(Closed) Have you ever been professionally fitted for a bra?

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Have you been professionally sized? Were you wearing the wrong size?

    Yes and I was wearing the wrong size.

    Yes and I was wearing the correct size.

    No.

  • Post # 16
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    527 posts
    Busy bee

    I found information online about how to truly measure. . .and found out I’m a 30Dear Daughter. No wonder I was always fussing with the bands before! 

    Post # 17
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I got sized at VS, I thought I was a 34A but they told me I was a 32C. But now hearing other peoples experiences with VS I’m skeptical haha. 

    Post # 18
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    Bee Keeper

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    ImaStarr:  I haven’t been sized as personally I don’t think it’s necessary. I always advise people to learn how a bra should fit (band doing most of the support as opposed to the straps; straps not digging Inn band sitting under your shoulder blades and fitting securely on the loosest setting; cups sitting smooth (not gaping or cutting in), etc), particularly because different makes can come up differently, so being a 34D in one store doesn’t mean you will be in another –  I have bras in a big range of sizes eg 30F, 30E, 32Dear Daughter and 34D. I have bras from the same shop in different sizes because the styles came up so differently. 

    My other tip is for people to learn equivalents eg that 34A is equivalent to 32B in terms of volume. That, and most people are wearing the wrong band size, and should try going down 1 or 2 band sizes and up the equivalent number of cup sizes. You see people who are a size 4 saying they’re wearing a 34 band size and instantly think ‘no way are they a 34’.

    Post # 19
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

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    ImaStarr:  I used to wear a 36Dear Daughter in highschool, and I was NEVER comfortable and hard insane cleavage. In the 10th grade I went for a fitting at a specialty shop via appointment (Secrets From Your Sister in Toronto for the Canadian Bees at Bathurst and Bloor) and it CHANGED MY LIFE. I found out that I was actually a 32F or a 30FF!! no word of a lie, I still wear that size, and I fluctuate slightly depending on whether or not I have gained any weight. I have even gone down to a 28 FF or 28G. 

    American stores and sizes do NOT fit, victoria’s secret DOES NOT make bras for every woman, worst marketing campaign ever (I hate VS). I have to wear european bras that are $80-$200 a pop, but they last like 4-5 years. So worth it and they are way more beautiful than VS bras or La Senza bras. I also bought a SPORTS BRA from there, which I highly recomment because I used to have to wear two sports bras and there was still jiggling. Now I wear one, and my breasts stay put! 

    EDIT – I have recently become aware that you can purchase Freya bras from the UK on Amazon, and its a fraction of the cost. However, I am still going to SFYS for a fitting, purchasing a bra for their troubles, and then purchasing one online. 

    • This reply was modified 5 years, 2 months ago by  kat010710.
    Post # 20
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I only get fitted at Nordstrom because they know what they’re doing. VS sizes you into a size they sell, not the size you are.

    i lost weight and was swimming in my bra. Thought I was a 32ddd. I’m a 30ddd now

    Post # 21
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Yes!  I thought I was a 32B, turned out I’m a 30D!  Which is a really hard size to find, so it actually kind of sucks…lol

    Post # 22
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Yeah I would never ever recommend going to VS to get fitted. They have no flipping clue what they are doing.  Go to a store where they can size you properly.  For myself I go to a little speciality store where that is all they sell  

    Post # 23
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

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    ImaStarr:  I was wearing the correct size. I was fitted at a fancy lingerie shop.  

    I’ve heard that plenty of women were wearing too small in the cup, but since I fit a 32A, it wasn’t possible for me to buy one too tight. That’s the smallest size most stores sell. That said, I’ll usually try a couple of different sizes and buy the one that fits best. But it’s a 32A 99% of the time. Lucky guess on my part!

    Post # 24
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    Blushing bee

    You bees convinced me to go for my first fitting. I’m in need of one new plain, nude bra…might as well go to a slightly fancier place and get a fitting done, too.

    Post # 25
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    651 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Has anyone ever been sized at Aerie?   Dear Daughter is 12, and they measured her & told me she needed a 38B.  I found this very odd, because I wear an XL shirt & I wear a 38C.  She is between a S & M shirt size.   We walked out with a 36B, which fits ok (she says), and the girl told us that was the “sister size”.  I always thought a sister size was one band size down but one cup size up, or vice versa.   Anyway, I’m just wondering if their sizing is just as off as VS….

    Post # 26
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

    I was fitted at VS but might pop in to Nordstrom after reading some of these responses now. I was wearing a 38D but VS said I was 36Dear Daughter

    Post # 27
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

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    ImaStarr:  I experienced the exact same thing as you. I wore 36B for many years but had myself professionally fitted at VS and ended up with a 34D. I definitely noticed a difference and the new bras are much more supportive. I can still get away with wearing a 36B though (I think the ratio of cup/band size makes them very close to each other.)

    I think that the bra size also differs from brand to brand. In my VS bras, that 34D fits me very well, but a 34D in a Walmart bra is pretty uncomfortable – too small pretty much everywhere. Maybe that’s just the super cheap ones though, because my Aerie bras and swimsuits all fit true to the 34D size I’m used to.

    Post # 28
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I love VS bras, but they don’t know how to properly size. FWIW, I have fakies, and they didn’t take that into account. I am a 32D, and everytime I go into their store to find that size, they always try to convince me to get the “sister size” of 34C because it is better stocked. No people, I have to put it on the tightest one, and the second any elastic is lost I’ll have to go buy another one. My plastic surgeon told me what I was and to not listen to VS bra fitters. I thought that was funny.

    Post # 29
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    1318 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    After reading these comments, I definitely think I’m going to pop into some other lingerie stores and make sure I’m getting the right size!! My VS bras fit well and are super comfortable, but it might explain why nothing else is exactly right.

    Post # 30
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I have been fitted and worked in a boutique custom bra fit shop for three years.  It was such an enriching and amazing job. I loved helping women to get properly fit, saving their backs and shoulders, and seeing the pride in their faces when they saw themselves properly supported in their clothing.  Loved it. 

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