How do you wear your bras?

(760 Posts)
BedHeadTigi Sat 25-Aug-12 18:44:17

Do you like to wear them super tight so you know they are there and leave bra marks when you take them off, or have them at a looser more comfortable setting? Im asking this because i have realised all of my old bras are pretty super tight on me, but my new ones are so comfortable and no way as tight but i wonder if they will still support my bust the same?

I know about "nestling it in" by leaning forward. Admit I don't do it religeously, but I definietely don't have lumps of fat under my armpit...

I just have a broad back.

Honestly if I thought I would get away with posting photos I would.

Right I am off to take off my bra and get some sleep smile. I might see if I can get to JL at the end of the week. I can get to M&S or BHS easily but JL or Debenhams which seem to be recommended require a trip to the city and Bravissimo is miles from me (and they won't make a bra small enough grin)

mirai Sun 26-Aug-12 05:57:38

Sorry, I have read all this and it's just not making and sense. I have really small boobs and normally wear a 34B.

So I've just measured myself as you say. Just under the boob = 31 ins. Around boob = 36.5 ins!! Making me apparently a 32DD??

That's just impossible, there is no way my mini boobs are a DD cup!!!!

mirai Sun 26-Aug-12 06:15:00

If I see pics of someone in a D cup (say on shopping websites), the always have this full, voluminous look to their boobs, I definitely do not have that 'volume'!!

mirai Sun 26-Aug-12 06:55:12

Just measured again and I've changed to 30 underneath and 36 around, it's all madness I tell thee grin

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Sun 26-Aug-12 07:55:55

I used to wear a 36A when I first wore bras.

Now I wear a 32D.

i always thought a D cup was massive but it's not - it's about the same size as your cupped hand (if you are about a 32)

mirai Sun 26-Aug-12 08:02:33

<cups>

<nods>

I do have small hands though wink

Links arms with mirai.

I tell you it don't work on the mini-boob club grin

HazleNutt Sun 26-Aug-12 09:20:41

Haunted, it is totally possible that your 36A is too tight, but 32DD might fit fine - 36A cup is the same size as 32C, so it's simply too small and the breast have to go somewhere.

mirai as ItsAll said, D is not necessarily massive, it depends on your underbust measurement as well. A 30D is the same size breast as 34B or 36A.

The idea that D is massive and DD out of this world is simply because most people with big breasts are wearing the wrong size of bra. You often hear claims that a busty person is something ridiculous like 52DD - the heck they are. Or Lindsay Lohan claims to be 36DD - she is tiny and could wrap a 36 bra around her twice.
This woman here is wearing a 28G bra. Yes, G. Does she look massive?
www.investinyourchest.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/SAM_1428.jpg

You both should go to bravissimo and don't forget to report back later - I bet you will discover that you are not so flat chested after all. wink

No it doesn't look like a G.

But...

The band looks too tight. Surely if it fits you shouldn't have 'bulges' (for want of a better word) like she has on her right under the band?

I actually pulled my top tight over my bra last night and I have bulges where fat overhangs my tight bra band on my back. If I was to wear tight clothes I certainly wouldn't have a smooth profile.

I get that cup sizes change with the band. I just don't get that I will need a smaller band when the band that I currently wear is uncomfortable cos its too tight. My cups certainly aren't and don't make it too tight...its the band on its own!

And I am way smaller than that model - cupwise

mirai Sun 26-Aug-12 09:39:57

My 34B often feels tight and I was considering buying a 36 but I'm starting to see why that would be silly on a chest size of 30/31 inches.

So.... In yet another installment of "mumsnet made me do it", I've taken the plunge (see what I did there?), and I've ordered a lovely set in... a 30D - it doesn't hurt to give it a try does it Haunted? smile

I live abroad hence having to order online but I shall continue to watch this thread and will definitely report back!

I shall await your report...(but I will get measured when I can, but won't be bravissimo cos none near me)

SorrelForbes Sun 26-Aug-12 09:53:18

Honestly, I know it sounds mad and you can't see that it'll work, but please trust us grin. In a good fitting bra you will not get lumps, overspill or back fat. Yes, the band may feel tight at first after wearing such a loose one but you will soon get used to it.

Your current band is uncomfortable because it is the wrong size and your boobs are unsupported as dragging on your band. A 36C would be excruciating on me but a 30G is very comfortable.

As mentioned a few posts ago, bra sizes given for busty celebs (eg Christina Hedricks) are wrong. The media promoted that anything above a D is 'outsize' and therefore celebs never say that they're bigger than a DD they just increase the band size and say "oh yes I'm a 36DD"! For example, I've seen a magazine saying Katie Price is a 38DD. She is tiny and is probably something like a 26GG.

A D, DD, E, F etc are not big sizes it's just we've been conditioned to think they are.

Can you post some pics? Side, front and back views would enable some of us to give you a better opinion about possible problems. Obviously, a fitting at Bravissimo or JL is the best idea. Don't discount Bravissimo, I bet they'll have bras to it you grin.

HazleNutt Sun 26-Aug-12 10:00:11

mirai, if you measure 30-36 then the 30D might be too small. Could you order a 30E as well?

HazleNutt Sun 26-Aug-12 10:06:11

was just checking and yes apparently it is claimed that Christina Hendricks is 36 or 38DD. NO way.
Here's an interesting blog post:
sophiajenner.wordpress.com/2011/06/30/christina-hendricks-bra-size-controversy/

Iheartpasties Sun 26-Aug-12 10:17:44

Fascinating, I have learnt a lot, cant wait to get measured now smile

SorrelForbes Sun 26-Aug-12 10:27:20

That's such a good blog post.

mirai Sun 26-Aug-12 12:02:53

Hazlenutt, I have read a lot of the bra fitting blogs today and apparently I have a lot of boob fullness at the bottom but not so much volume in the top half blush so... An E cup would give some serious gappage I think. That said I still can't imagine being a D cup for one moment... But we'll see!!

musttidyupmusttidyup Sun 26-Aug-12 12:24:25

mirai that's where style comes into play - a plunge might help (forget the old wonderbra cleavage thing) or a balcony might compensate for the empty top bit. Or maybe not, you may need something different. An open mind and an excellent fitter is what you need. I used to wear full cups but now mine are a bit 'emptier' on top I find a moulded semi push up makes them look full and pertish but without top wobble.
Also the size you need will differ depending on the style that suits. You really need to find a wonderful lady and an hour or 2 in a decent fitting place. It will be sooooo worth it.

BandersnatchCummerbund Sun 26-Aug-12 12:26:46

Mirai - agree about trying different styles. I am increasingly finding that more fullness on the lower part means that plunge bras = spillage, whereas half-cups = Marie Antoinette-esque splendour and fullness. grin

SorrelForbes Sun 26-Aug-12 12:27:02

Mirai - I have sailor shape boobs (all the fullness on the bottom!) and I find that half cup and balconette styles work well for me. Plunge styles (e.g. Freya Deco) just don't suit me. Be prepared to try different styles in a range of sizes before you find some really great bras for you.

In my drawer I have sizes 30FF to 32G in a range of makes and styles. The lovely thing and going somewhere like Bravissimo or R&G is that they will take the time to find the right style and shape for you. A good local independent lingerie shop should be able to do the same. Where do you live?

SorrelForbes Sun 26-Aug-12 12:27:53

Oops, similar not sailor!

ApricotPoodle Sun 26-Aug-12 12:28:41

Mumsnet, what the f* have you done to me? I never thought in a million years I'd be posting my bust sizing on an interet forum, but here goes:
32 and 36
Please can someone advise on a size.
blush

SorrelForbes Sun 26-Aug-12 12:29:50

grin
Try a 32D (and sizes around that like 32DD).

So, if I am 42 inch under boob, and 46 across boob, that would make me a 42 D?

If yes, that is what M&S measured me as but i have a real problem with back fat (the hamster look, you know!). What do I dooo????? !!! <wails>

lose weight yes, but that's not quite as immediate as an undergarmentage solution!

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now