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Can someone explain how the bra measuring method everyone on here raves about works?

(163 Posts)
itiswhatitiswhatitis Thu 13-Mar-14 19:05:58

Seen a few thread titles alluding to it but could some please explain exactly how to measure yourself? Desperately need new bras but usually guess my sizes.

StatisticallyChallenged Thu 13-Mar-14 19:11:12

follow this measuring advice

post your measurements and we'll tell you what size to try as a starting point.

itiswhatitiswhatitis Thu 13-Mar-14 19:18:43

Thank you will put dc to bed and then get my boobs out!

bathgirl Thu 13-Mar-14 19:20:22

Sorry hijacking thread a little bit. I measured myself as a 37 round and then 44 bending over. Am I right in thinking I would be a 36G or 38F? Thanks in advance

StatisticallyChallenged Thu 13-Mar-14 19:39:47

try 36FF, 36F, 38F and 38E.

PastaandCheese Thu 13-Mar-14 19:40:31

Ooo. I have a question for statisticallychallenged if she would be so kind.....? Is the method exactly the same for nursing bras?

DS is a week old and the idea of getting to Bravissimo with him and two year old DD is just laughable but the bras I wore with DD are simply too loose round the band and too small in the cup so I'd like to order online.

I have a hideous monoboob at the moment.

PastaandCheese Thu 13-Mar-14 19:41:10

I didn't even have the good grace to apologise for the hijack blush

FluffyDucky Thu 13-Mar-14 19:42:52

Marking place for when I can be bothered to actually measure!

StatisticallyChallenged Thu 13-Mar-14 19:47:44

Yup, the method is the same however with non wired bras you won't get the same lift, and you'll never get the central gore to tack!

It depends on your size but a lot of the ladies on here are going for underwires - either the Anita underwired (watch the sizing as they skip double letter so you need to go up!) or ewa michalak, or just using proper bras and converting them using little kits bought on ebay. It is fine to wear wires when feeding as long as you ensure that the fit of the wire is very good and it doesn't rest on breast tissue

mummratheevertired Thu 13-Mar-14 19:48:15

Oooo what size am I please? I've just measured 33/32 underbust and 38 on top.

Thank you

StatisticallyChallenged Thu 13-Mar-14 19:58:03

start with a 32E and work from there

itiswhatitiswhatitis Thu 13-Mar-14 20:04:33

Ok I just measured. 32 under bust and 39 around the bust

StatisticallyChallenged Thu 13-Mar-14 20:11:06

Start with a 32F

itiswhatitiswhatitis Thu 13-Mar-14 20:14:19


plum100 Thu 13-Mar-14 20:16:43

Hope its ok for me to mark place - if someone cam quote me a size i wpuld be grateful - will cone back after bath xxx

LyndaCartersBigPants Thu 13-Mar-14 20:20:36

shock so according to this I'm not a 38dd, I'm a 34gg!

No wonder all my bras are so ill-fitting! To be fair, I've not been professionally fitted, I just look at what's on the sale rack and try on whatever looks about my size very scientific

Looking forward to some posh bra shopping next week now!

PastaandCheese Thu 13-Mar-14 20:23:13

Yes, I think I will go for Anita. It took me a few months to discover them last time by which point I was smaller so the ones I have won't fit.

Thank you!

Poppins27 Thu 13-Mar-14 20:30:56

Fabulous thread, especially after having a nightmare trying to buy a bikini. I measured 31inch under busy and 36 when bent over?! 30d ish?!

StatisticallyChallenged Thu 13-Mar-14 20:32:45

try 30E, 30DD, 32DD and 32D

aylesburyduck Thu 13-Mar-14 20:34:08

Marking my place for later. Thanks for the guide.

bathgirl Thu 13-Mar-14 20:47:58

Thank you so much. Off to try on bras tomorrow smile

Poppins27 Thu 13-Mar-14 20:55:30

Thank you, can't believe my saggy offerings could ever be a D/DD cup but ill certainly go out and try!! I'm almost excited!! smile

catbus Thu 13-Mar-14 21:11:53

Just being a bit dense but do you measure your under bust whilst bending over, too? Or just the breast bending over?

Prettykitty111 Thu 13-Mar-14 21:20:57

Hi I've tried this and I'm coming up 31 and 37. Are you supposed to pull the bust measurement in tight (so squish your boobs under the tape) or let them hang free iyswim?

MadBusLady Thu 13-Mar-14 21:33:54

Let them hang free and swing in slight breezes! You will probably need to try a couple of different cup sizes anyway, but you don't want them squished.

Only the over bust measurement needs to be taken bending over.

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