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To not know how to measure myself for a bra...

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WrappedInABlankie Thu 01-Jan-15 17:55:23

So wonderful Mnetters!

How do i do this? blush I ususally go to Marks and Spencers and I do love their plung bras. I was last measured at a 38E which is the one I've got now, but I'm 4-boobing it and the rest of me is falling out of it when i bend over --only half my nipple is covered in it anyway grin however I am 15+4 but hate non-underwired, maternity bras

WowserBowser Thu 01-Jan-15 18:00:27

How to measure

Aeroflotgirl Thu 01-Jan-15 18:01:13

Go to Bravissimo or John Lewis tgey are very good at measuring. Since I been there I have never had 4 boobs fgrin and the bras fit so well, I will never go to another place again.

WowserBowser Thu 01-Jan-15 18:02:29

I am guessing you will go down band size and up cup sizes OP

HollyBen Thu 01-Jan-15 18:04:44

Head to Bravisimo if there is one near you. I have been very impressed with them. i am going in on sat to get them to help me-31+3 and finding my current bra's so uncomfortable

Hatespiders Thu 01-Jan-15 18:06:20

I don't get measured, but I take a long time to choose my bras. I take into the changing cubicle a large selection and keep at it until I'm sure the one I favour is really comfortable. I could take an hour or so in total. I know roughly what style I'm after and the approx size, but they do vary enormously. I sit, move about, stretch up and take it on and off, I'm really fussy. I just cannot bear to be uncomfortable in my bra. I'm a 34G but the difference in fit between styles is amazing. Once I've found the best fit, I always buy three.

WrappedInABlankie Thu 01-Jan-15 18:08:41

I usually go to Bravissimo but my nearest one is Brighton and I'm Southampton. I met a wonderful bra fitting woman there who walked in said her name looked at me and said she'd be back came back with a bra and it fitted was very impressed!

However I'm getting 39' underneath and 50' dangling any idea's?

LL12 Thu 01-Jan-15 18:11:10

There is only one way, "The Mumsnet Way" Look on WowserBowser's link

WrappedInABlankie Thu 01-Jan-15 18:12:23

LL12 - Just did that and posted my measurements smile

LL12 Thu 01-Jan-15 18:13:09

Sorry, must have been typing at the same time as you

Mamab33 Thu 01-Jan-15 18:13:10

Was so disappointed with Bravissimo. The only place that gave me the dreaded 4 boob. I got the bra for an interview and felt so self conscious on the day and never wore it again. They made me go down a back size and stay the same cup size. No expert but have since heard that you have to go up cup sizes if you go down back sizes.

LL12 Thu 01-Jan-15 18:16:27

I think you would start at a 40H or a 38HH
Hope somebody checks if I got this right or not, it's been a while since I have done mine.

WrappedInABlankie Thu 01-Jan-15 18:17:21

So I get 38/40 H (39' under and 50' dangling)

Is that right?

WeAllHaveWings Thu 01-Jan-15 18:17:30

38H or 38HH

LL12 Thu 01-Jan-15 18:23:31

Start with the 38HH and go from there, it also depends on the make, style and colour.
I found a really nice white bra in M&S in a 34F that fitted wonderfully, then tried the same bra in Black and it was too big even though it was the same style and size.
Mind you I've had the same problem there with jeans as well being different sizes in different colours when they should be the same.

WrappedInABlankie Thu 01-Jan-15 18:25:48

That means no more lovely plunge bras from M&S, however there new bra fitting tool just said I was a 40 F yet only asked for my underband size, then proceeded to ask me what type of shoulders I have, how gappy is my cleavage, if my bust is full, my age, my current bra size, is it underwired, the style where I brought it from, my underband fit, cup size fit, front wire fit and the side of my bra fit :S

WrappedInABlankie Thu 01-Jan-15 18:27:21

you also have to do this with a bra one M&S bra fitting tool

LL12 Thu 01-Jan-15 18:31:22

God, sounds like they want you to sit an exam just to get a bra.
I want to try bravissimo but also don't have one local to me so it was ASDA or M&S.
The M&S bra is very good and I am very sure that it fits well from following the advice on here and the link.
I did pick up a 34F bra in ASDA and the fit was terrible so until I can get to a good bra shop it has to be M&S for me.

WrappedInABlankie Thu 01-Jan-15 18:33:30

LL12 - I thought it was just me with ASDA! I picked up my right band size and cup at the time and couldn't even get the band up! then tried on bigger cups and bigger band and it was still to small so gave up!

LL12 Thu 01-Jan-15 18:38:24

I just tried the M&S tool and it said I was a 36E, strange then that their bra's in that size don't fit well at all, yet 34F does and that is what I actually am.
Their comment that 80% of women are wearing the wrong size bra made me laugh as I thought "well yes, of course they will be if they use your bra guide"

WrappedInABlankie Thu 01-Jan-15 18:45:02

Haha I find their bra's seem to fit when I try them on for the few seconds i have them, I then shop around in store get home with the same size/style she had and bam doesn't really fit!

ShowMeYourTARDIS Thu 01-Jan-15 18:48:19

You can also check out reddit.com/r/abrathatfits. They are lovely and brilliant. I finally have my first bra that fits!

LL12 Thu 01-Jan-15 18:49:06

I have asked StatisticallyChallenged to come and help with some more advise on bras, she knows her stuff

BobsTaintedLeftLeg Thu 01-Jan-15 18:53:47

I've just done that m&s bra fit thing.

I'm a 34f and it put as a 36e, even though I answered all the questions as nothing being wrong........

WowserBowser Thu 01-Jan-15 19:00:26

Exact same thing here Bobs - has changed me from a 30F to a 32E even though I said it all fits perfectly.

<baffled>

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