I'd say to all those ladies who are finding the sizing hard/doesn't work out right, even if you go to a store & get measured, I had a revalation some years ago that has completely changed my understanding of bra fit & sizing.
I *thought* I was a 36D, till I realised I needed a DD. Went to that, it was 'ok' but not great. Then the boobs expanded again, and I needed an E. And the back was riding up at the back, and the support wasn't great. I assumed it was because, well, an E is huge, right?
My back size was too big.
But I can't get a 34E done up, I wailed (I tried).
Well. I abandoned all ideas of what size I thought I was. I went and got several band sizes up AND down from what I had been wearing. Yep, I got 34, 32, 30's. And I got different cup sizes up and down too (mostly up, since I was tending to spill out of the bra I'd been wearing).
Ladies, I discovered that if you get the cup size bigger than you think you need, the bands appear looser around your torso. And this means you size down in the band size.
I am now wearing the right bra size for me (I've a small ribcage but plenty of padding right now) - it is a 32H.
Yes, you hear that right, A 32 H.
The band is snug, it doesn't ride up. The H cup contains the boobs perfectly, no overspill, no loose wrinkled fabric.
I can wear a 34 GG, but the band rides up. I can wear a 36 G or F, but the band rides up loads.
As soon as that band starts riding up, it's a sign the band is too big for you. ALWAYS go up a cup size - at least one - if you are dropping a band size down.
Fit the band first and err on the side of cups being too big, THEN size the cups down till you fit perfectly.
Chances are, you'll be in a smaller band and a much larger cup size than you expect, and while it will likely feel weird after wearing a too large band size with too small cup size for so long, it is amazing once you've tried it for a couple of days. Support is so much better. The girls point forwards, and they're not squashed flat, or trying to escape around any of the edges.
And a word to the wise - I've been measured in shops a few times, and they have ALL got it wrong. They ALL over-estimate the back size, and ALL under estimate the true cup size.
There's a lot of videos and blog posts out there now that cover bra fitting and illustrate the good/bad fits with 'if this happens then this is the cause' which are just brilliant to help understand how all this works.
Don't give up - it took me almost two decades before I realised how ALL these stupid 'measure under bust and then over fullest bust subtract one from other' sizing charts to find your size are actually completely useless if you're anything over a D cup or carrying more than a few mm of padding around the torso.
- 5/29/2016 5:07:02 AM