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LadyMilfordHaven Sun 21-Jul-13 21:50:40

I'm not convinced that everyone is a 32 inch back. I'm worried there are back hamsters.

I know as a 32 back that the minute I head more to 15 than 12 my bra is too tight.

So ladies. Do check your rear view

timidviper - what size is the Bravissimo bra? Have you tried scooping in it?

Scooping - basically all the armpit and back fat needs to be manhandled in to the cups of the bra. Put your bra on, stand side on to a mirror. Lean forward, put your left hand in side your right cup, reach right round, and pull EVERYTHING forward in to the cups. Repeat on other side. Then repeat again for good measure!

To measure yourself - measure tightly under your bust in inches then, bra off, bend forward to as close to 90 degrees as possible and measure around the widest part..

Pop your measurements and the info about the Bravissimo bra on here and we'll go from there

timidviper Tue 23-Jul-13 00:43:44

I'm afraid I don't have it any more as i put it in the charity bag in disgust so can't be certain, but think it was a 40F. I am currently wearing M&S Special Collection moulded cup bras which look to me to fit well, they are 42E but I have to use an extender in the back when I first get them until they loosen slightly (42 is the largest size they make in this bra)

I measure 42 around under boobs and 51 leaning forward but they are like spaniels ears and really do hang since I've lost some weight blush

MyChildDoesntNeedSleep Tue 23-Jul-13 03:22:38

I've always thought it was measure under the bust and add 4" if it's even and 5" if it's odd, eg 28" ribcage becomes 32". Then you measure the bust. If that is the same as the last figure (ie 32") then you're an A cup. An inch bigger and you're a B, and so on....

When did it all change, because people I wouldn't in a million years have thought were a 32" rib cage are claiming they are confused

it changed quite a long time ago as fabrics improved and got stretchy. bravissimo have been fitting, albeit by eye, in this way for at least 10 years.

For those who are interested, there is information here on what a bad bra looks like, instructions on how to measure (to get a starting point) and then test fit (to get it perfect) here

timidviper, based on those measurements I would start with a 42G (M&S don't do FF so you would want a GG there although their quality is...meh!) That said, those of us who are slightly more padded sometimes find that they need a smaller back than they measure to get sufficient support. There is an article here which explains why.

Now, can you pop the extender off your existing bra and try scooping in it. I'd expect you to have quad boob in the 42E. All of the back and armpit overspill needs to be manhandled in to the cup. Because the cup is currently too small after scooping you'll find it coming out the front instead but it will confirm our thinking.

I suspect that the reason the Bravissimo one didn't work is that it was too small in the cup, rather than the back. If the cup is too small, all the stuff that should be scooped in and held by the cup just, well, escapes! A 40F is probably about 3 cup sizes smaller than you needed. Bravissimo are generally good but they don't always emphasize the scooping IME - some fitters are a bit timid about saying " grab your armpit and back fit and manhandle it forward" but it makes a huge difference.

LadyMilfordHaven Tue 23-Jul-13 07:42:24

I would say if you're scooping it doesn't ft

SorrelForbes Tue 23-Jul-13 07:46:18

Not at all. Everyone needs to scoop every time they put their bra on to ensure that everything is in the right place.

That's bollocks LadyMilfordHaven. Scooping is part of putting your bra in properly

CelticPromise Tue 23-Jul-13 08:22:46

Lizzy sizewise I'd start with a 32F. I don't know loads about styles but if your boobs are wide set balconettes are a good place to start. I wonder if a seamless bra would work? There are probably styles that others can recommend but I know that Anita make underwired nursing bras without seams, worth a look? I'd say at an E/F you probably need wires, but you have to be comfy of course.

LizzyDay, have you tried anything from Curvy Kate at all? Their showgirl range (tease me, entice, fleurty etc) has very very soft bands and they are quite wide cups too so they might be worth a try. They run both big in the band and small in the cup, so I would suggest you try a 32F and 32FF to start with. I haven't tried it personally but I believe the Curvy Kate Smoothie is also very soft.

IWipeArses Tue 23-Jul-13 08:48:42

How do you tell how much of the back fat is from needing to scoop and how much is actual fat? Because if you're fat, lots of it will be actual fat won't it.

Yes, some of it will be actual fat - I think you would be aiming to scoop the bulges if that makes sense. So around the armpits and the sort of section at the back between the edge of the strap, the band and the outside of your back. But basically I would scoop what you can, you will quickly get a feel for what goes and what doesn't! It'll still look a darn site better in a good bra post scoopage.

My back looks loads worse in a bra that is too big at the back.

IWipeArses Tue 23-Jul-13 08:58:36

Which bras have wide sides? The ones I'm using really dig in.

What size are you after again? (memory not that good!)

IWipeArses Tue 23-Jul-13 09:48:09

That's ok, don't think I've said! grin 40(ish)H+ possibly as high as J

Is that the size you are wearing just now - reason I ask is that most brands change their bra construction considerably above a GG so if you are wearing a smaller cup that would affect things

IWipeArses Tue 23-Jul-13 09:57:03

I'm probably a 40 band, last one I bought that feels nearly right is a 40H and def need bigger cup. Wouldn't need to lose much to be in a 38 band though. I'm very squishy. blush

Ok. As a rule, Freya are a bit of a disaster for very big/heavy boobs. The wires just aren't up to it. Fantasie is kind of similar. Panache and Bravissimo are both much better, and I believe Elomi are also great for the squishier amongst us.

I was wearing this bra yesterday and found it very generous/wide at the side and back (I have it in a 32HH so same cup construction). It's sold out in your sizes but quite a few of the new styles are basically the same bra - I think Cherry Fling and Candy Bliss are to name but a few. I generally think the Bravissimo own brand bras are good

IWipeArses Tue 23-Jul-13 10:16:08

Thank you. I think I'll plan a trip out to the nearest Bravissimo store actually, not sure I can bear ordering loads and sending them back etc.

goodasitgets Tue 23-Jul-13 11:56:44

I have wide boobs (don't seem to project but are wide across)
Bras that work
Bravissimo - darling heart, cherry fling, laurel
Panache - elsa and jasmine

Interesting goodasitgets - I would say I have quite wide boobs (but close set, just to be annoying)

I don't have those yet but have Betsy Bow, which I think is the same as cherry fling and darling heart. I love it.

goodasitgets Tue 23-Jul-13 12:01:26

Psst I'm under a NC (because I keep forgetting to change back) grin

SorrelForbes Tue 23-Jul-13 15:36:22

That confirms for me that my boobs are (as described by married), deep and narrow set. The Jasmine and the Bravissimo half cups (eg Rococco Charm) just don't work for me at all. The gore won't lie flat no matter what size I try. They really flatten my boobs too.

LizzyDay Thu 25-Jul-13 19:37:05

Thank you for the suggestions CelticPromise and StatisticallyChallenged smile Sorry I missed your replies before.

No I haven't tried Curvy Kate, though they do look a bit too much like a 'standard' bra for me if that makes sense, with lacy bits and underwiring etc. I'll have a look at the nursing bras - I did have a few when I was BFing and they were ok, but not really much more supportive than the crop tops I'm wearing now, with added clasps, hooks etc. I think I'm a bit of a lost cause tbh, it's not about the fit, it's about the general scratchiness and constrictiveness. I'm just weird... grin

mercury7 Fri 26-Jul-13 15:03:11

Lizzie, I can relate to what you say about bra's, I seem to be hypersensitive to any clothing touching my skin, and tight clothing anywhere makes me feel anxious, I find waistbands very difficult, as well as bra's.
It really is a pain!

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