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Old 06-14-2011, 01:25 PM
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Default Tips on how to get a proper bra fitting!!!

Excellent tips on your real bra size from our lovely, informative Sandy!
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A good fitting bra does wonders for your self-esteem!

Anyone who needs a bra fitting should avoid places like VS, Lane Bryant (and all it's sister stores), etc. They have decent bras, but their "fitting experts" do not know what they are doing. Check out a little boutique or a lingerie store.

If you can't find one, you can measure yourself. Here's how.

Get a soft tape measure. You should measure yourself wearing your best fitting bra. If you are very perky, you can measure without a bra.

Measure around your ribcage, under your breasts. Make sure the tape measure is flat against your skin and snug, but not squeezing you. You might have a friend or your DH assist you.

This number is your band size. For this example, we'll say it's 35 inches. Since it's an odd number you'll round up to 36 inches. DO NOT add any inches (like they do at VS) this will give you a band size that is too large.

Now, measure around the breasts at the fullest part. Make sure the tape measure is flat and snug, but not too tight. We'll say this number was 41 inches.

Subtract the first number from the second number.
41-36=5

Now, you can use this number to find your band size.

1 inch-A
2 inches-B
3 inches-C
4 inches-D
5 inches-DD/E
6 inches-DDD/F
7 inches-DDDD/G
8 inches-H
9 inches-I
10 inches-J

And so on.

So, our example lady is a 36 DD/E. Roughly. The tricky part is that not all bras are sized the same. That would be too easy. It's best if you can try them on, using the size you got measuring as a jumping off point.

Never, ever add inches. You will not get the support you need. It can work, in a pinch, to add and inch and subtract a cup size, but you will sacrifice support. This should only be done if you absolutely cannot find anything in your size.

DD and E may or may not be the same. This all depends on the manufacturer.

A well-fitting bra:
*Will not ride up in the back. The band should do the supporting, not the straps. The band should be straight accross your back.
*The straps will not fall down, or dig in to your shoulders.
*The wires will fit closely to your chest. They will not poke you anywhere.
*You will not spill out, nor will the cups pucker or wrinkle
*You should wear a new bra on the loosest set of hooks. Over time, the bra will stretch, and you'll move to the tighter hooks.
*Once it is on correctly your nipples should be level with the middle of your upper arm, if it is lower, the bra does not fit you right. The girls should be higher up....where they were meant to be!

I hope this helps!
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A well fitted bra will feel a bit tight and odd at first, but in a week or so your body will adjust and you will hardly even feel it.

I know the price of a good bra on some of the sites below is a bit shocking, but I will tell ya I am a convert. The comfort is priceless, not having to adjust every 40 minutes, very little boob sweat and no more indentations on my shoulders is the best thing ever!!!

I highly recommend doing what you can to save the money for a good bra. Give up junk snacks and gourmet coffee and put the bit of money aside, ask for money for your birthday and Christmas and put it aside for a bra, tell Dh that this is very important and if he could give up a few things for a bit to help you save you will reward him with perky looking bewbies! I can promise you that you will not be dissapointed.


Website that carry all sizes:
http://www.biggerbras.com/index.shtml
http://www.figleaves.com/us/home.asp
http://www.breakoutbras.com/
http://braexperience.com/index.htm
http://braworld.com/
http://www.herroom.com/
Ebay bra section, you can search by size
Amazon bra section, you can search by size

Stores to look at:
Nordstorms (they tend to do very good fittings)

Things to google to find a good bra store near you and get a proper fitting:
speciatly bra store +your town or nearest city
lingerie +your town or nearest city
bra fitting +your town or nearest city

Finally, as for how to put it on. The told me to just put it on, then bend forward and shimmy the underwire right under your breasts, then stand back up and reach your right hand into the left cup all the way over by the armpit side and pull all breast tissue into the cup, now do the other side, also make sure no breast tissue is pushing under the cups. Now make sure the band in the back in level and straight accross your back, not pulling up at all. Lastly adjust the boobage out the top of the cups. If your bra has lacey stuff like mine on the top you can do like I do and readjust where your nipple sits, I don't like mine to show and it keeps the muffin top bewbage in check!

I hope this helps you all to get your girls in a comfy bra that fits properly and makes you look like you should!!
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Old 06-17-2011, 12:02 AM
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Measure your boobies ladies!
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Old 06-25-2012, 03:22 AM
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I really need to do this!
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Old 06-25-2012, 03:32 AM
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I really need to do this as well. I don't wear bras. I would like to again some day.
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Old 06-25-2012, 05:59 AM
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Wish I could have read this a few weeks ago, 3 or 4 bras later and I am still not sure I have the right one.
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Old 06-25-2012, 10:15 AM
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Thanks for the post!!
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I really need to do this as well. I don't wear bras. I would like to again some day.
You don't ever wear bra's? Just curious
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Ribcage under breasts - 30"
Fullest part of breasts - 36"

30DDD/F. Holy moly.
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You don't ever wear bra's? Just curious
Nope. Been almost 5 years. I wear nursing tanks. I have two nursing bras but they are sized L/XL so I honestly don't know my size.
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36 DDD/F. now time to find some nursing bras. Of course, Walmart doesn't go that high.
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currently, according to that i'm a 38D. baby just weaned a week ago so i'm wondering if that will change... i think i may go to target and try on some boulder holders.
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36 DDD/F. now time to find some nursing bras. Of course, Walmart doesn't go that high.
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Walmart sells crappy bras anyway.

http://www.barenecessities.com/36F-N...9,style,12.htm

Try not to freak about the price. Two or three of these bras will last a while if you hand wash and line dry.
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They might generally be crappy, but I have 2 styles of nursing bras from there that I love.

I will freak about the price. That's just me. Thanks for the link.
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Excellent! According to this my back size is fine, but my cup size should be a DD not a B that I wear. I can't imagine filling a DD though, nor a C even!
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