Girls bra sizes

(35 Posts)
Angelicabean Mon 01-Sep-14 20:13:52

I'm having a hard time finding bras to fit my 11 yr old daughter and wonder if anyone could advise me. I've measured her - she's 30'' round under bust and 34'' over. I made her bend over! We've tried 30A/B, 32 A/B and she complains they feel too tight round her chest. She is very broad and is heavy, something were gradually working on. I've tried Debenhams & M & S. Don't have a John Lewis near us. Any other ideas or recommendations?

beccajoh Mon 01-Sep-14 20:15:11

I believe she should be in a 30D with those measurements! Probably why you're struggling to find something to fit.

LemonBreeland Mon 01-Sep-14 20:16:07

She needs 30 D. They will feel a bit tight at first, but should be right.

Hulababy Mon 01-Sep-14 20:16:21

I think the cup size you are trying is too small. Isn't it 1 inch = 1 cup size, so those measurements would give you a 30D as your starting point.

Angelicabean Mon 01-Sep-14 20:32:43

This is what confuses me. The cup sizes actually seem ok, it's the band round which seems too tight. She does have overhanging flesh above it usually and says it's very uncomfortable which is why I've ended up going bigger. Also where is the best place to find non-padded/ not underwired bras for young girls in a D cup?

Furball Mon 01-Sep-14 20:38:49

where the cups sizes are too small - they then will steal from the band size

so get her to put the bra on back to front and see how the band feels then

bigTillyMint Mon 01-Sep-14 20:55:14

DD is a 28EE but it is very difficult to find them (esp in non glamour model styles!) so the fitter in JL said get 30E. They fit well, but it took her a while to get used to how tight the band was and it was actually a size bigger than she needs IYSWIM!

Angelicabean Mon 01-Sep-14 21:21:40

Thanks all. I've ordered some size 30D from Debenhams to try. Can't believe I was so clueless! I'm going to measure me now, I might not be an A cup after all!

MehsMum Mon 01-Sep-14 21:44:57

How very odd - I was wondering whether to start a thread on here about finding bras to fit growing girls, come downstairs and open laptop and bingo, there's one in Active.

It does sound to me as if your DD needs a 30" band and a D cup. My youngest was measured last week at a branch of Fenwicks as being a 28D and finding bras for her, even in a specialist department, was really hard: she ended up with one very dull bra and is moaning about how tight the band is, though I could see when she was fitted that it was the right size. We had a hunt for 30Cs and had no joy, oddly. May have to order a couple.

Angelica, be prepared to go through about 1,000 bras in the next few years. One of my DDs went through a cup size about every 4-6 months for several years. It cost a bloody fortune as she has an extremely narrow back and the tittage of a topless model. Luckily she likes them: it would be awful if she didn't.

If anybody has any tips about bras for girls/young women with 28 and 30" chests and D-FF cups, PLEASE let me know!

Octopus37 Mon 01-Sep-14 21:55:01

Debenhams is quite good for smaller band sizes. I wear either 28DD or 30C/D and find that I do quite well in the Debenhams sale. Also is your DD measuring 34 inches when bent over at right angles,my guess is that it might be a bit more which would increase the cup size further. Bravissimo might also be worth a try, but a bit pricey.

MehsMum if it's any comfort it's actually easier above a D cup! 28C has been described as the rocking horse poo of the bra world!

Firstly, underwires are find as long as they fit!

Good places for bargains - brastop, Leia Lingerie, Amazon (honest!), Belle lingerie, debenhams during sales, mycurvesandme

TheJourney22 Mon 01-Sep-14 22:05:35

Bravissimo

Mmeh Mon 01-Sep-14 22:06:43

I always thought you added 4" if under busy measurement even, 5" if odd. So 30"= 34.

Then 4" difference= AA cup, and every inch more than that = an extra cup size.

So your dd is a 34AA?

Or am I totally wrong?

This might help: [http://www.85b.org/bra_calc.php]

Mmeh Mon 01-Sep-14 22:07:11

Try link again:

www.85b.org/bra_calc.php

Mmeh Mon 01-Sep-14 22:07:47

Busy meant bust. Too much wine

Mmeh Mon 01-Sep-14 22:10:43

You need to get her in a 34" / small cup size. No way is she a 30D! To be that she'd have to be TINY, ie 25/26 under bust then 34" over bust.

AuntieStella Mon 01-Sep-14 22:11:52

Anyone know if it is possible to buy 24 or 26 inch band bras?

DD will be fine in a crop top for some time to come. But she measures 24B (and so could probably wear 26A) and really can't wait for 'proper' bra. Is there anything out there likely to fit, or will I need to continue to tel, her to wait until she's grown to a 28 band?

Justgotosleepnow Mon 01-Sep-14 22:14:08

Mmeh er No!
That's the out of date method from pre Lycra days.

I'm sure someone will link to the right way to fit a bra any minute now.

Mmeh Mon 01-Sep-14 22:17:17

Why's it out of date? hmm I have linked something already...

Picturesinthefirelight Mon 01-Sep-14 22:23:21

Mneh your way of measuring was fine in the old days when bra material had no stretch

In today's world of Lycra type materials you don't need to add inches. The band. Size is the actual size you measure under bust.

Notso Mon 01-Sep-14 22:25:15

bra fitting this is the right way Mneh it has changed my life.

Jumblebee Mon 01-Sep-14 22:26:59

Mmeh I used that method when I first started bra fitting and every measurement I came out with, when I tried the customer in that actual size, did not fit at all.

A 30D wouldn't be that big a size, a D cup is quite small really especially with a small back size. An 11 year old to be in a 34inch back sounds very wrong. I wear a 34 inch back and I'm a size 16/18 and 5'8.

Jumblebee Mon 01-Sep-14 22:31:34

Bigtillymint I don't think there's such a thing as a EE cup? It jumps straight from E to F. So if you've tried a 30E a 28 back would be 28F.

Unfortunately 28inch backs are like gold dust, no where seems to do them at all! hmm

Mmeh Mon 01-Sep-14 22:41:23

Alright cheers guys. Will check out the other calculator.

gamescompendium Mon 01-Sep-14 22:41:59

Waits for Mmeh to realise she's been wearing the wrong bras for years...

I do wonder why a 28 back is so hard to get hold of, I wear a 30G and am not at all skinny, what the hell do all the terribly skinny celebrities wear if its so hard to get back sizes smaller than 30"?

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