Oh do I understand everyone here! About 6 years ago I had a breast reduction (13 total lbs removed!). It was by far the best decision I have ever made. When I look at my progress pics – I see that I wasn’t wearing the right size bra AGAIN – probably due to denial that I had put on so much weight that I had gone up a size. Well now that everything is starting to sit where it should be I just got measured again, and what difference! Ladies – having the ‘girls’ sit up where they belong is probably one of the most flattering things ANY of us can do for our figure. I speak from serious experience!
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Fitness Minutes: (145,108) Posts: 37,139 8/23/07 5:47 P
Well I've been a DD cup since about the 9th grade and about a couple of months ago I was in a dressing room trying on bras. There was a measuring chart on the wall, showing how to self measure. From the chart, it turned out I was a 34 DDD! I had been wearing 36 DD but noticed I wasn't getting enough support in the shoulders. Unfortunately I did not leave the dressing room skipping b/c it's hard enough finding 36 DD, now 34 DDD is nearly impossible! Especially at an affordable price! Not to mention I really don't care for having big breasts! I would much rather be a 34 B or C.
I went to Dillard's this past weekend and found two 34 DDD on sale! Now that was exciting. I also learned that you can go between 2 sizes depending on how the bra is made. So basically I can wear either a 36 DD bras with very supportive straps or I can go for 34 DDD. It was my lucky day b/c I got 4 bras for less than $40!
I was as big as a 42F cup at my biggest right after the birth of my daughter (was a 40D pre-pg), down to a 40E until I started this journey. Been thru quite a few bras, and now my 36C's are getting a tad bit loose in the cup area. Yikes, and I'm still nursing! I am terrified how much they'll shrink down when I wean! I also have a ton of loose skin left on my breasts (I think that's the majority of what I have left!)
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Fitness Minutes: (114,282) Posts: 6,583 8/22/07 7:56 P
Oh, bra measurements. It's definitely helpful to get yourself measured.
When I lost weight a few months ago, I lost a full cup size! I was hoping that my actual chest has gotten smaller in inches, but no luck. Just the cups! Hopefully, if I lose any more weight it won't come from there... not much left.
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Loved this post!! I have been in the same position.
To the person going to get fitted at Victoria's Secret...don't. They are not trained to measure properly. Even if you love their bras, get fit at a Dillards or a Nordstram's then buy your bra at Victoria's Secret.
VS measured me as a 38 DD. Turns out I am a 34 H...Big difference!!!!!
Have fun all!
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Fitness Minutes: (145,108) Posts: 37,139 8/21/07 9:21 P
I hear what you are saying. I haven't been measured for a bra in so long. Since losing weight, the first area where I lose weight is in the breast! I was loving the C-cup I was wearing. But now, they are too big. So, I am back into my Bs. I need to make sure I am actually where the right size though! So, I may have to go to Victoria Secret and get measured. I love their bras! HEPPME, thanks for the reminder, because there is nothing like having the right sized bra on that make me feel a little sexier!
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Loved your story!! It's funny you said that because I was just talking about my "fat old lady" bra not fitting right anymore. I never was fitted and I have sooo many bras that feel good at first and then feel like they're trying to rip you in two! I would love a bra that fits and supports. I really should go and invest!
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Most women wear the wrong bra size. I know this and yet never got around to having a fitting because I was too embaressed. Well, I was at the mall yesterday and was looking at some new bras when one of the ladies there took the decision out of my hands. Without a care for who else was in the area (you know, the long-suffering husbands that wish they were anywhere else at the moment), she whipped out a measuring tape, took a few quick measurements and pronounced me a D cup.
Now, I was skinny when I was younger and never lost the self-image of being rather... unendowed. Laughing, I headed off to the dressing room for what I was sure would be a hilarious misalignment. Imagine my shock when the bra fit perfectly. Suddenly, I saw before me one positive thing coming out of my being currently overweight. If only once in my life, I had a FIGURE. So, ladies, regardless of the outcome, go and get a fitting when you can make the time. There's no reason to go around in clothing which is not flattering to you. Who knows, maybe you'll also leave the experience lighter of pocket but walking tall and proud like me.
Edited by: HEPPME at: 8/20/2007 (21:54)
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