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Small boobs...

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1950sHousewife Fri 11-May-12 18:20:43

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?

But...the size m and s measure at will not be a well fitting bra. There are two different fitting approaches, but not really two different sizes.A bravissimo 30g person will be roughly the same in m and s in a bra which actually fits. Obv there is a bit of variance in sizing between bras and brands, but not massive.

Trills Thu 01-Nov-12 13:28:00

1 - this is a Style and Beauty question
2 - it's from May, I expect the OP has found a bra by now (or I hope she has!)

ICBINEG Thu 01-Nov-12 13:32:45

trills shutupshutupshutup grin I (and others) need advice now...who cares if the op got sorted months ago?

frazzlerock Thu 01-Nov-12 13:33:37

Sorrel - I've just measured using your system. I make myself a 31D (I've always worn a 34B)
Is there such a thing as 31? Is was a little tight but 32 would be very loose...

Trills Thu 01-Nov-12 13:33:45

Why not start a thread saying "I need bra advice" in the appropriate place then?

What do you measure frazzle

HazleNutt Thu 01-Nov-12 13:35:21

There are two different measuring systems and the other one is wrong (except in some rare retro lingerie manufacturer's cases). M&S bras are generally about the same size as Bravissimo ones.

frazzlerock Thu 01-Nov-12 13:37:05

31 inches underneath and 35 around the boobs

Try a 30dd, 30d, 32d and 32c. I suspect the 30 back will be better as most people who are between sizes go down in the back.

frazzlerock Thu 01-Nov-12 13:52:11

That's good to know. I want to go bra shopping now!
The tape measure was quite tight at 31inches mind... I will have a go though. I can't believe I could ever be a D-cup. I've always had small boobs and D's look humungous in the shops!

HazleNutt Thu 01-Nov-12 13:57:41

frazzle you've probably been looking at, say, 38Ds, that are quite big indeed. A 30D is not - it's the same size cup as a 36A!

I measure about 31 too and need a 30, if you can get it on and done up and it us not painful, it's probably right! It will feel tight at first though

PeppermintPanda Thu 01-Nov-12 14:25:35

What should I be trying then? Just measured and I'm 29 underbust and 33 across. I've been wearing 36AAA. It's the first bra that has actually fit me, ever. But I order them from a Freaks-R-Us type shop in the US, which costs me a bloody fortune. I dream of being able to go into a highstreet shop and choose a nice bra.

SorrelForbes Thu 01-Nov-12 14:28:39


I would try a 28DD, a 28D and a 30D. As SC says above you'll probably find the smaller back size a better fit.

If you consider that an A cup = a 1" difference between your two measurements, and an AA = 0" difference, then an AAA has to be technically impossible! Howver, US sizes are slightly different grin

PeppermintPanda Thu 01-Nov-12 14:57:22

Thank you Sorrel. D or DD shock sounds so much better than AAA. Although I quite like the idea of having technically impossible boobs! Right, I'm off to order bras from M&S!

SorrelForbes Thu 01-Nov-12 15:05:46

No, no please don't order from M&S wink.

Here are some good sites:

and John Lewis, Debenhams and HoF!

magnolia74 Thu 01-Nov-12 15:33:52

Ok have just measured myself, 29 under boobs and 32 around boobs ( including cold nipples but every bit counts right grin )

Currently wearing a 32 b but even that is tight.......

SorrelForbes Thu 01-Nov-12 15:36:41

OK, try a 28D, a 28C and a 30C. I suspect the 28 will be a better fit.

Your 32 is too tight because the cup is too small. Be brave grin

magnolia74 Thu 01-Nov-12 15:40:21

Omg can you imagine, c or d cup grin

I'm going shopping at the weekend.

SorrelForbes Thu 01-Nov-12 15:43:01

You'll be fine! Imagine my shock a few years back when I went from a 34DD to a 30G!

interwebmum Thu 01-Nov-12 16:08:46

I feel your pain! I was a 36AAA before getting pregnant and I was really frustrated with the whole bra issue. Luckily I discovered two companies that sell pretty bras for smaller boobs. They are 'Little Women' and 'Dainty Lady'. Don't be put off by the slightly patronising names they make really nice bras that range from 32AAA to 40AAA. They have lots of bras that have subtle padding or no padding at all, so you don't feel like you're smuggling pillows.
I hope that's helpful. Good luck.

Sidge Thu 01-Nov-12 16:08:47

Thanks to the sterling advice of Sorrel and Hazel on other threads I discovered the joys of buying and wearing bras that actually fit me!

I had been wearing 34C because I thought I was a 32C or D but could rarely get 32s in the shops.

I then discovered (thanks to Sorrel's and Hazel's advice) that I am a 28 but find a 30 more comfortable - depending on the style I now wear a 30DD or 30E! And I look so much better for it, without the discomfort of wearing a poorly-fitting bra. You'd never look at me and think "wow that woman has E cup jugs" as it's all relative to the ribcage measurement - I'm only 5 foot and a blink and weigh 7 st 13 so very narrow around my ribs with average size boobies.

I recently bought some beautiful Curvy Kate bras from which are lovely on.

SorrelForbes Thu 01-Nov-12 16:11:56

interwebmum Honestly though, I can't imagine that there are many women whose under bust and across bust measurments are in minus figures?

AA = 0" difference
A = 1" difference
B = 2" difference
C = 3" difference

and so on

I know a couple of people who've been wearing 36As and 36AAs and when properly fitted they've turned out to be D cups!

SorrelForbes Thu 01-Nov-12 16:13:09

<waves at Sidge>

Curvy Kate do some great bras don't they? Good to hear you're all comfy now!

interwebmum Thu 01-Nov-12 16:17:16

Oh, I was too lazy to read everything and just realised that I may have missed the point of your post.Oops. I just checked your size on the Little Women website and it says 34AA.
BTW I think smaller boobs are brilliant and it's not our fault that the high street shops don't cater for us petite ladies. Small boobs are sexy!

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