Sorry another bra thread- I must be wearing the wrong size completely??!!

(26 Posts)
DriveMeToTennessee Fri 27-May-16 21:55:12

Right so I've just measured- 29.5 under bust and 32 around fullest part, can anyone tell me what size I should be wearing? I'm currently wearing 34b, which seems reasonably comfortable to me. I need to get a good strapless bra and have seen the Wonderbra Ultimate Strapless mentioned on here.

Any help would be much appreciated!

dementedpixie Fri 27-May-16 22:40:31

I get that as 30B which is hugely different to what you are wearing confused

JohnCheese Fri 27-May-16 22:42:51

Are you measuring according to the expert guide thing? 30b or 30c for starters i reckon. You're definitely not a 34 anything! But I'm not an expert. I'm sure there'll be more help a proper expert around soon.

DriveMeToTennessee Fri 27-May-16 23:06:01

Thank you... Yes the guide that's often used on here...

See if I wear anything smaller than a 34 it feels so uncomfortable- I was wearing a 32 band before but since having DC that feels too tight- as for cup size I have no idea really, they've deflated since breastfeeding, which I'm still doing now (although not very much- DC is over 1).

FIS2016 Fri 27-May-16 23:09:19

I put you as a 34aa

FIS2016 Fri 27-May-16 23:10:55

If you boobs are no longer as perky as they once were then make sure you are measuring while they are well supported in a bra. Otherwise the measurement round the bustwill be smaller.

Mirandawest Fri 27-May-16 23:11:16

You sound pretty similar to me. I wear a 30C.

Lweji Fri 27-May-16 23:12:48

Did you measure the bust bending over?

DriveMeToTennessee Fri 27-May-16 23:14:01

No lweji just stood normally, was that wrong?

Lweji Fri 27-May-16 23:17:07

A 30 will feel tight, but if you need the support, then it should be tight.
A 34 will do nothing at all for support.
A compromise, if you're not bust heavy, could be a 32. You'll need to get used to it if you've been going with less support.

Lweji Fri 27-May-16 23:19:06

I'd try leaning forward, as that will be the most similar to when wearing a properly supportive bra. They won't be constrained by another (possibly ill fitting) bra and won't spread sideways or down.

dementedpixie Fri 27-May-16 23:21:27

Of course you don't measure while wearing a bra!! An AA cup means both measurements are the same so not correct either

thebetterbracampaign.blogspot.co.uk/p/fitting-advice.html - this tells you how to measure. You don't add inches to the back figure so what you measure underneath is the back size

DriveMeToTennessee Fri 27-May-16 23:22:35

Thanks lweji. I have no idea what cup size to try- the underwire doesn't seem to fit and digs in around my boobs on a 32 band if I try smaller than a 32c...ugh I hate bras!

Lweji Fri 27-May-16 23:24:41

Check first what your measurement is when leaning forward. You may well need a cup larger than an A.

DriveMeToTennessee Fri 27-May-16 23:27:27

The other thing is even though I am slim if I wear a bra smaller than a 32 or 34 I will have back fat bulging over- I think I must just be really oddly shaped 😟

Nicnak2223 Fri 27-May-16 23:33:01

You need a bigger cup Size and a smaller band. Can you put a 32 on no cups (or backwards) if you can pull I'd away it's too big you should only be able to get 2fingers between you body and the band on the loosest hook.

StickTheDMWhereTheSunDontShine Fri 27-May-16 23:33:53

FIS2016 - way off the mark - the band size is the underbust measurement, give or take! We no longer add 4-5"!

Lweji Fri 27-May-16 23:34:36

Maybe because the cup is too small?

I've just measured mine in both positions and got a 2 inch difference. That's two cup sizes!
The larger one is closer to my actual cup size.

StickTheDMWhereTheSunDontShine Fri 27-May-16 23:38:21

The backfat, drive is because there's not enough room for your boobs, so it all displaces and pulls the band forwards, digging into the flesh on your back. If you're comfy in a 34B, I'd be inclined to try 32C or 30D (or even bigger cup - do measure bending over with no bra on) If there's enough room for your boobs, then your band doesn't get pulled too tight. Try a bra on backwards to see how the band itself feels. It should be fairly snug, but not digging in all round.

For band size perspective, I'm a chubby 14-16, at the moment and my band size is 32.

DriveMeToTennessee Fri 27-May-16 23:40:36

I will measure again tomorrow- thanks lweji, that could make a difference! I think I'd struggle massively with a 30 but maybe a 32 would be OK... I will try and figure out cup size tomorrow then go and try some on.

It's breastfeeding that has destroyed them ☹️ No volume at the top, they aren't really saggy but feel much less full.

YouMakeMyDreams Fri 27-May-16 23:43:31

One thing I read on here was to think of bras in terms of volume that the reason a too big band size fits is because the too small cup steals fabric from it.
All cups are not equal. A 30c's cup is not the same size as a 40c cup. All a c means is that your breast measurement (when bent over) is 3 inches larger than your band measurement not that all c cups are the same.

DriveMeToTennessee Fri 27-May-16 23:44:15

Thank you stick, I will try on a 32c again to see... I think a D would be too big, I think there's too much space in my bra cups atm but a smaller cup would give me that 4 boob look

YouMakeMyDreams Fri 27-May-16 23:45:36

Honestly measure properly and try a 30 in the correct cup. A 30 in too small a cup size will be tight because your breasts are stealing space from it. If you are in the correct cup size a 30 may feel great. Put the bra on and scoop from under your armpits to get the breast tissue that sinks under there too. My boobs look huge in the right sized bra in the wrong size they look non existent.

IcyTeaAndScoopyScoopyDogDog Fri 27-May-16 23:46:58

If the bottom of your boob is larger and the top part is flat or deflated, then I really recommend a balconnette bra, it really makes a difference for me

DriveMeToTennessee Fri 27-May-16 23:50:42

Thank you all for your help- I will re-measure tomorrow then try some 30 bands with (hopefully) the correct cup size!

Incidentally where is actually good for bras? I tend to always head for m&s

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