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Is this what the right size bra is like?

(9 Posts)
ChubbyKitty Sun 23-Feb-14 15:46:21

I had my first ever bra fitting on Friday, was wearing a 32C and she put me at a 30F. So yesterday I went and bought some new underwear.

I've put one of my new bras on and I'm honestly just not sure if I'm wearing it right. Does that make sense?

I can't slouch in it, which I presume is a good thing, but I don't know if I'm meant to scoop a bit more or tighten/loosen the straps in any way. It's not uncomfortable really but it I can definitely feel it constantly. Should I put the hooks into the next row of loops?

What is the correct way to wear a proper fitting bra?confused I just can't help but feel I'm doing it wrong!

StatisticallyChallenged Sun 23-Feb-14 15:53:48

OK, new bras should be on the loosest hooks, if they're not change that!

Scooping - basically as much as you can! Straps...they're there to keep the cups up and in place, but they shouldn't be taking that much weight so definitely not digging into your shoulders.

StatisticallyChallenged Sun 23-Feb-14 15:56:05

And given your size change I'm not surprised that you can feel it. Your old bra will have been quite a different shape, with different end points, pressure points, edges etc and it's bound to feel weird.

It's a bit like (and maybe this is just me), I have some lovely summery sandals and flip flops which fit me well and are comfy. But if I've been wearing wintery shoes/boots a lot then go on holiday and stick on a pair of toe post flip flops I will almost certainly get sore bits on my feet, just because I'm not used to them.

Lweji Sun 23-Feb-14 16:00:52

You should feel it, at least for now, as it will need to be fairly tight around the rib cage to support the Fs you have (I am a 30 but DD/E).
Your older 32 would have felt much looser, but I doubt it would be giving you any support.

And shock at 32C to 30F. I know 32Cs on me spill a bit, I can't imagine how much yours were spilling!

ChubbyKitty Sun 23-Feb-14 16:03:46

That's exactly it! I felt the old ones in different places, like the bits where the straps met the band and on top of my shoulders, but this one I can feel under my boobs and around the back.

Didn't know it should be on the first hooks, will change it round. I've always wondered why there's three sets and just stuck it on the tightest.

The straps don't feel too tight, I don't think they're digging in. They're quite wide though. I imagine that's because of the hefty load of an F..? Old straps were tiny!

ChubbyKitty Sun 23-Feb-14 16:06:08

Lweji, I once answered the door to one of my oldest male friends with my entire right boob out. blush

I blamed the top I was wearing but I see now it was the bra!

I didn't even realise I wasn't meant to have armpit fat. confused

StatisticallyChallenged Sun 23-Feb-14 16:09:13

Most D+ brand do up the strap thickness a bit. Although your Fs won't be that hefty a 38F will weigh a fair amount and most brands change their designs at certain cup sizes.

The reason for the three set of hooks is so that you can tighten it as the bra stretches with wear and washing. The only time you should put a new bra straight on the tightest hook is of you are pregnant and therefore likely to expand!

ilovepowerhoop Sun 23-Feb-14 16:10:51

the tighter hooks are for when the bra stretches a bit through wearing/washing. Make them looser and you may feel more comfortable

ChubbyKitty Sun 23-Feb-14 16:15:06

Ahh that makes a lot more sense. Probably makes the bra last a lot longer too.

To be fair to my old ones I had them like two years and they were just cheap New Look ones so they didn't do too bad. The woman in the shop was quite impressed that they'd coped for so long.

I'm glad I went now though because as you say I won't have been getting enough support. And now my back is straight smile

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