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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

Minx179 Sat 20-Jul-13 02:33:57

It certainly is. Where I hated my boobs before, they now look good, even if I say so myself. It's been three months since I got measured and bought some nice bras, instead of horrible functional ones, but I still find myself looking down to check them out occasionally then denying it to DH when he catches me. grin

CelticPromise Fri 19-Jul-13 23:56:19

Wow minx what a difference!

CelticPromise Fri 19-Jul-13 23:55:24

Bravissimo, Debenhams and online. Brastop, mycurvesandme, and believe it or not Amazon. I'm a H/HH and there is actually choice in these sizes. not enough though!

Minx179 Fri 19-Jul-13 23:55:13

I went to get measures at Bravissimo after reading Bra Guru. The lady told me I was in the wrong sized bra's, but wouldn't tell me what size she thought I was until after I'd tried the bras on.

I went from a 40/42D to a 32FF, gobsmacked. Also went down a top size in clothes as my boobs are now in the right place.


peaz Fri 19-Jul-13 23:37:36

Thanks CP. Blimey...GG! Where on earth will I find those?? It's hard enough finding DD.

I can't scoop in the excess boobage in my DD, so it's obviously all wrong!

fengirl1 Fri 19-Jul-13 22:52:19

I'm a big fan of the bra threads too. I feel like I have boobs for the first time in a very long while.... Getting the back size right was a revelation in getting the cup size to actually be wide enough. -Sadly they are a bit matronly at my age but much better than before.

Knotter Fri 19-Jul-13 22:42:49

Thanks SC, I hadn't realised how totally wrong my old bra size was.... You're right, much more fabric and wiring under armpits than before, so I guess it's all a case of getting used to it. It certainly feels much more supportive!

CelticPromise Fri 19-Jul-13 22:38:17

Peaz try 36G and GG and 34 GG and H. Most women do better in the smaller bands if they are in between. Have you scooped in your DD? I'd expect boobs everywhere!

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!

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

grinThank you

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 22:18:32

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

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

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

Purple 28E for starters.

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 !

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!

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

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 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!

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 18:10:10

Over here geekinthepink - whats up

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.

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!

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

Thanks. If only that much boob remains after breastfeeding!

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

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