(Closed) Is this bra the wrong size?

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
894 posts
Busy bee

34 is a pretty average band width for your size I think. I’m a 6 and I wear a 34. I wore a 32 when I was younger and probably a size 2.

Post # 3
1225 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Could the reason that you are sore be that you wore bands that were too loose?  A properly fit band is snug enough that you could take  your bra straps off and the bra would remain in place.  The band is supposed to take more of your weignt than the straps to prevent your shoulders from aching. If the band is too loose the bra will ride up. most women buy the bands too loose and the cups too small, If the center between the cups doesn’t touch your breast bone and you are spilling over the top the cups are too small.  Different styles and brands fit differently so it’s always better to try before you buy.

Since you have these bras already I suggest you try two things:  1) GO TO Wal-mart in the craft or sewing section and get a bra extender and 2) experiment with adjusting your bra straps. If you tighten them it will shift some of the weight to your shoulders and away from the band.




Post # 4
1837 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I’m a size 6-8 and wear a 30H.  I may have been the one that said 34 sounds too big!

Yes, 34 is probably average for your size, but that’s because most people aren’t in the right size bra!  

I would measure yourself at home.  The most important measurement is your underbust, running parallel around your back right under your boobs.  Your band should be pretty much that number, maybe rounded up.  No more than 2 extra inches.  (I’m 29 inches, so I get a 30 band).  

Based on your band, you can kind of guess the cup size based on your current size.  Do the cups of the 34DD bra fit you well and encapsulate all of your breast tissue?  Then you’d need to go up a cup for every band size down (32E, 30F, 28FF).  You can totally buy bras and find your size online, but it can be annoying.  I’d suggest buying one on Amazon, so you can get the free return shipping if it doesn’t work.  Keep trying till you get it!

I’d suggest the Freya Deco bra.  It’s basically a cult favorite among small band-large cup people, and it’s the most like “normal” bras.  http://www.amazon.com/Freya-Womens-Underwire-Moulded-Plunge/dp/B00Destination Wedding32VQS/ref=sr_1_2?s=apparel&ie=UTF8&qid=1428361845&sr=1-2&keywords=freya+deco You can get some really great deals on Amazon, just shop around the site!

Also critically important is the swoop-and-scoop.  It might even solve your problem of the bra sitting too low.  Here’s a better explanation than I can write: http://brasandbodyimage.com/2012/09/05/putting-your-bra-on-properly/ 

If you want to sell those bras you just bought, post them on Bratabase.  I’ve sold several bras there (both new and unworn, and worn several times), as well as purchased several on there.  You can also post fitting questions.  It’s really a cool community: http://www.bratabase.com 

I had been wearing the same style and size of bras for years, and I would get deep welts right under one of my boobs.  I assumed (as it would make sense) that my band was too small, so I kept trying out bigger and bigger and that caused other problems.  Then I got properly fitted (at a place that actually does it well!) and learned that I needed a combination of smaller band and bigger cup.  The weight of my boob and the fact that the band was falling down because it was too big made the welts.  I don’t have that problem anymore now!

It’s unfortunate that they most likely fit you wrong, but unfortunately, it’s really common, even in higher end bra stores 🙁 

  • This reply was modified 6 years, 1 month ago by  Lavender28.
Post # 5
689 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I recommend not getting sized at a department store,  or Victorias secret.   I went to a real lingerie shop that had great reviews.   They even found me a great strapless bra for my wedding dress.   It actually supported me,  unlike others. 

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