Does Victoria's Secret have a different measuring system?

posted 3 years ago in Accessories
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I wouldn’t ever trust the measurements you get at a VS store.

You’re much better off going somewhere like a specialty/lingerie boutique and being measured there.

I’ve been measured at a 32D both at department stores and at a lingerie boutique (for my wedding undergarments), but when I go to VS they try to tell me I am a 34C. My guess is that because I can almost never find 32D in the store (but it’s usually available on their website) that they try to tell me I’m a 34C so that I will have a larger selection of bras to choose from/be more likely to purchase a bra.

My friend who works there calls it a “sister size,” I believe.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Try on bras in that size and see if they fit. Either you’ve been wearing the wrong size or they are way off on measuring.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - NH

I do think they give you a small width number, but I have no problem with the cupsize there vs elsewhere

 

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

VS has a crappy measuring system. They probbaly also are vanity sizing.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@MrsBeck:  I know my bra size very well and about 6 months ago just because I hadnt ever before I asked to be measured there. They said I was a 36D and she measured over a hooded sweatshirt….My 34DD banded bras usually have to be on the tightest hook right away. I was like “I believe I am a 34DD since the bands on the 34s are almost too big are you sure? (thinking like am I crazy?!)” And she was like “oh well I added an inch and a half and you have a sweatshirt on so who knows!” and walked away….so yea I think some of their employees (not all but some) just really don’t know how to measure. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@rachelmichelle:  Also this. I think that she was trying to sell me a 36D because it is a much more common size than a 34DD 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

No two VS bras have ever fit me the same. And everytime I get measured, the measurement changes! Trying different models in each size is a great way to go.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@MrsBeck:  

http://www.reddit.com/r/ABraThatFits is a fantastic source for properly fitting yourself for bras. A lot of women are wearing bras with bands that are too big (why does VS and many other sources tell you to add 4 inches to the size?!) and cups that are too small. A big part of this is so stores can carry a more limited range of sizes and try to “fit” most women into them. I was measured at VS as a 36C, but my bras have always been uncomfortable and didn’t feel like they fit right, regardless of the style. I used the subreddit A Bra That Fits and measured myself and now wear a 32DD (and could probably still go up a cup size if I was willing to buy online/more expensive). The difference is CRAZY. My bras fit so much better and my boobs look better under shirts. So many people think D+ boobs are huge, but they’re not – it’s all about the band to cup ratio. The image below from here (another good source) shows this well.

These are good links to start with from r/ABraThatFits

http://www.reddit.com/r/ABraThatFits/wiki/fit_guide

http://i.imgur.com/tgrX4zO.png

Sorry for the long post, I’ve become a big proponent of proper bra sizing and the difference it can make! I should say I do buy bras at La Senza (kind of like Canadian Victoria’s Secret), just in sizes that fit properly, not what they want to put me in. I don’t think I need to spend $60+ on a bra to have it fit properly.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@MrsBeck:  You’ll be whatever size they want you to be in order for you to feel good and buy bras.  I have always been on the A or sub-A size, but VS always measures me as a C (I must be doing amazing exercises!).  As a result I’ve never been happy with a bra that I bought there.  On the other hand I am in love with their underwear.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@medbride:  Yes! That’s a great chart. Also, it shows that 32E isn’t as gigantic as a lot of people think it is.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

As @rachelmichelle said as well, there are sister sizes – helpful when typical retail stores don’t carry your size. The sizes in the same colour are sister sizes, in that the volume held by the cup is the same – but your measured size will typically fit you better than a sister size.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee

@rachelmichelle:  That is exactly what they do to my daughter.  She is a 32D and they try to sell her 34C every time.  There is no way that is her size.  I think most specialty stores try to sell whatever it is they have in stock whether it really works for you or not.  After the sale, they don’t care.  I personally despise VS.

A jewelry store did the same thing with her ering when she was looking at bands.  They squeezed her beautiful ring into an enhancer that was way too small.  We both cringed and couldn’t wait to get out of that place. Again, they want to sell what they have on hand.

Btw, her name is Rachel too!

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