(Closed) Bra Cup Size – How can you tell you are wearing the right cup?

posted 8 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Honey bee

Its best to go get measured by someone.  Most women dont wear the right bra size.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/80-of-women-still-wear-the-wrong-bra-size-106595733.html

 

“LONDONNov. 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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
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907 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

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 # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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 # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

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 32Dirty Delete.  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
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@Meowkers: You explained exactly what I was trying to explain way better than I managed to do it! 🙂

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

other than getting measured, I know it fits when I don’t drown in it. Look out juniors section here I come!

Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

It seems to be that different places have different sizing system.

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