(Closed) Wrong Bra Size!!

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
714 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Actually, those two sizes aren’t that far off each other.  A few years back I went and got sized (I knew my bras were getting too small) and I went from a B to a D…I was very surprised.  If the bras you are currently wearing fit pretty well (no major over spill) I would continue wearing them.  Than, when you are ready to get new ones make sure you are fit for the bra you wan to wear (size can very by company).  

Post # 4
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

aww, that’s tough!

Where did you buy them, and how new are they? Like, brand new? returnable new?

Post # 5
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

They say 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra. I was a Dirty Delete at Victoria Secret and an EE at Nordstroms for other brands, yet a D in some.

How long have you had those bras? Are they comfortable? If they still fit right (no quad-boob action going on), keep them.

Also, I’ve been told a 38C is actually somewhat comprable to a 36D.

I keep mine until they get a little loose. Then i tighten the bands up. When the bands are all on their tightest notches and they aren’t comfy any more or are visibly worn and not supportive, I chuck them. At some point, they just HURT and the wires dig in and they aren’t supportive.

Post # 6
2703 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

ditto @mzmarzipan, i used to work at victoria’s secret… the 38C and 36D are pretty much identical in size… as it is with width and cup measurement.. (ie. 34C = 36B, 36A = 34B)

Post # 7
2280 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

In my days of bra sizing ignorance, I would wear 34Cs. I’m actually a 30D. The “bump up the band size, bump down the cup size” doesn’t work for me because, invariably, the band is too loose for comfort on the tighest fit and my ladies aren’t supported. Of course it varies between companies, but it drives me crazy when the band isn’t tight enough!

Post # 8
1051 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Yeah, depending on the brand and fit, I’m either a 34D or 36C most of the time, but sometimes (like VS strapless pushups) I’m better in a 34Dirty Delete.  You really can’t rely ONLY on the tag.  I grab a bunch and find what fits the best (no gapping, no bulging, no riding up in back etc) without even looking at the official size.  I read somewhere that you should expect to try on 15 different bras to find 1 that fits the best.  A PITA, sure, but once yu find it, you can just get a few of the same model in different colors=)

Post # 9
1426 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Been there!  I went from thinking I was a 38D/DD, to finding out that I was a 32G.  It was an amazing change! I had never had bras feel right before then, but I always listened to that silly rule that you can compensate for a small cup size by increasing the band size.  I cannot express how much I hate that this is commonly believed!  It makes no sense when you think about it.  90% of a bra’s support should come from the band.  By making the band bigger and leaving the cup size too small, what you get is a situation where the cups and band sit on top of the breasts rather than getting under them and lifting them up.  That may work alright (though not really well) for some smaller cup sizes which don’t need a ton of support anyway, but when you get into bigger sizes that’s just a recipe for discomfort and endless back aches.  

Most American retailers only carry small band sizes with cups A-D or Dirty Delete, and only carry large cup sizes with bands starting at 38+.  There ends up being a gap where there aren’t small bands with large cups.  There is a huge portion of the population who aren’t wearing the right size because they fall into that gap.  It drives me crazy because it seems that retailers just want women to fit in to the sizes the make, rather than making sizes to fit the way womens’ bodies actually are.

Sorry for the rant, haha.  It’s just an issue I care a lot about since it caused me endless frustration for so long.  I really think every woman should go for a professional fitting at a specialty shop that carries a wide range of sizes, because the store only carries up to a D or Dirty Delete cup, you can bet that no matter what size you really are, they’ll try to fit you into a size that they carry. 

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