(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. : (67 votes)
    63 %
    Yes and I was wearing the correct size. : (19 votes)
    18 %
    No. : (20 votes)
    19 %
  • Post # 46
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

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    kat010710:  that’s pretty much what I figured.  I was so taken aback when told DD’s “size”.  

    Post # 47
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    VS sizes very badly.  They sized me at 36 D for years.  I went to a real lingerie shop,  where i found out that I’m a 34DDD.  The new size fits sooo much better.  Some brands,  I’m 34ff.  It varies a bit. 

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    Post # 48
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    Public Service Announcement – VS has NO idea what they are doing. Neither does La Senza or La vie en rose, the Bay, Sears etc. Please find a boutique that specializes in JUST custom fiting  They can be expensive, but my Prima Donnas, Chantelles, and other “expensive” bras have lasted me 3 years. Now that ive lost weight, I need to get sized again and get new bras. 

    Post # 49
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

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    kat010710:  YAY I loooooove hearing this!!! So happy someone could make a difference in  your life/ selfesteem with just a bra fitting. <3

    Post # 50
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

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    ImaStarr:  

    PP that suggested getting fitted at Nordstrom is correct, its the best place! Also, once you learn what sizes you are in the brands of bras they carry, you can always buy them at Nordstrom Rack (either online or in person) and get them at a discount. 

    Having worked in retail for a long time, I also recommend figleaves.com. The site carries a wide selection of bras and sizes. It has been a go to for any hard to fit customers I have had over the years. They have an outlet section of the website which is a great places to get deals! 

    Post # 51
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    Helper bee

    I voted that I was measured and wearing the right size because to this day I believe I am! But I was measured at La Senza where the woman told me I need to be wearing a 32B when I actually wear a 30/32D!! I was like…woah! So I tried on a 32B because she was super pushy and rude and I thought I’d give it a shot, ladies I kid you not I tried on that bra and couldn’t even shove half my boob into those cups! They didn’t even cover my nipples! I was so tempted to call that woman into my stall and be all sarcastic like “ooooh! So that’s how bras are meant to fit! See I was under the mistaken impression they should actually be able to fit my boobs in the cups!”

    Post # 52
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    458 posts
    Helper bee

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    lionsheart:  From a woman who always gets told “there’s no way you’re a D-cup” just because I wear a 30/32D, I thank you! 

    Post # 53
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    193 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2015

    All my family, friends at school and even sometimes at bra shops would say that you can increase the size of the back and then go down a cup size. I hear so many people talk about it but it is rubbish that people say to justify buying the cheap fun bras. I used to believe it and I was so uncomfortable, now I only buy the correct size and it makes so much difference! 

    Post # 54
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    We have a couple shops in town that are specifically for this – and sell bras/underwear too. I have been debating going and getting a sizing done cos I struggle. Darling Husband really wants me too, just so that my bras don’t look so weird on me.

    I pretty much have no boobs, but have always worn a 36B. Some bras, this is OK and others – lots of gaps but still make my boobs feel great. I’ve also bought 34B’s, and most of those have been OK.

    I did just order a VS bra in a 36A – so we’ll see how that goes.

    Post # 55
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I wore the wrong size for a most of my adult life.  In high school, early college, I was a 34C…then I gained about 10 lbs and the band was felt tight, so I started wearing 36C.  Then about 3 years ago I read a thread similar to this, and measured myself, to find I’m really a 32D!! After buying the correct size and wearing it, I realized how often I used to have to adjust my old bras to keep from falling out the sides on the cups. The only downside to this is that I can’t really run to a store and buy an inexpensive bra in the correct size. lol 

     

    Post # 56
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

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    ImaStarr:  ive been wearing 36 C and victorias secret measured me for 32 Dear Daughter. was i off or what. I bought new bras and they are awesome! 

    Post # 57
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    160 posts
    Blushing bee

    One of the best things about getting older: I know my actual bra size. Like so many girls in their 20’s, VS was all I knew. I’m a 32H, so you can imagine how ill fitting my VS 38Dear Daughter bras were. And as my breasts got less firm, I noticed they didn’t look “right”…no shit, they were squished into a too small cup and I’m not a rock hard VS mannequin.

    I swear, any promo photos of the Angels they are wearing way too small of a bra and are probably taped in. If I stood still and taped my boobs, they would probably look great in a too small bra. But I actually move around during the day lol.

    I order my bras from Nordstrom…I moved from Houston where I had several shopping options to Louisville, where there is literally no place I can go shop for bras in my size. Which for the number of people here is kind of sad…especially when I think of how many ladies in smaller towns and cities will never know the comfort of a bra that fits. There is a Soma here but they only carry up to a G cup 🙁 At least Nordy’s has free returns. 

    Post # 58
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    My very first fitting was at Victoria’s Secret while I had thick sweater on.  I tried on bras in the size that the I was measured for, and they were obviously the wrong size.  I then just started buying bras by trial and error over the years until I finally ventured into Nordstroms to get a proper fitting.

    I thought I was a 36 Dear Daughter and I turned out to be a 34 DDD.  I wasn’t that much off considering it’s an “equivalent” size, but it was still shocking to find out my true cup size.  

    Post # 59
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    1846 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

    I’ve been fitted at two specialty bra stores in different cities.  The first time, I was CLOSE to my accurate size.  I wore a 32G or something.  They fitted me in a 30H, which is the same size I wear today.  I went into the second place, while actually wearing a properly fitting 30H bra, and they tried to get me to buy a 32G again.  They also fitted my pregnant sister in a 38C when she really was like a 36Dear Daughter or something, and if anything, needed a bigger cup size due to her pregnancy.  Not all bra stores, even if they carry the good brands, are created equal!

    I find that there is some level of trial and error when you are fitted.  Try a couple up and down and see what is best.  

    I wore 34DDs in high school.  It’s a world of difference to feel truly supported, and your boobs don’t just look like one big mass on your chest.  I hate how people are talked into band sizes so much bigger than they need.  

    As a 30H, my boobs sound pretty huge, and there is a big size difference between my underbust and my full bust measurements, but I don’t think I look like what an H cup “should” look like.  We definitely have a skewed idea of what “big boobs” are in our society.  DDs are NOT big!  They are actually pretty average sized.  

    It was also a revelation when I learned how to “swoop and scoop.”  Basically, it’s adjusting to make sure all of your breast tissue ends up inside your bra.  If you don’t do this, your breast tissue gets pushed to the side, and you end up getting “armpit fat” and “back fat.”  It’s better as extra boob, I promise!  Here’s a good resource for that: http://brasandbodyimage.com/2012/09/05/putting-your-bra-on-properly/ 

    Post # 60
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    Blushing bee

    I thought I would follow up with the news that I ordered a bunch of bras from Nordstrom in the same size that my two current bras are in – 32H. Well, I was supersad that none of them fit right, so I ordered more in larger sizes (32J and 32L). Imagine my surprise when the 32L was the most perfectly fitting bra I have ever tried on!!!

    I think when I bought my last bras at Intimacy, the 32H was the largest size they had, so I found two bras in stretchy lace that fit me…I remember trying on at least 15 different bras in a 32H that didn’t fit. When I tried on a 32J, they almost ALL fit. Don’t be afraid to try on a bigger size!!!!

     

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