(Closed) Fitting the girls: a tale of confusion, frustration, and woe… (LONG)

posted 8 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 3
979 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I know how you feel.  I’m the girl who the more weight she gains, the bigger the girls get. I’ve went from a lovely C to Dirty Delete to DDD depending on what store you go too.  If you are fitted right you don’t get scars under the girls like I have from the underwire rubbing so much. Let us know what kind of “cover-up” you find, thats what I would like to do too!!

Post # 4
2561 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I have to say, as embarrassed as I was, as a teenager, when my mom hauled in for professional bra fittings every 6-12 months, I think she really helped me out a lot.

She made sure that we (me and my 2 sisters) always bought quality bras, in a properly fitted size. Good quality, well fitted bras are the most important part of any outfit! I can instantly tell now when I need a re-fitting, because I am so used to wearing good bras. I only have about a 1/2 dozen bras, because at $100-$200 bucks a pop, hey are pricey, but if you are good to them they really do last! I am glad you are on the proper bra train!

Post # 5
1269 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Different style bra’s are different sizes as well.  One must try them on. 

Prior to reduction surgery I was a 38J (again it was a bra mnfg size just for that mfg) I bought bras that were ugly but supportive, and pricey.  Support gave me a good silloulette, and back support.  At age 50, I decided to go for the reduction- because I could see the girls sliding down to my knees.  6.5lbs of boobage was removed.  Now, depending on the style I am a 38DDD to a 40F, It all depends on the bra.

Nordstroms has great fittiers, as does Lane Bryant.  Take the time and get the girls the right support.  It’s not about the size its about support.


Post # 6
1545 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I am going to try that. Right now I am in a 40 C but I still dont feel comfortable.

Thank you for sharing!

Post # 7
90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I would second the recommendation for Nordstrom for fittings. I don’t recommend lane bryant; I found that they just tried to squeeze me into the bra sizes they carry, rather than telling me that what they stock just wouldn’t work (I’m a 36G; they were telling me that a 38Dirty Delete “would work.” Um, no).

Even better than Nordstrom, though, is a specialty lingerie store in your area, if you have one. That’s where I got my longline bra for my wedding, and the women were fabulous. Basically, they took a couple of measurements, looked me over (that was a bit uncomfortable!) and ordered me the perfect bra. If you can, I would go that route.  

Post # 8
3709 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Yes ma’am…there is nothing like a bra that fits properly. I actually keep a range of sizes now b/c I am working out and the girls are usually the first place I see a difference. Also along with the size, the style of bra also makes a difference. For instance, my girls are more pear shaped so I have found that balconette bras are the most comfy and supportive for me. I like for my bras to match my underwear so I probably own more bras than I should considering they are about $40 bucks a pop….unless Lane Bryant is having a sale.

Post # 9
1280 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

so glad to hear you’ve found a good fitting bra! certainly the style of the bra affects the fit of the as well, so keep trying on new bras every now and again! and although it seems like you have three different sizes, they are all more or less the same. a general rule of thumb when shopping in the future: take in three different cup/band size combos to try on – for example: a 34Dirty Delete, 36D and 38C are basically the same cup size but different band widths. if you find the 36D is too loose in the band (you’re always starting of on the last set of hooks) but the cups fit well, go down to the 34Dirty Delete. same is true of the reverse – if you find the band is too tight on the 36D but the cups feel a little big, try a 38C. it doesn’t work in every case, but it tends to be a good place to start! i thought i wore a 38D for the longest time, but lately i started noticing that the bands of my bras strecth out way too quickly and ride up, so i started trying on 36DD’s and they fit wonderfully! ahhh relief! and it’s amazing how the right fitting bra helps the rest of your clothes fit better too!


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