Bra intervention help

(43 Posts)
ThinkyPantsWorryWort Tue 30-Jul-13 12:32:00

Hello, unexpectedly have a few hours to shop. Have read lots on bra intervention but haven't measured as thought it would be an age before I had the chance to shop.

So I have bought a tape measure and measured myself in m & s toilets! Not sure I should admit that!!!

So I come out as 39 under bust, and 45 over bust at a 90 degree angle.

Should I start at 38D?

Any suggestions warmly recieved!

Difference between 38 and 45 is 7, so you need to try 38F (A,B,C,D,DD,E,F)

start at 38e or f but watch out for small running m and s back sizes

ThinkyPantsWorryWort Tue 30-Jul-13 12:58:03

Thanks very much! Am afraid the lady on the changing rooms will laugh at me! I normally wear a 38B!

I shall check in again....where else on the high st would you lovely ladies suggest??

JacqueslePeacock Tue 30-Jul-13 13:08:51

Could I hijack please with my own intervention help request?

I cannot seem to get the hang of the measuring blush. I get various underbust measurements, depending on whether I breathe in or out and how straight the tape measure is on my back, ranging from 34 to 36 inches. Then I'm not sure how to measure the fullest part - does this include nipples (mine stick out a lot!)? And do I pull the tape measure tight, so that breasts are pulled towards each other, or just let it go loosely round? I get a range of 42 to 44 depending on how I do it.

Thank you and sorry for being dim!

Tight under, loose over, so 34 / 44.

Try a 34GG (not in M&S!)

JacqueslePeacock Tue 30-Jul-13 13:19:13

Thank you! The 44 included my sticky outy nipples, so perhaps 43 would be better as a loose measurement over my bust. I'm already wearing a 34 G (measured a year ago in Bravissimo) but it is feeling too loose on the cups. I'm BFing but am now down to 2 feeds a day so boobs feel all empty and saggy, alas, and have definitely changed shape and become less full since then. Do I need a different size, or just a different style? Sadly there are not too many styles of nursing bra available.

CelticPromise Tue 30-Jul-13 13:26:14

Thinky Debenhams are pretty good and carry a decent range of sizes.

CelticPromise Tue 30-Jul-13 13:29:05

Jacques do you need a nursing bra for two feeds a day? Anita make one with wires which may help, wires will give you much more lift but non nursing bras will give a much wider choice.

JacqueslePeacock Tue 30-Jul-13 13:46:32

Hmm, perhaps not - that's a good idea, Celtic. I will have a look for some wired non-nursing bras and just take them off for BFing (not so easy when out I guess, but that doesn't happen often anymore). For some reason I thought wired bras were a no-no when BFing but I don't know why, really.

ThinkyPantsWorryWort Tue 30-Jul-13 15:36:31

I am clearly looking in the wrong places . . .hmm

cocolepew Tue 30-Jul-13 15:51:26

I like Sainsbury's bras they always fit really well.

Ive been wearing a 36/40c but bought a 36E shock after advice from here. I'm going to change it to a 40E, it was a bit tight. The cup size was perfect, I thought I'd never fill it!

coco that seems quite drastic - a 40E will have the same cup size as a 36FF. If it's just that the band is tight (and that it really is tight, not the boobs stealing fabric), then try a 38DD.

cocolepew Tue 30-Jul-13 16:08:33

Oh thanks!

JacqueslePeacock Tue 30-Jul-13 16:26:11

ThinkyPants, sorry for the hijack! Have you tried John Lewis? TKMaxx sometimes have bargains in unusual sizes so can be worth a look. Otherwise, any independent underwear shop would be good or you could order a load online and send lots back.

badguider Tue 30-Jul-13 16:29:35

Can I hijack with a question about fitting rather than about measuring?

I have had wonderfully well fitting bras from bravissimo for a good few years but now I am pregnant my boobs are changing.
The bra I have on now mostly fits ok but the bit in the centre between my boobs is no longer tight against my breastbone at the top - does this mean that i've gone up a cup size?

Thanks smile

badguider Tue 30-Jul-13 16:30:35

Oh, and if i have gone up a cup size - what comes after F? is there a FF or does it go straight to G? is there a GG after G or H? (sorry - my boobs have never been this big before blush)

you need to go up at least a cup size probably two or more. the cups generally go f ff g gg h hh etc

goodasitgets Tue 30-Jul-13 16:36:30

If the centre gore isn't flat it generally means cup too small or wrong style (Freya never is flat on me)
Some places do an FF so it goes F FF G GG H HH

badguider Tue 30-Jul-13 17:10:41

excellent. thanks.
i'm pretty sure i dont' need to go up two or more just yet as it's only just coming away from my breastbone now... although after my milk comes in it might be a totally different story grin

I'd maybe try 1 and 2. It depends a bit on your boobs, but for me 1 cup too small isn't enough to push the gore away - that's minor quad boob territory for me.

ThinkyPantsWorryWort Tue 30-Jul-13 20:06:35

Well, not a successful day; nothing bought as literally no where had the right range if sizes in bras I like. Going to have a look online tonight & face the pain of returns! I must admit M and S was heaving so I didn't have a proper look there. Perhaps I am just too fussy?

Thank you for all the advice, no worries re thread hijack! grin

You will be better online - M&S bras really aren't that great! Try brastop, amazon, bravissimo, debenhams, mycurvesandme, Leia....all will have lots.

What sort of shape are your boobs - if you can tell us we can maybe suggest some good bras

rubyflipper Tue 30-Jul-13 21:51:46

I'll second Debenhams for bras - especially as some are up to 70% off. I bought two (a 36hh and 38h for £7 each) grin

JacqueslePeacock Wed 31-Jul-13 01:31:06

You can suggest bras by shape of boobs?! shock That would be great! What do you recommend for big and droopy (actually empty on the top after 2 years of BFing)?

Empty on the top generally means t shirt bras won't work very well - balconettes like the Cleo Juna are often quite popular.

Try to have a look at your boobs objectively and work out of they are close set or wide set (i.e. how big is the gap in the middle), and whether the individual boobs are narrow rooted or wide rooted (i.e. how much breast tissue do you have workings its way round under your arms or are they very much on the front?)

JacqueslePeacock Wed 31-Jul-13 10:07:12

Erm...I have never considered these questions before, but I'd go with quite far apart and mostly on the front but with a little bit making its way under my arms. That doesn't sound too appealing, does it?! Can you suggest anything?

In that case I would probably try the Cleo Juna - cleo has relatively deep cups so might suit. You will probably hate Freya (wide wires ime) and curvy kate. Bravissimo own brand do some great bras, they do vary quite a lot though (intentionally) but I would give some of their balconettes a shot too

JacqueslePeacock Wed 31-Jul-13 10:12:27

Actually the fitter in M&S (I know, I know) described them as "narrow but sticky-out" so maybe that helps!

JacqueslePeacock Wed 31-Jul-13 10:13:25

X-posts. That sounds great, thank you! Personalised bra fitting help via Mumsnet - just wonderful. thanks

ThinkyPantsWorryWort Wed 31-Jul-13 10:29:08

I don't really know where to begin. . . . in that respect! Small and droopy! Quite a wide space in between them. . . . can I be more descriptive?

In that case deep cups will probably suit you jacques - I think might also like the panache idina

AvonCallingBarksdale Wed 31-Jul-13 20:51:03

Hello! I know I'm in the wrong bra (currently 38C). I've just measured and I'm 35 and 42. Should I be looking at 34F?? shock Thanks in advance!

Try 34F/FF and 36E/F. The 34s are more likely

Everything seemed ok with my newest bras but I'm experiencing something I've never had happen before. One of them, on the back, is actually rolling up. Not riding up my back but the material is actually rolling up! Is there a reason for this or is it just bad luck?

AvonCallingBarksdale Wed 31-Jul-13 21:52:21

Great, thanks StatisticallyChallenged!

blueraincoat Thu 01-Aug-13 14:01:04

Hi Ladies,

I need help!

I measured 38 under bust and 50(!) at a right angle, does this make me a 38J?!

SorrelForbes Thu 01-Aug-13 16:11:30

blueraincoat Try a 38HH and similar sizes (e.g. 38H/J, 36J/JJ)

blueraincoat Thu 01-Aug-13 16:26:41

Thanks Sorrel, I am a bit shocked!

SorrelForbes Thu 01-Aug-13 16:41:44

OneLittleLady I get this with a couple of my bras too. I think (but am happy to be corrected) that it's just a quirk of that specific bra/fabric.

blueraincoat Yes, it's a bit daunting at first but honestly, you'll notice such a difference.

blueraincoat Thu 01-Aug-13 17:06:52

Well I have just ordered some in 38HH and 38J (can't really get to the shops at the moment) and will report back when they arrive.

blueraincoat Sat 31-Aug-13 19:46:23

Finally just but the bullet and went to Bravissimo today, amazing service, felt at ease and comfortable, no cats bum mouth like the mean M&S lady! Am a 38HH. Norks look fab. Thanks for all your help ladies! smile

SorrelForbes Sat 31-Aug-13 20:35:04

Yey! Great news indeed.

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