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36/38ABC to 32G - thank you bra women!

(33 Posts)
anothernamechangerreally Fri 19-Jul-13 14:44:32

I can't believe it - the bra intervention really is amazing. I must say my boobs look amazing in my new bra!

If anyone hasn't done it, I urge you to get measuring according to the bra rules!! It's fab! I am evangelical about it!! grin

HumphreyCobbler Fri 19-Jul-13 14:46:21

Hooray grin

ScumbagCollegeDropout Fri 19-Jul-13 14:53:23

I really want to do this but where I am all bras seem to come in 'dress size + cup size' e.g 12D, 14D etc

How would I find out if I am wearing the wrong size bra?

IsabelleRinging Fri 19-Jul-13 15:18:23

I have been a trying on again, and come to the conclusion that my boobs are a slight problem. I Measure a 32E/DD but the bit that is supposed to lie flat between the boobs just doesn't on me without touching the breast tissue as mine are so close together. There is no gap between them if you see what I mean as one breast starts where the other finishes. Help!

StatisticallyChallenged Fri 19-Jul-13 16:07:20

scumbag are you in Australia (I think that is the sizing system over there?) if so, measure yourself according to the UK method and then convert the size. A 28 is a 6, a 30 is an 8 and so on. Which cup size you need will be a case of counting up through the cup sizes the brand does. If the brand skips doubles then you will need a bigger cup

i.e. uk goes A,B,C,D,DD,E,F,FF,G,GG,H,HH,J,JJ,K,KK,L
If the range you have is ABCDEFG then a 7" difference would be a G in your sizes or an F in ours.

ALternatively - and a lot of women overseas do this including in the US - order from the UK. Brastop and bravissimo do international delivery!

StatisticallyChallenged Fri 19-Jul-13 16:09:26

Isabelleringing I have this issue, incredibly close set boobs with no gap whatsoever. I even find plunges difficult as the end of the centre stabs me in the boobs! I have two solutions - I either wear bras where the gore is quite high, so although it is touching boob the pressure is well distributed so it's a lot less painful then a plunge or lower style. The other is Ewa Michalak - the centres of the S and SM styles are very narrow, I believe the PLs are too. I think they actually cross over the ends of the wires.

SkinnyDecaffGiraffe Fri 19-Jul-13 16:52:11

I'm just getting into this... Done the measurements and was 32, 40 but I'm breastfeeding. Is scooping still advisable ??

I thought I was a 36d or a 34c at a push. Looks like I need a 32g!

SkinnyDecaffGiraffe Fri 19-Jul-13 17:03:25

Sorry for hijack

StatisticallyChallenged Fri 19-Jul-13 17:16:55

32FF as a start point but you will want to try sizes around it. Scooping is definitely advisable. If you want to wear wires (safe as long as bra fits) then you need to make sure all breast tissue is in the cup so the wire sits outside of it. Scooping is the way

SkinnyDecaffGiraffe Fri 19-Jul-13 17:38:36

Thanks. If only that much boob remains after breastfeeding!

GeekInThePink Fri 19-Jul-13 17:57:54

I'm measuring myself but I'm still not sure im doing it right!
I need a mumsnet bra intervention pop up shop please!

lifesgreatquestions Fri 19-Jul-13 18:08:37

I can also thank the bra women as my boobs also look so much better and feel fabulous! And regarding the issue of close boobs, I also do not have a gap but the bra had separated them comfortably and that bit is nearly flat between them.

StatisticallyChallenged Fri 19-Jul-13 18:10:10

Over here geekinthepink - whats up

Nells77 Fri 19-Jul-13 18:50:21

Hi could I ask a question please?
I measured myself and have gone from a 34b to a 30dd. I ordered some basic bras from debenhams and have been giving them a trial run this evening. Is it supposed to feel really snug against you? It feels a bit uncomfortable but is that just because my others were to big?? I can fit 2 fingers under the band. I don't want to keep them if it isn't right. I can defo see the difference in the cup size though😊

StatisticallyChallenged Fri 19-Jul-13 18:56:35

I suspect it is right and just feeling strange. Give them a slightly longer trial it's night time and hot so if you are anything like me this doesn't help!

Knotter Fri 19-Jul-13 19:30:48

Got the 1000th message on the New Bra Thread! Thanks for all the advice, experts smile.

I am now in 34 G after years in 38C (35/43 for measurements), feels comfortable but itchy and slightly strange! If it digs in a bit under armpits, does this mean anything?

StatisticallyChallenged Fri 19-Jul-13 19:53:37

Armpits can be a style/shape issue. However, given how far off your previous bras were it is also quite possibly a getting used to it issue. If your old bra has been the wrong size then your body is used to different pressure points where the edge of the wires/cups/straps/back used to sit. It's a bit like wearing the same pair of shoes for a year then putting on a sandal - the skin isn't used to it. I'd maybe give this one a bit more time to see if it is just that. I'd imagine there is significantly more fabric towards/in your armpit than before which is bound to feel very odd

IsabelleRinging Fri 19-Jul-13 22:02:30

I don't have a problem with bras hurting, the centre just doesn't really sit flat whatever size I try. I have a fab cleavage though grin!

Purplehonesty Fri 19-Jul-13 22:10:07

Could you tell me which size to try please? Just measured and am 28 and 34
Not sure how to convert that into bra size as I would normally buy a 34a before dd but have been breastfeeding for a year and they've been massive and now small again !

CelticPromise Fri 19-Jul-13 22:11:58

Purple 28E for starters.

Purplehonesty Fri 19-Jul-13 22:18:04

Really? Won't the cups be mahoosive?! Am all new to this, and my boobs look quite small now

Purplehonesty Fri 19-Jul-13 22:18:32

Oh and where would one get such a bra size?! Thanks

CelticPromise Fri 19-Jul-13 22:23:54

Bravissimo, decent department stores esp Debenhams, many online retailers.

An E cup on a 28 band is not equal to that on a 34 band. In volume terms it roughly equates to a 34C. I bet if you put on a 34A and scoop you get boob escaping all over the place grin

Purplehonesty Fri 19-Jul-13 22:28:46

grinThank you

peaz Fri 19-Jul-13 22:32:09

Finally got round to doing this. Can anyone advise me? I measured 35.5 under, 45.5 over. So should I be trying a 36 or 34? And what cup does that make me?

I'm wearing 38 DD but since I was last measured I've had a baby and put on weight!

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