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Bra sizing (M&S) - is it any good - is it accurate?

(19 Posts)
JonesTheSteam Thu 18-May-06 17:49:56

The last (and actually only) time I had my boobs measured was when I was pg with DD.

They measured me as a 38A and yet I ended up coming home with bras that were a 38 or 36 D? I ended up with two old biddies discussing me as if I wasn't there - along the lines of 'isn't it odd?' and 'she's not measuring up as that' etc. They annoyed me because they talked about me as if I wasn't there and then their measurements were completely wrong.

Anyway have decided that I'm wearing completely the wrong size. Am currently a 34B. My bras tend to ride up at the back and with some of them my boobs tend to spill over (I get the dreaded Trinny & Susannah 4 boob thing going on !!!!) When I measure myself I am actually just a 36, but then my boobs don't even register a cup size! (and they haven't shrunk or grown considerably since I had the kids!).

So does anyone have a positive experience? Is it possible that my boobs are just weird? Has anyone had their boobs measured and completely disagreed with the size they were told?


nickiey Thu 18-May-06 17:58:04

ime all retail outlets are rubbish, one day i went to debenhams, M&S and La Senza who all measured me differently-in the end I made the very real effort of dragging myself uptp rigby and pellar in London (next door to harrods) and speanding a fortune on bras (about £200) but I came home with the most comfy and supportive bras I have ever owned that wash brilliantly dont loose their hold-I can even come downstairs now without getting blackeyes! They dont measure you there, just look at your boobs and back and then come back with a handful of bras that match your size needs as well as style needs.

Twiglett Thu 18-May-06 17:59:26

Rigby and peller .. yes

TheLadyVanishes Thu 18-May-06 17:59:49

I've always had my bra fittings there and I think they are really good, got my maternity bra's and beyond from M&S. You should be measured regularly especially when pregnant and afterwards, when you say since having dd how long ago was that

JonesTheSteam Thu 18-May-06 18:01:17

5 years ago.

They annoyed me so much though I couldn't face the thought of going back!!!!

Twiglett Thu 18-May-06 18:01:30

although R&P sizing doesn't seem to work with M&S bras

JonesTheSteam Thu 18-May-06 18:01:46

And they obviously were no good where I went as they measure me completely differently to what I ended up with!

beckybrastraps Thu 18-May-06 18:03:41

Measuring doesn't really work. You have to try on bras and see which ones fit best. Different makes come up differently IME.

JonesTheSteam Thu 18-May-06 18:04:14

If your bra rides up at the back is the size too small or too big?

beckybrastraps Thu 18-May-06 18:04:43

Back size too big.

JonesTheSteam Thu 18-May-06 18:07:44

There is no way I'm a 32 though!!!!!

beckybrastraps Thu 18-May-06 18:12:48

You'd be surprised! I have huge breasts, but a middling back size. For ages I wore a big back size because that's what the idiots in M&S told me. Then I went into a Bravissimo shop, and came out transormed! If it's riding up your back, it's too big. Try perhaps one back size down and one cup size up?

beckybrastraps Thu 18-May-06 18:13:20


DumbledoresGirl Thu 18-May-06 18:27:38

I have been frequently measured by M&S. They always measure me as rather small around and I don't like to be that tight so I go down a cup size and up a bust measurement.

But that said, you then have to try on the bras, as different bras, even though they are all M&S ones, fit differently. I have often ended up taking home 2 bras of different sizes, and that is with the staff advising me.

CMac Thu 18-May-06 18:27:53

Agree with BBS - I went to a wee independent shop wearing a 36B (size i'd been wearing for years) and came out with a 32DD!! Never been so comfortable... M&S measurements might be okay for M&S bras but they seem to use a completely different system to everyone else! A good fitter will just look at you and bring a selection to try on. Riding up at the back and 4 cup syndrome definitely makes it sound like you need to go down a back size and up at least one cup size.

006 Thu 18-May-06 18:30:37

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Lilliput Thu 18-May-06 22:42:32

I went to John Lewis last week and was properly measured as I have lost quite a bit of weight. I was wearing a 36DD and it turned out I am 32E. I feel like I have had a boob job, it is totally amazing. A new bra can do wonders for you self esteem and I so wished I had gone there ages ago! I went to M&S when I was pregnant and had a very similar experience with two biddies discussing my boobs, they reckoned I was a B cup. This was totally ridiculous as I haven't been a B cup since I was 14, went to john Lewis and they measured me a 36F. How they could get it so wrong I really don't know.

collision Thu 18-May-06 22:46:30

I thought M&S were great.

I thought I was 36 DD and I was. They brought me 2 lovely bras and I bought them both with matching knickers!

dinny Thu 18-May-06 22:49:17

R&P always measure back size much narrower than places like M&S. And cup size much larger.

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