Post # 1
Hi all, So this is potentially both wedding & NWR, but posted here cause I thought plenty of people might be dealing with this either way…
I’ve got serious bra size confusion… I’ve always worn a 34 B or C depending on the way the cup is shaped and whether I’m on the up or down size of a 10 lb range in my weight. However… Recently went to the Saks lingerie dept. where the saleswoman gave the whole speech about how most women are sized wrong and said I was probably a 32DD! Well after trying on that clearly ill-fitting size she brought me a 34D in a Natori bra which seemed to fit (though I didn’t try the C or B). I looked at Natori’s size chart online at home, and according to that, I’d be a 36A (my ribs are 32, overbust 37… Natori uses the +4 to the band size, and subtract from the overbust size method). So what gives? This is a huge discrepancy. Is this a case of vanity sizing? Sales tactics? So confused.
Also – is it just me, or does the center spacer in some bras totally throw the size?
For my wedding I just had cups sewn into my dress… if only that were a regular life solution!
Post # 2
If I were you I would go back to the store and try on the 34D again as well as the 34C. Then just get whichever you think fits best.
Bra sizes vary so much depending on the style if the bra, cup shapes, padding etc so it’s always best to try them on and instead of thinking about size just get whichever feels and looks like the best fit.
Post # 3
I agree, try them on! I’m always amazed at people who can buy things online that I think need to be tried on. Bras, shoes, jeans, etc.
Post # 4
The only bra size I know I have is VS because I have bought enough there to figure it out. I’m 32DDD OR 34DD since they don’t carry any 32DDDs. Plus one side is slightly bigger than the other which is completely irritating. I would not assume I am that size in any other bras at any other stores. I would have a fitting at any store I intended to buy at and I would never order online until I know for certain the size is right and the fit is comfortable.
Post # 5
Listen to the lady. She used a chart which said I was a 10a (Aussie here) but then when I had it on she said it was wrong and I was a 10b which is what I was wearing. But I also agree different bras may be different. So far every 10b has been perfect provided it was good quality and kept it’s shape.
Post # 6
I would never go by a bra size chart as they have always been way off. I’ve also had sales girls “measure” me and get my size completely wrong. I would always suggest trying it on and look at the fit. You should be able to fit 2 fingers comfortably under the band while it’s on and no more. The cups should not cut into your breasts and create what my sisters and I call “booby bubble.” Typically you see that in the front, but it can happen on the sides, too. There also should not be a gap between your breast and the cup. The straps should rest flat against your body so that there is no gap. If the staps fall off your shoulders, go for a smaller band size. And remember to go up a cup size for every time you go down a band size.
I spent years looking for the perfect bra fit. I finally found it at Soma. Even when you find the right “size” the fit can be off, so trying it on is the only way to be certain it will fit. Good luck.
…And if you are a 32DD, believe me, I know how hard it is to find! Macy’s sells Calvin Klein which makes 32DD and Soma sells 32DD as well as even more unusual sizes. They are pricey, but the quality is excellent and they last for years.
Post # 7
I would say you are probably close to a 32DD. However American companies don’t have consistent sizing. Personally, I use UK sizing, which puts me at a 28F. UK bra companies are much more consistent in sizing (they do not use the +4 method because it is not needed). The biggest differences are the shapes of the cups differ for different shaped breasts.
http://www.brasizecalculator.tk/ <– This calculator is WONDERFUL and will tell you all you need to know, and even has a bra conversion chart at the bottom if you want to still use US sizing. If you need more help: reddit.com/r/aBraThatFits
I buy all my bras online at figleaves.com, brastop.com, zullily, amazon. There is almost always a sale going on with at least one of those sites. <br />It makes a world of difference to wear a bra that truly fits!
Post # 8
You know Amazon sells bras and has a free return shipping policy right (may be for Prime members only)?? I’ve probably tried on and sent back like 10 bras from there, keeping only a couple. Sadly once you get to DD and above online shopping is really the only way to get variety in what’s available for a lot of women – especially the lower your band size (32, 30, etc.) Definitely seconding the recommendation for the bra sizing calculator and reddit.com/r/ABraThatFits – the ladies there really know their stuff! I went from wearing a 34C to a 30F and am soooo much happier – better supported, more comfortable, etc. I went to try on bridal gowns and they kept giving me 32D/DD bustiers (smallest band/biggest cup size they had) and it was just all wrong. Best of luck on your bra journey!
Post # 9
Measure yourself and use the calculator. You shouldn’t be adding 4″ to the band size.
Post # 10
Since most women wear bras with bands too large and cups too small, I’d say you’re probably closer to 34D. I wore 34/36 C/Ds and discovered I’m actually a 32 F. I’m not always exacty 32 F, depending on the bra, but somewhere around there. I put on an old 36C and realized how horribly it fit! Try lots of things on and wear them and you’re really able to tell the difference.
Post # 11
- Wedding: October 2014 - Brussels, Belgium
If I’m not mistaken 36A and 34B are basically the same. The cups are the same size it’s just the band thats different. But, I agree with PPs about trying them on. I’ve noticed that for myself I’m a slightly different size in different brands.
Post # 12
Go to a proper lingerie shop and get measured and fit by someone who knows what they are doing.
Post # 13
I used to work in a custom bra fitting shop (family owned). Custom fitting goes – Under the breast tissue around the ribs is the number and the number of inches more around the centre of the breast is the cup size. eg: 32 & 36 = 32D.
NOW – each bra company, bra style, colour of fabric, and cut are different. Prima Donna (top of the line bras) all fit differently than each other. It is difficult to find perfect fits, but you are still generally in the same size.
A bra should gain its support from the bust tightness, the straps are gratuitious for holding up non stapless design cups. The band should be tight but fit a fist comfortably in the back. The cups should hold all of the breast tissue and the centre should lie flat against your chest.
Also as PP said, if you go down in the band, you go up in the cup to compensate and fit.
Please go to a pro!!
If you have any questions feel free to ask.