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Bra recommendations for the little ladeez

(52 Posts)
Cuppatea14 Sat 14-Feb-15 23:07:22

So I've lost my boobs again after stopping expressing for DD2. I now sport two little sad teabags hanging off my chest, max 32a, possibly 34aa.

I've always worn either pennies/primark or walcoal. These are at radically different ends of the budget with walcoal clocking in at around €70 a pop but fitting beautifully.

Any other recommendations for bras for petit fit, looking for comfort but plenty of good padding to make me look a smidge less like Humpty Dumpty.

marriednotdead Sat 14-Feb-15 23:39:54

It's often trickier to get bras to fit well in the smaller sizes, as I'm sure you've discovered.

Before you write yourself off as being that size, have you checked just how small you are around the ribs? Most of the time people wear bras too big in the band and too small in the cup.

some fitting advice here to start you off smile

MadameJulienBaptiste Sat 14-Feb-15 23:44:18

If there is ANYTHING hanging off your chest then you are not an A cup and most men I know would qualify as a AA.

<<<< *sounds intervention klaxon*>>>>

MadameJulienBaptiste Sat 14-Feb-15 23:48:03

Oh. Bold fail.

I'm sure statistically or Sorrelforbes will be along pronto.
In the meantime you say you are either 32 or 34.
have you actually measured yourself underbrush to get the band size?
<<<opens betting at 28 d>>>>

LadyIsabellaWrotham Sat 14-Feb-15 23:48:20

While we wait for the dedicated interventionists to arrive, here's a link to a previous intervention thread. It's very very unlikely that you're a 34aa - don't listen to what anyone in M&S may have told you.

LadyIsabellaWrotham Sat 14-Feb-15 23:49:01

I'm betting on 30C

MadameJulienBaptiste Sat 14-Feb-15 23:49:14

Underbrush???? Sodding phone! I typed underBUST grin

CuttedUpPear Sat 14-Feb-15 23:50:37

I am a 34AA and have found Asda of all places to have the best fitting selection.

There was also a range in M&S that were good but that was a few years ago, I haven't been there recently.

Steer away from balcony style, you'll never fill the cups.
Good luck.

MadameJulienBaptiste Sat 14-Feb-15 23:56:36

Cutteduppear I will wager my best £35 freya 34e (ex m&s 38b) that you are not a 34aa.
as the professional interventionists are taking their time appearing I must ask you to measure yourself snugly under the bust then lean forward and measure round the dangly bobs, tell us your measurements and we'll convert you to real bra sizes.
can you tell I've been on the wine this evening I'm getting all bolshy.

StatisticallyChallenged Sun 15-Feb-15 00:19:20

Wanders in, waves, basically marks place as everything which needs said has been grin

IamGrimalkin Sun 15-Feb-15 11:18:18

I'm wearing a 34aa bra at the moment. I have had intervention before but i felt seriously restricted and sore in a 32 back. My under bust measurement is 28 and a half and my over bust is 30.

I do have some boobs though so an inch and a half difference doesn't seem a lot!

I've had enough of wasting money on bras. Incidently m&s put me in a 34b last time i went there but it's an M&S 34aa I have on now!

BallroomWithNoBalls Sun 15-Feb-15 11:25:51

Yes to measuring yourself properly! Going down a back size or two and up a cup size or two is the best thing you can do for comfort and look.

Then my favourite bras for everyday are Calvin Klein. Rosie for Autograph at M and S do fabulous bras, my favourites for a bit more glam but order online. They go down to a 30 back. Debenhams own brand bras are also small fitting and often lovely. Often shops just don't stock smaller sizes in store <glares at M and S> but you can order lots online for free to-store delivery and try on and immediately return ones that are no good. At M and S stick to Rosie or Autograph silk ones.

Bunbaker Sun 15-Feb-15 11:31:40

I used to wear a 34A and am now in a 32B thanks to the brilliant bra interventionists on here. I actually measure 29" and 33", but a 30 inch band is way too tight for me and by trial and error I found a full cup 32B T-shirt bra was the best fit. For my size I find I have plenty of choice in M and S.

I am very slim with no fat on my upper torso - no back fat and no underarm fat, and nothing to scoop.

IamGrimalkin Sun 15-Feb-15 12:01:07

I might try a 32b again bunbaker. I'm like you in regards to having nothing to scoop.

Cuppatea14 Sun 15-Feb-15 12:23:45

*goes to mum's house to pinch a tape measure*

MadameJulienBaptiste Sun 15-Feb-15 13:13:29

Waits impatiently for cutup to get back...

LadyIsabellaWrotham Sun 15-Feb-15 17:07:11

Like Bunbaker I moved from an M&S fitted 34A to a 32B (or 30C depending on style) after receiving an intervention from a lovely young assistant in John Lewis.

Doesn't sound like much of a change but makes a big difference to the way I look.

M&S Autograph bras are great for these run-of-the-mill sizes, as long as you don't let their fitters anywhere near you. I always check what they've got in the sale.

CuttedUpPear Sun 15-Feb-15 22:40:20


31" and 34"

marriednotdead Sun 15-Feb-15 22:54:46

Unusual for me to get there before you SC <waves back>

I appear to not qualify as a dedicated interventionist anymore, looks like I shall have to go back to my day job grin

CuttedUpPear that potentially gives you 32A/B or 30B/C as a start point.

The tricky bit is getting the wire/cup shape right. Often they are too curved which gives gaping at the front and digging in at the sides and underarm.

Cuppatea14 Mon 16-Feb-15 09:31:56

Right I'm back! So I measured up and got 29/33... So that would make me 30C or 28D, is that what you're saying? That can't be right, seriously I have no boobage...

StatisticallyChallenged Mon 16-Feb-15 09:48:48

It can. On a 28 band a d cup is very petite. Cup size is proportionate to band size so a 28d is significantly smaller than a 38d. Google the bra band project,really useful website showing normal women in bras which fit

Cuppatea14 Mon 16-Feb-15 09:56:15

Gobsmacked. I have never ever found bras that fit me properly, and the first thing I do when I get in the door is take the wretched thing off because they are so bloody uncomfortable, I will simultaneously weep and cheer if the reason has been that my size has been wrong all these years.

My next question - they are weird sizes that I've just landed on, most shops only start at 32", any advice on where to shop? I'm in Ireland so asda is out but most of the other shops are the same.

StatisticallyChallenged Mon 16-Feb-15 10:20:38

Debenhams is probably your best bet for initial try on, or John lewis if you have them?

boodles Mon 16-Feb-15 10:22:05

I have small breasts and I wear comfort bras from asda. I am glad to be free of under wires and these bras are what they say, comfy!

LadyIsabellaWrotham Mon 16-Feb-15 14:31:21

Marks and Spencer have several branches in Ireland, and have loads of styles in 30C - you might need to order in though if you're making a special trip. 28 inches gets a bit more specialist though. John Lewis do a handful of styles but you want to try on not order online, Debenhams is worth a try if you have a large one near you although their Irish website seems to have some strange sizing gaps compared to the UK one.

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