Post # 1
I’ve noticed that for the past 5-10 years, the selection of unpadded bras has been decreasing, and the selection of double or triple padded bras (maybe some even more than this? Some basically feel like an entire fake boob to stap on, that I imagine could stop bullets) has gone from nil to dominating the stores. I’m wondering if there is a related phenomenon that’s happened more recently…
Basically, I have inexplicably gone up at least a cup size, in the past year or so. (Inexplicably in that I’m well past puberty, not preggers, haven’t gained weight, haven’t changed my band size, and have been off synthetic hormones for so long (6 years) that it’s not likely to be related). As much as I’d like to just assume my boobs decided to just randomly inflate themselves a little more “just because,” I have my suspicions.
This “new, larger” size bra doesn’t really look like it has huge cups to my eyes. I remember I used to think of this size as huge. Plus, when I look in the mirror, I don’t see Dolly Parton’s chest staring back at me (FI also agrees he hasn’t noticed my chest suddenly inflate over the past year either). So I suspect…. VANITY CUP SIZING! I suspect they’ve changed the lettering of their bras by about a cup size up, and this is consistent at at least at two mainstream bra stores.
Anyone else notice anything like this?
Post # 3
@joya_aspera: I haven’t noticed this but I can’t shop in stores like VS because nothing there fits me. My bra size has been consistent for years.
Post # 4
@joya_aspera: Nope, haven’t noticed any vanity sizing.
However, I have noticed what you mentioned, in that more bras tend to be more and more padded these days. I like padded bras, but they have their occasions and are usually not for daily wear.
I find unpadded or lightly padded bras are most comfortable for work/school. More heavily padded bras are what I wear to look sexy, and I don’t find that sort of cleavage to be appropriate.
Post # 5
my boobs haven’t changed. they’re still tiny, lol. i know what you mean about super padded bras tho. i prefer to wear padded bras just to give me a little more shape, but i have about 3 bras that are ridiculous. they’re basically an instant boob job and since i’m not used to having big boobs, i find that they mostly just get in my way, haha. i only wear those if i’m wearing a top/dress that’s too big in the chest area and i need to extra help to fill it out, haha.
Post # 6
Considering I wear a “D” at VS and my mom bought her D’s (so you know they’re exact) and mine are obviously smaller than hers…yeah, something ain’t right with their sizes. I know damn well my boobs aren’t D cups but they don’t fit in a C at VS (which is probably what size I really am). I think they like to inflate their customer’s egos in order to make them come back.
Post # 7
I wear super padded bras because I have no boobs so to speak. But those have remained the same size since about high school 🙂
Post # 8
In the past few years I’ve lost 25+ pounds, which may affect this. HOWEVER my band size when down (yay!) and my cup size went up appreciably (wtf?). I don’t feel like they’re any larger, and I understand that cup size is relative to band size, but I went from a 36D to a 34G with weight loss. I’m baffled by this fortunate turn of events. I think it also has to do with going between different brands, though. The bras from VS are very different from the ones from Nordstrom.
Post # 9
Who cares, if a bra company claims my boobs can actually fill a C I’m happy with that!
Post # 10
My weight has gone up and down within a 20 lb window. My boobs get bigger when I gain, but hardly shrink when I lose. I’ve gone up a few sizes.
Post # 11
I know some brands are vastly different than correct bra sizing ie VS but most of my bras are Euro so..I don’t know. I know cup size and band size make a huge difference. I lost a tonne of weight and went from a 44 band to a 30 band..and from a DD/E to a J/GG . Sometimes I will buy a 32 H/FF if its easier to find. Different brands also call letters different things like US companies call my size J and UK and euro are usually GG and then other brands even within the same company might just use several D’s to mean F’s or G’s.
Post # 12
I think bra sizing in North America is just way off in general. My bra size has changed, as I have gone from buying bras at La Senza/Victoria Secret to specialty stores. I even had a bra sizing at a store in New York City that was recommended on Oprah’s show, and was wearing that size for years with it fitting the same. I went to a specialty bra store in my home town and asked for that size, the sales assistant just said “that is not your size” and brought me bras in a completely different size that fit perfectly.
I think the big problem is most people are wearing the wrong bra because the right sizes just aren’t available. I wear a 32G, and I’m not skinny so the skinnier than me people should be in 30s or 28s but I have only seen those sizes online. The smaller your band size the bigger the cup size compared to someone with a larger band. People definitely think I’m lying about my bra size, I simply tell them they are wearing the wrong size, not me.
Post # 13
@CherryL: I would not consider Victoria Secret “correct” sizing at all. They will also sell you a bra that does not fit you properly by telling you a 36B is the same size as a 32D which is a complete lie.
Post # 14
@pixiecat: I meant that VS doesn’t have correct sizing lol
Post # 15
@CherryL: I totally read your post wrong, haha! Sorry
Post # 16
I haven’t noticed that. But you are right about the padded bras.
But I think most women wear them so their nipples don’t poke out, not to make their boobs look bigger excluding pushups).