Post # 1
I’ve always been about a B cup, but lately I gained some weight and it was all in my boobs and my butt. Yeah, REALLY curvy now. Weird.
Anyway, I went to VS with my Maid/Matron of Honor to find out what size I am now, and to get some bras. So they measure me, and give me some bras to try on… and I’m a DOUBLE D!
DD?! What the… I didn’t get THAT much bigger. Just for some reference here – I’m a size 4. It’s insane. But the bras actually fit.
So this is my theory. They scale sizes up to make women feel bigger. 🙂 Seriously, it makes sense. Why wouldn’t they? Women would be on a euphoric high from finding out they are “actually so much bigger than they thought”, and buy more!
My Maid/Matron of Honor doesn’t like that theory though, cuz they told her she’s an A cup. *giggles* I love her.
Anyway, so I went to a normal department store, and I’m a C. So whatdya think of my theory?
Post # 3
It’s totally true. I personally can’t STAND Victoria’s Secret for that reason and the fact that most of the cute stuff, just isn’t available in my rib cage measurements. I can’t really walk into there and find something cute and then try it on in my size unless I want beige, black, or white. I’ve had the sales girls bring me everything they had in my 32 ribcage and that’s what I got for options.
Post # 4
I’ve found that VS and La Senza’s sizes aren’t exactly true to fit. I’m a 34B (been measured at that size 4 different times at 4 different stores) but La Senza measured me to a 38D. Umm… no. I am NOT a D cup. Not even close. My boobs are tiny.
So I definitely agree with your theory.
Post # 5
I have ALWAYS said that!! i’m normally a C in most stores, like Target. When I’ve been measured in Victoria’s Secret, they’ve said I’m a Dirty Delete. One time I was in there just walking around with the same bra in my hand in a size C and D – the lady came up to me and was like do you need help? I said well I’m just debating between the C and D, and she took one look at me and was like “Oh, you’re a D!” They definitely make their bra sizes a little different to make girls feel good about their sizes – or so I believe- I’m with ya on that theory!
Post # 6
I bought a C cup there and it fits just like my C cups anywhere else, but I did buy it a few months ago. I this something new they are doing?
Post # 7
Regular stores vanity size their clothes down; I would not be at all surprised if they vanity size up!
Since I am in a similar boat as your Maid/Matron of Honor, I will just say that some of us are so very very obviously A-cups, you just can’t lie to us. It would be a total breach of logic!
Post # 8
@mh.albania: Quite frankly, I don’t think most of the workers in VS or even some department stores know how to measure for bras properly. I don’t know if they purposely “size up” or not, though.
Post # 9
@mh.albania: I know, right? VS always tells me that I am a 36Dirty Delete. Nooo, no, no! I am a 36C at nordstroms (but I have small boobs so I don’t get it). If I were to judge myself without a bra on I would say I am a 36A. So they aren’t really boosting my self-esteem. I will believe I am a 36Dirty Delete when the implants are in.
Post # 10
@Amaryllis: A girl at La Senza tried to tell my flat-as-a-board 28AA mother that she was actually a C cup.
Yea, nice try there lady.
Post # 11
To be honest, your theory isn’t right. I worked at Victoria’s Secret. I didn’t know crap about bra sizing because I was in beauty, but still they encouraged me to do it! I felt like I was guessing most of the time.
There’s a reason I only worked there for two months….. Hahaha.
ETA: I am always, always measured correctly there, though. I’m always measured at a 34B with no padding, 34C with padding.
Post # 12
@Gingersnap: How …does your mother find bras for her ribcage?
Post # 13
@Tunacupcakes: She doesn’t. She buys 32A and they fit for the most part if she uses inserts/extra padding. She has bought a few actual 28AA bras from the junior department though.
Post # 14
I find that each and every bra will fit a little differently, no matter the make but VS definitely sizes up.
I went with a friend to a specialty bra store where there is a professional fitter who gets in the room with you and makes sure that everything fits as it should. Let me tell you, the difference on my friend with the appropriate bra was amazing! Also, she tried on a variety of sizes, she was never measured at all, the fitter just knew her size.
Post # 15
I don’t know- I’ve always had good luck at VS. They measure me as a 36D, and I always find 36D bras at other stores that fit me fine.
Also, since cup size is relevant to the amount your frontage sticks out from your rib cage, it’s really easy to be mis-measured. Different bras, sales associates not placing the measuring tape in the right place…. all stuff that could cause a slight cup size inaccuracy.
My test is always fit- try it on, and if it’s comfortable, you’re good to go.
Post # 16
Here’s the way that they measure if anyone’s curious:) I used to work there and the bras always fit me perfectly.
EDIT: I just wanted to add that some sales people aren’t super comfortable getting THAT close to a customer, so they tend to measure a bit large so they don’t get up in your business haha.