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AIBU to think that I could find a bra that is uplifting, but not wodged full of foam, which will be flattering on those of us who are not overendowed on the boobicular area? At the moment it either looks like I'm completely flat chested, or have two bean bags shoved down there.
I am struggling to find a bra that's pretty and supportive. Any recommendations?
Nope, I'm a size 12 and measure 30.5 underneath my bust. I wear a 30G. However, If I tried to wear a 30E it would be excruiating. I would best my next bar of chocolate that you need to be in a smaller back and a much much bigger cup.
To steal a very good post from a fellow bra enthusiast, HazelNutt:
There are thousands of women who should be wearing 32 back or smaller.
But -they went to M&S for fitting - they,haven't seen anything smaller in shops - have read that [insert a really slim bog-boobed celebrity] wears a 36DD 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..
I went to be measured at an independent shop a few months ago. M&S had measured me several times over the years as a 36A but my shoulders and back ached at the end of the day and I never felt my bras fitted quite right. Turns out I'm a 32DD. My new bras are enormously comfy! My advice is to get measured.
Hmm, not necessarily (I never give up, me!). What are your under bust and across bust measurements? Usually a smaller band that matches your under bust measurment feels too tight because the cup is much too small.
argh - don't go anywhere bra experts....I can't measure myself as Im at work right now but I will have questions for you later!!
okay I have one right now! when you do the over boob bit of the measurement should you do it while wearing a bra? I mean if you have post DC saggers (remember everyone, its the pregnancy not the BF that does it) then do you measure over them in their natural flatter but longer configuration or once you have hoisted them back up to where boobs are traditionally found?
Barely touching for over. The cup size is harder to get right by measurement so always try a few. If your bras are awful then an alternative to measuring with a bra is to measure braless but bent forward so that they hang down - so your boobs are almost at 90 degrees to your body. This is actually very accurate for me and gives the same measurement as my best bra.
Basically there are two different sizing systems, but no-one tells you this - the way people used to measure for bras was completely different. I think the one M&S use is 'measure under your boobs (in inches) and add 4 inches' to get the bra size, then siome faffery to get the cup size. So in M&S I am 34E. In, say, Bravissimo, I am 30G or something.