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So I tried the Bra intervention - Help?!

(19 Posts)
GoldenSilence Tue 25-Feb-14 19:32:18

I suffer from quite bad back and neck pain, and after reading another thread decided to see if the problem was the bra size I was wearing (a 30G).

I've always hated my boobs, they're too big for my frame and completely unflattering. I'd say I'm a size 6/8 on the bottom, but am at least a size 12/14 on top due to them sad

So I measured underneath my bust - quite tight - and got between 26 and 27 inches... but it really was quite tight, so maybe a 28?

The widest part of my bust was 37, so around ten inches more.

So my questions
What bra size does this translate to - How do I work it out?
And would a change in bra size help me at all, I keep considering a breast reduction because I really do loath them, I've tried all sorts of diets in attempts to lose weight and to be frank carrying these things round 24/7 upsets me.

I'm sorry if this was a bit rambley, I hope someone can understand it enough to help :grin:

CalamityKate Tue 25-Feb-14 19:36:15

Going to guess at 26HH or 28J?

StatisticallyChallenged Tue 25-Feb-14 19:45:42

OK, so easily available the smallest band size is a 28. However, if you're a size 6-8 I'm going to guess that you have don't have much flesh/padding over your ribs so this may well be fine for you.

How does your 30G fit? if it feels right in the cups, then try a 28GG and 28H. The 28GG should theoretically be the same volume, and the H is just one cup up.

GoldenSilence Tue 25-Feb-14 19:53:56

Oh wow, I'm really in the wrong size bra then aren't I.

The 30G I wear tends to be in sports bras and they're not a good fit if I'm honest.. They don't really support anything.

So I'm best trying 28GG then? I'll go and inspect the choices on bravissimo now..

Thankyou both.

StatisticallyChallenged Tue 25-Feb-14 20:07:56

You're not actually miles out, but when you're busty a band size too big can be a significant difference in the support that the band offers.

Sports bras are a whole different world, but if you want a good one try the Panache one - moulded, underwired, available in a 28 and very good. try the 28GG first.

SimLondon Tue 25-Feb-14 21:25:31

Can you get to a bravissimo shop? reason being different styles may or may not fit even though they are the same size - having a fitting might be really worthwhile even if it means a special trip - and if you can't do that maybe call them for advice and order a few and send the ones that don't fit back.

There are also at least three places that i know of where you can have a rigby and pellar fitting, Bluewater/London/Desborough.

fivefoottwowitheyesofblue Tue 25-Feb-14 22:13:49

Can someone please tell me what the 'rules' are? How do I work out what size I am if my back size measures 29.5 and when bending over my size is 35?

I have been wearing a 32C but doesn't seem to give enough support. I want to stop jiggling!

Thank you.

SorrelForbes Tue 25-Feb-14 22:28:00

fivefoottwowitheyesofblue Try a 28E/F and a 30DD/E. I suspect that you're feeling unsupported because the band is too big.

fivefoottwowitheyesofblue Tue 25-Feb-14 22:39:46

Wow ok - quite a difference. I'm guessing 28/30 are going to be difficult to track down, but I am on a mission now.

Thanks for your help SorrelForbes

SorrelForbes Tue 25-Feb-14 22:51:24

For on-line shops try BraStop, Leia, Me & My Curves and Amazon, in-store (and on-line), Bravissimo, JL, HoF and Debenhams.

Callani Wed 26-Feb-14 12:38:26

Sorry to hijack but I need help too!
I measure 27 in on my back, and about 31/32 around the bust (depending on how tightly I pull the tape) - what would that make me? a 28C?

Also, where on earth do you find 28Cs? Most larger bra companies that offer small backs start at 28D at least.

StatisticallyChallenged Wed 26-Feb-14 12:55:36

Try 28c, d and dd given the various measurements.

Callani Wed 26-Feb-14 13:01:09

Thanks Statistically - I'm trying to wrap my head around the fact that I could potentially have 28Ds!

Honestly my boobs are tiny! (and paired with a 41inch arse, oh joy)

StatisticallyChallenged Wed 26-Feb-14 13:02:42

Have a look at the bra band project website. It shows some real bra sizes -very useful imo

Callani Wed 26-Feb-14 13:11:58

Thanks Statistically that website is truly amazing! Yes I now believe that I could possibly be a 28D.

I wish this information was more readily available, seeing images like this in my teens could have a) saved me a whole lot of back ache and b) helped my self esteem tonnes!

fivefoottwowitheyesofblue Sun 02-Mar-14 18:14:36

Double wow. It would appear that I am a 30 E!!! For anyone who knew me in RL this would not seem possible. For the first time since I can remember I am wearing a bra that is comfortable, fits and looks fab.

thanks x many to SorrelForbes

peachysweet Sun 02-Mar-14 18:21:19

Could I also be cheeky and post my measurements please?

I measure 28.5 inches under bust (tape pulled tight) and 33.5 bending down and measuring over fullest part of bust.

I also wondered if anyone could advise re suitable brands to order. I have lost a lot of bulk in the upper bust and my breasts are rather saggy post children and breast feeding. I'm a bit self conscious about this and sometimes wear padded bras for a bit of 'help'.
I don't live anywhere near a Bravissimo so can't go there to get fitted. Is there anywhere else good or is it best to try online?

Many thanks.

StatisticallyChallenged Sun 02-Mar-14 18:24:20

Try a 28DD and 28E to start with unless you are very slender (i.e. no padding on your ribs) in which case you may also want to try a 30C/D but I suspect the 28 will be fine.

John Lewis are generally ok for fitting if you have one.

Bra wise, if you have lost volume then bras with tall cups (like a lot of t shirt bras) will be difficult as even if they are the right size, they will gape at the top. You might get on better with a balconette style - something like the Cleo Juna or Maddie, that kind of shape.

peachysweet Mon 03-Mar-14 19:09:51

Thank you v much stasticallychallenged and sorry for not thanking you earlier!

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