Okay...I must say, holy crappola, dracolla!!! I can't be wearing the right size bra. I just saw a photo you posted of a lovely model who is a size 38F and I'm 99% positive I am about her size, most likely bigger! Over the years I have just started squeezing in to DD and sometimes D because I have no freaking clue what my size is. I avoid double bubble as much as possible (Thank you ace bandages! LOL) How do I find out my size? I live on a Military post and there is no one here who measures?
If you cant find someone local to measure you, you can do it yourself! All you need is a measuring tape. This is my favorite measurement-based guide, although it is in cm and it’s important to remember that measurements are only a starting point for bra fit. My favorite non-measurement fit guide is here, and it can be used to tweak your fit once you have a basic idea of what you need from measurements.
One thing I do have to caution you about is using ace bandages around your chest. Bandages are designed to tighten as the area expands (to lessen swelling), so when you breathe, over time the bandages will tighten more and it could potentially harm you.
Good luck fitting yourself! Let me know if you have any more questions about fit!
is it weird to be 22 and have never worn or bought a wired bra? in my country wired bras are only worn by married women and for the unmarried we only can wear soft cup made in china bras
I don’t think that’s weird at all! It seems to be standard in your country, which is perfectly fine, and I even know some people in the US who almost never wear bras at all, let alone wired ones. Unless you’re in pain and feel like wired bras would give you the support to relieve that, I wouldn’t worry too much about it.
Unless you want to explore different types of bras, in which case I would encourage you to if you’re comfortable with it. <3
How does the process of buying bras online work? I mean, I know how ordering stuff online works, but how do you find the right fit? I would think that you could order something, try it on, and send it back for a different size if it didn't fit, but that falls apart when companies specify that their return policy only applies to "unworn garments". Are retailers generally just not as fussy as their legal mumbo jumbo imply?
Most online sellers of bras allow for returns and exchanges on bras after you’ve tried them on. You just need to not wear them for an extended period of time, make sure no odors and stains are present, and leave all the original tags on it, just like you would trying them on in a store!
As an example, here is BareNecessities’s return policy. What is usually meant by “unworn garments” is garments that haven’t had the tags removed and/or been worn for like a full day. Trying things on is generally acceptable, with the exception in the underwear world being bottoms for sanitary purposes (although you could certainly try then on over a pair that you currently own).
i measure 28 underbust and 35 overbust which makes me a 28G/F(?) but i was searching for this and other girls on the internet with this size don't look anything like me, im much smaller then them and i've rechecked my measurements many times and there are right, am i doing it wrong? i've never been measured at a bra store and always wore softcup bras from local markets where they don't have proper sizes and you just guess your's (and im 21 years old)
Measurements are just a starting point for finding your bra size, it’s more about how the bra actually physically fits! Things like the amount of breast tissue that needs to be enveloped in the cup can be different in people who happen to have the same measurements.
I would recommend trying on some bras in that size and examining the fit of them. If you can’t find any in a store near you, lots of online shops have good return/exchange policies (Bare Necessities’ return policy is super easy). You could order the size your measurements tell you to and maybe some similar sizes you think might fit you, then just return or exchange any that don’t fit right! It’s a matter of experimenting to find out what exactly fits your body and measurements are just a place to start!
I get the sense that the general consensus among bra bloggers is that the "+4" method of measuring band size is faulty, and that Victoria's Secret is a huge offender in that regard. What confuses me is that on VS's website, their "size calculator" doesn't add any inches. To make things more confusing, I looked at HerRoom (after seeing it recommended by another reputable blogger), and they DO say to add 4-5 inches. Is VS getting their act together? Am I just crazy?
I just went and checked their website and you’re right! I think the biggest problem with VS that I’ve seen is the training (or lack thereof) of their fitters. I haven’t been to a VS in years since I sized out of their bras like eight years ago, but from what I’ve heard in the past their in store fitters used the +4 method. They may be responding to criticism and changing that, which is great! They even have an accurate conversion chart on their website, which is a breath of fresh air, even if it only covers their very limited size range. (My last experience with VS was several years ago, I was shopping for bottoms and someone offered to help me find matching bras. When I said that they didn’t carry my size, she looked confused and offered to fit me like she didn’t believe me. I told her my actual bra size at the time, 30H, and she promptly left me alone haha.)
I’ve never personally ordered from HerRoom, but I think they’re recommended fairly often because of the size range they carry. HerRoom’s band size chart is actually exactly the opposite of what I would use haha. They recommend going up in band sizes if your measurement is small (presumably because they don’t carry 26 bands) and using the measurement if you band size is large. I’ve seen that smaller measurements often need the smaller band for snug support while larger measurements often need to go down for the support and because of things like squishable flesh.
I think that HerRoom’s lack of emphasis on the measurements and bra fit checklist are what get them recommendations from bra bloggers though. I know a lot of people are in the “throw away the tape measure” camp and HerRoom seems to put more focus on the measurements as a starting point.
I’m super hopeful that VS is getting their act together though! If I were in their size range I’d go test out their fitting service to see if it’s improved at all.
For many women, bra shopping is basically the worst. Many women don’t know their true band and cup size, and for those who do, those sizes seem to vary infinitely from brand to brand.
Okay, Jockey, your theory is sound. Bra fit would be vastly improved by taking the volume of the breast into account rather than simple measurements.
What this article and Jockey have completely ignored is that waaaaaay more than 10 breast volumes exist. I’m a 30JJ. Just below my size, not counting those with larger breast volumes, there are A, B, C, D, DD, E, F, FF, G, GG, H, HH, and J. That’s thirteen volume sizes in just my band size, not counting my own or those above mine, which I can assure you do in fact exist.
You know how I know that these sizes exist? Because companies sell bras in those sizes. Companies like Curvy Kate, Bravissimo, Effuniak, and Panache sell waaaaay more than ten cup volumes. If you’re trying to revolutionize bra fitting, maybe get with the current bra fit revolution and understand that the reason that so many people are in the wrong size bra is not necessarily because they need a new measurement system but because there’s no widespread education and the bras in their size aren’t available.
Which brings be to my next point, the sizes Jocky is producing in this “revolutionary fit”. They’re producing the equivalents of, you guessed it, the “standard sizes” that are already available in the US, with only slight expansion. 30A-F, 32A-F, 34A-GG, 36A-GG, 38A-GG, 40A-GG, 42A-GG. Congratulations Jockey, you’ve reproduced the size range European companies produce and have produced for years. Maybe try catching up with companies in the UK and expand a few band sizes up and down and quite a few cup sizes up.
I genuinely like the concept, don’t get me wrong, but they’re not tackling the right problems when it comes to bra fit. There’s no point in changing the fitting system if you’re going to offer the same limited size range as the previous system. People are still going to get sized into the wrong bra because you don’t even produce a size that fits them.
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Hi! A bit of a strange question. A couple months ago my mom bought me a Freya Nieve long line. Unfortunately, my boobs have grown since and now the cups are a bit to small. I would hate to give up on it because it was very expensive, but I can't return it. Do you have any suggestions? for now I wear it with a tank top because it makes it less noticeable, but with any tshirt it's obvious. Is it possible to alter the cups?
Cups are, unfortunately, pretty much impossible to let out. You can take them in (although it often does icky things to the line of the bra), but bras are built with an incredibly small amount of seam allowance incorporated into them so that it becomes virtually impossible to let them out without sacrificing the integrity of the garment or outright destroying the fabric.
I’ve seen people sell new/almost new bras on sites like ebay, especially in rarer sizes, like Freya’s size range. If you’re willing to take a bit of a hit on the price, that might be the way to go.
When I grow out of my bras in the cups, I always end up layering a lot to hide it, which is a slightly less desirable option than having a fitting bra, but we can’t all afford to spend hundreds of dollars every time we gain a cup size. I like to wear a tank top and then a fitted t shirt or hoodie to hold everything in and conceal the “boob muffin” effect as much as possible.
I guess this might be a strange question on another bra blog, but luckily this mod is a seamstress so I’m used to this kind of thing haha!