(Closed) The right size bra makes a HUGE difference! womanly moment!

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
Hostess
23602 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@cherryblossomlove:  That is fantastic! One of my girlfriends also recently had this epiphany, and took me with her – unfortunately for me, I had no life changing difference in bra sizes! Haha.

Post # 4
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493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’ve been wanting to get myself sized for a long time, but the ladies at VS make me feel really uneasy. I’m a 40 D, online says I’m a 34 G or something. I can wear a D or a Dirty Delete, depending on the type of bra. The girls fit very well, I mean they sort of fall down into my bra, but it’s always done that. :/

 I just hate going there because they always tell me they don’t have my bra size anyway.

I’m so glad you were able to get the correct bra size!

Post # 5
Hostess
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

I’m probably overdue for a pro fitting myself. Awesome how such a seemingly small change (although I know it’s NOT small to us) can make such a huge difference in how you feel and look!

Post # 7
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753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I had bad luck at Victoria’s Secret, the people there never put me into the right size, no matter what I always had some bulges by my arm pits. But here they were claiming I was a C or D in a larger torso size (34)…eventually I tried on a 32 E from Zappos (Le Mystere Techfit)…it made a huge difference. I had no bulging and having the girls properly supported really improved my figure. I found I slowly stretched out the Victoria’s Secret bras and my boobs were lower than they should have been before. I personally don’t think I look like an E (E just sounds huge). But it’s the first size without some boob poking poking out from the sides so I’ll go with it. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

@lovelyduckie:  I think this is a sales tactic from VS. They size you, and if you don’t fit into their small range of sizes, they try to tell you that you can fit into a ‘sister’ size. But sister sizes are really a last resort and they hardly ever fit as they should.

I’m a 32D, but I was wearing 34Cs for the longest time because VS carries very few 32D bras in their stores. (They have more online.) When I finally got sized at a lingerie boutique and tried on a 32D for the first time… it was so magical haha.

Post # 9
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753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@rachelmichelle:  I technically measure at a 33 torso, and found that it was worth a bit of discomfort for a few days when breaking in a new bra than to have a 34 that lets me sag quicker. Since all bras stretch out a bit over time, I get more money’s worth out of a 32. Although I have to admit…I think this Le Mystere bra stretches out far slower than the Vicky’s line I liked (Incredible).

Post # 10
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2335 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

@lovelyduckie:  That’s interesting. 31-33″ usually translates to a 34 band size. But if you don’t make sure to completely exhale to make your ribcage area as small as possible before taking the measurement, it could be exaggerating your rib circumference.

The important thing is that you’re comfortable. 😛

Post # 11
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2065 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

You don’t need a pro to figure out the correct fit (and apparently VS is the worst!). There’s a whole subreddit on properly fitting bras I discovered just last week! I was shocked. This comment on how to measure yourself is the best thing I’ve ever read – after measuring, I realized I was a a 32D! I’ve been stuffing myself in 34Bs forever and hating everything about it. I went out and bought a new bra and seriously, I felt so much better and I look like I’ve lost weight.

Post # 12
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2917 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

Yeah, I was wearing a 36C for a long time, then I lost some weight and went to buy new bras but couldn’t find one that would fit right — I was trying on, like, 36B and 34B, thinking that I’d gotten smaller with the weight loss. But then I went and got fitted by someone who knew what they were doing and it turned out I needed a 34D! I had no idea what I was doing.

Post # 13
Hostess
8579 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I need to do this, I don’t have a single bra that doesn’t poke me somewhere or dig into my shoulders, or get a bubble boob thing going on. I’m just so self conscience, I don’t like to get naked in front or or expose myself. I think I’m going to get a measuring tape and try to measure myself and see what I come up with.

Post # 14
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8487 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

Good for you! I remember finding out what size I really wore… I had been wearing 44DD’s for YEARS. Then I found out I should be in 40FF’s. So. Much. Better. So hard to find a bra though, omg.

 

For anyone wanting to learn what they should be wearing, but dont want to go out and have someone do it, use this.

http://www.butterflycollection.ca/bra-size-calculator/

It works so well. I tried another bra size calculator and it told me I should be wearing a 48AA. O.O

Post # 15
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731 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

The experiences I’ve had at VS haven’t been great. One of my friends has a bra size you don’t find too often, and she has had the worst time finding bras that fit. She writes an entire blog about finding the right bras, bra reviews, etc. There’s a whole community of women out there who know a ton about finding the right fit.

Anyway, I started reading her blog, and used my wedding dress measurements to find out what bra size I’d be. Low and behold, I went from a 32 D to a 28F or a 30E. If any bees are looking to finding a better bra fit, I would really recommend having your rib cage measured and using that # as your actual band size. No adding/subtracting from that number! It worked wonders for me. 🙂

just fyi my rib was a 29.5 and my bust was a 35.5. I find bands get stretched out easily on me, so I believe I could also go down to a band size 28.

Figleaves, herroom, and barenecessities.com have a great selection for ladies who can’t usually find bras in stores.

Post # 16
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430 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - The Skinner Barn

@cherryblossomlove:  When you get a chance, go to a real lingerie store or corsetier (NOT Victoria’s Secret). Victoria’s Secret is known for fitting a small range of sizes and will often put you in a bra that fits “well enough”. I was originally wearing an Aerie 34C but I went into a good lingerie store run by two little old women and they were appalled by what I was wearing. I’m actually a 36 D or 34Dirty Delete. I am currently wearing the amazing bra that they gave me and it has made such a difference. I feel like I am being supported by the band, not the straps, and my back feels so much better. Best of all, that side “fat” is now pushed into the cup and gives my boobs a nice perky look.  I had originally been looking for a good bustier for the wedding, but now I have a great every day bra and can’t wait to go back to get a few more.

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