleavage than wear that

MadBusLady Wed 26-Jun-13 14:12:28

Actually I don't hate the second one, it reminds me of simple white cotton knickers. First one looks a bit orthopaedic though. One of those jumbo sized flump marshmallows would be simpler and also provide snacking opportunities in the night.

AgathaF Wed 26-Jun-13 14:15:08

Gosh, I've just seen the price of the second one.

MadBusLady Wed 26-Jun-13 14:16:18

Oh hang on, you didn't tell me it came in animal-print spandex!


AnyFucker Wed 26-Jun-13 14:17:23

my browser wouldn't let me open the second link, pronouncing it "malware"

you betcho ass it is grin

amazingmumof6 Wed 26-Jun-13 14:19:02

can't see first one

second one looks like my boys fooling around with my knickers!grin

minus the Boobes of coursegrin

amazingmumof6 Wed 26-Jun-13 14:19:57

grin @ leopard one

shouldn't it be furry?

for winter nights?

AgathaF Wed 26-Jun-13 14:20:03

MadBusLady I really don't know what to say about the animal print job.

AgathaF Wed 26-Jun-13 14:20:36

Loving the idea of it being furry though.

SugarMiceInTheRain Wed 26-Jun-13 14:21:22

Yep. DH loves it and is always impressed! grin

amazingmumof6 Wed 26-Jun-13 15:18:47

also they could make ones with cute baby prints for hippy style breastfeeding!grin

amazingmumof6 Wed 26-Jun-13 15:19:28

especially for tandem feeding!

CalamityKate Sat 29-Jun-13 15:02:05

Under bust 34
Boobs 42!!

I've been wearing 36DD since my boob job!

SorrelForbes Sat 29-Jun-13 16:03:16

CalamityKate Try a 34GG.

If you scoop whilst wearing your 36DD do you get a lot of overspill? How far from your body can you pull the band of the 36?

SorrelForbes Sat 29-Jun-13 16:03:45

Sorry, try a 34FF!

ZillionChocolate Sat 29-Jun-13 16:49:18

I don't think I have the room between my boobs for that anti crease thing.

NoSnowJustSand Sun 30-Jun-13 08:26:53

I had to rustle up a tape measure after reading this thread. I'm a 34 underboobage and a 40 or 41 hanging down (couldn't work out how tight to pull the tape measure).

I usually wear a 36C, I'm way out aren't I? I've lost some weight recently and noticed the 4 boob look making an appearance, weirdly.

SorrelForbes Sun 30-Jun-13 08:31:34

Yep grin. Try a 34F and similar sizes like a 34E, 34FF.

MummyOfSunbeam Sun 30-Jun-13 08:37:37

Love this thread and the inevitable bra interventions - fabulous. I am a front hooker and my bra is definitely wrong - after I stop bf I am going to be leaping into arms of Stat and Sorrel and Rubber and co for intervention!

NoSnowJustSand Sun 30-Jun-13 09:50:37

Actually just checked my bra and it's a 38C. Right, another job to add to the list of things to do this week.

SorrelForbes Sun 30-Jun-13 09:51:20

Leap away grin

CalamityKate Sun 30-Jun-13 13:41:26

Sorrel - I always get the 4 boob effect! In some bras I spend all my time separating the girls. If I don't, they end up rammed together with my nipples almost hanging out!

Got a 34F yesterday and it was far better except the lace on the top of the cup was a bit baggy. If I bought the FF (there wasn't one) surely it would have been even baggier?

Branleuse Sun 30-Jun-13 13:50:23

even bras in the correct size will differ wildly according to style.

Im a 30G and tried on 8 bras in debenhams in my size the other day with all fitting wildly differently, and none correctly.

The only bras that seem to be reasonably consistent and all true to size are freya

Branleuse Sun 30-Jun-13 13:51:22

And anyone that needs to remove their bra at the first opportunity is wearing the wrong bra. They should make you more comfortable, not less.

lustybusty Sun 30-Jun-13 14:13:18

Sorry, late to the party...! I am not a front hooker sad This is mainly to do with realising a t the age of about 16, that the underwire in my bra is larger than the depth of my rib cage, so as I swivel, my body gets caught in the cup!
I get as many shock faces doing the bra up as I do taking it off flashdance style (from under front of shirt, not through sleeve - as pp mentioned, the wires don't fit through a sleeve!) though that might be as much from the 6inch sag than any acrobatic contortionism...!
Also, I tried a face to face bra intervention years ago (slightly drunk). Beautiful lady, slightly large all over (as am I, definitely not judging) who had 4 boobs, all residing somewhere around her belly button. After I suggested she might be wearing the wrong sized bra, she accused me of calling her fat (nope!) and said that women who've had boob jobs just to get a man don't understand how uncomfortable it is for women who naturally have really big boobs. Well, I must've had that boob job under some SERIOUS anaesthetic then, cos I remember nothing about it!!

SorrelForbes Sun 30-Jun-13 15:26:26

CalamityKate it sounds like a style issue. I get wrinkly lace on some of my bras, the Cleo Juna is a good example. A size down is definitely too small though.

I posted a link on the other current bra thread to a blog post about altering the lace.

plainjaney Sun 30-Jun-13 17:48:33

I havent had chance to go yet, but I got DH to measure me and used an online calculator.

Bearing in mine I'm currently wearing a 36DD which I can spin around and it slips off my shoulders, my rib cage measures 34". The calculator told me I should be wearing 38D.

With that I gave up and resigned myself to finding a decent independent shop when things are a bit less chaotic.

BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Sun 30-Jun-13 17:54:26

I've had a major fail sad !

I ordered a strappy bra top from Bravissimo in 32G and it is absolutely massive cups but tight round the ribcage.

I measured 32ins round ribs and 40ins round boobage when dangling bent over!

What have I done wrong?

Better calculator or post your measurements on here

SorrelForbes Sun 30-Jun-13 17:58:19

Bewitched. On those measurements I would suggest a 32FF but it sounds like you might need to tweak the size in this particular top.

Hopefully someone with more knowledge about this type of top will be along with more advice.

CelticPromise Sun 30-Jun-13 18:37:20

Plain I'm going to guess at 34FF for you... post your dangle measurement here and we'll give you a good idea!

MadBusLady Sun 30-Jun-13 18:53:31

Don't use online calculators. I've never come across one that didn't do the adding 4 inches to the backsize thing, which is incorrect. If your ribcage measures 34, then a 34 band is probably what you are.

MadBusLady Sun 30-Jun-13 18:54:14

Oh sorry, RubberBullets link doesn't add 4!


I was measured for maternity bras in M&S about 13 years ago. Got measured at 46E.

I am only a little lighter than I was then, and using the advice on here, I am currently wearing a 40G bra. Underwired, something I could never have comfortably worn if the bra was 46E.

DD is 13 and is now wearing bras, so I do check her out and have shown her how to measure herself. I have pointed out the M&S method isn't worth it, so hopefully she'll not ever have the problem of ill-fitting bras.

But I can do the Flashdance bra removal thing. grin

Oh, am I right in thinking that different styles of bra might fit differently? I have noticed that balcony styled bras don't fit comfortably but the same size bra in another style might well fit lovely.

11 years with dp and he's still amazed when I take my bra off without removing my top grin

I have an old rib injury which means even the best fitting bra hurts after a few hours. And my current bra is a Tesco one so not well fitting at all. I do have others but the cup sizes are wrong on all of them (years of bfing which ended last year and they've been shrinking ever since)

SorrelForbes Sun 30-Jun-13 20:45:10

FryOneFatManic Yes, that's totally correct. I really struggle with plunge styles but love balconettes. Full cups aren't great on me either.

CelticPromise Sun 30-Jun-13 20:46:48

Yes FryOne different shapes suit different boobs. I don't suit plunge styles but balcony styles work well for me. There is lots of good advice on different styles from marriednotdead on the bra threads. smile

CelticPromise Sun 30-Jun-13 20:47:15

Evening Sorrel. smile

grin thanks for answering.

PS, DP grumbles now the bra is too tight for him to remove one handed.....

SorrelForbes Sun 30-Jun-13 22:36:09

Evening Celtic, I've been a little more absent from these threads of late due to holidays and work. It's like an addiction though grin

BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Mon 01-Jul-13 10:26:02

Thank you Sorrel. I'm going to phone them to discuss.
I guess a trying on session in a shop would help.

Slightly changing the subject, but has anyone seen the new M&S shirt that's supposed to eliminate the problem of shirts gaping between buttons?

I can't help but wonder if the problem is actually due to poorly fitting bras, as I know my shirts fitted much, much better once I got my bra size sorted out.

SorrelForbes Mon 01-Jul-13 15:22:47

FryOneFatManic It's almost certainly down to a combination of badly fitting bras and the fact that (apparently) many clothes are made to accommodate a B cup (whatever that is!).

BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Tue 02-Jul-13 19:48:32

I've been to my local Bravissimo shop which I didn't know existed blush

They swapped the bra top no problem - 32 D, and I tried several bras and bought two, one DD and one E! One doesn't even have any padding which I don't need for size enhancement, more for consistency disguise IYKWIM!
Not too bad for my age but did BF three babies 25 years ago.
They were very helpful and lovely, but did say I must only ever handwash bras shock not likely to happen which I will be doing religiously smile

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