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Bra sizes... say what???

(39 Posts)
Methenyouplus4 Sun 07-Feb-16 10:17:27

Since bfing my 4 kiddos, I've worn a 34b (34C previously). They fit well round the waist and if anything, the top of the bra (I wear a padded t-shirt style) tends to have a gap as my boobs are pretty deflated.

Now my weight/ boob size has settled, I am investing in some decent underwear. However, when I put my measurements into online calculators, they are sizing me at 28dd or 32dd- surely this can't be right? I barely fill my b cup!

If I am just going to have to go in store, where is a good place to get measured?

WhirlwindHugs Sun 07-Feb-16 10:23:11

It probably is right! The size of cups changes with the back band size. A 34b bra will have a much bigger cup than a 28b.

The change in the calculators is to do with people realising that there are two ways of measuring for a bra and one gives a generally much better fit than the other (smaller back size bigger cup).

What are your actual measurements?

Lweji Sun 07-Feb-16 10:23:46

Bravissimo if you have one near you.

They may not measure you as such, but try different sizes based on their experience.

Cups depend on the band size. But your B cup is probably too wide and your band doesn't offer enough support, which is why they gap at the top.
In any case, try different cup shapes. Balcony tend to be better for low hanging sagging breasts than full cups.

PreAdvent13610 Sun 07-Feb-16 10:24:12

Bra sizes work in inverse proportion so
34b = 32c = 30d = 28dd = same cup volume
Underband needs to be snug, but not strangling.
And different makes all bloody vary.

WhirlwindHugs Sun 07-Feb-16 10:24:34

Kr1stina Sun 07-Feb-16 10:25:36

I think your problem might be that you are wearing bras that fit you well round the waist wink

ParcelP Sun 07-Feb-16 10:29:51

This is a useful guide too

Methenyouplus4 Sun 07-Feb-16 10:35:22

I'm totally flabbergasted. I feel like if I went into a shop and asked for a dd I would be laughed out of the store.

I measure 29 round waist if I rest tape measure and don't pull it tight (don't really have any fat round this area so presumably don't need to pull it tight). Chest when standing/ leaning forward is 35 and 34 if I lie down (only did all this because it was suggested by calculator I used).

There is a Bravisimo in a city near where I live so I can stop by.

Can't get the link to work.

I did try M&S online calculator which was only one that had me at a 34b still but didn't ask me to measure chest, just under bust where band would sit and rest was just a series of questions.

Methenyouplus4 Sun 07-Feb-16 10:36:16

Parcel- the above is one of the ones I used.

TurnOffTheTv Sun 07-Feb-16 10:37:55

I've been wearing a 34b all my life. I went to Bravissimo last year and in now in a 32FF!

Lweji Sun 07-Feb-16 10:59:24

You have to measure around the chest, right under the breasts. Not the waist.
Then you should measure around the breasts leaning forward.

harryhausen Sun 07-Feb-16 11:25:25

I reck

harryhausen Sun 07-Feb-16 11:28:11

Sorry I don't know what happened there.

I reckon 32dd is right. I went bra shopping with my 11yr old dd yesterday (who is 5ft 2 and in a size 10 womens clothes!). We tried on hundreds of bras and she came with a 30d in one bra brand and a 32c in another. Both fit in my expert eye perfectly. Her boobs aren't massive by any means.

Methenyouplus4 Sun 07-Feb-16 12:16:33

Sorry, I didn't mean waist (defo don't have 29 inch waist!), I meant ribcage.

teawamutu Sun 07-Feb-16 12:21:32

I went from a saggy m&s-measured 34c to a perky 30dd thanks to the links and advice on here.

Seriously, try it - a proper bra gives you so much confidence.

PolovesTubbyCustard Sun 07-Feb-16 12:22:43

I wore a 36B for many years -!I think because my mother suggested it was about right?

Lost a bit of weight and started buying 34C. I had been measured by this time (in marks and Spencer tho)

Since reading up on the new sizing I have been comfortable in 32E or DD depending on brand and style.

It makes a huge difference to get it right.

LittleCandle Sun 07-Feb-16 12:35:20

Different bra styles and makes fit differently, so don't be put off by needing different sizes from different places.

Branleuse Sun 07-Feb-16 13:24:26

try a 30D or 30DD in a brand like Freya or Cleo. They fit quite standardly according to measurements

VoldysGoneMouldy Sun 07-Feb-16 13:26:57

If you're measuring 29" without pulling it tight, then a 28 would be right.

SchnitzelVonKrumm Sun 07-Feb-16 13:38:53

M&S are notoriously shit at bra fitting. Seriously, go to Bravissimo, Rigby & Peller or some other specialist lingerie store and ask them both to fit you and to explain how a bra should fit so you can judge for yourself if buying online in future. A well-fitting bra makes a massive difference.

SchnitzelVonKrumm Sun 07-Feb-16 13:43:03

Also bear in mind that breasts come in different shapes as well as sizes and different styles/brands suit different people even if the label is the same.

Methenyouplus4 Sun 07-Feb-16 17:36:53

Made an appointment with Bravisimo- I even rang ahead to explain otherwise they'll be confused as to why I'm rocking up to D+ stockists with my tiny offerings. Hubby and I even laugh about how when I lie down my ribs protrude further than my nipper! That's not just for added humour, they actually do.

Methenyouplus4 Sun 07-Feb-16 17:37:21

Nippes even.

Methenyouplus4 Sun 07-Feb-16 17:43:05

Or maybe even nipples...

Branleuse Sun 07-Feb-16 17:57:40

voldysgonemouldy, i measure 29 without pulling it tight, and i wear a 30.
If youve got quite a skinny ribcage, then you cant really pull your bra in another inch, like you might be able to if youve got more padding on your ribs. Ive never found a 28 that fits me ever

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