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My daughter has been wearing bras for a couple of years now. We have always gone to M&S, taken a selection from the Angel range and I have fitted them for her.
I think she needs a bigger size, though she cut all the labels out of her bras so I do not know and can't remember her size.
We went to M&S on Sunday and had an unfortunate experience with the fitting room assistant interfering and taking the bars off me and saying that I should not have chosen wired bras from the Angel range for DD. We ended up not trying any on nor buying any. DD now does not want to go back to bra shopping at M&S. I thought I would get some online and fit them at home.
Forgetting M&S, which brand do a good teenage range? I think she is 28A or 28B.
I suspect a 28/30 D would fit my 13yo better than her 32Cs (some of which, shock horror are wired), but a D sounds really big to her and she won't try one.
I don't think she'd let a shop measure her. She might let me, but I'm hopeless, I can't come to a sensible answer for myself.
DD1(16) let M&S fit her when off with her mates. Their C cup is probably wrong, but like me she finds bra interventions go down a band sizes a waste of money because you throw them across the room within a couple of hours.
I just measured her and compared her measurements to a website giving advice on measuring teenagers. She is 28 under her breasts and 31 on. According to this site she would be a 34C. Which is nonsense, she is comfortably wearing a 28A (I think). I am a 32DD and she is much smaller than me.
It was an eye opener to me. I have been wearing the wrong size bra all my life til recently (I went from 38 A/B to 32 D/DD. I had tried 36B when I was younger and found them too tight, and generally uncomfortable, so I went up to a 38 band, but now I know it was because I was not in the correct size so it just didn't sit properly). I would consider myself fairly small chested.
If she is reluctant to try bigger cup sizes maybe you could tell her that the cup size is in relation to the band size. A C or D cup in a small band is not the same as a C or D cup in a bigger band. There is some pictures here of different cup sizes in different bands that show this www.brabandproject.com/
Good luck in your search. Great she has a mother to help her out with this. House of Fraser might be another option to buy bras from, though they have a sale on at the moment and are sold out on some of the sizes.
Got my 11 year old 28c bras in John Lewis a couple of weeks ago. They are the only high street store I could find that stock that size. Very nice sales assistant. Oh and she's tiny. You'd never think a c cup.