(Closed) Bras – UGH.

posted 8 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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1872 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Go get fitted at a specialty shop or department store with a good reputation. And by fitted, I mean, up-close-and-personal, like they will look at you without a bra, assess any differences in size, adjust you (ahem!) when you’re in the bra etc. etc.–the whole “I work at VS and carry a tape measurer” does not work. The truth is, not all 36s are the same and not all 34s are the same; plus the shape of the cup will affect how the bra is fitting you overall. When I get fitted, it is seriously like trying on jeans–every bra is different and the lady will give me everything from 38C to 34F, depending on the maker.

Post # 4
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558 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

what about getting bra extenders?  i think they sell them at target?

Post # 6
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2142 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I recommend getting fitted. Also, it is possible to get bra bands and even cups altered to get the ideal fit.

Post # 7
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1872 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@Statutory Grape: Yep, it’s not a time to be modest! But if you go to a lingerie shop (call ahead–most do bra fittings; the place I go to is serious about it and requests you make an appointment, even!) just remember that it’s part of their JOB and they see b00bs all the time ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 8
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996 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I second the bra extender. I have used them before and they work great. The only issue I have had is that the clasps don’t always line up perfectly, so just make sure you buy the right one. Its SO MUCH cheaper than buying new bras. GL!

Post # 9
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2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Did you go down a cup size when you went up a band size? The cups on a 34C are equivalent to those on a 36B, for example. So if you went straight from a 34C to a 36C, you have actually gone up a cup size and up a band size. That might be why your cups seem to be coming up higher. …. hope you find a bra that fits!

Post # 10
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7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Yeah, it sounds like you need a 36A – good luck, because I’m a 36A and it’s a pain in the rear end to find them. Especially in cute bras. :/

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I have similar issues… I wear a 34F, which is impossible to find!  And no other size sits right.  I shop at Nordstrom’s because they have really high quality bras… a little bit expensive, but I budget so I can spend $40 on a bra that’ll last at least 6-9 months instead of cheap ones that fall apart after 3 months.  I just graduated college, so I totally understand the student thing! ๐Ÿ™‚

And yes, the cup size increases with band size, so you might be a 36A.  I used to work at a lingere store, and this was a general guideline for us.  The sizes go like this:

32C – 34B – 36A    <


all the same cup size

For me it’s like this:

34F – 36DDD – 38Dirty Delete – 40D   <


again, al the same cup size!

So all in all, band size is way more important.  A good bra should support from the band, NOT from the straps.  The straps should only add lift, never hold your ladies up!  ๐Ÿ™‚  Hope that helps.

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I agree, you need to get fitted. I just went through this. I shop at Macys for my bras. They were, and may still be, having a buy two get one free sale. I measured myself at home and then used their calculator thingy on their site. It was way off. It told me I needed a B cup when I know I am a D. I decided to go in and the girl was wonderful. I told her about the site and she said that if you are an extremely smaller band size and an extremely bigger cup size, it wouldn’t calculate right most of the time. I am a 32D. She didn’t remeasure me because I gave her my measurements. It is near impossible to find a 32, so she had me try on the 34D ones. The ones that she gave me were a new style for me. They are called balconette bras. They fit perfectly and are actually sexy. I can’t believe how hard it is to find pretty bras in a larger cup size. I purchased the last three bras she had in my size. I would have purchased more, but she couldn’t find anymore, even after looking in the back. I am so extremely happy with these bras. You can’t even imagine. The brand is Paramour. I came home and went online and ordered several more. I can hardly wait to get them. No more straps digging into my shoulders and no more gaps in places there shouldn’t be. I highly recommend these types of bras for bigger busted women.

Post # 14
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1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Bra extenders are a great idea.  Also, keep trying on different brands and styles.  Just like regular clothes, they all fit differently.  I personally cannot wear a demi bra and sometimes not a balconet.  They just don’t fit my shape boobies!

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