(Closed) Went to get measured for a bra…oh how fun

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
8882 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

You are definitely right.

Sometimes people have weird ways of measuring. I used to work in a plus size store (I know how to measure and I knew I was a 40E at the time). My boss was doing the bra measure training and I volunteered. She told me I was a 44G, I told her she was wrong and she insisted she was right. So I grabbed one off the rack put it over my shirt and it looked ridiculous.

Post # 4
1309 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I had a bra fitting once that was just ridiculous. At the time I was a 38C and she measured me at 36B, I think. I tried a few on but it was very obvious that there was no way they would fit. I could hardly close the fastening and was overflowing to say the least.

But instead of admitting that she might be wrong, the salesperson recommended I get an extension so I could fasten it. After that I decided to do my own fitting thankyouverymuch.

Post # 5
922 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Victorias Secret tried to tell me that a 36 A is equivalent to a 34 B. HAHAHA because they refuse to cater to smaller sizes they try to sell you the wrong bra. Real nice.

Post # 6
7211 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@LadyMoriarty:  HAHAHA. 

The last time I got measured was mortifying. I am a big gal so I went to Lane Bryant. This very exuberant woman insisted on measuring me. At one point she yanked up my bra straps, lifting my boobs, and said “Hold them here while I measure, since this is where they are SUPPOSED to be.” Um. Thanks? Then she INSISTED on seeing me in the bras she brought. She smoothed my back fat into one and kept saying I’d have to have someone do this for me at home. Um. WHAT?! It was horrifying. Never again. 

Post # 7
2065 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@GeorgiaBride5:  Cup size wise it actually is the same. :p The cups of a 32C is the same as 34B which is the same as 36A. Cup sizes aren’t static, and change with the band size. A 32D cup will be majorly different in size than a 38D, for example.

I was cramming myself into 36B, measured myself, and I’m actually a 32D. I was SO SURE the numbers were wrong and I couldn’t possibly be a D cup, but lo and behold the bra fit perfectly.

http://www.reddit.com/r/ABraThatFits/wiki/measuring – I read this guide. Wearing a properly fitting bra changed my life!


Post # 8
4682 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Last time I got measured, I was a 32E, and that fits me well.

Post # 9
233 posts
Helper bee

I spent over an hour in La Senza the last time I decided I should be measured. It was absolutely ridiculous. The initial woman who measured me put me at a 38D. Uh, no. Before I went in I had trouble staying in my cups, but I was definitely not a 38D. Try 36C. 

Plus I feel like no one tells you how important the right style of bra is. I had been wearing “regular” bras, but they didn’t fit well against my chest. I switched last year to the Balconnet style, and not only does it avoid spillage on the sides or top because the cups come up high and the straps are at the edge, but I always get a fantastic fit because the structured center of the bra sits flat and tight against my skin.

Post # 10
6830 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I just got refitted this past weekend at Lane Bryant and the bras fit just fine. 

Post # 11
168 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Oh, my! Some of these stories… I got measure once in like 7th grade. I wasn’t sure I was wearing the right size (34C at the time). The lady told me I was a 36B, so I tried it (knowing a B cup would be too small!!

Post # 12
3076 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - A court...

Lol I give up on bras for now, will wear sports bras until I figure out my size.

Post # 13
233 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

It’s so wonderful to not have this problem!

…mostly because I still buy my bras from the pre-teen section at Wal-Mart.

Pardon me while I cry in a corner.

Post # 14
447 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

It’s crazy how many women don’t know what size they really are, how a bra is supposed to fit, blah blah blah. There is so much misinformation online that I am not surprised though. Being busty, I have educated myself a lot when it comes to boobie coverage.

I am currently a 36J (or I, depending on the brand/style). If I go to Victoria’s Secret to buy panties, they constantly try to tell me that they’ll have something to fit me. Errm, no. Same thing when I go to the majority of department stores. Occasionally, they’ll happen to carry a brand that has large sizes that they happen to have in stock, but it rarely happens.

I find that a lot of women who do sizing at stores that don’t specialize in bras don’t know what they’re doing. Measuring over someone’s current bra isn’t going to give you an accurate measurement.

Post # 15
748 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I was actually reading up on this last night. For along time since VS measured me at a 32C… okay, but they told me if there is a style I like I can wear a 34B if it doesn’t come in 32C, which sounded strange, but I went with it for a while.

So last night I measure where the band is… and yep, 30 inches. Then My bust was 34 inches… so 30D. I’d really like to test that size out, but I’m not sure which stores or brands even carry band sizes that small. Any ideas?

Post # 16
146 posts
Blushing bee

Sob, getting measured is so traumatic for me, everyone wants to put me in a 32A, which gives me a HUGE band and tiny cups. 🙁 Because, I’m a stupid, non commerical size, a 26C, or a 28B is the closest I’m ever going to get. and On my period I measure a 26D :(.  I’m a college student who can barely afford food, so custom bras are out of the question. Preteen sports bras and bralettes until I get a real job it is. Cry



@GoldStar:  Check some specialty stores? I could’ve sworn the little bra shop would work, but they only carry up to 30C. 🙁 Good luck! Also, I know some etsy sellers make custom bras. 🙂 

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