(Closed) I hate bras! Can't find one to fit decent these days.

posted 5 years ago in Accessories
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I used to work at Victoria’s Secret, and almost every time someone came in for a fitting, I would tell them to go down a band size and up a cup size, and that would fix their problem.

If you work out your chest, your bra size has probably changed. Try going for a fitting some place like Nordstrom or Intimacy (not to badmouth VS, but they actually have not-so-great training for fittings and rush the associates so they don’t have time to size you properly), and request a bra cut a little lower on the underarms, which will vary by style and will probably mean a demi (not full) cup.

Some tips:

  • Your band should not ride any higher than the front of your bra. That means it should sit in the middle of your back. If it’s higher, your band is too big. You should be able to fit two fingers underneath the band or it’s too tight.

  • If the gore (that’s the part in between your cups) is not flush against your chest, your cups are too small. If the cups pucker, they’re too big.

  • If you try another size and go up a cup, go down a band size and vice versa. For example, if you’re in a 36A and try a larger cup, you want to try a 34B, or for even larger a 32C.

  • Find a bra with a soft, breathable cotton, not polyester. Personally, polyester always rubs and irritates my skin. 

Try some other brands as well. You may find one brand just tends to fit your body a little better. As a bustier girl, I favor Freya bras, and sometimes Panache or Ultimo. You may need to try a few brands to find one that’s comfy for your shape, which is another reason to try someplace that carries multiple brands for a fitting. Be aware that if you decide to stick with VS, the bras they have may vary in size by each sub-brand (VS Cotton does not fit the same way as VS Very Sexy).

Post # 4
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Helper bee

I feel you. I think my proper bra size should be 34DD, but I have never found one in this size that I can physically try on. I am currently wearing a 36D and the band is too loose and the cups a little small.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

@greenidlady:  I am a 36DD, so I feel your pain. Bras are always a struggle for me. No fun at all 🙁

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

OP, I feel your pain on this too!  I think I have the opposite problem that you do–I have a very small band size (32’s are even on the big side, though nobody makes a smaller band) and am a C cup, so the size S sports bras just squish me and size M or larger sports bras have too wide of a band.

 

The only thing I’ve found that works for me with athletic wear is layering multiple sports bras over eachother, or wearing a sports bra under an athletic top that also has a built-in bra.  I’ve considered getting one of those expensive ones that come in actual cup/band sizes but I don’t want to spend that much $$ on something I’m just going to sweat in.

As for non-sports bras, I’ve become a big fan of the VS Angels line, they’re pretty soft and supportive.  The best thing is just to go into VS and try on every bra style they have, and buy the one that fits you best.

 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I am the same weight as you, and was recently measured at a 30D, which I found better than th 32C/34B that I was wearing, but difficult to get hold of, definitely worth going to a reputable place with a good selection of different types of bras for you to try and also get sized

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@greenidlady:  My favorite sports bra is by Shock Absorber. I have a couple others but don’t really end up wearing them. As a rule of thumb, I look for sports bras with two sets of hooks in back instead of one for more support, plus a style that cuts down and away from the underarms instead of across. Oh, and something that I find super important is to find a sports bra that comes in band/cup size, not just S/M/L! That way you get the exact right fit. I’d rather have one that I know works well and wash it often than several that aren’t the right fit and are uncomfortable.

 

Definitely with you on how out-of-control the push-up can get! 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@FisherQueen:  I’m a 30FF, and Nordstrom and Intimacy both carry that size, so I’m sure you could find something there too! I used to wear a 34DD until I actually had a lot of sizes at my disposal to try on. Bravissimo, HerRoom, and FigLeaves are also all really good sites for large busts if you buy bras on line.

 

VS has 34DD in some of their lines as well, though mostly full cups, and I personally prefer demi-cup. I think they also carry DDD online.

 

And believe it or not, the only strapless I will wear is Wonderbra, which comes in larger sizes.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I got fitted at Victoria’s Secret. That helped a lot.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Intimacy.  Intimacy.  Intimacy.  It’s the only place I’ll ever buy a bra again.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I was consistently a 34C for years when I only shopped at VS.

 

This year, I went to a independant lingerie shop for a fitting, and get this…I’m a 28FF! I had very shallow breasts and really do not look like a busty lady. My fitter told me my size AND the shape of my boobs determine what bra would be most comfortable on me. I walked out with 3 Freya Deco bras and my life has changed.

 

Nordstroms carries a wide variety of sizes, and their staff are usually well trained for fittings. Skip VS altogether. Because the carry such a limited variety of sizes, they just try to shove you in whatever bra looks like it fit within their inventory. 

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