(Closed) Bra size??? NO! WRONG!

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Post # 3
1285 posts
Bumble bee

Try a 34 C, or 34 D


Post # 4
2587 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - UK

Ugh, I got really cross that I kept buying bras that should have fit, but didn’t, and then I discovered that each store over here measures differently.


So I called time on that nonsense, went to Bravissimo and have not bought bras from anywhere else since.

Post # 5
11231 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

You’d be surprised what size you really are. What you have to remember is that the size of the cup corresponds to the band size, so the cup on a 32D is smaller than the cup on a 36D because the cup size comes from a 4″ difference between your underbust and full bust measurements. So I measured 32″ around my underbust and 36″ bust, which makes me a 32D.

Measuring yourself in a sports bra is not a good idea. You would never get an accurate measurement like that at all (because sports bras are meant to keep your breasts held down. The best way to do it is to measure your underbust (meaning where the band SHOULD sit–you might have to lift up your breasts a bit to hit the right place), then get on all fours so your back is parallel to the ground and measure around the fullest part of your bust (usually over the nipples). I know that sounds silly, but doing it like that makes sure that all of your breast tissues are forward where they should be (rather than on the sides or anything), and your breasts are sitting where your bra should be supporting them when wearing a properly fitted bra.

Post # 7
729 posts
Busy bee

People always find out their real cup size and freak out because we all grow up thinking the only cup sizes are A, B, C, D, and Dear Daughter and that DDs are huuuge. And then as an adult you go shopping for a bra at Target or wherever and they ONLY have a limited range of sizes you you just pick what fits you best and assume that’s your real size.

You can be a Dear Daughter and not look huge at all. It depends partly on the shape of your breasts and the size/shape of the rest of your body. A taller woman with wider hips or something who wears a 32D is going to look like she has smaller boobs than a short petite woman wearing the exact same bra size. So finding out that you’re a D cup doesn’t mean you’re a mutant or something, trust me!

Post # 8
3765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

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@jesssamesssa:  Go get measured in a store, I highly recommend Nordstrom. Three years ago I was wearing a Dear Daughter. Turns out I am a G-GG.

Post # 9
1926 posts
Buzzing bee

Don’t worry, hun. I’m a 28Dear Daughter. Try finding that in a store. 

Post # 10
1090 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@jesssamesssa:  You really shouldn’t measure yourself in a sports bra. Put on your best fitting bra and measure using A Sophisticated Pair’s calculator. It is one of the most accurate. After you do this, go to a nice department store like Nordstrom for an in store fitting.

Oh, and The bra band project is your friend. Not all D+ cups are huge.

Post # 11
50 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I used to work for VS and measured countless women for bras. Usually I told them that this is just a starting point of where to start fitting for bras. From there, you can see if you need a wider band, or a larger cup, or if the straps even fit right.

Women come in so many different shapes and sizes, not everyone who wears a 34C looks the same. Some are perky, some are droopy, some sit higher and farther apart, some are tight together and point straight.

Anyway, now that I’m done writing my dr.seuss on boobs…I just wanna say that you shouldn’t get caught up on the number and size as long you feel comfortable in it and you and your girls are supported!

Post # 12
323 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I was wearing a 34A for years… turns out I was a 30C. (then I started birth control and went up to a 30D

I’m still about the same “volume” as a 34A, but the A shape does not match mine, it digs in, hurts, needs constant readjustment, and just doent look good.

You just have to give it a little time to get used to a tighter band. But it really does feel SO good to have a properly fitting bra… 🙂


Post # 13
352 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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@vorpalette:  WOW! Thank you for the tips! I didn’t know how to properly measure my bust!

Post # 14
407 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

According to the  A Sophisticated Pair’s calculator I’m a 34J…  All my bras are 36DDDs lol. 

Post # 15
923 posts
Busy bee

32D and 36B actually have the same size cups, the band is just smaller!

I have pretty big boobs but when I tell people I wear a 32F they look at me like I grew a second head, because they don’t look that big!I have the same brest volume as someone who wears a 36Dear Daughter, I’m just smaller around.

Post # 16
11504 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I used to shop for bras at department stores such as Macy’s. I would just keep going up in band size to find a cup that fit me, but I never really had properly fitting bras until I was measured in an upscale lingerie boutique when I was searching for bridal lingerie. 

I had been wearing a 42 D but was stunned to discover that, depending on the style of bra, I actually am a 38F or 38G (which compare to a 38 DDD or 38 DDDD.)  Most stores do not carry anything above a Dear Daughter, so I tend to try on and buy my bras when I visit my former city, where I have access to specialized lingerie boutiques or Nordstrom.  I also have ordered lingerie online from the UK (figleaves.com and bravissimo.com), but I try to avoid that when possible due to the cost/complexities of international shipping and returns.

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