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Posts: 13 9/5/12 5:06 P
I haven't bothered getting fitted since I bought my wedding lingerie 4 years ago. I've mostly gone to department stores, with the occasional VS or Frederick's. Nearly every time, I've been told I have a significantly larger band size than I wear (and therefore a smaller cup - a size they just happen to have a great selection for!). Then, I would get into the fitting room only to have the girls fall right out the bottom of the bra in the bounce test.
I've learned to estimate my size from how my current bra is fitting, and pick up a few different sizes to try on. I've also learned that for me (currently 34-36 DD-DDD), "sister sizes" don't tend to work because I just don't get the support I need from a larger band.
Next goal: 156 lb (BMI 32) by 12/31/12. Start the new year at my wedding weight!
current weight: 159.4
Posts: 1,144 8/30/12 6:55 A
I get fitted every time I buy a new bra, but it's rare that I feel like they fit well. Usually, the people fitting at a department store are not real experts on the subject. I usually get halfway through the first day with a new bra and realize I have quad-boob. One of my breasts is bigger than the other, thanks to some lop sided breastfeeding (only my right produced milk) and it's a challenge to find anything. For sports bras, I have found ONE that I like and keep in my rotation. I tried to buy a second one -- same style -- but it's too loose. Bra shopping makes me crazy.
current weight: 149.6
Posts: 994 8/14/12 8:06 P
Size is not the problem, my daughter and I are able to measure and size each other. My big problem is that my boobs are located far to the sides. So many bras assume in construction that boobs point straight forward like battle rams. Mine are 90 degrees offset, and fitting this shape into some bras is just hilarious. Fitting room is real trial and error.
Pounds lost: 36.0
Posts: 25 8/13/12 8:22 P
I've never had a horrible one but I've never had a good one either. The couple times I've tried having one, when I tried on the bras they were just too big so it was back to the hunt and peck method of bra fitting.
I really think she didn't know what she was doing even though the store was advertising bra fittings.
Pounds lost: 0.0
Posts: 68 8/10/12 9:04 P
I dont have a bad bra experience myself but a few years ago there was a plus size woman on The Price is Right game show. When they called her name and she was running down the isle her bra strap broke. The poor thing had to tell Bob Barker what happened because things were a little "out of control" and he took it in stride and they went to a break. Guess if I was in her shoes I wouldve done the same thing versus letting them flop out!
You dont have to like me. Thats my job.
current weight: 259.4
Posts: 5,848 8/10/12 5:46 P
Herroom.com and biggerbras.com are also good sites to explore
CJPERIDOT, Thanks for the advice. We do have just one Nordstroms in town, and I drove the 50 miles (one way) for a bra fitting and came home disappointed and empty-handed. That was several years ago. I had heard how great they are from others. I have been on the websites you mentioned and will probably try a swimsuit from Bravissimo. I have never heard of shock absorber and was able to find bras but no swimsuits. I currently wear a Glamorise sports bra for my every day bra as well as for exericise and since I don't run this works for me. But the swimsuit is another story, and I only have about 2 months left in the one I am wearing. (Chlorine, you know). But thanks so much for your help.
Pounds lost: 7.2
Posts: 61 8/9/12 10:23 P
The worst experience: being told by a 21 year old earlier this year that the only people who are my size - 8G (30 H in US sizes) - are women who've had breast implants.
When I told her mine were real and how hard I found it to find really sexy lingerie, she laughed and told me at my age I shouldn't have to worry about that...
I'm 42 - not 92, for godsake!
The best experience: being told by a specialist fitter how lucky I was to have my body shape...she was in awe of my small waist and big boobs and hips and it made me feel amazing for a week after...every time I wear the lingerie she sold me it puts a smile on my face...!
Fitness Minutes: (4,160) Posts: 589 8/7/12 2:52 P
My worst fitting bra came from an infomercial. There I was so excited about this cure all. I ordered just like they recommended. To my horror, when I looked in the mirror, not only was I flat chested but because of my weight loss my boobs looked like they were resting at my waist. I orded 10 of these. I tried to give them to a much younger perkier sister, and even she looked awful. I did donate them. The moral of the story is never watch an infomercial in the middle of the night, when you are not thinking clearly.
With Love and Hope for a bright Future. Caty G
current weight: 116.0
Posts: 6 8/7/12 9:42 A
PEBBLE7 I'm assuming that there's no Nordstrom near you because of all the department stores in the South, they are the champions for finding a wide selection of bras for women from 28-50 bands and A-N cups. They also work with my tall and short friends with shoulder strap length issues. Commercial over. So I would say that your next best bet for fitting would be a store that caters to mastectomy patients. They can fit you and often can direct you to a tailor that works with bras. I'm an online girl myself. Favorite sites include Figleaves, Barenecessities, and Bravissimo. They all have good shipping policies and they carry swimsuits. Shock absorber is my preferred line of sports bras (not that I awash with choices for my American 34JJ size) and they have a line of swimsuits for lap swimming. They carry regular tank suits and tankinis with tops designed to stay down. That may be an option if none of the measurements look like they will work for your bust and hips. Hope this helps.
Posts: 6 8/7/12 9:29 A
I'm going to not follow instructions and do an uplifting (heehee) story. Before I knew my proper bra size I wore a 40DD. I didn't know that bras were supposed to lift and separate and that the band was not supposed to ride way up your back. When outlet shopping with friends I ran into a Hanes/Jockey/something else store and grabbed 5 bras. The lady at the checkout took a look at the bras and then at me and said they were not my size and that they didn't carry my size. She took me back into the fitting room and did a measuring tape sizing. She said it looked like I should be a 36J but that I should go to a department store that carries the larger cup sizes and be fitted. She also told me that I should never expect to pay 30 bucks for a bra again unless its on sale. She was right. I was a 36J and have since become a 34JJ. That lady lost a 150 dollar sale that day but she changed my life. My back thanks her and my purse thanks her. Yes my bras are more expensive but they are still cheaper than the breast reduction I was considering.
Fitness Minutes: (14,413) Posts: 703 8/7/12 8:17 A
I know exactly how you feel FALCON. I too am an Acup, if that, due to a thyroid problem. They didn't even grow when I was pregnant, which was extremely disappointing (That's one of the perks of pregnancy for us smaller chested women). But even though my breast are small, my ribcage is not. Therefore, to get the band to fit, I need a C cup bra! People run in to my chest thinking they're going to hit these massive boobs but then they just deflate. It's kind of funny, but definitely sad an awkward. I've been thinking of going to Victoria Secret to have myself sized properly, but I'm afraid of what sort of experience I'm going to have. I've always been self-conscious about my size. I'm extremely disporportioned, but am starting to enjoy my smaller breast due to my active lifestyle. Still, I would like something to hug my breasts while I enjoy life.
April 16, 2012=194lbs; April 17, 2012= Matthew is born! May 2012=189lbs Jan 2013=187lbs April 2013=183lbs June 2013=181lbs Sept 2013=172lbs Oct 2013=177lbs Jan 2014=170lbs
current weight: 165.0
Fitness Minutes: (41,120) Posts: 3,017 8/3/12 8:49 P
2 come to mind. When I was pregnant the first time, I could not find bras. I am big busted but not extremely, so I just was incredulous that there weren't bras to fit my size. Second, was about 5 years ago, when I went to a well-known, highly recommended, personal fit place where they couldn't find anything to fit me. I have narrow shoulders and a lot of bra and clothes manufacturers don't seem to realize that big in the chest doesn't mean big all over.
current weight: 140.0
Posts: 249 8/3/12 3:31 P
The worst experience I've had was at Victoria's Secret. Repeatedly they told me I was a 34D. Nevermind the fact that the bras never fit me correctly and were never comfortable. Then I found a specialty shop about 45 minutes away from me. The owner goes into the dressing room with you, measures you, and then brings in bras for you to try. You just tell her the type you're looking for. She even alters the bras if needed to tweak the fit until it's perfect. Turns out, I'm a 32F. I've bought several bras from her, along with a bikini. The best experience I've ever had.
current weight: 154.6
Fitness Minutes: (560) Posts: 84 8/3/12 12:44 P
The only bra that has ever fit properly I bought at Penningtons for $50. Love it!!
Never Give Up!!
current weight: 150.0
Posts: 261 8/3/12 11:05 A
Every time I have to get a new bra, I also can't find a good size. I've always had smaller breasts (size As). The only time they really grew was when I was pregnant and breastfeeding. I have a wider ribcage, so I always get measured as B sizes, but the cups are always SO huge and make my shirt stick out in front and look funny. I have never liked padded bras or underwire, and these are the only ones that I can ever seem to find that fit better. Every salesperson seems to think I want padding, even when I tell them I want none because it feels like I've stuffed my bra myself. Why can't they understand that some women (ME!!!!!) with smaller breasts actually like having smaller breasts and don't want pushups or padding? I just want a bra to fit that is comfortable and that doesn't make me look like I can't get the stuffing right.
current weight: 163.2
Posts: 574 8/3/12 10:14 A
Just recently I went to a Kohls store to buy a bra. I am partially disabled and it is difficult to have to get on my knees. All of the large bra sizes are next to the floor. The cute little sizes for women and girls who are small and agile are located conveniently at the top of the racks, EVERY TIME!
Pounds lost: 2.0
Posts: 70 8/2/12 8:04 P
The worst experience (which I have repeated several times) is when I go to an upscale store to meet with a bra fitter, and after a long time and many bras I am told; I'm so sorry, we just don't have anything to fit you properly. I am 5"2" and a DDD. My bust is 3.5" larger than my hips. I am considering breast reduction surgery. Has anyone done it? I also can't find a swimsuit to fit. Land's End discontinued their DD suits for lap swimmers and I am considering a suit from England as the 10 suits I ordered and returned from a swim website did not fit. (Bust larger than hips) Swimming is my primary form of exercise. (My bustline is weightless in the water, it is heavenly.)
Pounds lost: 7.2
Posts: 1,383 8/2/12 1:33 P
JCPenny. I went looking for a bra for my graduation and The male sales person tried to fit me -saying he was a design and fashion major and knew how to do it. he ended up copping a feel and then telling me that I am a DDD cup. There is no way I am a DDD cup ad every bra of that cup size I tried on was way oversized. Then when I was trying other clothes and down to bra and undies a male shopper came into the women's dressing room peering over the tops of the doors and obviously enjoying the view. When I reported this to the dressing room attendant I was told "He has the right to be there, we can't tell him to leave. Get over it." in so many words. I don't shop for clothes in brick and mortar stores anymore.
Seriously... just shopping for bras at all is a horrendous experience. NOTHING ever fits. I have one brand and style that fits pretty well now and that's now my go-to, utilitarian bra for everyday. But if I try to look for something new... UGH!! I have been known to try on 20 bras and then leave the store in disgust. And I don't like salespeople who try to "fit" me either. They tend to be snooty and condescending. I had one suggest I could lose a few pounds and I literally pushed her out of my way and left the store. Needless to say, she lost whatever sale she might have had. I wish I was one of those lucky women who could just pick up any cute bra they like off the rack and it just fits. No such luck for me.
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