NEW BRA THREAD HERE!

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Silverstar2 Wed 01-May-13 15:16:24

hello and welcome!

sparkle12mar08 Thu 02-May-13 14:33:13

I found the degree of stretch with some bras was ludicrous. I measure 31.5 under bust but take a 28 back in some Curvy Kate's, and even they are starting to give a little already! I trialled a CK Smoothie a month or so ago that stretched a full 8 inches by hand compared to it's laid out measurement. It's a genuine problem and so I now try bras for about four hours around the house, then try it on again next day. If there already seems a little bit of give, it's usually a sign for me to size down.

ChunkyChicken Thu 02-May-13 14:36:20

Thanks married and yes, I did think the Sophie was loose on back, so ordered 28GG, H & HH. As it happened, they arrived not long after I posted here (excellent service!!) but none of them really fit - they were still quite wrinkled/gathered around the bottom of the cup, with the gore far off my chest. However, the 28GG was the closest - if I pulled it 'in' so the gore was flat, it wasn't wrinkled anymore. I figured I should try a smaller cup... So those 5 are on their way back & I have ordered 28G & F (& their 30 counter-parts, just for comparison) to hopefully get a bra that doesn't turn my decent-ish cleavage into one fat-looking amorphous lump... Or is that too much to ask for??!!

I hate bra shopping!!

KatoPotato Thu 02-May-13 16:44:26

Okay please help! I'm 31.5 around my rib cage and 37 measuring the bent over droop!

Currently wear a 36c but have escaping arm fat.

SorrelForbes Thu 02-May-13 16:57:24

KatoPotato Try a 30E, 30F, 32E and a 32DD for starters.

CelticPromise Thu 02-May-13 16:58:04

Kate try a 30E, 30F, 32DD and 32E for starters. smile

CelticPromise Thu 02-May-13 16:58:31

Great minds grin

KatoPotato Thu 02-May-13 17:00:11

This is exciting, and prithee tell where I find such bras? Asda are appalling!

Silverstar2 Thu 02-May-13 17:16:40

Celtic so sorry to hear you have had a rough time of it lately, hope things have settled.

SS2

So sorry Celtic - I've been there too so I understand.

KatoPotato - try somewhere like one of the big department stores(Debenhams etc) for trying on. If you have a Bravissimo nearby they are your best bet.

Online - try Brastop, mycurvesandme, bravissimo, amazon, leia....

BriocheBriocheBrioche Thu 02-May-13 19:14:51

Thank you StatisticallyChallenged i'll have a read of the blog, get a measuring tape and browse the shops over the weekend to see what I find.

SorrelForbes Thu 02-May-13 19:23:47

So sorry to hear that CP x

CelticPromise Thu 02-May-13 22:16:08

Thankyou ladies thanks

CelticPromise I hope you are recovering ok flowers
Sorry if my question felt intrusive. I've been there too.

But how much time is too much on here?! grin

CelticPromise Fri 03-May-13 21:22:18

Don't worry married if I didn't want to talk about it, I wouldn't. smile

Too much time for me when I wasn't reading books or newspapers just MN app on my phone, all the time. I find this place a bit addictive and can lose hours on it.

xTillyx Fri 03-May-13 22:37:59

Ok so found this thread after posting on a bikini thread...
Had thought I was a 32a after having my daughter, measured myself with a dodgy online guide that said to take both measurements standing straight.

Just measured myself using the method on the blog and at 28 underbust and 33 over am I right in thinking that could be 28DD?

CelticPromise Fri 03-May-13 23:19:58

Dead right Tilly. Cup size is harder to do by numbers and sizes vary so try a size either side too and follow the fitting guidance on the blog. happy shopping smile

SorrelForbes Sat 04-May-13 07:08:03

A DD, well whad'ya know wink

xTillyx Sat 04-May-13 07:52:09

Looks like you were right,no wonder 32a was loose on me if I should have a 28 back. Actually a bit shocked and annoyed at how I've been advised in the past because I've never had a bra that did much for me!

SorrelForbes Sat 04-May-13 08:12:44

Join the club of many women who've had crap fittings and advice in the past. You won't believe how much a good bra can do for your shape and confidence!

xTillyx Sat 04-May-13 08:16:34

Well I'll look forward to trying some new ones out. Thanks for the advice!

SorrelForbes Sat 04-May-13 11:13:43

Currently sat in the Knightsbridge branch of Rigby & Pellar while my DM has a fitting. Happy days.

ChunkyChicken Sat 04-May-13 11:51:25

I think my boobs are finally settling down with the bfing (he's 6mths in a wk so you'd have thought they'd have been their 'proper' size already surely??!!). I'm measuring a good 2" smaller than when I hit the bra intervention thread a few wks back. So I'm definitely a 30"chest & I think FF/G cup (39" just).

Glad the original bras I ordered didn't arrive/took ages, as I'd have spent £30 on a bra that would've been too big already!!

Silverstar2 Sat 04-May-13 13:10:03

Ok, I am having some success with the Pour Moi? St Tropez full cup, I now have it in black, spice (lovely deep red) and latte, and may get this one next www.very.co.uk/pour-moi-st-tropez-full-cup-bra/1087627153.prd?istCompanyId=3bdc6c74-7f2d-4594-839e-e5b39b2661fb&istItemId=lpiimtmx&istBid=t&affsrc=acquisition&aff=google&cm_mmc=google-_-PLA_Women-_-Branded+Bras-_-uZZlfcw4_19027688921&prdToken=/p/prod14708036-sku25247874-AI&browseToken=/q/239em&totalResults=1

I still have some back and underarm fat, but think this is just me. My usual back size is 34, and my cup around a GG, but have this in 32H. It looks much better than the pictures I think - it is very suppoerive, and quite a 'perky' shape.

Worth a try........ and you can get them new on ebay for about £18/20......

blondieminx Sun 05-May-13 01:20:43

I am wondering if I am doing something really wrong with this new bra malarkey.

I have been wearing a 34C (as fitted by Debenhams about 6m after I stopped bf) but they aren't right - I'm getting diggy in bits at the underarm side of the underwires so I guess they're a bit small. But sometimes I'm not quite filling the tops of the cups, IYSWIM.

I came onto S&B having seen the bra intervention threads in Active Convos.... Using the better bra guide fitting advice - "hanging/dangling" and all grin I was coming out at a 30E.

I spent ages trying on 30E's and F's in Debenhams the other week and none were comfy, or fitted right. The cups were ok but the bands massive. I came out red under my boobs where the too tight wires were, and I was getting massive back fat issues, particularly at the bit where the band meets the strap. It looked hideous. Also the gore bits would not lay flat. Tried a variety of t-shirt bra's and plunge styles on. Last week I had an equally unsuccessful trip trying on a 32 band ones - same back fat issues.

So, what am I doing wrong here???

<awaits MN intervention>

SorrelForbes Sun 05-May-13 07:43:51

blondieminx I'm up early so will have a go!

OK, if you're measuring at a 30E using the guides linked to on here then I'm not surprised that a 34C isn't really working. The cup volume is roughly equal to that of a 30E however, you say that the 30Es and Fs you tried on didn't work either.

Massive back fat and a gore that won't lay flat is a sure sign of a cup that's too small. The gaping at the top of the cup suggests that the style is wrong for you. What happens if you scoop when wearing your 34C? Do you get quadraboob/overspill?

You will get red marks from a correctly fitting bra but the marks should all be in one place if that makes sense? A band thats too big will ofgten leave multiple marks from moving around your back.

I'd suggest starting again! If you can't get to a Bravissimo, go back to Debenhams and try some 30 bands on back to front. If they fit as per the guide on the blog then stick with the 30 (bear in mind that some bras inthe Debenhams Gorgeous brand come up very tight in the band so may need to size up. I'd say to stick with a 30 in most other brands though). Once the back's sorted, try on lots of different styles in an E, E, F and maybe even an FF. Remember to scoop all that back fat/underarm spillage into the cup. Be vigorous!

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