Post # 1
Might sound like a silly question, but I’ve never bought lingerie for myself before and would like to get something nice at Victoria’s Secret for our anniversary coming up next Sunday.
My question is, how do I know what size to buy? Do you try stuff on there like in a regular clothes store? Do I need to get measured for the right bra size? I don’t really know what my correct size is…
Post # 3
you are allowed to try them on but you have to keep your panties on!
Also I recommend getting a bra fit. I used to be a certified “bra fitter” and you would not BELIEVE how many women were wearing the wrong size!!!
Post # 4
Victoria’s Secret is AWESOME. The ladies in there will help you with sizing and everything. I went to a VS for the first time a couple summers ago (we are only just starting to get them here in Canada) and the ladies measured us and gave us a box full of different styles of bras to try on. They were so helpful! Easily the best experience I have had shopping for lingerie!
Post # 5
I totally recommend getting fitted! Be cautious though, if you have a bigger bust they will sometimes try to tell you you can compensate for a wearing a smaller cup by increasing the band size (like wearing a 36Dirty Delete instead of the correct 34DDD). THIS IS TOTALLY NOT TRUE! I have no idea why stores keep spreading this idea. If you think about it, it makes no sense at all. It would be like telling someone if their pants were too short, to increase the size of the waist band. Find out what size you are and then go with it. There’s nothing as comfortable as a correct fitting bra 😉
Post # 6
Like what greenleafmountain said… whenever I go to VS they tell me to try a 34C when I wear a 30D. Just be careful of that. It’s really easy to measure yourself, too. In general, your regular clothes size (S, M, L, 5, 7, 9, whatever) should match up with the lingere, except in cases when you’re really busty.
Post # 7
None of their crap fits me. Apparently women with DD’s don’t need lingerie? LOL
Try Fredericks. Some of it is a little more risque, but sometimes that can be a good thing. Plus they have better sales than VS and depending on your size, you may need a store with more size variety. Walking into VS is kind of a joke for me. They only sell up to a C cup in stores it seems and i just look ridiculously like a sausage in their stuff. Sigh.
I’m a fan of nighties in general though. Just soft, silk, satiny nighties that grace my upper thigh. Plus you can wear them more often than lingerie but they still have the same effect!
Post # 8
I agree with some of the bees above. DON’T get fitted at VS. If you don’t fit in their sizes they’ll try to tell you you can wear one of theirs anyways and play it off like it’s really your size. One of my good friends was a store manager and even confirmed that they do this.
If you have a Nordstrom’s near you I’d go there. You don’t necessarily have to buy there, but they are amazing. They took an hour or so to measure me and bring me tons of bras in my size. I did buy some there, but only because they don’t carry my size in many stores.
But after Nordstrom’s sizes you then you could go to VS or somewhere else and see if they have things in your size.
This was my personal experience at least.
Post # 9
ejs47y8…I’m on the OPPOSITE end of the spectrum! Apparently women with A cups never need to look sexy either, because nearly all lingerie designers start the sizing of their ‘pretty’ styles at B’s. WTF? There are SO many small-chested girls at there that I just don’t understand the reasoning. Sure, those brand makes A’s, but they’re only the no-frills, basic white cotton underwire, lace and prettiness-free bras. MAKES ME WANNA SCREAM. I find it really offensive. It’s just ignoring the fact that women with smaller chests exist in the year 2010, practically.
Agree about VS, and not just because of their sizers (though I notice that they have a lot of 18-year-olds working at their stores), but because I find that their stuff is way overpriced for its quality. For the $40 you can spend on a VS bra, I would much rather have Calvin Klein bra, because I find that they fit WAY better, last WAY longer, and look a lot less tacky in general.
I’m going to second Helstrong and say, go to Nordstrom. Their sales associates are always so friendly and I have never felt awkward working with them when looking for lingerie or being sized. Plus they have really pretty options and often very good sales. They rock!
Post # 10
Just go in there. They’ll help you from there. They rock!!
Post # 11
if you have the option, go to a department store like Macys or hudson belk to get fit at least. My little sister has a 38DDD chest and never wears regular bras, but for my wedding she agreed to be fit and the ladies at Hudson belk were amazing with her. One of the big reasons that VS tells people to compensate is that they don’t carry a large variety of sizes over a D cup, so to keep business they try to sell people the wrong size. Once you have to right size, then you can start searching Fredricks or one of the other lingerie sites to find something sexy
Post # 12
I agree with ejs. Everytime I have gone to VS to get fitted, they pull measurements out of the air because they don’t correspond with the size I really am, nor does any of their stuff begin to fit unless you are on the less-endowed end of the spectrum.