Post # 1
I went bra shopping last night. I’ve lost some weight and gone down in my rib cage and my current bras are ridiculously big and unsupportive. I’d been fitted before and was surprised that I went down in rib cage size (the #) but up a cup size. That makes NOOOO sense to me.
So, I’m wearing my new bra today and it feels good, but the cup size feels a little too big. I think it fits me right (meaning from right to left) but I don’t feel like I really fill it all out.
Stupid me, only tried on the smaller cup size in a wider band, instead of the current band with a smaller cup. When I’ve done that in the past, I was spilling out of the smaller cup, so I figured that measurement was right.
I guess my question is: How do you know if the cup size is right? Is it only by trying on one size smaller (in cup) to see how it compares?
Post # 3
Its best to go get measured by someone. Most women dont wear the right bra size.
“LONDON, Nov. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Studies have shown that a whopping 80% of women are still not wearing a bra that fits them properly. Throughout her life, a women’s body changes six times on average due to factors such as dieting, pregnancy or for no apparent reason! These body changes affect her bra size as well as her overall clothing size so it’s worth checking your vital statistics every couple of years.”
Post # 4
I always just get measured periodically, and yeah, I always try on the surrounding sizes. It’s a good rule of thumb that the cup should be big enough that when you’re standing up straight the underwire at the bottom of the cup should lay pretty flat against your ribcage.
Post # 5
It is definitely worth it to get measured. However, one way to check is to look at yourself sideways in a mirror. The bottom of your bra should be even all the way around. If it’s higher or lower in the back or front, it’s not fitting properly. You may just assume that that’s a strap issue, but actually it has much more to do with cup size. Good luck!
Post # 6
Just go to VS, they’ll measure you for free. In general though, the bra should support you without you spilling over/out or without there being extra room in it (if it is too big it probably isn’t doing much in the support department?)
Post # 7
I did get measured previous at Nordstrom (around the wedding) and made the purchase at lingerie store (Soma). I had one of the salespeople take a look at the fit and see what she thought, but I was paying more attention to the band than the cup. I guess I’m just second guessing because I didn’t try on the smaller cup size and it feels funny today! I know the end of the wire (by my side/arm-pit) is laying at the correct spot and it seems to fit… There just seems to be a little too much space between my boob and the top of the cup (if that makes sense)! But it DOES give me support (but maybe that’s because it’s a push up bra.) Maybe I’ll do some adjusting to the straps and probably another visit to the store.
Post # 8
It doesn’t surprise me that you went down in the # and up in the cup. I’ve heard that most women wear their bra # too big (ex: wear a 36B when you should be a 34C).
Anyone ever noticed though that the cup size gets larger as the 3 gets larger… like, the actual cup on a 34C is smaller than the cup on a 36C? I don’t get that.
Post # 9
@EleanorRigby: oh, that’s interesting! I went up a cup size (from a 36B to 38C) and band size, when I was gaining weight – mostly because I needed more room around the band. Now that I’m losing weight and everything is shrinking, it didn’t make sense to me that the cup would get bigger on a smaller band size (from a 36C to a 34D). The cups on the 34C of other bras I’ve tried on seemed SO much tinier than the 36C counterpart (in the same style)!
Post # 10
The PPs are correct in that it is best to get measured.
I’m not surprised though that if you went down in band size, you went up in cup size. Although they won’t necessarily fit the same person properly, a 36B and 34C are comperable ratio wise. So if your ribcage area shrank and took you down a band, you could therefore go up a cup size.
As a general cup fitting rule, all of your boob (side boob included) should fit in the cup and the middle section between your boobs should lay flat against your chest.
Post # 11
@EleanorRigby: It’s because it about the difference in size between your ribcage and your boobs not necessarily just the size of the boobs themselves. 34C boobs are not the same size as 36C boobs.
ETA: I mean that both the boobs and the rib cage are acutally different sizes when you go from 34C to 36C – it is just the comperable ratio of sizes that makes them both a C cup.
Post # 12
The cup size is not a standard size. So not all cup sizes will be the same. The cup is measured in proportion to the band size. (the difference between your rib cage and your boobs.) So someone with smaller boobs may actually need a bigger cup size than someone with larger boobs. I know. so confusing. I bounce between 34D and 32DD. Whenever I go down to 32, I go up in cup size because the difference between my ribcage and the volume of my boobs becomes bigger. The odd thing is, my boobs are not even that big, (everyone things they are a C).
So it totally makes sense that you went up a cup size. However, if you feel like it’s just TOO big, just go back to the store and try one cup size down and one band size up. If you go down in both, you’ll be spilling out.
ETA: ah sorry I just realized I pretty much said the same thing that the previous poster said.
Post # 13
@Meowkers: You explained exactly what I was trying to explain way better than I managed to do it! 🙂
Post # 14
other than getting measured, I know it fits when I don’t drown in it. Look out juniors section here I come!
Post # 15
Thanks, guys!! Super helpful info! Totally makes more sense now. I guess part of me (knowing in my head I’m more like a B or C) is feeling silly walking around in a D cup bra. I do think it fits right based on how it lays – but will definitely try 34 C to compare.
Post # 16
It seems to be that different places have different sizing system.