Post # 1
So I am trying to find a long line bra that will work with my lower back dress. I think I’ve found one that meets all the criteria, but I am not sure which size to buy. I am normally a 42DD (professionally fitted), but when I tried the lace longline bra at David’s, it was really tight in the waist and no support in the top. I tried the foam molded in a 42 D, it fit but still no support for the “girls” (it was strapless). I’ve tried looking at Macy’s, Nordstrom, Cacique, and a few other shops and have struck out everywhere to find something that would work.
I’ve moved on to online stores and the one I found online is foam-molded and has straps with a low back. My question would be: it is true the you should go up a size band and size smaller in cup for bustiers? I’ve seen this mentioned a few times online, but I’m not sure whether to follow this advice or not. Or should I just buy my normal size? The online store does have a return policy, but I’d rather get it right the first time.
Post # 3
I’m not sure if this is true of all brands but I had to go up a band size and down a cup size in order to feel the most comfortable and flattering in one.
Post # 4
at davids i had to go up a band size and down a cup size! thankfully my divinci dress has a built in long line bra its a amazing!!
Post # 5
I bought mine from DB in my normal size and it fit just fine.
Post # 6
I buy bras online all the time. I really think it depends on the brand. Bras are not supposed to get their support from straps anyway, its mostly from the back band so you’re right in trying different styles of cups.
The best advice I have for buying online is to email the company, tell them what size/brand you usually use. They should be able to help you with sizing for a new brand. Otherwise I recommend trying them on in a shop then ordering them online.
Post # 7
I guess I am going to have to go the online route. I’ve beento every non-bridal shop I can think of (cross Von Muar, Saks and Kohls off the list, too). I going to try a couple of bridal shops today to see if they carry bustiers. Where I live there just doesn’t seem to be a true lingerie shop. I draw the line at Wild Man’s Leather and Lace .
Post # 8
I my bras at home are a 38C and at Davids I was wearing a 42-44 longline bra. I told them a D, but I think they had roome for two sets in the cups.
Post # 9
Warning: Rant Ahead
I don’t know whether to bawl or slug someone. I go to one shop and get measured-48B!?!?! Then she says she doesn’t have that size and puts me in a 46DD. Proceeds to tell me it looks good. Ummm, did your see how the girls are just lying flat and there’s gapping in the cup fabric? Oh, don’t worry honey, the dress will push the fabric in. What!! I may as well go commando with that philosophy.
Out of desperation I go back to David’s. No help there either. I even tried a B cup. Simply put-There..Is..No..Way I wear a B. The sales clerk couldn’t even tell me where the underwire should fit on my frame. I finally just started trying on sizes.
The best I can tell, I am a 44C for a bustier. It was the only size that gave me any semblance of lift. I’m ready to chuck the whole thing and see if my seamstress can add cups to the dress since the bodice is already boned. I am frustrated and embarrassed and don’t want to do this any more.
Post # 10
- Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ
It really does depend on not only the brand but also the style in the brand. But typically that holds true. I’m a 34DD in the style and brand of bra I wear, but if I go to a lot of other styles/brands, I’m a 36D. I’m a 36D long line bra in the one I ended up getting at David’s Bridal, but the other style 36D I tried on there did the same thing for me as it did for you (snug around the waist, no support up top).
Does the website you’re looking at have measuring instructions? The only suggestion I can think of would be to have someone help you measure based on what the website says. Considering my bra size is so different based on style/brand (and some don’t fit at all regardless), I wouldn’t order a bra online if the store doesn’t allow returns, but if there is a good return policy, I’d go for it.
Post # 11
Oh gosh I am so sorry! I went through this too… I think I ordered 3 bras online before I found an actual store that helped me. I also went to Lane Bryant, a local lingerie shop and Macy’s and they measured me: 3 different sizings! One store actually told me they couldn’t get a bra in my size at all. Then I went to a great store around me (sorry, it’s in CA) and they fit me correctly and I had a longline strapless bra in about 20 mins. I’d highly suggest you search out a good lingerie shop around you, there’s got to be someone! The shop I went to has a video on how to put on a bra, if that helps –