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Time for a new bra thread

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SorrelForbes Thu 21-Feb-13 14:36:31

I am officially a mad bra lady. I staged an intervention today in M&S in an attempt to stop a young lady buying a 36B. She was with her mum who told me her daughter was a size 12 and that's why they'd picked up a 36. I advised her to try a 30! I am now feeling a mixture of shame and pride.

They were like this shock confused

Sorry, missed the "just under 30" - yes, try the 28s suggested too.

SpottyTeacakes Thu 21-Feb-13 17:18:26

shock <faints>

Naoko Thu 21-Feb-13 17:20:34

I haven't done this with bras in a shop yet but you do go a bit evangelical once you're in the right size, don't you grin I'm on a bit of a mad quest to get all my friends in the right sizes. I do think my local pet shop think I'm the mad rodent lady though, I keep accosting their customers and telling them they can't put syrian hamsters in cages the size of shoeboxes, even if they are pink shoeboxes with decorated tunnels. blush

I have a bra question - how do you tell online which bras have moulded cups? I don't like the ones that are just lace or whatever, they make me look weird and pointy and let's not talk about what happens when I get cold. In shops obviously you can see but it's often hard to tell online and the description doesn't always say. Does anywhere do a particularly good range of them?

MadBusLady Thu 21-Feb-13 17:21:31

Spotty I'm 31 under, 37 over and a 30E-F in real sizes. There's a whole world of being totally unable to get bras in your proper size opening up before you grin

BramblyHedge Thu 21-Feb-13 17:22:24

I love these threads. Shame my mum won't listen to me. She wears a 38c and is a similar size to me (i wear 32G)

Moulded cups, proper moulded ones, are generally seamless. You don't really get seamless bras which aren't also moulded (or not often anyway)

Bras which have seams will normally say if they are padded.

What size are you after Naoko?

MadBusLady Thu 21-Feb-13 17:24:40

Hm. Hang on a minute...

<wriggles out of name>

MadBraLady Thu 21-Feb-13 17:26:05

Ooh yes that's much better. I feel all pert and perky.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Thu 21-Feb-13 17:29:03

Naoko - if you want roundness rather than pointy-ness, then try Bravissimos balcony styles, or Cleo. I am amazed at my now round and not-pointy-at-all boobs grin

AgathaF Thu 21-Feb-13 17:57:30

Ooh, lovely! Another bra thread. I wonder how many of us get converted with each of these threads?

babsmam Thu 21-Feb-13 18:17:01

I really tried today in debenhams with my bra but just could not get rid of the bulges over the bra at the back. I stuck w itch 34 dd/e as the 32ff / g was the biggest they had.

I an 31.5 under and 37/38 (i forget which and my tape is wet from boiler blowing up) over

Help me please

It sounds like you probably need more cup space. the cup is much harder to get by measurement, it's only ever a guideline. Also, what brand were the bras you tried? IME the Debs Gorgeous range comes up very small in the back

FlutterClutter Thu 21-Feb-13 18:23:53

I've tried and tried but I can't do the tight band thing, the tightness and itching makes me want to scream and cry blush I always end up in crop tops.

I get the fitting theory, and the bras look fine on, I just can't wear them.

Are there any bras which have extra wide soft bands at the back (and maybe under the cups) so that the support is in the right place (ie around the ribcage), but it doesn't have to be excruciatingly tight? As few seams, labels and hooks as possible would be good too. Oh dear, I've just described a crop top, haven't I hmm grin

What size should you be and I will have a look

babsmam Thu 21-Feb-13 18:29:41

It was the gorgeous range as I went to the one in Middlesbrough that doesn't have a vey big range. I tried a couple of Freya too but they didn't have a very good selection of cup sizes.

The 34 on the middle fastening is still lots better than my old ones however

WildThong Thu 21-Feb-13 18:30:14

I converted recently, now I'm addicted to these threads.
There's some great buys on this website Leia

I would suggest some online ordering. given the bras you are currently wearing I suspect you need a slightly bigger cup than you measure - so on a 32 I would say try an F/FF and maybe G, but in brands other than Gorgeous. They do some lovely things but it probably makes sense to work out what a good bra is for you first and then try to work out what you need in Debs. Freya are quite stretchy backed, as are Curvy Kate.

AgathaF Thu 21-Feb-13 18:44:57

Can anyone advise on sports bras please? I'm 32F but I've read that you need to size up for sports bras. Does anyone know, is that in the back size or the cup?

I would generally go up in the back, but stick to my usual "letter". The freya underwired sports bra is great, or this Shock Absorber

AgathaF Thu 21-Feb-13 18:57:59

Thanks. I'm just ordering now, got a freya in my basket grin

SpottyTeacakes Thu 21-Feb-13 18:58:11

What about nursing bras? They all look really lumpy under my tops!

ItsintheBag Thu 21-Feb-13 19:13:22

anyfucker & Statistically

Thanks so much, I am totally in shock.But am bra shopping tomorrow!!

babsmam Thu 21-Feb-13 19:15:45

Thanks. Will get a kid free day and go to a big shopping centre with more choice or online

AnyFucker Thu 21-Feb-13 19:28:03

have fun, Istinthebag

I hope you get some fab new bras and some newly-perky boobz in your bag tomorrow smile

My crappy, floppy efforts have had a new lease of life !

Naoko Thu 21-Feb-13 19:47:30

Hrm, I guess that I mean padded rather than moulded then, I'm not so bothered about seams, I just mean the ones that are boob shaped even when you're not wearing them if you see what I mean - I always thought 'padded' meant it's meant to make you look bigger. Clearly not! Statistically - I'm (usually, depending on brand/style) a 30G.

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