What bra size am I?

(19 Posts)
SparklyandHappyMe2013 Tue 08-Jan-13 16:56:02

Thank you. Looking forward to finding nice lingerie that fits properly and hopefully makes me look like I've got a bust! smile

On those measurements, I would say try a 28C, and a 30A and B. I reckon the 28C is actually more likely but it's a bugger of a size to find.

SparklyandHappyMe2013 Tue 08-Jan-13 11:32:15

that should be 31 over full part of the bust on a loose measuring. Was using my iPhone before.

SparklyandHappyMe2013 Tue 08-Jan-13 10:37:27

29 under bust.
30 over full part of bust
29 at top of bust (the non full part)

SorrelForbes Tue 08-Jan-13 08:26:09

Now you've re measured as per the instructions. What are your actual measurements. A B cup in a 28 back is not the same as a B cup in a 30 back.

SparklyandHappyMe2013 Tue 08-Jan-13 08:19:36

I think my re-measuring I'm a 30B as an A cup too small yet think C will be too big.

SparklyandHappyMe2013 Tue 08-Jan-13 07:27:25

Maybe I measured wrong. I'll try again once the DD1 is at school. I'll try measuring with the 28 on.

Us, bra obsessed....nooooooooooo

SorrelForbes Mon 07-Jan-13 22:40:21

<sneaks into thread>

SC - you beat me to it grin.

I have to credit StatiscallyChallenged and HazelNutt for the info above.

Not bra obsessed at all, oh no...

OK, firstly are you sure the 30 top measurement is correct? The top measurement should be relatively loose and taken with a bra on. The only reason I ask is that a d cup is a 4" difference between underbust and overbust measurements - so I would expect it to be quite a lot too loose.

I would maybe try a 28c (M&S stock some), and a 30C and 30B and see how these feel. Most people who are between back sizes do tend to fit better in the smaller one (so a 28 rather than 30 in your case) but it's not set in stone.

The 28d, which bra is it?

AViewfromtheFridge Mon 07-Jan-13 21:26:58

The following is COMPLETELY copied and pasted from Sorrelforbes:

OK, please ignore the M&S (and most other online calculators) as they are completely useless.

Measure under your bust (hold the tape tight) to get your band measurement. Do not add on any inches to this measurement. Then measure across the fullest part of your bust. Each 1" of difference between the two measurements equals a cup size. So, let’s say you measure 30" underneath and 35" across? That would give you a starting point of 30DD.

Usually you should take the across bust measurement whilst wearing your best fitting bra (preferably an unpadded one although slight padding shouldn’t make too much of a difference). If you think that your bras are fitting so badly that you'll get a distorted measurement, then measure without a bra, but lean forward so that your boobs are hanging towards the floor (attractive!). The cup size is always harder to get right by measuring than the band size.

To test the band size, put the bra (in this example a 30 back) on back to front on the loosest hooks. If you can breathe but if feels tight and you can only fit two fingers underneath the wire at the front, then that's the correct back size for you. If it's so tight it's unbearable then go up a size.

The cup will differ much more between brands and styles than the back. Turn the bra round the correct way, lean forward then take your right hand and put it inside your left cup. Reach right round under your armpit/towards your back and scoop all the backfat/escapage forward in to the cup of the bra. Repeat at the other side.

Then put the shoulder straps up and adjust as necessary (not too tight as it's the back that should be doing most of the supporting work). If for example, you've started with a 30D, you will probably find that after scooping, you have some bulging over the cup and four-boobage going on! This means you need to go up one or more cup sizes. Keep going up through the cup sizes until all your breast tissue is firmly in place.

A good fitting bra…
If your bra is a good fit after doing this it should:

•Be worn on the loosest hook (when new). If you can fasten it on the tightest hook then try a back size lower.

•The band should be completely horizontal

•You should only be able to fit a couple of fingers under the front of the bra. If you can get more than that, or you can pull it more than an inch or so away from your body at the back, it is TOO BIG!

•If you raise your arms, the back should not really move - no riding up

•The wires should be entirely encasing your breast tissue - breast tissue goes surprisingly far back and a lot of people don't realise this. If you feel where the wire is sitting under your arm then it should be sitting on a fairly firm surface.

•The central gore (where the wires meet) should sit flat between your boobs. if it is being pushed away, then the cup is probably too small (and the back possibly too big as well)

•There should be absolutely no lumps over the top of the cup. Take a fitted t shirt with you to put over the top of the bra and stand side on to a mirror and watch as you breathe in. If you have a bit of a bulge only when you breathe in, you probably need to go up 1 cup. If it is visible when breathing out then it's probably more like two cups or more.

•The cup shouldn't gape. If it does, it may be too big or it may be the wrong shape of bra for you. Moulded cups are particularly bad for this as they don't adapt to your shape.

•The shoulder straps shouldn't be painful and digging in. Most of the support should come from the back. If you find that you can't get enough support without the straps being so short they hurt the bra isn't for you. Most likely it's too big in the back but it may also just be a bra that doesn't suit you.

•and on that note; not every brand works for every person. There are quite distinct differences in shape between brands which mean a particular brand may just not suit the shape of your breasts.

(With thanks to StatiscallyChallenged and HazelNutt)

Some info here on fitting
I have just realised actually, I was working on a 28 measurement when I said C. Agree with others to try 30 A first.

SparklyandHappyMe2013 Mon 07-Jan-13 19:58:18

I need someone to transform my bust. I have no bust really when I lay flat I look like boy sad

AViewfromtheFridge Mon 07-Jan-13 19:48:16

Ooh! Ooh! Ooh! There is a poster who is AMAZING at this! Sorrelforbes I think. Search for her posts in S and B and she gives brilliant step-by-step instructions to work out exactly what size you are. It'll transform your bust!

notMarlene Mon 07-Jan-13 19:48:08

30AA or 28A

SparklyandHappyMe2013 Mon 07-Jan-13 19:47:31

Thanks ladies. Will have a look at figleaves.com.

Casmama Mon 07-Jan-13 19:45:26

I would try a 30 A

Try a 30B or 30C.
I have similar lack of fullness at the top and just bought some M&S Limited Collection Plunge bra's.

SparklyandHappyMe2013 Mon 07-Jan-13 19:41:37

Under bust is 29
Full part of boob 30
Above full part is 29

What size am I? A 28D is to tight and cup is a size to big I have stupidly small boobs. Fullish at bottom, nothing to fill top of cup!

TIA

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