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Can someone help me with my bra intervention measurements?!

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Elfina Fri 21-Mar-14 18:29:45

Ribs = 31.5
Boobs = 39.5

What should I try on??

Sizzlesthedog Fri 21-Mar-14 18:33:00

32f, 30g. Someone will come along better informed than me, but I'd try those sizes. What are you wearing now?

Elfina Fri 21-Mar-14 18:35:03


AntoinetteCosway Fri 21-Mar-14 18:41:01

I'd start with a 32F too. 38 must be up by your neck!

Elfina Fri 21-Mar-14 18:42:57

God, maybe it'll finally make my boobs look less saggy?!

Sizzlesthedog Fri 21-Mar-14 18:43:37

You must be so uncomfortable!

Snog Fri 21-Mar-14 20:48:03

how about 36/41?

SorrelForbes Fri 21-Mar-14 20:53:41

Elfina Try 30G/GG and 32FF/G. The cup volume of a 38DD is equal to the volume of a 32FF/30G.

If you scoop whilst wearing your 38DD, is there a lot of overspill, quadboob etc.?

Snog Try a 36DD and possibly a 34E if you have a squishy torso.

Snog Fri 21-Mar-14 20:58:14

Thanks Sorrel. Thats a much bigger cupsize than I usually try as my boobs are pretty small!

SorrelForbes Fri 21-Mar-14 21:03:30

Snog What size are you wearing now? Please bear in mind that bra sizes are relative to band size

Snog Fri 21-Mar-14 21:07:41

wearing m&s 38b but the fit isnt quite right. m&s 36 is too tight around my ribs though

SorrelForbes Fri 21-Mar-14 21:19:45

OK, M&S is very erratic so disregard that!

The cup volume of a 38B is equal to a 36C, 34D and so on. Your 38B feels too tight because the cups are too small and your breasts are having to 'steal' room from the band and M&S bands are very random.

If you scoop whilst wearing your 38B, do you get overspill, under arm bulge, back fat?

Snog Fri 21-Mar-14 21:31:03

I get bulge at the sides and the underwires dont seem to be a wide enough circumference, but a 36C I have gaps in and dont fill up!

Snog Fri 21-Mar-14 21:34:08

oops I mean its a 38c that I dont fill up. havent tried a 36c as the band is so tight but perhaps I need to"scoop" or perhaps dumping m&s will make a big difference!

SorrelForbes Fri 21-Mar-14 21:36:18

I think that trying some non-M&S bras is a good way to go! What shops have you got nearby? Bravissimo? JL?

It sounds like the cups are definitely too small and it's also highly likely that the style is wrong for your shape. What type of bra is it?

Snog Fri 21-Mar-14 21:37:58

think I will try john lewis tomorrow. thanks for the advice smile

Snog Fri 21-Mar-14 21:39:48

generally balconette is good for me and plunge or full cup is awful. I have a bravissimo nearby but think my boobs are too small for their bras!!

SorrelForbes Fri 21-Mar-14 21:52:49

I think you might be surprised! Bravissimo start at a D cup which in simple terms means that there is a 4" difference between the under bust and across bust measurements.

If you're struggling to fill the top of a cup but it fits at the bottom then you may have shallow breasts. Bras like the Cleo Lucy work well for this shape.

Honestly, though, just go to Bravissimo. If you are genuinely too small for their sizes, they will still point you in the right direction for size and style.

Elfina Fri 21-Mar-14 21:59:25

Argh! What do you mean by 'scoop'????

Snog Sat 22-Mar-14 06:34:51

Maybe I do have shallow breasts as I certainly can't create any cleavage no matter what bra I have on! Thanks for all the tips - I may brave Bravissimo todayshock

SorrelForbes Sat 22-Mar-14 07:30:27

Go for it!

This guide tells you how to scoop.

Snog Sat 22-Mar-14 12:50:49

I have been to Bravissimo for a 20 minute fitting session. They showed me where the strap should fit at the back - mine was too high and too loose. And they showed me the scoop/ boob loading manoeuvre.

And I now have 5 new bras in size...

36DD!!! And I had worried that Bravissimo were going to throw me out of the shop for being too small of nork...
Round of applause for Sorrelthanks thanks thanks

Snog Sat 22-Mar-14 12:52:32

Elfina get yourself to Bravissimo for your own bra revelationwink

Snog Sat 22-Mar-14 12:54:37

Guru Sorrel even guessed the style they recommended for me - Cleo!grin

Elfina Sat 22-Mar-14 12:54:41

Right, I've actually checked my "best fitting bra", and it's actually 34DD, not 38. When I do the scoop thing, I get slight 4-boob, and the straps dig into my shoulders....what does this mean??

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