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To ask how many of you have had a bra intervention by Sorrel, Statistically and others?

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TickledOnion Wed 27-Feb-13 13:29:00

I've been reading the recent bra threads and love it when people are shocked to discover they are actually a 32F and not a 40A.

So, if you have recently had a bra intervention by Sorrel, SC and others, can you answer the following please:

What size were you wearing?
Who fitted you? (Name and shame please)
What size are you now?

KatieMiddleton Wed 27-Feb-13 14:53:09

A mark of a good maternity/nursing bra is that it comes with bra extenders for the back because your ribs change shape during and just after pregnancy.

StatisticallyChallenged Wed 27-Feb-13 14:54:11

CEOHome, that seems to broadly reflect the trend we see. M&S generally are out by 2-3 back sizes too big, and 2-3 cup sizes too small. Sometimes more.

Their "size chart" is here. DO NOT FOLLOW THIS, but...have a look at the measurements for a 46C. They are clueless.

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Wed 27-Feb-13 14:54:22

I was 34A and now I am 30C.

All thanks to Sorrel! grin

CelticPromise Wed 27-Feb-13 14:54:39

The more of these threads I read the more passionate I get about this! Was looking at lessbounce earlier and they carry a great range of sports bras, service is good etc but their size chart says to add inches! I have a well fitting and supportive Panache sports bra in a 32G, if I'd followed their instructions I'd be sending back a floppy and uncomfortable 36D. MADNESS! I feel an email coming on...

piprabbit Wed 27-Feb-13 14:55:44

I'm struggling with the way to measure the fullest bit while leaning forward - can someone explain please?
If I lean forward 90 degrees, my torso is parallel with the floor and my boobs are hanging down like a pair of spaniels ears and not anywhere near my body. I think I might be yards round if I measure like this.

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Wed 27-Feb-13 14:56:41

And looking at their totally shitty chart I should be a 36AA.

Unbelievable! Why on earth would you add 4 inches anyway? What possibly purpose could that serve?

HazleNutt Wed 27-Feb-13 14:58:16

stretch and don't forget to show to your "trained bra fitter" SIL what happens when her method is used!

StatisticallyChallenged Wed 27-Feb-13 15:00:20

piprabbit, it's harder to measure the cup in general but that method generally gets remarkably close to the right cup. Unfortunately measuring in a bra requires that your bra fits doesn't work for most people. Measuring bare but upright results in a far-too-small measurement as a lot of the breast tissue falls under the arms/sags down.

Lueji Wed 27-Feb-13 15:01:02

I have realised what the best sizes are for me a few years ago, around pregnancy with DS, 8 years ago.

It depends on brand and shape, but it's around a 32C/D or 30D.

I just had to laugh the time I went to a Triumph store and the woman measured me over my clothes (!) and proclaimed I was a something (forgot) A.
I left the store very quickly and have only returned because there aren't many around here that do those sorts of sizes.

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Wed 27-Feb-13 15:02:44

Here's a question.

When leaning forward at 90 degrees and measuring around the boobs, should you squash the nips flat? Mine are like Welsh lady hats fairly prominent and I'm sure it would distort the result! blush

HazleNutt Wed 27-Feb-13 15:03:08

RedToothBrush I'm afraid it's quite likely VS will be totally horrible.
Experience here:

Champlan Wed 27-Feb-13 15:03:57

If I am 36 under the bust and 41 around, what would
that make me? Thanks in advance!

daddyorchipsdaddyorchips Wed 27-Feb-13 15:05:25

I am actually going to buy a tape measure after work specifically so that I can do this. I am so excited.


StatisticallyChallenged Wed 27-Feb-13 15:07:33

Champlan, start point of a 36DD.
Ariel, don't worry about the nipples. We always advise trying a size or two either side anyway.

quietlysuggests Wed 27-Feb-13 15:07:50

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Wed 27-Feb-13 15:08:07

<pats nipples consolingly>

RubberBullets Wed 27-Feb-13 15:10:12

Measured as 40E in M&S and 2 local independent shops
Was wearing 42D because 40E was uncomfortable
MN says I'm 36HH yet to find a comfortable nursing bra though

RedToothBrush Wed 27-Feb-13 15:12:26

HazleNutt VS tried to fit me in a 32C when I got measured in the US. Its the worst fitting I've ever had, and the woman STILL tried to flog it to me!

I'm a 28F.

I'm quite looking forward to them invading here, as if they are as bad as that, there are going to be some comedy posts on MN.

HazleNutt Wed 27-Feb-13 15:13:45

Oh yes, VS in the US tried to sell me some DD bras, as that's the biggest they had. I'm a G. They kindly recommended I go up a few back sizes. hmm

Champlan Wed 27-Feb-13 15:14:49

Thank you Statistically, will go and try some on at the weekend

UniS Wed 27-Feb-13 15:15:42

36, 42 .

currently wearing 36C - bought on the try on lots at primark till I find one I like, then buy several exactly the same model.

quietlysuggests Wed 27-Feb-13 15:17:34

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

poorbuthappy Wed 27-Feb-13 15:17:48

UniS shouldn't you be 36f?

StatisticallyChallenged Wed 27-Feb-13 15:18:43

The 36 is about right - have you tried scooping though as I suspect once you do you may have 4 boobs. You are more like a 36E smile


Put your bra on, then lean forward. Put your right hand round inside the left cup, reaching as far round as you can (I do this infront of a mirror). See all the tissue which creeps over the side of the cup, sticks out under your armpit, or over the backstrap or beside the strap at the back? That's all breast tissue. Grab it, and full it forward (vigorously!) inside the wire. Repeat on the other side.

FrankWippery Wed 27-Feb-13 15:21:45

I am going to buy myself a tape measure this very afternoon and return with measurements so the awesome bra intervention team can do their whizzy stuff grin

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