what bra size am I?

(119 Posts)
FauxFox Mon 29-Oct-12 08:40:31

Underbust is 32" across the fullest bit is 40" I am wearing 32E but i've changed my pill and they feel a bit tight now so i'm wondering if I need a new size hmm

SorrelForbes Mon 29-Oct-12 08:43:03

Ooh, ooh, new bra thread <rubs hands together gleefully>.

Try a 32FF and maybe a 32G depending on the style. For example you may need a bigger cup in a plunge style.

FauxFox Mon 29-Oct-12 08:46:48

grin thanks sorrel I feared as much! May have to wait until after half term though - bra shopping with 7 y.o. NOT fun!

SorrelForbes Mon 29-Oct-12 09:10:40

Yes, might be best to do a major trying on session with a 7 yr old! wink

BinAndScones Mon 29-Oct-12 09:59:20

Hijack- when you measure the fullest part of the bust, should you have a bra on?
If I return with my measurements would someone mind sizing me please?

SorrelForbes Mon 29-Oct-12 10:28:14

I usually say to 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.

Post your measurements and I'll happily give you a starting point for trying on.

SorrelForbes Mon 29-Oct-12 10:28:36

Oops, without a 7 yr old!

Pseudonymity Mon 29-Oct-12 10:38:42

Oooh, mine are: underbust 30.5-31 and around bust 37-38 (it varies unfortunately). They don't look big!

SorrelForbes Mon 29-Oct-12 10:42:25

Pseudonymity For trying on purposed, I'd start with a 30F/30FF or a 32E/32F. However, I'd put money on a 30 back being a better fit for you.

Honestly, D+ isn't big. An F is only a 7" difference between your two measurements. I'm a 30G and don't look that big at all (perky yes but not mahoosive!).

Pseudonymity Mon 29-Oct-12 10:51:20

Thanks! Will try the 30 back sizes. Have bra back sizes got bigger over the years? I used to have a 32 from M&S and it was unbearably tight, I weighed quite a lot less then too.

SorrelForbes Mon 29-Oct-12 10:52:35

No they haven't got bigger. Your 32 from M&S was probably too small in the cup which leads to the band feeling too tight. Bras are funny things!

CajaDeLaMemoria Mon 29-Oct-12 11:35:39

Odd question but no-one seems to know and you all seem knowledgeable!

I took a friend's daughter bra shopping at the weekend because she was too embarrassed to go with her mum. A doctor had previously mentioned to the friend that her daughter had assymetric breasts (I'm pretty sure that's what he said!) so with no bra and top on, they look quite flat, but as soon as there is support on the outer side they are quite big. We tried M&S, Bravissimo, John Lewis, Debenhams...all looked at her and thought small B cup, but she fell out of the cups so easily.

We got her a 34D, because that seemed to be comfortable-ish and with everyone saying B cup it was hard enough to get her a D cup as it was, but friend mentioned she's been falling out of the cups all weekend. Her nipples sit very close to the top so she only needs to move her arms and they fall out. Too small again? She's quite upset at the moment, and is now convinced she needs a boob job.

SorrelForbes Mon 29-Oct-12 11:51:31

Ok, it sounds to me as if she's in totally the wrong size! I would guess she needs to go down in the back and up in the cup. How old is she? If she's a young teen then I would be very surprised if she measures 34 under her bust. My 13 year old size 6/8 niece who has no boobs to speak of, wears a 28DD! This is what she needs to do:

OK, here goes. Measure under her bust (hold the tape tight) to get her band measurement. Do not add on any inches. Then measure across the fullest part of her bust. Each 1" of difference between the two measurements equals a cup size.

So, if, say she measures 30" underneath and 35" across? That would give her a starting point of 30DD.

The best way I've found to test the band size is to put the bra (in the example above a 30 back) on back to front. If she can breathe but if feels tight and sheu can only fit two fingers underneath the wire at the front, then that's the correct band size. If it's so tight it's unbearable then she need's to go up a band size.

Once she's got the back sorted, it's time to get the cup right. The cup will differ much more between brands and styles than the back (IMHO). She needs to turn the bra round the correct way, lean forward and using her hands, scoop all her breast tissue into the cups (making sure she get all the flesh from round her back and under her arms in). Then she should put the shoulder stup and adjust as necessary (not too tight as it's the back that should be doing most of the supporting work). If for example, she's started with a 30DD, she will probably find that after scooping, she has some bulging over the cup and quadraboob going on! This means yshe need to go up one or more cup sizes. Keep going up through the cup sizes until all her breast tissue is firmly in place.

A D+ is not big! I do not know anyone (young or old) in my friends/family circle who is smaller than a DD.

Most people's boobs are different sizes. Best to fit the larger one and then use padding/chicken fillets to pad out the smaller cup if needed. Ewa Michalak makes bras with removable pads to help with exactly this issue.

AgathaFusty Mon 29-Oct-12 15:11:21

Sorrel - that was really interesting.

CajaDeLaMemoria Mon 29-Oct-12 15:17:51

Sorrel - thank you so much. I'll talk to her in an hour or so, so we'll go through that then and see if we can get her in a bra that fits smile

I wish you had been around on Friday night! None on the bra fitters we saw knew what to do, and made it very obvious that she was "different", so it was a bit of a nightmare. I should have asked on here first smile

SorrelForbes Mon 29-Oct-12 16:12:32

There are many great fitters out there but oh dear, oh dear, there are some shop assistants who really do not know what they are doing. I'm lucky that my local Debenhams has at least two ladies that know their stuff.

In the end, we are all 'different' and it makes me angry that anyone would have made your friend's daughter feel so uncomfortable about something that is completely normal. Basically, they couldn't fit her because they didn't know how to do it properly. Grrrrrr.

BinAndScones Mon 29-Oct-12 16:31:49

Wow Sorrel you are so knowledgable in this field!
Ok my measurements are 29" below bust and 37" across the fullest bit in my best fitting bra.
Does this mean I should be in a 30E? I'm currently in a 34DD (bit loose, have lost weight)
Thanks in advance for any guidance smile

SorrelForbes Mon 29-Oct-12 16:46:21

blush. Just a very enthusiastic amateur who picked up some info years ago when working for John Lewis and spends far too long talking to fitters in places like Rigby and Peller, Bravissimo and any independent shop within a 50 mile radius!

Bin I'd try a 28FF, a 28G and a 30F. I suspect that the 28" back will be a better fit for you (I measure 30.5/31" and wear a 30" as I find a 32" too loose) but be aware that the tightness takes a bit of getting used to after wearing a loose back.

whistlestopcafe Mon 29-Oct-12 17:28:57

I'm exactly the same measurements as you and I just ordered a couple of 32GG or 32G (can't remember exactly). The cup size is ok but the back is very tight, I'm fastening them on the loosest clasp but they are still really quite painful. I think a 34FF would be a better fit.

Im 35 under bust and 42 bust. what should i be wearing?

SorrelForbes Mon 29-Oct-12 17:44:32

whistlestopcafe If you measure 29 underbust then it would be very odd if you needed anything bigger than a 30. If a 32 is too tight then I would bet £100s that you need to try a 30 in an even bigger cup. I would suggest a 30H or perhaps a 30GG in a different style/brand.

You should always fasten a new bra on the loosest hooks.

SorrelForbes Mon 29-Oct-12 17:46:10

Toms Start with a 34F/FF or a 36E. I suspect the 34FF might be the best fit but if differs so much between styles and brands.

BinAndScones Mon 29-Oct-12 22:05:42

Thanks so much Sorrel smile I am quite excited to try some new bra sizes out now! I might even get a chance tomorrow, if I do I'll be sure to report back. So helpful to have someone like yourself on here to advise thanks

SorrelForbes Mon 29-Oct-12 22:15:07

You're very welcome smile. I hope you have a succesful trying on session tomorrow. Try not to get too downhearted if you can't find anything that is absolutely perfect. You may have to venture further afield! A good tip is to take a tight fitting top with you (a stretchy white tshirt is ideal) so you can see the shape that the bra gives you under clothing. Bear in mind that some makes are stretchier in the band than others too and that a too small cup will totally skew the way the band feels.

Finally, be brave with those cup sizes. I went from a DD to a G in one shopping session. I was in shock by the end but it was worth it. Make sure you get the back right and everything else should follow.

I'm boring myself now...

BinAndScones Mon 29-Oct-12 22:39:31

Haha, no Sorrel it's all very interesting, honest.
I actually thought I was quite good at judging my size. before I lost any weight I was measured a couple of times in Rigby & Pellar and wore a 34F so I'm no stranger to the larger cup sizes, i think i just lost my way a bit with the weight loss. It never occured to me until today to measure myself, very shocked at the 29" result!
It's something that sooooo many women get so wrong, you should produce some kind of public self-help guide to bra fitting!

Actually my friend, who unfortunately lives many miles away, also has your enthusiasm for the subject. Her's was fuelled by many years in the retail world shocking women by telling them what size bra they should really be wearing! It was from her that I learned the invaluable "bend forward and scoop your boobs in first" technique to putting my bra on!

BinAndScones, I think weight changes throw people. Weight gain seems to make people instinctively go up in the back, but weight loss they seem to go down in the cup and leave the back!

Sorrel, glad to see you sharing wisdom again! ;)

SorrelForbes Mon 29-Oct-12 22:48:43

Ahh, the scoop! The most useful dressing technique known to womankind wink

BinAndScones Mon 29-Oct-12 22:57:12

StatisticallyChallenged I know, I just thought I'd try and downsize a couple of cupsizes, totally forgot about the back.

Happy scooping all! biscuitbiscuit

SorrelForbes Tue 30-Oct-12 08:47:43

Hey SC, what kept you? wink

cathkidstonbag Tue 30-Oct-12 09:11:05

My measurements are 27 and 33. I wear a 32b, am I getting it hopelessly wrong?

Work, so dull!

Cath, try a 28 dd ish. Unfortunately 26s are almost impossible to find but that should be a lot closer.

cathkidstonbag Tue 30-Oct-12 09:48:48

28dd? Oh I like the sound of that! Much better than a 32b!! Now where do I find a bra in that size??

Try bravissimo if there is one nearby. John Lewis might have some too.ALso debenhams. Once you have tried then ordering online is the way forward for 28s.

Also try a d and an e just to find the best cup. Try a mix of brands too- I think panache tend to be smaller backed than bravissimo, which is smaller than freya.

SorrelForbes Tue 30-Oct-12 10:14:57

I rave on about Ewa Michalak as I find her bras fit really well and they come in a huge range of back and cup sizes. She does 26" backs but I think they're special order and non returnable. However, you could order a 28 to try and then if that's too large, return it and then order a 26. My EW bra is actually a 70 (32) which suggests to me that they come up a bit small anyway.

OhEmGee25 Tue 30-Oct-12 13:17:17

What am I, please? Under bust: 29.5, "fullest part" 32 sad

brighthair Tue 30-Oct-12 13:21:49

Try a 30B, a 30C and if you can find one a 28C

SorrelForbes Tue 30-Oct-12 14:35:18

In a 28 you might even need a D cup.

BinAndScones Tue 30-Oct-12 19:33:03

WellSorrel armed with your advice I checked out John Lewis and M&S today.

John Lewis had very very few 28" backs, what ones they did have were all the same, simple Tshirt style. I tried the 28G and 28FF but neither was right, but I did feel it was wrong shape more than anything. Certainly the 28" accross the back fitted lovely (still shocked at that!)
They had a Fantasie (elodie) bra in a 30f which was a good fit but I wasn't overly struck on the colours so I decided to leave it.

As for M&S, well that's a no-no. There's nothing in a 28" back at all and scarcely a 30" to be found either. It seems nearly all their ranges that start at a 30" back end on a DD cup and all their DD+ cups start at a 32" back!
Overall, It's frustrating! Why don't these stores sort this out? Surely there must be thousands of women out there wearing less than a 32" back?

Anyway, just wanted to feed back and say thanks again for the advice, I do think you've got my size pretty much spot on, I just need to find the correct style/shape which means a bit more trying on.
I'm planning another trip to Rigby and Peller, definitely worthwhile.

HazleNutt Tue 30-Oct-12 19:56:39

correction - there are thousands of women who should be wearing 32 back or smaller.

-they went to M&S for fitting
- they, as you also saw, haven't seen anything smaller on shops
- have read that [insert a really slim bog-boobed celebrity] wears a 32DD and therefore cannot imagine they could need a smaller back/bigger cup. (the celebrity in question is of course in a wildly wrong size as well).

So yes, next time a tiny woman claims to be a 34 bra, you know what to do..

Dollydowser Tue 30-Oct-12 20:33:10

I just want to add that even when you know your correct bra size, finding a good fitting bra isn't easy. My last trip to Bravissimo I must have tried half a dozen before finding the best one for me, and I am a regular there (yo yo dieter).

SorrelForbes Tue 30-Oct-12 20:39:41

Excellent post Hazel!

Countingfriends Tue 30-Oct-12 22:08:42

I agree with all the advice but even slimmish people can be tempted to go up a back size because of the overhang of fat across the band at the back and just below the shoulder straps.

I measure about 30-31 under and 35 over and wear a 32 C/D. I am a size 10 but even with a 32 back have overspill on my back !

Countingfriends, are you scooping like a mad lady? I have a fair bit of back fat when I put my bra on - once it is done up, lean forward, put your right hand round inside your left cup, right round to your back and pull everything forward in to the cup. Quite forcefully! Repeat at other side.

(then go down a back size and up a cup as suddenly the back will seem big and the cup small) smile

SorrelForbes Tue 30-Oct-12 22:48:34

Oh yes SC, everyone should scoop like crazy (tis a very sexy look indeed).

Counting. I suspect that a 30DD or E would solve the back fat issue. I had masses in a 34DD and now have none in a 30G.

AgathaFusty Wed 31-Oct-12 07:26:26

Brilliant thread.

When did this scooping become the thing to do - I hadn't heard of it until a few weeks ago. I can't believe the difference it makes, but why didn't I know to do it before?

SunshineOutdoors Wed 31-Oct-12 08:08:44

Back is 29" boobs are 32". I've been wearing 32a, please can you tell me what I should try?
If you can help I think you might just change my life a little bit smile

Panzee Wed 31-Oct-12 08:13:02

This site is brilliant for calculating bra size www.85b.org/bra_calc.php. I am pregnant and used this to buy an online bra that fits perfectly. smile

SorrelForbes Wed 31-Oct-12 08:19:35

Panzee. Sorry that didn't work for me at all. It came out as a 34D!! I am a 30G. The calculator is adding inches which is wrong I'm afraid.

Panzee Wed 31-Oct-12 08:20:49

Did you add the top measurement? It makes a huge difference.

CelticPromise Wed 31-Oct-12 08:21:37

Sunshine try a 28C and a 30B. 32 is definitely too big in the back!

SorrelForbes Wed 31-Oct-12 08:21:39

Sunshine. Ok, try a 28D, 28C or a 30B. However, I think you may find the 28 a better fit and don't be surprised if you need a 28D. Happy shopping. grin

SorrelForbes Wed 31-Oct-12 08:25:09

Hmmm, Just did it again with third measurement and it came out as a 36C which is what M&S put me as! I measure 30 underneath therefore I need a 30 back.

blizy Wed 31-Oct-12 08:35:21

sorrel would you mind giving me a mesurement please?
I am 38 across the back and 43 1/2 over the fullest part of my boobs.

Panzee Wed 31-Oct-12 08:36:09

I've tried that way of measuring but it's just too darn tight. I don't know how anyone can wear the "exact size" without adding inches. I couldn't breathe!

SorrelForbes Wed 31-Oct-12 08:38:02

Hi Blizy. I'd try a 38DD or a 38E. I suspect the latter might be your best bet. Remember to try different styles.

SorrelForbes Wed 31-Oct-12 08:39:41

Panzee - the correct band size will be fine as long as the cup is big enough. The band on a 30 fits perfectly (snug but comfy) but only in a FF and upwards. It would be excruciating in a smaller cup.

It sounds to me that you need to try bigger cups.

SunshineOutdoors Wed 31-Oct-12 08:40:34

<faints at the idea of having a c or a d cup>

Thank you! I'n looking forward to trying this out

HazleNutt Wed 31-Oct-12 08:40:56

Panzee, I wear what I measure or even smaller back size. The problem here is usually the too small cup size - I'm a 32FF, but if I tried to squeeze myself into a 32DD, I certainly could not breathe either!

blizy Wed 31-Oct-12 08:41:00

Thank you! I am currently wearing a 40 ff but the wires are not flat in between my breasts iyswim? ( i was measured in M+S).

SorrelForbes Wed 31-Oct-12 08:47:07

Ah, wonderful M&S wink

Yep, if the centre gore isn't sitting flat then you definitely need a bigger cup.

As a rule most people need to go up in the cup and down in the back.

SorrelForbes Wed 31-Oct-12 08:48:41

Sorry Blizy should have also said that you need to get the back sorted first. The cup can be much more variable depending on style.

blizy Wed 31-Oct-12 09:01:43

Thank you, I think I understand. I'm going bra shopping on Friday, wish me luck.grin

AGeeksWife Wed 31-Oct-12 09:07:12

Just wanted to say a big thank you for the recent bra threads- I have just bought a 42DD when I had been wearing a 46E. I took note at trying all different sizes (the 44DD was too small, but a different style to this).

My boobs are perkier than they've ever been and I feel nicely held and supported! It's amazing!

I'd never ever have picked up a bra in this size before these threads, I can't stop looking at my awesome boobs!

SorrelForbes Wed 31-Oct-12 09:24:35

That's great to hear AGeeksWife. Everyone deserves awesome boobs grin

Countingfriends Wed 31-Oct-12 09:57:15

I will try scooping smile But I think it's just fat- not boobs as mine are pretty perky and all round the front not under my armpitsgrin

But honestly, some bra sizes are so different.

I recently tried two M& bras in a 32 back.

One was so loose I needed a 30- but didn't bother trying due to shortage of time, and the other was so tight I couldn't even fasten the hooks.

I have found J Lewis backs generous- am curently in 32Cs but reckon I could go into a 30D.

It works for the fat too, promise...you just have to be fairly vigorous ;)

Sizes can be pretty mad though, I am a pretty consistent 30 but bought a freya wired sports bra and had to send back as it would not even close- even with dh doing it.

HazleNutt Wed 31-Oct-12 10:23:32

Yes sports bras are a different matter - I'm always 32 with Freya, but their sports bra was way too small. I also go up a back size or even 2 with Shock absorbers.

I always go up one in shock absorbers too, their sizing is bonkers.

Back2Two Wed 31-Oct-12 10:32:12

This is a good thread. I haven't got much to scoop, just tiny boobs. But I'm in a 34B and my back measurement is only just 29-30 so my bra can't be right.

I put it on the tightest catch and I can get a whole pumpkin under it (well....definitely more than 2 fingers!)

I'm thinking 30D or something for me?

I would also try a 28, what is your overbust measuring?

plumedematante Wed 31-Oct-12 10:59:07

Sorrell! You're brilliant!

So- if i am 32 inches underneath and 35 inches across the fullest part - err what size am I? I seriously have no clue as have recently lost a lot of weight. I wear a 34 C but it doesnt feel quite right

vodkaanddietirnbru Wed 31-Oct-12 11:09:15

32C might be better

Back2Two Wed 31-Oct-12 11:35:06

If that was to me statisticslly my overbust is 35

TiredMule Wed 31-Oct-12 11:44:18

Can I have help please?!

I really NEED new bras as i've been bf ing for the last 6 years and have just finished.....i've been wearing the same bras for the last 4 years at least shock they do not fit at all-for many reasons including how old and out of shape they are!!

I've just measured after my shower with no clothes on i'm almost 31" under and 35 over.

What should I try for my sad now empty sacks?!

I'm very excited about having nice well fitting bras!! Just have to organise the time to shop without the dd's!

SorrelForbes Wed 31-Oct-12 12:00:26

Tired. Try a 30DD and a 30D. Happy shopping!

TiredMule Wed 31-Oct-12 12:08:00

Thank you so much sorrel! Just looked at my bras-they are 34d...so certainly the wrong size!

SnortGlassesWatchAndSlacks Wed 31-Oct-12 12:24:03

Sorrel- would you be able to give me some advice please? Thank you for taking time to help so many of us!

I measure nearly 40 under and 44 over- currently wear a 40dd but have copious amounts if backfat and wires are never ever flat. Have tried an E cup but boobs never fill the cups- what am I doing wrong?!

vodkaanddietirnbru Wed 31-Oct-12 12:25:11

if you find 30 too tight then try the 32 in maybe a C cup

ggirl Wed 31-Oct-12 12:25:54

I recently got fitted at a local shop and went from 40f to a 36h. I am so amazed at how comfortable my new bras are , so wish I had done it years ago.

I got primadonna bras which are a ludicrous price but I will wear nothing else now, they're that good. I look much slimmer and tops fit better. Even 10yr old ds noticed shock

SorrelForbes Wed 31-Oct-12 12:37:43

Snort Hmm, you may want to try a 38 back with an E cup. If the wires aren't lying flat then that's an almost certain sign that the cup is too big. There is so much trial and error involved (oh for standardised sizing!) and so much difference between brands and styles. You may even need a 38F. Be brave grin.

HazleNutt Wed 31-Oct-12 12:38:19

Snort have you tried different brands and models or is it the same with all of them? I can't wear certain brands, as even when the size is correct, the shape just doesn't suit me and I can't get the wires flat either.

SorrelForbes Wed 31-Oct-12 12:39:02

ggirl Fantastic isn't it! I think most people look about a stone lighter when wearing the correct size bra.

I too love Prima Dona bras (I'm wearing one now in fact) and wish I could afford to buy more.

SnortGlassesWatchAndSlacks Wed 31-Oct-12 12:44:13

I will try the 38f- thanks. Hazle, different brands give other probs, I guess one of my other issues is that I don't have time to spend in a shop trying loads of different brands- perhaps I need to invest some time too smile

SorrelForbes Wed 31-Oct-12 12:44:30

Back2Two Try a 30DD/E or even a 28E.

SorrelForbes Wed 31-Oct-12 12:46:17

plumedematante As Vodka says, tTry a 32C but don't be surprised if you need to go up a cup in some styles (e.g. plunge).

SorrelForbes Wed 31-Oct-12 12:49:05

Yes, bra shopping definitely needs time and effort devoted to it. Unlike many, I love bra shopping (especially for other people. I'm not bossy, oh no not me!). If I had the capital, I'd open a lingerie/coffee shop/second hand book shop!

ggirl Wed 31-Oct-12 12:50:30

sorrel -yup I am saving up for another one , need a nude one , refuse to wear my shitty old ones now.
was watching Nigella the other night , I would put money on her wearing a prima donna smile

ggirl Wed 31-Oct-12 12:52:24

If anyone is in hants I can recommend a great lingerie shop
hidden agenda

RollerCola Wed 31-Oct-12 13:08:23

Can I just mention the tightness issue. I measure 30/36 and until recently wore a 32c. On advice from here I tried a 30 band for the first time ever but was really unsure as it seemed very very tight.

I bought a 30e in the end and the cups felt fine, but for the first few wears it was very uncomfortable as the band was so tight. However, it has now loosened a bit and is comfortable so it's definitely worth sticking with it.

I'd bought a 32d earlier in the year which seemed ok at the time but has now also loosened and now seems too big.

Go with the tightest band you can bear - it's worth it.

SorrelForbes Wed 31-Oct-12 13:24:21

ggirl Thanks, I travel to Hampshire fairly regularly so will add the shop address to my contacts for future reference. Their website says they stock Prima Donna and Fauve, my two favourite brands!

RollerCola - Yes a tighter band does take a little time to become accustiomed to especially if you've been wearing one three or more sizes too big.

Back I would also try a 28ff too.

Back2Two Wed 31-Oct-12 20:31:43

Thanks, I will.

<<sticks chest out>>

Lovecat Sun 04-Nov-12 10:04:38

If I'm not too late to this... I have a 34 underbust and a 42.5 chest measurement - have lost weight and my previous 36Fs are too loose in the cup and riding up at the back.

If you could suggest a size to try that will give me decent support that would be wonderful smile <going shopping this week>

34 FF and G would be good starting points. If you look over on the "small boobs" thread I have posted a list of things to check for a good fitting bra (near the bottom of the thread!)

Lovecat Sun 04-Nov-12 10:23:16

Thank you, Statistically smile

Lovecat Wed 07-Nov-12 14:57:44

Back again <hopes someone is still around>

I went bra shopping yesterday and tried on several different styles of 34FF and 34G. FF too tight, G gaping on one boob [grr]

Bearing in mind Statistically's tips on the other thread, however, I think I must have measured myself incorrectly because I could get all of my fingers up through the 34 bras, and they were fairly comfy on the tightest notch rather than the tightness that others on this thread have mentioned. So I tried a 32H. The band fits brilliantly, but the cups were too small. No 32HHs available in my local shops, I may have to resort to the interweb...

If one cup gapes, is it better to go for that size and buy some sort of padding (sorry if this has already been covered) rather than try and squish the larger boob into a smaller cup?

You should buy for the bigger boob and pad the smaller one. If you could get a 32 done up it is probably right as you do need to measure pretty firmly underneath . Try brastop, figleaves, bravissimo and leia for 32hh- at least it sounds like you were able to get pretty close in the shop so these should be about right.

MadAboutHotChoc Wed 07-Nov-12 15:10:12

34 under bust and 37-38 across the bust - what should I be wearing?

Start with a 34d

MadAboutHotChoc Wed 07-Nov-12 15:25:57

Thanks - will have to go bra shopping as I am usually a 34/36b grin

HazleNutt Sat 17-Nov-12 19:29:40

Yes, a WIN! A friend of mine I've been complaining about is visiting. She was insisting she needs a 38E bra. The back was literally around her neck. She's now wearing a 34G and was happy to admit I'm right. grin

Another victory for the bra fitting squad!

I know this thread is a bit Zombie-ish now, but can anyone advise me on bra size for my dd? She is 28 ins under bust, 30 around the fullest part. We did try some 28 A's and AA's on a few weeks ago but she said the band felt too tight. She is quite sensitive to things like labels etc though, they drive her mad, so that may just be unfamilarity.

CelticPromise Mon 04-Mar-13 18:31:29

HeadFirst she would be a 28B, and the small cup may have made the band feel too tight for her. Or she may be happy with a soft bra for the time being as she's not big.

Are you happy with your own bra size? Come and join the bra revolution, there's a Better Bra Campaign thread going on smile

Thank you! It never even occurred to me to try a B. We will try some next time we go to town smile

My bra's are okay , not uncomfortable but could be better i suppose! I haven't measured for yonks!

Go On headfirst, you might get a shock!

I posted on the bra intervention thread and yes you did give me a shock grin

FF! My bras range in size up to dd but I have been wearing a saggy old B cup bra today blush

I'm determined to try some on, find the perfect bra and never wear a crappy one again. At least i have an excuse now to go shopping with dd1.

CelticPromise Tue 05-Mar-13 07:25:09


EverythingInMjiniature Tue 05-Mar-13 07:51:02

Ok I'm 27 below, 36 on the boobs. Currently wear a 30g from being measured in r&p ages ago, from this should be wearing a 26H?? Does that even exist? Often in 32ff as find 30s hard enough to find!

A 26 is pretty impossible to track down although Panache are supposed to be launching some soon and Ewa Michalak will make them for you too. However it would be worth trying some 28s too - the Bravissimo Betty Bow is a bra I own which comes up very small in the back (I had to size up) so try that in a 28. Your measurements suggest a 28FF/G but if you are wearing a 30G and the cup is ok I would suggest trying a 28GG

EverythingInMjiniature Tue 05-Mar-13 08:16:05

Thankyou! Will go bra shopping after payday smile

EverSoCurious Mon 08-Apr-13 17:58:45

What bra size am I?
Details = I am 26" underbust and 31" fullest ..
I am currently wearing a 28B but it is leaving a lot of red marks and there are bulges over the top of the bra ( and it is not a push up! )
What do you think?
All help much appreciated smile

I've been fascinated with bra threads for ages, finally went shopping today. I've been wearing 36A or 34B, am size 12, 5'6, used to be slimmer but bit bigger since I had 3 kids. Happiest without a bra tbh though that doesn't look good under clothes...

I'm 31.5 under and maybe 36 over (hard to tell even with the leaning forward thing)
tried on 30E (E!) and 32D today in JL. Still unconvinced though. The back fat, bulges! I have never had that before, was most distressing. Also didn't feel I quite filled the cups either so maybe I measured wrong?
got a slightly padded balcony style in 32D but the back fat is depressing (then also got lovely dress in JL sale but realise when I got home that it made me look pregnant as my yummy is big so all in all I'm feeling quite rubbish about my flab now sad. )

HazleNutt Mon 08-Apr-13 20:06:10

ever you would be 26DD, but it's pretty impossible to find. try 28D.

Norkilychallenged - that sounds like insufficient scooping to me. The bulges need to be manhandled in to the cups.

I'm taking dd bra shopping today for her first bra. She's too shy to get fitted and it's unlikely that she will allow me into the changing

I'm taking dd bra shopping today for her first bra. She's too shy to get fitted and it's unlikely that she will allow me into the changing cubicle to help her with fitting so i'm hoping someone can help me with sizes.
She's 29 under and 35 over, any suggestions as to what size that would make her?

Ah, is this where all the small backed folks are? I'm a 26G (or thereabouts, dependent on style/brand/TOTM). I've asked MN to do a campaign for stores to stock a realistic range of bra sizes, as they currently fail to cater for lots of women. Why do shops sell dresses etc in size 6, but not bras that size 6 women could wear under them?

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